“The Lion’s Den” Out of the mouse: This stupid deal fell through after the show
Investor Ralf Dümmel is the hardest-working dealmaker in the start-up show “Die Höhle der Löwen”. But with the lightest computer mouse in the world, Carsten Maschmeyer and he broke the deal after the show.
With a high-tech mouse for gamers, the brothers Patrick and Dominik Schmalzried could be seen on Monday evening in the “Cave of the Lions”. The “Zaunkoenig M1K” developed by them is supposedly the lightest computer mouse in the world at 23 grams – and is supposed to give professional gamblers the decisive advantage in competition with other players.
The investors Ralf Dümmel and Carsten Maschmeyer were convinced in the Vox show and promised 100,000 euros for a 25 percent company share. But after the show, the deal fell through, like stupid stern confirmed. The Zaunkoenig is a “real innovation” and a “great product”. But: “Unfortunately, it turned out in further discussions that we do not have the same strategic directions for the future – we support Dominik and Patrick and are of course at their side with advice and action,” says Dümmel.
Broken deals after the show are more common in “Die Höhle der Löwen”. For series investor Dümmel, however, it is rather unusual that he does not follow through with a deal that was sealed on TV.
The crux of the matter is the scroll wheel
Co-investor Maschmeyer also distanced himself from the deal after the broadcast. He justified the withdrawal with a technical defect in the product, which was only noticed afterwards: the lack of a scroll wheel. “The scroll wheel is essential for many gamers – a tool that Patrick and Dominik did not have,” said Maschmeyer, according to the founding scene.
In the meantime, the founders, who were successful as e-athletes themselves, have made improvements and developed a new version: The “Zaunkoenig M2K” has a scroll wheel and, thanks to its super-light carbon fibers, still weighs only 24 grams. On their website, the gamer brothers advertise the development as the “Porsche on your mouse pad”. With a corresponding luxury price: the professional mouse costs a whopping 299 euros.
You can read a TV review of the last program “Die Höhle der Löwen” here