Mike Kane and David Artuso are the two young men behind Cellhelmet, a company that makes “damage-proof” cases for cell phones. The Cellhelmet come with insurance. If your phone breaks while wearing a Cellhelmet, the company will fix or replace the phone. The founders of Cellhelmet pitched their business model on Shark Tank in 2013. While they didn’t get a deal on the show, when they returned to Pittsburgh, PA, they found two investors waiting to partner with them and ready to sell Cellhelmet in their own Verizon stores. Now a visit to the Cellhelmet site reveals a partnership described this way: “We own and operate 16 Verizon stores in the Pittsburgh area, so we constantly have a finger on the pulse of the day-to-day struggles of the mobile world.”
Since its appearance on Shark Tank, Cellhelmet has extended its brand to include Cellhelmet chargers, cables, selfie sticks, and a Screen Clean Kit ($9.99).