A Shark Ate My Bagel: How Bantam Bagels Was Built, A Memoir

· Elyse Oleksak LLC · Narrated by Brittany Wilkerson
10 hr 31 min
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About this audiobook

From co-founder Elyse Oleksak, discover how Bantam Bagels, the company featured on ABC’s Shark Tank, the Today Show, and Oprah’s Favorite Things, was built! A gut-wrenching, relatable, inspirational memoir offering lessons in how to start, market and grow a business in today’s America.

Elyse and her husband and business partner, Nick, seemingly have done it all. Together, they faced the notorious Sharks of ABC’s Shark Tank, sold millions of bagels on live TV, invented multiple successful lines of frozen breakfast items, and built their company into a recognized national brand.

But they have also faced challenge. In pursuit of their dream, Elyse and Nick spent seven days a week, 24 hours a day, bustling through financial struggles, rejections, pregnancies, births, miscarriages, crisscrossing the country, fighting tooth and nail for the survival of their company. And nearly every time they made a step towards success it was coupled by an equally sized calamity or failure.

Through candor, humor, and raw emotion, Elyse shares her story of pursuing the American Dream. It is the story of the highs, the lows and the sacrifices required to achieve success. Through Elyse’s memoir, you will learn about the vital roles of relationships, hard work, risk, and adaptation when starting a business, and that ultimately failure isn’t the end for an entrepreneur – rather it’s the fuel that keeps the machine churning.

About the author

Co-Founder of Bantam Bagels, Elyse Oleksak lives outside of New York City with her three children, and her husband, Nick. Elyse met her husband while attending Columbia University as a four-year starter on Columbia’s Division 1 Varsity Lacrosse Team. Elyse is also a Life and Career Coach, certified by New York University.

Elyse and her business has been featured across a myriad of media, including ABC’s Shark Tank, The Today Show, Today.com, New York Post, Oprah Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, Flaunt Magazine, Thrillist, Eater, New York Daily News, Bustle, Washington Post, Wicked Local, Miami Herald, Delish, Buzzfeed, Foodbeast, FoodBev Magazine, Jimmy Fallon Monologue, Gothamist, Business Insider, Entrepreneur, Fortune, Every Day with Rachael Ray Magazine, The Daily Meal, Pop Sugar, Mashed, Bakery & Snacks, Baking Business, Miami Herald, Yahoo Finance, Food Business News, Bake Magazine, NOSH, The Business Journals, Heavy.com, among many others.


Elyse is passionate about helping entrepreneurs achieve their dreams and is currently working on several consulting projects with passionate small business owners. 

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Narrated by Brittany Wilkerson