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Lehigh grad excels on ABC's "Shark Tank"

Dave Petrillo ‘08 captured the attention of the coffee industry in 2011 with a new product that had fans of the hot beverage cheering across the globe. The quest continued in the start of 2013 with an appearance on the ABC investment reality series "Shark Tank" in an effort to secure futher capital for the product. Petrillo, an integrated business and engineering graduate, alongside childhood friend and business partner Dave Jackson, conceived the idea of Coffee Joulies, a bean-sized device that, when placed in a cup of coffee, will regulate its temperature. Petrillo and Jackson won over the judges on the hit ABC series, adding to an already successful 2012 that saw the pair pull in over $575,000 in sales. Petrillo initially raised over $300,000 online for Coffee Joulies in 2011, grabbing national attention in the media, including NPR, Popular Science and ABC News.

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Dave Petrillo '08 (right), with Coffee Joulies business partner Dave Jackson (Photo by Paul Agus/Courtesy of Coffee Joulies)

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Petrillo (right), with Jackson on ABC's "Shark Tank" (©ABC/CRAIG SJODIN)