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.

Ice Shaker by Chris Gronkowski

Chris Gronkowski wants to shake things up in the Tank with his Ice Shaker, an insulated metal tumbler cup. Brothers Rob, Dann, Glenn and Gordie join Chris in the Tank, making for a strong NFL presence. Brother Rob, aka GRONK is the All Pro tight end for my Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots! Chris’ NFL […]

Sole Mender – Plantar Fasciitis Treatment

Young entrepreneur Ehan Kamat got the name for Sole Mender, his product designed to ease the discomfort of plantar fasciitis, from a Shakespearean play. His nod to the Bard comes from Julius Caesar: Act 1, Scene 1  where the cobbler in the scene claims to be a “mender of bad soles,” Ethan isn’t repairing shoes; he’s “mending” […]

Delighted By – Hummus for Dessert

Makenzie Marzluff created her Delighted By Dessert Hummus as a way for her to “spread the glitter.” What the Boston-based entrepreneur means is how you bring your particular gifts to the world around you. In Marzluff’s case, she spreads the glitter by making hummus for dessert. With flavors like Brownie Batter, Choco-Mint, Vanilla Bean and […]

Fingerprint Padlock by Benji Lock

Robbie Cabral was the darling of DES in early 2017 when he introduced Benji Lock to the world. The Benji Lock takes the several thousand year old padlock and brings it into the 21st century. What makes it special is, instead of a key, your fingerprint opens the lock. There are keys too, in case […]

Silicone Rings by Enso

Enso Rings co-founders Brighton Jones and Aaron Daly want to keep everyone’s fingers attached to their hands with their silicone rings. They wanted to create something stylish and fashionable while preventing ring avulsion. Ring avulsion is the term used when a regular, metal ring catches on something and literally rips your finger clean off. It’s a nasty, […]

Fidget Land Toys for Fidgety Folks

Fidget Land entrepreneur Jason Burns used to be known as “The Fidget Man.” He’s an adult with ADD who needed to keep his hands busy to help stay focussed. After spending years twirling objects in his hands, he decided to make a “fidget” that had style. That’s when he became The Fidget Man. Little did […]

Tangle Pets De-Tangling Hair Brushes

When Liz Martin wanted seed money for Tangle Pets, she didn’t go the “traditional” route. Most folks borrow from friends and family, take out a business loan, or even max out their credit cards. Liz had another idea. She got on The $100,000 Pyramid, a game show on ABC. And SHE WON! Liz made it […]

Water Mineralization for Good Coffee by Third Wave

Third Wave Water is Charles Nick’s and Taylor Minor’s recipe for the best brewed coffee you can make. The two former techies and current entrepreneurs are coffee aficionados constantly in search for the best cup of Joe they can find. Of course good coffee starts with a good grind, but they claim the water you brew […]

Trippie App – Airport Navigation App

Ryan Diew invented the Trippie app after he tried to find an app to help him navigate an unfamiliar airport. He had a longer than expected layover and just wanted something that would help him find a decent place to eat without wandering all over the place. When he went to the app store, he […]

The 72 – Survival Kit from Uncharted Supply Company

Christian Schauf and Mike Escamilla claim their product, The 72, is “the ultimate survival system.” They say, in the event of a natural disaster, it can be the difference between life and death. The 72 is a backpack loaded with survival supplies designed to get any individual through the first 72 hours in the aftermath […]

Q Ball – Wireless Microphone in a Ball

Shane Cox originally designed the Q Ball for teachers as a fun way to engage students in the classroom. He realized it made video conferences much more fun and entertaining too. People giving large presentations can throw the Q Ball to someone in the audience rather than have “that guy” running around the room with […]

Coconut Oil Chips by Jacksons Honest

Megan and Scott Reamer make their Jacksons Honest chips and tortillas with coconut oil, organic potatoes and corn, and a lot of love. They named the company after their late son, Jackson who passed away from complications of Aicardi–Goutières syndrome (AGS),a rare immune disorder that causes a chronic inflammatory condition in parts of the brain. A […]

