Kickstarting The Comfy

Brian and Michael Speciale hope to start their business in the Tank when they pitch The Comfy, their sweatshirt/blanket, in the Shark Tank Holiday Special – episode 910. Their product, a humongous hooded, fleece-lined sweatshirt that doubles as a blanket, isn’t even in production yet. They’ll be pitching a prototype when they enter the Shark […]

Mid-Century Modern Christmas Trees

Modern Christmas Trees were originally envisioned by Lawrence “Bud” Stoecker, the grand father of Matt Bliss. Matt enters the Shark Tank in the Shark Tank Holiday Special to pitch his version of the product. Sadly, Mr. Stoecker died in 2012 from Alzheimers, which inspired Mr. Bliss to market Modern Christmas Trees to the world. Mr. […]

Fix the Fake with a Christmas Tree Hugger

Christmas Tree Hugger inventor Ryan Kenny always took Christmas very seriously. As a child, he wanted his trees to look perfect so Santa would be impressed. He even went so far as to sleep under the Christmas tree after decorating it! As an adult, Ryan’s fascination with Christmas trees turned to consternation. When he and […]

Mensch on a Bench Contest

The Shark Tank Blog is pleased to announce a Mensch on a Bench contest. Neal Hoffman, creator of the Mensch on a Bench, who airs tonight in the 2014 Shark Tank Holiday Special, has offered a lucky Shark Tank Blog reader an opportunity to WIN a Mensch on a Bench! Mensch on a Bench Contest […]

Neal Hoffman Interview – Mensch on a Bench

I spoke with Neal Hoffman prior to his appearance in the Shark Tank Holiday special. He was just headed home to his family in Cincinnati after a promotional road trip. Hoffman is the guy behind the Jewish answer to Elf on a Shelf: the Mensch on a Bench. Last holiday season, Mensch on a Bench […]

Reindeer Tracks Stamping Kit – Hoppy Paws

Trina Barkourasis took an old family tradition and turned it into a business: a stamping kit that creates reindeer tracks to amaze children on Christmas morning. She pitches her stamping kit, called Hoppy Paws, to the Sharks in the 2014 Shark Tank Holiday Special. Trina actually created the original stamping kit 20 years ago to make a […]

Hanukkah Plush Toy – Mensch on a Bench

Neal Hoffman pitches last years hottest Hanukkah tchatchke from last holiday season, Mensch on a Bench, in this year’s Shark Tank holiday special. Mr. Hoffman has been a toy guy since completing his MBA degree at the University of Virginia. He worked in the marketing department at Hasbro for 6 years: he actually had the chutzpah to write the company and […]

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