Lois Crouse

No Fly Cone

Bruce Gaither retired as a professional poker player once he became a full-time dad. Due to his lifelong love of horses, he turned to training horses and giving riding lessons. His office was in the barn, which meant his office was filled with flies. He decided he could build...

The Shemie

Sheldon Wilder, creator of the Shemie, has been wildly successful—as a real estate agent. The Shemie was a modern version of a woman’s slip. Shelton Wilder had worked for years as a buyer and personal stylist for Nordstrom’s and saw that women of all sizes needed comfortable, sophisticated, sexy...

Scrub Daddy Magic Scouring Pads

Aaron Krause’s parents, both doctors, were concerned about what Aaron was going to do after college. All they knew was that he wasn’t headed to medical school. When they found out that his fervent desire was to own and operate a car-washing business, they were puzzled and still concerned....

Wired Waffles

Roger Sullivan had been through a few different businesses when he came up with the idea of combining an energy drink with waffles. The result was Wired Waffles, Belgium waffles made with caffeine, 200mg per serving. He had gone through several iterations until coming up with waffles that were...

Rock Bands Wristbands

Lee Dahlberg, a fashion model, pitched his Rock Bands on Shark Tank. That would be unisex leather bands (python, crocodile, snake, calf hides) embellished with exotic stones that Dahlberg claimed contain healing powers. The bands were attractive and well made. Robin Leach, who the sharks seemed to know personally...

CATE App Call and Text Eraser

CATE stands for “Call and Text Eraser.” The app hides calls and texts on a smart phone that the user does not want anyone (or someone in particular) to see. You can input the names and numbers that you want diverted to a hidden place on the phone. If...

Remyxx Recyclable Sneakers (ReKixx)

Gary Gagnon saw old sneakers tossed into the trash and was inspired: Why not recycle sneakers? Why not make them from recycled materials? ReMyxx (“Sneakers with a Purpose”) are durable, stylish and comfortable and come in bright, pretty colors and clever designs to appeal to all tastes, ages and...

Mix Bikini

Frank Scozzafava and Adam DiSilvestro pitched their mix-and-match swimsuits. Buy separate pieces (left and right tops, front and back bottoms) that are reversible and come in many colors and patterns and you have many swimsuits. It’s likely that you will have your own unique swimsuit. Two young women modeled...

SkyRide

SkyRide is an elevated human-powered monorail system invented by Scott Olson. Users sit in a capsule suspended from a rail and pedal or row, depending on which model being used. Scott created it for fitness, recreation and transportation. It’s accessible to people of all ages and all physical abilities—there...

Boot Illusions

Boot Illusions creators and business partners, Queenie Davis and Andrew Goodrum, introduced the leather and fabric “uppers” that slip over conventional high heels to turn them into fabulous boots. And you can switch from shoes to boots and back again in a matter of minutes. Simply zip the Illusions...

Nail Pak Nail Polish Kits

Barbara Lampugnale and her six daughters enjoyed getting together for “nail night.” The problem was gathering all the products that ended up in a jumble. So Barbara created a product that contained all of the items needed in one package: nail polish, pre-soaked remover pads and a file. She...

The Ave Custom Printed Apparel

Nick Romero, from Venice Beach, California, pitched his company, Ave Venice, a custom printing shop for clothing and sneakers. He bought a shirt-printing machine and spent two years modifying it and designing software so that he could print custom artwork on sneakers. The patent-pending plate that holds the sneakers...

Brewer’s Cow Ice Cream

Steve Albert, Larry Blackwell and Jason Conroy brought Brewer’s Cow Ice Cream to the Tank. Steve had been creating unique premium ice cream recipes for years and found a way to add beer flavoring to the ice cream. A woman dressed as a German barmaid handed out samples, and...

BarkEm’s To Go Dog Meals

Blake St. Clair liked taking his dog Rummy on vacation and camping, but he disliked having to lug around all of Rummy’s food, treats and water. There had to be a better way! Blake created BarkEm’s To Go so that he and other traveling pet parents have a convenient...

Vinamor Wine Aerator

Gary DeJohn invented the Vinamor, a wine aerator. Sit the Vinamor in the top of any wine glass. Pour wine into it so that it travels down a glass tube to a sphere, which exposes every angle of the wine to the air, so that it can breathe. The...

MisoMedia Guitar Lessons App

Aviv Grill, co-founder of Miso Media, created a revolutionary music education software for the iPad and iPhone. He developed an app to teach the user how to play a string instrument (guitar, banjo, ukulele, bass or mandolin) and an app for accessing a large catalog of sheet music. Aviv...

The Original Profender

Tony Devine, a teacher and coach, invented the Original Profender for his son to practice basketball. The Profender has the shape of a human silhouette positioned on a stable rolling base. Its height and position are adjustable by an operator holding an attached pole. The device acts as a...

Rent-A-Grandma

Todd Pliss has a unique staffing agency, Rent a Grandma. When Todd worked as a tutor to young entertainers (e.g., the Jonas Brothers), he heard parents complaining about the difficulty of finding a babysitter. College students and teens simply were not that reliable. Todd wondered, “Why not pair older...

Litter Jewelry

Mackenzie Burdick and Rachael Mann are sisters with backgrounds in interior and fashion design. One day, Mackenzie broke up a necklace and retooled it into a headpiece. Everyone loved it. They produced 50 more for a local trunk show, sold out, and Litter was born. “Litter” because they create...

Esso Watches

Ryan Naylor must have felt like an early Christian in the Colosseum rather than a budding entrepreneur on a TV show. His product was Esso Watches that were made in Europe. Ryan’s business was selling them in the US; he had already sold thousands. The main selling point about...

The Swilt

Ivori Tennelle created the Swilt, an all-in-one sweatshirt and blanket. One mode is “On-the-Go” when the blanket part is rolled up, clipped and hidden inside the sweatshirt, so that you can walk around. The second mode is “Head-to-Toe” when you unlatch the clips and unroll the bottom half so...

Salespreneur Sales Training

Dave Greco’s claim to fame was that he could sell anything to anyone (except his business to the sharks) and that he had won “every sales award there is to win.” He developed a system to teach people how to sell and had deals with several large corporations, most...

I Want to Draw a Cat for You

Steve Gadlin went into the Tank thinking he was there for comic relief. And he delivered—with his catchy rhyme, “I Want to Draw a Cat for You,” silly dance, and totally engaging personality. Steve’s business was drawing “custom” cats. A customer asked for, say, a cat dancing on a...

Business Ghost Writing Service

Business Ghost was a ghost-writing service that specializes in books about financial moguls and other successful business people. Michael Levin, the owner and writer, said that the business is about creating books that his clients can use to market themselves and their businesses more than it is about selling...