Troy Carter, founder and chairman and CEO of the music talent agency Atom Factory, will appear as a guest investor on Shark Tank. He’s known for launching the careers of recording artists, most notably Lady Gaga and “All About That Bass” Meghan Trainor. So where did Carter learn how to diversify his investment portfolio? The high school dropout started his career working for Sean Combs as an intern at Bad Boy Records in New York.
Carter might win the admiration of Kevin O’Leary on Shark Tank, but will be win the hearts of America? Probably not. “Let’s have some fun,” Carter says to O’Leary before he makes his offer to the founder of Nerdwax. Carter prefaces his offer with, “You guys are early, but I like to come in early.” And then offers the couple $80,000 as a loan until he recoups $120,000 plus he wants 10 percent of the company. The entrepreneurs are speechless. “Kevin Junior in the house!” Mark Cuban exclaims. Carter takes that as a compliment. “He has learned wisely,” O’Leary says. Shark Tank airs Fridays at 9pm on ABC.