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.

Will There Be a Shark Tank Season Ten?

After moving to Sundays and losing viewers for a second consecutive season, people are wondering if there will be a Shark Tank season ten. Ratings peaked for the entrepreneurial reality show in season six with 9 million viewers. Since then, they’ve been declining. In season 8, the show only managed to get 6 million viewers. […]

Thrive Plus (Thrive+)

As a college student, Thrive Plus creator Brooks Powell probably knows about hangovers. Most people have had a hangover at least once in their lifetime – some have had a lot more than one. The headache, the pasty mouth, the vomiting – it’s an unpleasant experience to say the least. Powell claims he went looking […]

Palmini by O A Foods

Alfonso Tejada’s Palmini is the latest product put out by O A Foods. The company is an offshoot of his family’s business in Bolivia. For years, they sold farm equipment to Bolivian quinoa farmers. This led Tejada to start importing quinoa in 2012 under the O A Foods umbrella. Quinoa is a favorite staple for […]

Lace Your Face by Dermovia

When Mariella Scott and Anita Sun Eisenburg started Dermovia, they wanted to make a facial mask that took off as much as it put on. Eisenburg worked with burn victims and constantly applied compressed cotton gauze to burns. The gauze “delivered” whatever medicine was applied to it while keeping the skin moist and drawing material from […]

Bermies Swim Suits

Uki Deane created Bermies swim suits because he didn’t like what was available in the market for the price he was willing to pay. Cheapo bathing suits weren’t comfortable and comfortable bathing suits were too expensive. Deane is a beach enthusiast who’d rather spend the day hanging out in his bathing suit enjoying the water. […]

Cash in With Coin Out

Self proclaimed “payment nerd” Jeff  Witten introduces his new payment app, Coin Out, to the Sharks in episode 921. The app has several functions. If you pay for something with cash, you can get your change sent to the app. Roughly 150,000 merchants are online with Coin Out via their relationship with payment processor First […]

Cool Peds and the Ampere Electric Sports Car

Tony Chan keeps doing crowdfunding for Cool Peds, his line of electric scooters and bikes. He’s done five IndieGoGo campaigns and raised a little over $20,000. Cool Peds are electric scooters with backpacks and briefcases attached to them. He claims they’re great for the urban commuter who wants to tote things around while avoiding driving […]

The Eggmazing Egg Decorator Kit

Scott Houdashell, creator of The Eggmazing Egg Decorator kit, loves Easter because he loves decorating Easter eggs. Like many others, he hates the mess and hassle of the activity. Cups of liquid food dye and messy stickers make for a less than satisfactory experience for many egg decorating aficionados. Houdashell decided to do something about […]

Amazing Tape – Tape Without Glue?

Hugo’s Amazing Tape isn’t a new product. It’s been around since 2002, but Katherine Saltzberg and Lauri Fraser pitch the product to the Sharks in episode 921. Saltzberg’s father, Hugo Maisnik, invented the product by accident and, after getting some major offers from manufacturers to license the adhesive-free tape, decided to market and sell it on his […]

Melni Connectors Update

I talked to Mark Melni not too long ago to get a Melni Connectors update. Since making a deal with Mark Cuban in season 6, there hasn’t been a lot of news in Shark Tank circles about this deal. It wasn’t a typical Shark Tank deal, in fact, Mark knew nothing about the business of […]

Sunniva Super Coffee

Jordan DeCicco started making what became Sunniva Super Coffee in his dorm room at Philadelphia University. He didn’t like sugary energy drinks, so he whipped up a coffee based energy drink with milk solids and coconut oil. What he got was an energy boost AND a business. His fellow students like his concoction and started buying […]

SolSource Solar Cooker by One Earth Designs

Dr. Catlin Powers wants to change the world with SolSource, a solar-powered cooker made by One Earth Designs. Powers is a social justice warrior at heart who designed her first solar cookers for rural Tibetan villagers. A SolSource uses passive solar energy to provide heat for cooking without any carbon footprint (except maybe the char […]

Gunnar Glasses Reduce Digital Eye Strain

Gunnar Glasses founder Joe Croft is on a crusade to eliminate digital eye strain. He also wants to sell a lot of glasses. Americans are spending at least two hours in front of a screen every day. Many spend much more than that. 70% of those people say they suffer from digital eye strain. Gunnar […]

