About Rob Merlino

Entrepreneur, auteur, raconteur. Rob Merlino is a blogger and writer who enjoys the Shark Tank TV show and Hot Dogs. A father of five who freelances in a variety of publications, Rob has a stable of websites including Shark Tank Blog, Hot Dog Stories, Rob Merlino.com and more.

The Pop-It-Pal Zit Simulator

Summer Pierce, Billy Pierce and Kayla Roof  created the Pop-It-Pal because they have a “unique obsession,” they like to pop zits! They hope the Sharks get a kick out of their hot-selling novelty item that some are calling the next fidget spinner when they present it in episode 1005. The Pop-It-Pal is a small, rectangular […]

Yumble Meals for Kids

Yumble Meals founders David and Joanna Parker started making pre-made meals for their own three kids when the chore of getting meals together became too much of a chore. Kids can be picky eaters and theirs were no exception. Basically, Joanna made wholesome, healthy meals based on her own kids’ favorites: pizza, chicken nuggets etc. She […]

Mother Beverage – Apple Cider Vinegar Drinks

Stephen and Allison Ellsworth want the Sharks to drink up and invest in Mother Beverage, their line of apple cider vinegar based drinks in Shark Tank episode 1005. The “mother” in Mother Beverage pays homage to what’s known as the mother of a bottle of vinegar. It’s the sludge like blob at the bottom of […]

Bolly X – Bollywood Inspired Exercise

Bolly X creator Shahil Patel first performed Bollywood inspired dance routines on America’s Got Talent back in 2009. He didn’t win, but he made it to the finals. That was the start of an interesting journey that brought him from California to Boston and made Bolly X what it is today. Bolly X is an […]

Hire a Santa – Santa Claus “Employment Agency”

Mitch Allen and dozens of Santa Claus characters join the Shark Tank cast as Allen pitches his Hire a Santa employment agency in the Shark Tank Holiday Special. Allen is a professional Santa who has developed a large, world-wide database of people who dress as Santa for the Christmas season. All his Santas are vetted […]

RynArik or Prank-O in Disguise – Gag Gift Boxes

When Arik Nordby and Ryan Walther pitch RynArik on Shark Tank, they’ll be pulling a prank. RynArik is a name they made up for the show to pitch Prank-O, their hilarious gift boxes. Each box has a gag “product” on its cover. They look like plausible, but very off the wall “as seen on TV” type […]

Oat Meals – Oatmeal Restaurant

Before opening Oat Meals, Samantha Stephens was a successful investment banker. She first fell in love with oatmeal while getting her education in finance. Like a lot of freshmen in college, she put on the “freshman fifteen,” though she claims it was closer to thirty pounds. This made her turn to oatmeal, the perfect college […]

Ski Z by Ski Junk – Wheel Tote for Skis

Ski Z inventor Kyle Allen and his business partner Nick Palmero want to roll into the Tank and get an investment from a Shark for Christmas. They’ll pitch their product – a wheeled ski tote – in the Shark Tank Holiday Special Sunday night. Apparently a skiing related product helps folks envision the winter wonderland […]

Vade Protein Powder Pods

Vade means “to vanish” in Latin and that’s what this product does. The protein powder pods are the creation of former MSU wrestler Joe Johnson and his wife – a former Arizona State cheerleader, Meghan. They’re a couple of athletes and they keep in great shape. They also drink a lot of protein shakes at […]

Nui Keto Cookies for Keto Diets

About three years ago, Kristopher Quiaoit and Victor Macias experimented and baked “perfect” keto cookies. Since they wanted to try the keto diet without giving up cookies, they wanted a good substitute. The guys actually spent a whole week eating nothing but their keto cookies to see if they would work. They did. While they […]

Lock Straps Lock it Down

Lock Straps are a new take on the tie down. Tie downs are straps that allow you to keep things attached to your roof rack, truck bed or trailer tightly so they don’t move around. They work great for securing things, but they don’t keep them secure. Inventor Jeff Cranny found that out the hard […]

Bottle Keeper Keeps Beer Cold

 Adam Callinan and Matt Campbell invented Bottle Keeper to keep their bottled beer cold while in warm climates. This simple idea came about while drinking beer in a hot tub with their uncle. The beer, poured into plastic cups to avoid broken glass in the hot tub, was warm. The guys (and I) think warm […]

