Monday, October 01, 2007

Dragons' Den is back: someone's gonna get burned

Don't forget: Tonight (Monday night) at 8 pm* is the season premiere of Dragons’ Den, the CBC TV show that has aspiring entrepreneurs pitching for investment money to a panel of self-satisfied and overconfident multimillionaires in an overdramatic and unnecessarily confrontational setting.

It's great TV. Even for people (like entrepreneurs) who hardly ever watch TV.

There’s also lots for you to learn. Watching the dragons tear apart bad presentations and half-baked business ideas is an education in itself. (See my blogpost from May, when I auditioned potential pitchers as a Deputy Dragon).

If you don't come away from this show a better critical thinker and more persuasive presenter, you just weren't paying attention.

Since there’s some complication over video rights, this show may never come out on DVD. So dust off that old VCR and tape this show, because this is one program you can watch again and again. Watch it with friends and family – it can get the whole group talking and laughing, and all the while absorbing the primal law of business: Know your market.

If you miss an episode, watch for reruns on CBC Newsworld. Apparently they will be airing the show at 9 am on Saturdays.
Or check out all the action at the website, at
You can also get news and comments on the show from insider Sean Wise on his DD blog, at

(*Yes, 8:30 in Newfoundland and Labrador)

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