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.

Genius Juice – Ready to Drink Coconut Smoothies

Alex Bayer started Genius Juice back in 2014 to eat healthier. He became a “smoothie-holic” to avoid unhealthy junk food. When he tried his first coconut smoothie, he thought it was “GENIUS,” hence the name of the company. and Kickstarted it forward in May, 2015 with $15,375. His smoothies were very popular and he had […]

Ka-Pop – Ancient Grain Chips

Dustin Finkel invented Ka-Pop chips because he’s a fitness nut who loves to eat. Eating right isn’t always easy, especially when you’re craving chips, but what if the chips were healthy? Dustin asked himself the same question and started experimenting with ancient grain sorghum to make his Ka Pop Chips. At first he just made […]

Ready, Set, Food – Food Allergy Prevention for Babies

Doctors Katie Marks-Cogan and Andrew Leitner founded Ready, Set, Food after they had their own experiences with food allergy prevention with their own kids. Dr. Marks-Cogan was very attentive about introducing allergenic foods (milk, eggs, peanuts) to her child, but she didn’t like the hassle of measuring and hoping the kid would eat everything. Dr. […]

RapidRope – Rope in a Can

Geanie and Chris Rogers invented RapidRope to make hauling rope around more convenient. Whenyou go out hiking, hunting, fishing, boating or any other outdoor activity, you might want to bring some rope along. You never know what you’re going to need it for, but rest assured if you don’t bring any with you, you WILL […]

Haitian Black Castor Oil by Kreyol Essence

When Yve-Car Momperousse was a little girl, her mother would put Haitian Black Castor Oil in her hair when it got damaged. Whether her hair tore, got frizzed out or even got damaged by harsh chemicals or heat, a little bit of mom’s “magic oil” would fix up her hair. When Yve-Car was all grown […]

Wise Pocket Products – Socks With Pockets

Wise Pockets inventor and founder Sofia Overton isn’t like most 13 year olds. Most 13 year olds don’t start a business and pitch it on Shark Tank! Sofia is a young lady with a lot of drive and a heart. She started making Wise Pocket Products – socks with pockets – after watching her cousin […]

Wanna Date – Date Spread

Melissa Bartow didn’t go off to NYU to start a date spread business, but that’s what she ended up doing. She loves eating fruit and somebody gave her a date to try her freshman year; she LOVED them. Dates are practically a superfood as they’re packed with minerals, fiber and “good” carbs. After her first […]

Love Sync – The Sex Button

Love Sync creators Ryan and Jennifer Cmich didn’t expect all the attention their “sex button” got when they did a Kickstarter for it, but they rolled will all the snarky online negativity well. Jennifer believes there’s no such thing as bad publicity, so she’s happy – for now. Ryan, and engineer, and Jennifer, a manager […]

Zuum Technologies Hover Shoes

Chico Guerra and Mason Buechler started Zuum Technologies to “reinvent the way people think about traveling.” They decided to make hover shoes for zipping around on short commutes. Most people take trips of five miles or less when running errands or commuting. If you live in an urban area, those short trips are more efficient […]

Slumber Pod Baby Privacy Tent

Lou Childs and her daughter Katy Mallory came up with the idea for the Slumber Pod after Katy, her husband and their baby visited Lou’s house for a Christmas break. The “break” wasn’t a restful one. Katy’s baby, normally a good sleeper at home, was up all night causing massive sleep deprivation for all involved. […]

Fortress Clothing – Cold Weather Gear

Dale Lewis created his patented Fortress Clothing line to stay warm in extreme cold weather. Originally designed for paragliders at high altitudes, Dale’s found that skiers, snowboarders, outdoor workers and others want the same protection from cold. The secret sauce is Fortress Clothing’s patented technology that keeps you warm whether you’re wet or dry. Anyone […]

Flex Screen – Replacement Window Screens

Flex Screen inventor Joe Altieri spent 15 years in the window business. People loved his windows, but he heard a lot of complaints about screens. Screens are a necessity if you want to get fresh air while keeping out bugs and animals, but they tend to rip or otherwise become ineffective. Replacing screens or repairing […]

