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Deborah Torres Rejected A $1M 'Shark Tank' Offer, But Here’s Why She Was Better Off Without It

When it comes to moving with intention, Deborah Torres could write a book or two! The founder of Atlas Monroe — a vegan fried chicken company — is on its way to becoming the largest manufacturer of deep-fried vegan chicken across the globe even after turning down a $1 million offer on ABC’s “Shark Tank.” That’s right, Torres has maintained 100 percent ownership of the company since she appeared on the episode back in 2019. In an exclusive email interview with AfroTech, Torres explained how the “Shark Tank” decision actually took a toll on her. “My Shark Tank experience rocked me to the core,” explained Torres. “I was not nervous. I was surprised and disappointed that they withdrew the first offer. ” During her experience, Torres notes how while the entrepreneurial-themed reality television show recognized her company’s worth, they refused to truly see her individual worth. “Anyone that knows me knows that I am a genuine, down-to-earth, upfront kind of person who is determined,...

May 19, 2021