I first came across the BBC’s Dragons’ Den on a work trip home a few years ago. I instantly loved it; I was working in marketing at the time, and I genuinely did learn a lot from the successful pitches. But, of course, the real fun comes from those awful, doomed pitches, and the complete lack of self awareness of some participants.
I was really happy when the CBC came up with its own version of Dragons’ Den the next year, and I watch or tape it every Wednesday night. I no longer pretend to gain any career-related benefits from the show, and treat it as pure entertainment.
But this week’s episode was a little more serious. See how the Dragons deal with a snake-oil salesmen claiming to have a miracle cure for cancer, arthritis, heartburn, and pretty much everything else under the sun:
I have to say I was impressed. If only all sources of product development funding were so hostile to the woo-meisters and people sucking money from desperate patients. It helps that Jim Treliving, the Dragon who kicked the guy out, is a former cop who presumably has little patience for fools and knaves.