The Avocaderia – World’s First Avocado Themed Restaurant

The Avocaderia in Brooklyn dubs itself as “the world’s first avocado themed restaurant. Actually, it’s more of a food stall now, but owners Francesco Brachetti, Alberto Gramigni and Alessandro Biggi hope to grow it bigger with their appearance in Shark Tank episode 920. Francesco discovered avocados when he immigrated from Italy to Mexico and fell in love […]

XeroShoes TerraFlex Hiker Review

I just received a pair of TerraFlex running/hiking shoes from Xeroshoes. It’s their latest “model” and I couldn’t wait to take them for a test drive! They’re built on the same “natural movement platform as the Prio, but they have traction soles for more rugged terrain. The mesh uppers keep things cool and a thin […]

Sap Maple Soda

Sap Maple Soda creators Nikita Salmon and Chas Smith grew up drinking maple sap from buckets in their family’s maple tree forest in Vermont. The family has over 300 acres of trees they’ve been “harvesting” since the 1950’s. They also harvest birch sap. The two cousins were brainstorming business ideas and when they came up […]

Radiate – The Portable Campfire

Brent Davidson and Bryan Cantrell got the idea for the Radiate Portable Campfire from another business they own together. The two guys make skin care products and they always have a lot of excess wax lying around. They’d tote a bucket of waste wax on a camping trip, stick a wick in it, and make […]

Petrol – Fuel for Dogs

Julie Yenichek and Ryan Huyghe created Petrol – fuel for dogs – to give dogs a healthy, hydrating treat. Dogs need water – 34 ounces a day for a 35 pound dog – and Petrol delivers filtered water with 6 added vitamins and minerals that help keep dogs healthier. They designed Petrol to be a […]

Every Table – Healthy Food with a Social Mission

Sam Polk and David Foster started Every Table to bring healthy, affordable meals to places where those options were non-existent. They noticed most low-income areas don’t have healthy meal options – the landscape is littered with unhealthy fast food restaurants that contribute to obesity, diabetes, heart disease and overall poor health. The old saying “you […]

Dough Bar Protein Doughnuts

Dough Bar creators Ondrea Siniari and Marques Fernandez like to keep fit and eat healthy, but they like their sweets too. That’s why they started cooking up protein doughnuts and, more recently, protein crispy bars (like Rice Krispie bars).  Unlike regular doughnuts, Dough Bar doughnuts are baked, not fried. Each doughnut has 11 grams of protein. […]

Snap Clips Weight Collars

Snap Clips inventor Martin Dimitrov is a young entrepreneur who likes to lift weights. He’s so young that when he started a Kickstarter campaign to launch his product, he had to have someone else set it up due to age restrictions on the site! He came up with the idea for his next generation weight collars […]

ShowerPill Body Wipes

ShowerPill creators Wendell Hunter, Wale Forrester and Justin Forsett know about sweat. They’re all former UC football stars, Hunter and Forsett also played in the NFL. It’s safe to say, they’re familiar with the need for a shower after working out. While in college, they were so busy, they sometimes didn’t have time to shower […]

Changed App for Paying Down Student Loans

Daniel Stelmach and Nick Skrzyniarz hope their ChangEd app will help solve the student debt crisis. With over $1.3 TRILLION in student debt, many economists think student loans will be the next financial bubble. For students carrying debt, the crisis is real. It often takes twenty years to pay off college loans and it affects […]

Latest Scott Jordan Apology Doesn’t Ring True

The latest entry on the Scott Jordan apology tour is more detailed than the first, but still sounds about as shallow as the man. Jordan, who is famous for his season three Shark Tank appearance, raised the ire of conservatives across the nation when he called Fox News viewers “@#$%ing idiots” (among other insults), is […]

The Bouquet Bar – Reinventing Gifting

David Yusuf, Sal Aziz and Alex Amidi want to reinvent gifting with The Bouquet Bar. Now, instead of just flowers, candy or some other gift, now you can customize a gift box with this new service. All gifts come in an elegant, orange and white box. With the “design your own” option, just pick your […]

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