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Ring, which Amazon just bought for $1 billion, was once rejected by ‘Shark Tank’

Sometimes a shark doesn’t know a good thing.

Ring, the video-doorbell company that Amazon.com Inc. AMZN, -0.66%bought Tuesday for more than $1 billion, was rejected by a panel of investors on ABC’s “Shark Tank” in 2013.

Jamie Siminoff, the founder and chief executive of Ring — then called DoorBot — went on the show seeking investors for his nascent business. Pitching it as “caller ID for your door,” Siminoff was seeking $700,000 for a 10% stake in the company — a $7 million valuation.

No one bit, except for investor Kevin O’Leary, who offered a $700,000 loan, 10% of all sales until the loan was paid off, 7% royalties on all future sales and a 5% stake in the company.

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