Shark Tank Hacked with a QR Code


When Scan created the QR code for use on the show, it originally pointed to a dummy URL that went nowhere, and monitored it on their dashboard just to make sure the demos would work. In fact, all of Gee’s devices were in airplane mode during the filming, so they wouldn’t have gone anywhere in the first place.

But, months later just before the episode aired, Gee got a sudden inspiration. Scan had just launched a new feature which allowed companies to point users to their Instagram accounts for easy subscriptions. So he tweaked the code’s destination to point to his Instagram feed and smacked the update button. Then he promptly forgot about it.

Says a lot about the lack of technology prowess of the show’s producers. Also shows great ingenuity on the part of founder Garrett Gee.

How A Startup Accidentally “Hacked” Shark Tank With A QR Code

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