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.

Shark Tank Season 13 Announced

ABC has formally announced Shark Tank Season 13. They previously announced the air date of the first episode, Friday October 8, 2021 at 8 PM eastern, but did not provide details until today. The six regular Sharks will return along with recurring guest Shark Daniel Lubetzski. New guest Sharks for Shark Tank season 13 are: […]

Phoozy Review

The good folks at Phoozy sent along some product for a Phoozy review. When I write about companies that appear on Shark Tank. I have to do a little research. When I heard Phoozy inventor Kevin Conway’s story about phones at the bottom of the lake he fishes in and phones melting in the sun, […]

Lit Handlers Contest – Win a Lit Handler

Shark Tank Blog is doing a Lit Handlers contest! We haven’t had a contest here for a number of years, but they are coming back and we’ll be doing more throughout the summer and season 13. If you recall, Lit Handlers appeared on the season 12 finale episode of Shark Tank – episode 1222. The […]

12 Awesome Shark Tank Father’s Day Gifts

These 12 Shark Tank Father’s Day Gifts will blow any father away, whether he’s a Shark Tank fan or not. Father’s Day is just around the corner, so make sure you get something for dad now! All 12 of these gift ideas are products I own and have used. I NEVER recommend anything unless I’ve […]

The Super Potty Trainer – Potty Seat Replacement

Judy Abrahams invented The Super Potty Trainer because her daughter wanted to learn to go potty but was afraid of falling in. Traditional potty training toilet seats are cumbersome and those mini training pottys aren’t much more than a bucket you do your business in. They’re a pain to clean, too. There had to be […]

Copper Cow – Single Serve Vietnamese Coffee

Debbie Wei Mullin created Copper Cow Coffee so she could enjoy her favorite drink: Vietnamese Coffee. Debbie’s grandmother came to the USA in 1975, around the end of the Viet Nam War. Debbie grew up enjoying traditional Vietnamese food and drinks; her favorite was/is Vietnamese Coffee. This coffee uses Robusta beans grown in Vietnam. Robusta […]

LitHandlers – The Littest Handlers Around

The timing of bad weather for LitHandlers creator Destiny Padgett couldn’t be worse. She’s on the season 12 finale of Shark Tank and it’s raining in her hometown of Buna, Texas. It’s raining so hard, her warehouse flooded! It looks like no inventory was damaged, but they still had a lot of water to clean […]

DinoDon – Life Sized Dinosaurs

When Shark Tank producers asked if Don Lessem would like DinoDon, his life sized dinosaur business, to appear on Shark Tank, he had one condition. That condition was his wife, Valerie Jones, had to appear with him. Jones is a non profit fundraising professional who’s used to asking for big bucks. She also speak the […]

The Pluto Pillow – Custom Pillows

Susana Saeliu created the Pluto Pillow because she didn’t have a pillow she liked. She, along with business partner Kevin Li, want to disrupt the pillow industry in the same way companies like Purple have disrupted the mattress industry. The Pluto Pillow is a pillow that uses an algorithm to customize a pillow design to […]

Fling Golf – Golf/Lacrosse Mashup

Fling Golf inventor Alex Van Allen and his childhood friends were an imaginative bunch. They’d combine sports to make a new game. That’s how Fling Golf came to be – they combined lacrosse with golf and he’s convinced he’s going to change golf forever. What it is is a golf “club” that lets you fling […]

The Original Stretch Lace – Elastic Shoelaces

Jamie Montz invented The Original Stretch Lace to make tying her kids’ shoes easier, When you have three little ones, it can be a pain in the neck to keep getting on your knees and tying them. They are also popular with the elderly and people with special needs because they turn any shoe or […]

Float ‘n’ Grill – Floating BBQ Grill

If you ever wanted to grill while you’re in the water, Float ‘n’ Grill is for you. The product, featured in Shark Tank episode 1221, is the brainchild of Mikey Bashawaty and Jeremy Quillico, long time friends who enjoy hanging out on the sandbars of nearby Lake St. Clair and Lake Erie in the summertime. […]