The Wisp Broom and Dust Pan

Scratch golfer and inventor Eben Dobson enters with his Wisp Broom, the first innovation of the broom in nearly 100 years. He got the idea for the product from an earlier invention of his: a bristle brush for cleaning off golf greens. The Wisp Broom has stiff, bristle like “hairs” that are closely packed together to […]

Reward Stock – Travel Freely

Reward Stock is like a stock market for travel miles. Miles, or points, are perks given out by credit card companies and airlines that reward travelers for loyalty. They get redeemed for free travel. For people who travel a lot for business, miles are an added employment benefit. When people have multiple credit cards and […]

Kombucha Brewing Kits from Kombucha Shop

Kombucha is the latest food fad for the health food crowd. It’s a fermented tea, made from bacteria and yeast mixed with black or green tea and sugar. People first made it in China over 2000 years ago. What makes it so trendy these days is it helps with digestion and the immune system. The natural […]

Hand Bag Rain Coat – Protecting the Purse

Cousins Morgan and Arley Sarner invented the Hand Bag Rain Coat to protect their expensive fashion hand bags. With some handbags costing thousands of dollars, like Louis Vitton Handbags, they are an item people want to protect! The two cousins love going into New York City and flashing their fashion, and that includes pricey designer […]

ManScaped – Manscaping Products

Josh and Steve King, a father and son entrepreneurial team, introduce the Sharks to ManScaped, their “manscaping” products for men, in episode 1004. Man Scaped specifically makes products for grooming “below the belt.” The company mission is “caring for your crotch.” Their products includes the Crop Cleanser, a wash; the Preserver, an anti-chafing moisturizer; the […]

Cave Shakes – Keto Diet Shakes

Holly Heath and Billie Cavallaro pitch Cave Shakes, their vegan meal replacement shakes, in Shark Tank episode 1004. Cave Shakes use coconut milk as its base ingredient. They’re drinkable at room temperature, but when you chill them, they thicken to a near ice cream consistency. In addition to coconut milk, Cave Shakes contain natural sugars, stevia, salt, […]

ButterCloth – The World’s Most Comfortable Shirt

ButterCloth founder Danh Tran started designing his own clothes at age ten. He learned while working in his family’s small tailor shop in Viet Nam as a child. In 1994, he came to the USA to go to school at the Otis College of Design. After he graduated, he spent the next 20 years as a fashion […]

BoomBoom – Pocket Aromatherapy

Chelsea and John Pinto look for the sweet smell of success when they pitch BoomBoom , their portable aromatherapy energy inhaler, in Shark Tank episode 1004. BoomBoom inhalers are about the size of a Vicks inhaler. Each tube is infused with menthol,  “essential oils and stimulating scents.” Basically you shove the inhaler up your nose […]

Souper Girl Healthy Soups

Mother/daughter “souptrepreneurs” Marilyn and Sara Polon want a super deal for Souper Girl, their super fresh soup business. They’ve been making soup in the greater Washington DC area since 2008 and they’ve become quite the toast of the town. They started small  as a web-based soup service, then grew to a take-out store in Takoma. They […]

Cupboard Pro

Christian, Keira and Kaley Young bring their dad’s invention, The Cupboard Pro, to Shark Tank episode 1002 in what will be a tear-jerker of a pitch. The product is pretty straightforward: it’s a cutting board with an attached receptacle or cup to stash the cut items in. Firehouse Chef and inventor Keith Young created the […]

Beyond Sushi – Vegan Sushi Restaurants

When chef Guy Vaknin founded the first Beyond Sushi vegan sushi restaurant in 2012, he didn’t know he’d be fare for the carnivorous Sharks six years later. Vaknin is the first vegan restaurant to appear in the Tank and he hopes he’ll “give the vegan food movement a national spotlight.” Chef Vaknin pitches his vegan sushi […]

Bundil App – Turn Spare Change Into Cryptocurrency

Dmitri Love hopes his Bundil App will catch the Shark’s attention when he pitches it in episode 1002. Bundil works like other “spare change” apps: you link a credit or debit card to the app and it “rounds up” purchases, depositing the extra change into an investment account. There are several well known apps – […]

Ta Ta Towel Keeps Your Ta Tas Dry

Erin Robertson made her first Ta Ta Towel after agonizing about breast sweat during a date. That must have been some date. It seems her breasts are on the large side and, when it’s particularly hot, they get a lot of moisture where they hang down. So she brainstormed about how to solve the problem […]

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