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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 Kitty Litter: A Purr-fect Blend of Care and Innovation

In the world of pet care, one entrepreneur’s moment of despair transformed into a groundbreaking solution that not only saved a beloved feline friend but also revolutionized the way we care for our cats. Meet Ramon Van Meer, the visionary founder behind Genius Kitty Litter, a brand that goes beyond conventional cat care solutions. The […]

Torch Warriorwear: Empowering Women Warriors

In the world of military apparel, Torch Warriorwear is making waves with a revolutionary approach to redefine modern-day warriorwear. Meet Haley McClain Hill, a former U.S. Air Force officer, cheerleader, and now the visionary behind Torch Warriorwear. Her journey from serving in the Air Force to creating a line of functional bodysuits for military women […]

Au Baby Blankets: Revolutionizing Baby Blankets

In a world where baby blankets often fall short of providing more than just warmth and softness, Alexandra Ulmer, the founder of AU Baby Blankets, embarked on a mission to redefine the industry and address the environmental and health concerns associated with traditional baby blankets. Alexandra’s journey began during her tenure as a knitwear designer […]

The Modern Picnic Lunchbox

In 2018, Ali Kaminetsky launched Modern Picnic with a bold mission: to provide women with a chic alternative to the traditional lunchbox. The brand stands tall on a foundation of functionality, sustainability, and style, offering a transformative solution to the mundane act of carrying lunch to work. Ali’s journey began after graduating from college in […]

Unveiling Shroomacon: A Vegan Bacon Innovation on Shark Tank

Hey there, plant-based enthusiasts! Marvin and Aleah Montague are set to rock the stage on Shark Tank this January 26 with their revolutionary vegan creation – Shroomacon. Co-founders of the Baltimore-based start-up Meat The Mushroom, this power couple is on a mission to redefine the plant-based food scene with their delectable and health-conscious alternative to […]

Jay Cutler’s Pet Butter Hits the Big Screen on Shark Tank

Jay’s Pet Butter founder Jay Cutler, the four-time Mr. Olympia, has built a legacy not only in the bodybuilding world but also as an entrepreneur. Beyond his success on the bodybuilding stage, Cutler has ventured into various business ventures, including the creation of unique products. His latest venture takes him into the world of pet […]

Bar Bees Bartending: Mixing Fun and Cocktails

The founders of Bar Bees Bartending know that in the realm of party planning, immersive themes have become the heartbeat of memorable gatherings. However, the challenge arises when hosts find themselves spending more time behind the bar than mingling with their guests. Bar Bees Bartending, founded by Jess Blakeley and Willow Sprague, emerges as the […]

Mama Sing My Song: A Musical Journey

In the heart of Indiana, Amanda Seibert found solace in a simple melody during the late-night hours of motherhood. Little did she know that this lullaby, born out of desperation to soothe her fussy baby, Jane, would evolve into the heartwarming business known as Mama Sing My Song. As Amanda takes her musical venture to […]

Like Air Puffcorn: A Delightful Snacking Experience

In the ever-evolving world of snacking, a family-owned brand is making waves with its innovative and flavorful melt-in-your-mouth puffcorn. Like Air® Puffcorn, created by siblings Steve Atieh, Allison Lin, and Kevin Atieh, is set to captivate a national audience as they gear up for their appearance on the renowned television show Shark Tank. The Shark […]

Pop Light: Revolutionizing Wall Lighting

Caroline Matthes and Rose Fierman, the dynamic duo behind Pop Light, embarked on a mission to transform the way we think about wall lighting. Their journey began when they moved into their first home together and sought gorgeous, modern wall lighting that would enhance their space without breaking the bank. Traditional wall sconces, however, presented […]

The Duo by ShedRain

As the raindrops fall and umbrellas open, the story of ShedRain, a legacy dating back to 1947, continues to unfold. Nathaniel Wellen, the great-grandson of one of the founders, will be introducing the company’s latest innovation, the Duo, on the upcoming episode of Shark Tank on January 19, 2023. ShedRain’s journey is not just a […]

Table Tyke: Revolutionizing Mealtime for Kids

In the bustling world of parenting, where every moment is a new adventure, Berlyn Haughton, a Fresno Mom, took a creative leap to simplify mealtime with The Table Tyke. This innovative placemat, born out of a mother’s necessity, has become a game-changer for parents seeking a stress-free dining experience with their little ones. Inspiration for […]

Heathers Choice: Revolutionizing Backcountry Dining

In the world of outdoor adventures, where the call of the wild meets the necessity of nourishment, Heathers Choice stands out as a beacon for those seeking quality, dehydrated meals. Founded by the resilient and adventure-driven Heather Kelly, the brand is set to make a splash on the entrepreneurial stage as Heather pitches her business […]

