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.

A Slice of Sauce – Ketchup Slices

Cole and Emily Williams want a Shark to bite into a Slice of Sauce, their ketchup sheets, in epiosde 1211. The way Emily claims she invented the product as when she had a lot of leftover tomatoes while attempting to replicate her father’s barbeque sauce. He owned a restaurant when Emily was growing up, whicg […]

LunaMagic – Latina Inspired Make Up

Sisters Mabel and Shaira Frías seek a Shark to invest in LunaMagic, their make up line inspired by Caribbean & Latin American culture. Mabel worked for years directing online sales of beauty products for Macy’s, Nordstrom and other big brands. She wanted brighter, bolder colors in some of the lines, but the big companies were […]

The Love is Project Bracelets From Around the World

The Love Is Project started when Chrissie Lam wanted to ask the world to  spread more love. She’d left the corporate world in 2012 and was living amongst the Masai tribe in Kenya. The love the women she met had for each other and the beautiful beaded bracelets inspired her to start her business that […]

The Bubbly Blaster – Champagne Gun

The Bubbly Blaster takes the art of spraying Champagne to a whole new level. Sprayinng Champagne all over each other is a symbol of victory in the sports world. The practice began in the 1960’s when race car drivers decided it would be a fun way to celebrate. Now, it’s a right of passage in […]

Trophy Smack for Fantasy Sports Leagues

If you ever played a sport, you probably got a trophy at some point in time. Trophies are a part of American culture and they make people feel good about their endeavors. There are iconic trophies for the winners of the World Series, Stanley Cup and Super Bowl and then there are the kind doled […]

His and Her Bars

Jennifer and Michael Gallagher created His and Her Bars to have themselves a healthy snack and to spice up their sex life. The bars are billed as “aphrodisiac bars” and contain ingredients that will make you “ready to go” after munching on one. The idea came to Jennifer, a former sales and marketing executive, while […]

Electra Beverages

Electra Beverages founder Fran Harris knows a thing or two about sports drinks. She’s a former WNBA star who won championships at the high school, college and professional levels. Fran is no stranger to TV either. She’s hosted shows on on HGTV, produced and hosted her own reality show – America’s Fitness Show – and […]

BackStrong Ergonomic Desk Chairs

BackStrong chair inventor Dr. Dennis Colonello is a Hollywood chiropractor to the stars. He spent years developing the ergonomic chair with his friend Jim Grove, a titan in the office chair industry. Neither one of these men will be pitching Back Strong in episode 1210, their CEO – Bing Howenstein – will get that honor. […]

Click n Carry – Bag Holder

Click n Carry is a little handle that lets you carry multiple grocery bags at a time. If you’ve ever struggled to get from your car to the door of your home while multiple shopping bags cut off the circulation in your fingers, you’ll want one of these. The idea for the product came to […]

Codi by Pillar Learning

Pillar Learning was founded by product developers Dayu Yang and Chris Oslebo in 2017. William Mock, a former kindergarten teacher, joined the company in early 2018. Together, the team had a dream to make the most kid friendly educational robot on the market. Their vision: Codi. Codi is a cute little big eyed robot that […]

Peek a Boo – Vegetable Ice Cream

Peek a Boo Ice Cream “inventor” Jessica Levison has kids who are picky about eating their vegetables. She wanted to have a vehicle to get her kids to eat veggies without the complaining, so she started mixing vegetables with ice cream. What kid doesn’t like ice cream? The idea was an instant hit with her […]

BrakeFree – Helmet Mounted Brake Light

Henry Li and Alex Arkhangelskiy invented BrakeFree, a helmet mounted wireless brake light for motorcyclists, to make riding safer. Both men are avid motorcycle riders and they wanted a product that would stand out in the marketplace. After years of tinkering and developing their brake light, they went to IndieGoGo in 2017 to get pre-order […]

The Toilet Timer by Katamco

Adam Shepley invented The Toilet Timer because his wife, Kate, and his kids accused him of “poo-crastination.” Adam would sit on the throne, doing his business, while looking at his phone while the rest of the family wanted his attention. In the search for a solution to this problem, he printed the first Toilet Timer […]

