Where Is Cup Board Pro From Shark Tank Today?

When you look at a cutting board, you might have a hard time imagining a way to improve it. So long as it's flat and can be used to cut food on, a cutting board doesn't need any fancy gadgets or attachments. But have you ever been cutting avocados or apples and found that the cutting space has become cluttered with pits, cores, stems, and other inedible parts? There's nowhere you can put them without making a bigger mess to clean up. If only your cutting board was equipped with a receptacle in which you could easily dispose of scraps and waste.

That's where the Cup Board Pro comes in. According to its official website, the Cup Board Pro, a bamboo cutting board with an attached receptacle that runs the length of the board, is the brainchild of former New York City fireman and two-time "Chopped champion" Keith Young. Young first developed the Cup Board Pro in 2010, working on his invention until his death from cancer in 2018. 

Not to let their father's dream go to waste, Young's children, Christian, Keira, and Kaley, went on "Shark Tank" to raise money for the Cup Board Pro and to bring their father's invention to kitchens around the country. The invention was a hit with the sharks, and the company is still thriving today.

The Young family sought a $100,000 investment

The Young family appeared on Season 10, Episode 2 of "Shark Tank" in 2018. The Sharks were moved by the family's story, especially when it was revealed that Keith Young's cancer was a direct result of him working at the asbestos-ridden Ground Zero during the September 11, 2001 attacks. In fact, investor Daymond John tweeted during the show that he was so moved by the Youngs' story that he almost left the set to compose himself.

Not only did Shark Mark Cuban accept Cup Board Pro's offer, but so did every other shark in the room. Each shark pledged to invest $20,000 each in exchange for 20% of the company. Even more incredible was the revelation that all of the profits the sharks earned would go to charities to assist first responders who became sick or injured while responding at Ground Zero. The Young family was more than eager to accept the offer.

Following the Young family's appearance on "Shark Tank," the Cup Board Pro jumped in sales overnight. So touching was the story of Keith Young and his dream that 1,700 units of the Cup Board Pro were sold within minutes, and more than $2 million was logged in backorders.

The company is still in business as of 2022

As of 2022, Cup Board Pro shows no signs of slowing down. While the product isn't available on the company's official website as of yet, it is available through Williams-Sonoma, thanks to a deal brokered by Daymond John. Williams-Sonoma also handles the manufacturing and shipping of the Cup Board Pro across its 600 stores. 

In Season 14, Episode 14, the Cup Board Pro returned to "Shark Tank" in an update segment. As of 2022, the company seems to be doing well for itself, even developing more models of the Cup Board Pro. As the company's Instagram reveals, the "Cup Board Pro XL" includes two compartments and a sliding divider for food scraps and chopped ingredients. 

As of yet, the company has been doing well for itself and seems to have no plans on stopping production of the Cup Board Pro anytime soon.