Vibe Ride: A Game-Changer in Skateboarding

Vibe Ride, a groundbreaking company born in the scenic mountains of Utah, has taken the skateboarding industry by storm with its revolutionary longboard brake system. In the dynamic world of extreme sports, innovation is the key to pushing boundaries and enhancing the thrill. Vibe Ride, a groundbreaking company born in the scenic mountains of Utah, […]

Fish Wife: Transforming Tinned Seafood into a Culinary Delight

In the 16th century, the term “Fish wife” had a humble origin, referring to the daughters or wives of fishermen selling fish at the market. Over time, it transformed into a gendered insult for bold, foul-mouthed women. Fast forward to 2020, Becca Millstein reclaimed this term, co-founding Fish Wife, a tinned seafood company, with the […]

The Dingle Dangle: A Parenting Game-Changer

Parenting often comes with unexpected challenges, and for new dad Mark Hamilton, a particularly daunting moment sparked the birth of a revolutionary product that is now set to make waves on the hit TV show Shark Tank. On January 12, 2023, Stewart Gold, Mark’s partner in parenting and business, will present their creation, the Dingle […]

Pocket Panty: Empowering Women On-The-Go

In the hustle and bustle of modern life, multitasking has become second nature. For women on the go, balancing work, fitness, and socializing often means facing unexpected challenges, and the founder of The Pocket Panty (TPP), Ashlee Turner, knows this struggle all too well. The birth of TPP is a testament to Ashlee’s determination to […]

The Inspiring Journey of Cake Bodies

In the world of fashion, comfort and innovation often take a backseat to aesthetics. However, the founders of Cake Bodies, Casey Sarai and Taylor Capuano, are on a mission to change that narrative. Their journey, from an embarrassing encounter on a treadmill to an appearance on ABC’s “Shark Tank,” is a testament to their dedication […]

Rebel Cheeses: A Plant-Powered Twist on Tradition

In the heart of artisanal cheese innovation, Rebel Cheeses stands as a beacon of culinary rebellion, challenging traditional norms with a delightful plant-powered twist. Founded by the dynamic duo of Kirsten Maitland and her husband, Fred Swar, Rebel Cheeses has carved its niche by crafting dairy-free, lactose-free, gluten-free, and animal-friendly cheeses that rival their traditional […]

Fly With Wine: A Journey from Napa Valley to Global Cheers

In the heart of Napa Valley in 2016, Ron Scharman and Ryan Neergaard uncorked a solution to a predicament faced by countless wine enthusiasts worldwide – how to safely transport cherished bottles from the vineyards to their homes. Thus, Fly With Wine was born, setting out on a mission to redefine the way aficionados and […]

Review of Bouqs 2023

The good people at Bouqs recently reached out to me and asked if I’d do a review of Bouqs for 2023. My last review of Bouqs was back in 2015 and I reviewed them positively. Why wouldn’t I? Since that time, I’ve ordered flowers from Bouqs dozens of times. I order flowers at least seven […]

Tomte Cake – A Wholesome Gingerbread Adventure for Families

Thanks for joining us as we dive into the enchanting world of The Tomte Cake, a delightful do-it-yourself gingerbread house kit that comes complete with an original storybook. This magical creation is the brainchild of the talented Miranda Tompkins, an author, and illustrator who wanted to transform the traditional gingerbread house experience into something extraordinary. […]

The Black Paper Party Revolutionizes Holiday Decor

In the world of holiday decorations, one group of dynamic Black women has taken the lead in transforming the landscape. J’aaron Merchant, Jasmine Hudson, and Madia Willis, founders of The Black Paper Party, noticed a gap in the market when it came to authentic and diverse holiday representations. Fueled by their backgrounds in retail and […]

The PickUp Bricks Revolution

PickUp Bricks inventor Aurora Weinstock was tired of the excruciating pain of stepping on Lego bricks scattered around her home. Well, she’s not alone! Aurora and Steve Weinstock, the brother and sister in law team behind Pick Up Bricks, have revolutionized the way we clean up small toys with the world’s first kid-safe vacuum. No […]

The Snow in Seconds Story

In the winter wonderland that is Minnesota, the Snow in Seconds Story emerged as a family-owned business in 2008, bringing a touch of magic to the snowy landscape. Snow in Seconds, founded by Jonathan Dusing, stands as the original fake snow, revolutionizing the way we experience winter festivities. With a more than a decade of […]

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