Buckle Me Baby Coats for Car Seats

Dahlia Rizk invented Buckle Me Baby Coats out of necessity. She’s from New Hampshire, where it’s basically cold and crappy weather from December through April. If you have kids, you need to bundle them up so they don’t freeze to death. This poses a problem – and a safety hazard – when you go to […]

Sled Dog ODR Ski-Skates

Kevin Greco didn’t create Sled Dog ODR Ski-Skates, but he’s pitching them in the Shark Tank Holiday Special nonetheless. Sled Dogs is a Norwegian company that created the skates in 2014. They became popular in Europe and many NHL players like them. You see, Sled Dogs let you ski on snow, so you can wear […]

Holiballs – Giant Christmas Ornaments

Cousins Jennifer Couch, Amberly Hall and Kristy Moore hope to have a ball in the Shark Tank 2020 Holiday Special when they pitch Holiballs, their giant, inflatable Christmas ball ornaments. The ladies have had some success in the Dallas area selling the “Texas-sized” Christmas ornaments and now they want to go national. They sell off […]

Pan’s Shiitake Mushroom Jerky

Apparently, Buddhist monks have been eating mushroom jerky for decades, if not centuries. That’s what intrigued Michael Pan the most when he went to visit family in Malaysia a number of years ago. He visited his father’s family with his dad as a child and came away with a love of the culture and the […]

Prime-6 Charcoal – Eco Friendly Grilling

Oron and Riki Franco, the creators of Prime-6 Charcoal, never thought their favorite pastime would become a business. Riki was into finance and Oron was an accomplished chef before they started the business. Even though they both had professional success, their favorite activity was grilling with friends and family. You can bet the house their […]

K 9 Mask – Facemasks for Dogs

Kirby Holmes first got the idea for K 9 Mask because of wildfires near his grandparents’ house in California. People would wear masks to protect themselves from the smoke. Always the dog lover, he grew concerned about his dog inhaling smoke. He went searching for facemasks for dogs and he couldn’t find any, so he […]

Moment Meditation Drink

Aisha Chottani concocted the first batch of her Moment Meditation Drink to get the calm feeling of meditating without actually meditating. She turned to meditation while working as a management consultant to help reduce the stresses of her job. Aisha and her husband, Faheem Kajee, give the Sharks a taste of Moment in Shark Tank […]

The Liftid Neurostimulator

When Dr. Theodore H. Schwartz invented the Liftid Neurostimulator, he had more therapeutic ideas in mind. Schwartz is one of the top neurosurgeons in the world specializing in surgical treatment of brain tumors, pituitary tumors and epilepsy. His knowledge of the brain led him to invent Liftid for the masses. He cites hundreds of studies […]

The Foam Party Hat Company

The story of how the Foam Party Hat Company got started is very inspirational. Grace Rojas liked sewing and making fun hats out of foam material for family weddings back in her native Venezuela. When she made some for her daughter’s wedding in the early 2000’s, she never thought it would become her and her […]

Fit Fighter – Fire Fighter Inspired Weights

Sarah Apgar originally created her line of Fit Fighter weights to help with her and her department’s training. She joined the fire department in Huntington, NY after leaving the army, where she served in the Corps of Engineers as a business development analyst. She missed the camaraderie the army provided and she found it as […]

Bee D Vine – Honey Mead Wine

Ayele Solomon wants his honey wine called Bee D Vine to be the next big thing in the wine industry. He got the idea for making the product from his native Ethiopia where honey wine is still consumed regularly. Even though his business is located in the Napa Valley, he doesn’t use grapes in his […]

The Surprise Cake – Jack in the Box Cake Stand

Liz Charm created the Surprise Cake with a zip lock bag, a cell phone and a layer cake. She packed the bag with the phone inside a birthday cake for her daughter’s 12th birthday and she was definitely surprised. People at the party liked the concept, but Liz wanted something cleaner. She asked her son, […]

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