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Local entrepreneurs score with children's book discovery platform on 'Shark Tank'

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(WJLA) - Jordan Lloyd-Bookey and Felix Lloyd’s idea for a customized service to find books and products tailored to individual children's interests was chosen after a single email from the producers of “Shark Tank.”

Arlington duo succeeds on 'Shark Tank'

“It moved pretty quickly after that, which we thought was a prank,” they said. “We thought it was a prank!”

The duo created Zoobean, a children’s book discovery platform and highly personalized subscription service – but they couldn’t tell anyone about it, which was tough, considering they had an office out of D.C.’s start-up incubator, 1776, where many budding companies grow.

For instance, social photo game Snapdash, founded by Daniel Hanks; a mobile app for hospital patients called Infield Health, founded by Douglas Naegele; and the Kayak of Ground Transportation called RideScout.

“It really seemed like Mark Cuban got our company and got the vision for it,” said the Zoobean founders of the "Shark Tank" panelist.

Since Jordan and Felix’s episode of Shark Tank was taped in July, they have moved across the river to an office where they have some cool perks.

“We’re proud of what we’ve done, and we’ve got a long way to go – with Shark Tank, I think the future’s bright,” said Jordan.

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