WYP Wingboard – Wakeboards for Airplanes

Aaron Wypyszynski first envisioned his eponymously named WYP Wingboard while watching Disney Talespin’s  Kit Cloudkicker as a child. The cuddly bear flew around on a wakeboard in the sky. Aaron, who was always interested in airplanes and aviation (he was a pilot by age 12), wanted to fly like Kit. After being turned down as an […]

Meditation App – Simple Habit

When Yunha Kim wants to unwind, she reaches for Simple Habit, a meditation app she developed after working at an internet start-up. Kim found after working 18-20 hour days, she needed something to help her relax. Like many young professionals, she couldn’t break away from her job and get a little “me time.” After learning about […]

Nube Hammock Shelters by Sierra Madre Research

The Nube Hammock Shelter is the flagship product of Sierra Madre Research. Husband and wife entrepreneurs Richard and Juli Rhett hope to wrap up a deal with the Sharks when they pitch their outdoor gear line in the season 9 premier. The couple are avid adventurers: Juli ran tours in the Yukon and Richard spent many […]

Locker Boards – Recycled Mini Skateboards

Carson Kropfl and his Locker Boards roll into the Shark Tank in the season 9 premier. Locker Boards are miniature skateboards (17 inches long) designed to fit into a school locker or backpack. They’re made from old skateboards and factory seconds he picks up from other skateboard manufacturers. He cuts the old boards to size, […]

Xeroshoes Daylite Hiker Review

Steve Sashen sent me a new pair of Xeroshoes so I could do a Daylite Hiker review. The company aired in season four as Invisible Shoes and changed their name to Xeroshoes after their original air date.  Since then, they created many different versions of their original Huarache sandals. My personal favorite is the Amuri […]

Shark Tank Skin Care Scam

For the past year or so, I have been inundated with complaints about a Shark Tank skin care scam. Most of the complaints come from people who ordered the product and had their credit cards charged without authorization for as much as $109! The so-called “biggest deal in Shark Tank history” is a TOTAL SCAM. […]

Shark Tank Season 9 Preview

It’s almost time for new Shark Tank Episodes and this season 9 preview has all the info a Shark Tank fan needs to get the season off to a great start! The biggest change in season 9 is the show airs on Sunday nights at 9 PM eastern – quite a change from the Friday […]

Wine & Design – Art Studios for Regular People

Patrick and Harriet Mills want a Shark as a partner for Wine & Design, their paint it yourself art studio franchise concept. Since they opened their first shop in 2010, they’ve quickly grown to 76 franchises nationwide. They look to get to over one hundred in 2017. The concept is simple. Show up at one […]

Rocket Book Cloud Notebooks

Jake Epstein and Joe LeMay bring the common spiral-bound notebook to the cloud when they pitch Rocket Book. their line of high-tech notebooks, in the season 8 Shark Tank finale. Simply put, a Rocket Book lets you write in a notebook with a real pen, then upload everything in the notebook into a document management […]

Laid Hair Products with Pheromones

Adam Rauch and Derek Shaw pitch their pheromone infused hair products, called Laid Brand, to the Sharks in the season eight finale. They created the brand to allow women to feel good while looking good. Using their “Pherottraction Technology,” they think they can help women have a more positive emotional reaction to their newly styled […]

The Bridal Buddy Sets Brides Free

Heather Stenlake found a way to set brides free on their wedding day when she created the Bridal Buddy. Wedding dresses are often ornate and extravagant and when nature calls, it’s tough for brides to go it alone.  In her product video, she depicts a bride, along with a whole team of bridesmaids in tow, […]

Belt Buckle Wallet by Wallet Buckles

Entrepreneurial brothers Trevor and Justin Johnston show the Sharks their Wallet Buckles, a belt buckle that doubles as a wallet, in episode 824. The guys like going to concerts and out on the town, but they didn’t like lugging around a wallet to carry cash, ID and credit cards. They figured putting everything in a belt […]

Thompson Tees Are No Sweat

Billy Thompson and Randy Choi created Thompson Tees because they suffer from  hyperhidrosis or excessive underarm sweating. Both men were always buying new shirts because they got stained so quickly. Choi even had surgery to try to correct the problem. Nothing worked for them, so they spent several years developing their patented “Hydro-Shield sweat proof technology” to make […]

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