Easy Treesy – Artificial Christmas Trees

Easy Treesy creator Kurt Stange started designing and installing large-scale Christmas displays right out of college. His company, Miami Christmas Lights, puts up hundreds of Christmas displays for corporate clients every year. Watching the installation of these displays became somewhat of an event in the greater Miami area and one day a spectator asked why […]

Beard Ornaments by Beardaments

Jason McOmber started making beard ornaments as a side hustle to have a little holiday fun and earn some extra cash. He runs his company, Beardaments, when he’s not working as a trainer for AT&T and Direct TV dealers. He may actually have to leave his day job behind soon, especially if he gets a […]

The Little ELF – Gift Wrap Cutting Tool

Bryan Perla invented and patented the Little ELF while he was still in high school, but it didn’t become a business until he got to college. The current Stanford junior brought his prototype with him and enlisted the help of his college buddies to bring the ELF (Easy, Lightweight, Fast) to life. Some guys helped […]

KitLender – Ski Gear Rental Online

Forrest Shinners created KitLender to solve a problem. He grew up skiing in Stowe, Vermont but when he moved to new York after college, his friends didn’t want to go skiing for a weekend. The reason: they didn’t have the gear. Ski gear is expensive. You have to get googles, good gloves, ski pants, a […]

TerraCore – 1000 in 1 Fitness Stepper

Before creating TerraCore, Greg Nigro was in the fitness industry for nearly twenty years. Most of that time was spent as a consultant to gym owners where he trained people on new gym equipment technologies. Over that period, he was paying attention to what people wanted and needed in personal gym equipment. When he decided […]

Unreal Deli – Vegan Corned Beef

Just for a moment, imagine you’re like Jenny Hanna Goldfarb, creator of Unreal Deli vegan corned beef. You grew up in New York City in a family that owned several delis. Corned Beef was not only a family staple, it’s your favorite sandwich. Next you move to California and transition to a vegan diet. You […]

Outer Furniture – Outdoor Furniture

Terry Lin and Jiake Liu had complimentary skill sets when they teamed up to form Outer Furniture. They also had bold new ideas on how to sell it. Setting up an outdoor furniture business for some might be a daunting task, but these two had some advantages. Liu was a designer at Pottery Barn for […]

Gallant Pet – Stem Cells for Dogs

Aaron Hirschhorn started Gallant Pet because he loves his dog. We all do, and he wanted to make life easier for his elderly dog who was suffering from arthritis. Since Aaron had relief from chronic back pain from regenerative stem cell therapy, he knew it would work for his dog too. He had experience with […]

Baubles n Soles – Interchangeable Childrens Shoes

Lisa Nguyen was an accomplished woman well before she created Baubles n Soles, her line of interchangeable childrens shoes that she’s pitching in the Tank with her husband Duc and two kids. Nguyen is a former “Vietnamese Idol” who, as a result of her victory, hosted a series of TV shows in Viet Nam while […]

DogThreads Matching Shirts for Dogs and People

DogThreads let you and your pooch wear matching outfits. Yes, you read that right. Now, when you take your dog out and about, you can coordinate your wardrobe with your dog. That was the big idea Scott and Gina Davis had back in 2014. Scott wanted to have a matching Hawaiian shirt for he and […]

The Peanut Butter Pump Pumps it Up

What else would an out of work financial analyst invent other than The Peanut Butter Pump? That’s what Andy Scherer did. He suddenly “had a lot of time on his hands” after getting let go from his position as a mergers and acquisitions specialist for a big financial firm. Andy likes peanut butter sandwiches, but […]

The Yard Freak Shakes Franchise

The Yard takes milkshakes to a whole new level. They make what’s come to be known online as Freak Shakes. The Freak Shake phenomena began a few years ago in Australia when somebody made an outrageous milkshake with ice cream, candy, cream, fudge sauce and more. They put it in a mason jar and snapped […]

Supply Razors – Hi Tech Single Blade Razors

Patrick Coddou started selling Supply Razors online as a side hustle while he was an international jet fighter salesman for Lockheed Martin. His interest in razors goes back to 2012 when he co-founded Brick Blades, a now defunct business with “the singular mission of developing the ultimate single blade shave.”  It was that business that […]

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