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.

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 […]

Pop Pacifier by Doddle and Company

Doddle and Company’s Pop Pacifier is the result of an intercontinental entrepreneurial partnership. Nicki Radzely and Janna Badger developed the product – a pacifier with a “disappearing nipple,” while Radzely was in the New York area and Badger was in Korea. Badger actually came up with the idea while working in design in San Francisco. Her […]

Zuva – African Inspired Clothing

Zuva is a line of African inspired clothing created and curated by entrepreneur Kelechi Anyadiegwa. She started the business after getting compliments on her own African inspired wardrobe. Instead of telling people where to buy the clothes, she smelled a business opportunity and started her company. That was in 2014. With just $500, some technical […]

The Wing Man – Inflatable Life Preserver

Pat Hughes invented the Wing Man life-preserver after a tragic drowning occured in his very first triathlon. He realized the need for a light-weight life-preserver that didn’t inhibit movement while participating in water sports. He, along with Hyde Sportswear partner Mike Fox designed a low-bulk, sleek, inflatable life vest that anyone could wear comfortably. Traditional […]

The Savy App – Shopping App by Disha Shidham

Disha Shidham, creator of the Savy App, is an intelligent young woman. She created her “comparative shopping” app for millenials who want high fashion, but don’t want to pay high prices. Nearly a quarter of the US population are millennials and tapping into their purchasing power is critical for the survival of many brands and […]

Rounder Bum – Body Shaping Underwear

Body shaping undergarments aren’t new, but Rounder Bum creator Jonathan Diersing wants to sell them to men. Women have had all sorts of body shaping/enhancing under garments for years (think “push-up bra”), but men were woefully under represented in that category. In 2015, Diersing launched his company with undies to give men some lift and support […]

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