You might know Ronco Brands, a new Austin-based holding company, has filed to raise $30 million in an initial public offering.
Founded by inventor and entrepreneur Ron Popeil in 1964, Ronco is famous for gadgets sold on late-night infomercials. Though it has struggled financially in recent years, Ronco maintains that it has sold over $2 billion in Ronco-branded products in the U.S. since its inception.
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Take that, BeDazzler!
Awww, yiss. The original gangster.
Perpetuating stereotypes and enabling creeps in cars since 1978!
Hear that? That’s the sound of every hipster in town flocking to eBay …
Nothing says sex appeal like “rich foamy dust.”
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