Sneaker Erasers aka SneakerASERS

Sneaker Erasers creators Chris Pavlica and Kevin Consolo used to brainstorm about million dollar ideas while roommates at Ohio University. It was almost ten years later that idea came to be. Pavlica was a film maker in LA and Consolo was doing sales for a brewery in North Carolina. One fateful day, Pavlica was set […]

Grind Basketball – Shooting Machine

Thomas Fields, creator of Grind Basketball, got his company name from what he does: Grind. In middle school, he got up at 5 am to go practice with the high school team. In ninth grade, he made varsity and had a promising future in the sport. Unfortunately, a series of injuries ended his dream of […]

Protein Bar Mix by Creation Nation

Karen Nation eats healthy, that’s why she created her no bake Creation Nation Protein Bar Mix. She’s a Sports nutritionist who had food allergies  as a child. She was always experimenting in the kitchen and in 2014, she decided to make her protein bar and energy bite mixes for the world to enjoy. She felt […]

The Beer MKR – Home Brewing Kit

Aaron Walls and Brett Vegas hope to raise a toast to a new partnership for The Beer Mkr, their simple home beer brewing kit. If you’ve ever looked into brewing beer, it can be a very complicated undertaking. These guys aim to make it easy. Imagine if you will a service that sends you all […]

The Awesome Life Blog – My New Site

I made a new website called The Awesome Life Blog! I’ve been blogging since 2007. At first, it was a side hustle, then when I came on board to the Shark Tank Blog in 2012, I went full time. A year after that, I bought out my partner. On my new site, I’ll be sharing […]

The X Torch – 3 in 1 Flashlight/Lantern

X Torch creators Keidy and Gene Palusky are very giving people. They met as missionaries in 2001 and they run their business more like missionaries than business people. They sank $300,000 into the business and they’ve given more products away than they sold! That doesn’t bother Gene who claims he has all the money he’ll […]

Jiggy Jigsaw Puzzles – Puzzle Art

When the Covid-19 pandemic hit in March, 2020, Jiggy Jigsaw Puzzles saw a 550% increase in sales. For founder Kaylin Marcotte it was both a blessing and a curse. She had to reorder inventory that would run out in two months. She had to pivot and do it quickly. Kaylin started the business in the […]

Scrubbie – 3 in 1 Sponge Scrubber Attachment

Scrubbie inventor Jeff Dakin and his partners Tyler Kessler and Matt Hosey call themselves “the Side Hustle Homies.” Together, they spent almost six years bringing this product to market. Dakin, a contractor by trade, keeps a book of invention ideas. He claims he has over 100 ideas. Hosey says “he’s got too many million dollar […]

Entertaining Entrepreneurs

I get a lot of emails from readers, but this reader authored a book called Entertaining Entrepreneurs. His name is Daniel Horowitz, a Mary Huggins Gamble Professor Emeritus of American Studies and History at Smith College.  He’s a historian and the author of numerous books that analyze American culture, including, most recently, Happier?: The History […]

The Bumbling Bee – Vegan Junk Food

Cassandra and India Ayala started The Bumbling Bee Vegan Junk Food and Burger Bar as a food truck in Virginia Beach. Cassandra was a realtor for many years and when the real estate bubble burst, she pivoted. While pivoting, she brought her three daughters, India, Olivia and Lexie, into the business with her. Since Olivia […]

The Salad Sling Replaces Salad Spinners

Jill Visit, creator of The Salad Sling, thought her salad spinner worked just fine. What she didn’t like about it is it takes up too much space and it’s hard to clean’ If you have one, you understand. You have to rearrange your fridge to store greens in the spinner and there are always little […]

The Larq Self Cleaning Water Bottle

Justin Wang created the Larq Self Cleaning Water Bottle because he finds the use of plastic water bottles a huge pollution problem. Single use plastics are choking the earth. The problem with reusable water bottles is they harbor bacteria and germs. With Larq, the bottle not only cleans itself, it also purifies the water in […]

Suds 2 Go – Mobile Hand Washing Bottle

Gabe and Cindy Trevizo didn’t invent Suds 2 Go because of the Covid-19 pandemic, but it really blew up their sales. They originally created the product – a water bottle with an attached soap dispenser – to clean up with their young kids while participating in outdoor activities. Hand sanitizer can’t remove dirt and grease […]

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