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Snacklins Vegan Pork Rinds

Samy Kobrosly, musician/DJ/food scientist, accepted the challenge. With his vast knowledge of all things food, he was able to make vegan pork rinds. He also created a whole new snack, Snacklins, made from mushrooms, onions and yuca mixed with spices and sea salt (kosher salt), then flash-fried in sunflower...

Knife Aid Knife Sharpening by Mail

The idea for Knife Aid was born in Sweden during a backyard barbecue. Neighbors Mikael Soderlindh and Marc Lickfett had an “AHA!” moment: a superior knife-sharpening service available to everyone, regardless of where they live, by tapping into the burgeoning system of online ordering and home delivery. Mikael and...

Plop Star Bathroom Deodorizer

Really, who hasn’t been there? In the dorm. At work. On a romantic weekend trip. While at the future in-laws’ country estate. Anywhere that you have to “go” and end up rummaging around for an aerosol spray and leave the bathroom choking from the fumes. Or waving your arms...

Baobab Polo Shirts

Brandon Davenport and Marcellus Alexander, III, are self-described “polo shirt nerds.” They work and play in the high-energy environment of New York City, and polo shirts go from the office to happy hour to Sunday brunch to the beach. They look great with sweats, jeans, slacks. They bought high-quality...

Squid Socks Baby Socks That Won’t Fall Off

Squid Socks are baby and toddler socks decorated with colorful, whimsical squid. Very cute. But the “Wow!” part of them is that they will not fall off. Really. The socks have “squiddy dots” on the inside of the cuffs: silicone dots, like a squid’s suction cups, that gently hold...

Face Yoga Anti-aging Facial Exercises

Koko Hayashi, of Hokkaido, Japan, was only 27 years old when she had plastic surgery—an implant to make her chin pointier. The plastic surgeon assured her that, if she didn’t like it, he would remove it, and she would be good as new. She didn’t, he did, she wasn’t....

Atlas Monroe Plant Based Foods

Nothing in the world was better than Mom’s fried chicken! It was Deborah Torres’s favorite treat when she was growing up. Even better than an ice cream sundae! Mrs. Torres oven-fried the chicken and had her secret recipe, and Deborah used it right up until the day that she...

Boost Oxygen

Boost Oxygen is 95% pure aviator’s breathing oxygen—an all-natural energy supplement and recovery aid that is known as “canned oxygen” or “recreational oxygen.” It is for non-medical use only. The oxygen is delivered from an aluminum canister to your mouth or nose through a pressurized actuator and ergonomic mask,...

Blueland Cleaning Products

Sarah Paiji Yoo was always environmentally conscious, but it became very personal when she realized that she was feeding her new baby microplastics due to the billions of tons of disposable plastic poisoning our food and water supply. She resolved to lessen and ultimately eliminate her use of plastic....

The Baby Toon Soft Baby Spoon

Cassidy Crowley knew right away what problem she would solve. Her second-grade teacher had given out the assignment: find a problem, invent a solution and then enter the invention into the Honolulu District Science and Engineering Fair. Cassidy had seen her mother upset when her baby sister, Emily, put...

Quickflip Hoodie Backpack

The sun has come out. The temperature has gone up. You’ve been on the move. The hoodie has to go. But where? Around your waist, over your shoulder, in your hand? None of those really works out well. It might be dorky looking or fall off or become a...

CoyoteVest Body Armor For Pets

The hapless Wile E. Coyote can’t capture the Road Runner, can’t protect himself from falling rocks with a tiny parasol and can’t keep from falling off a cliff. We like him. Not so much the wily coyote who is among the most fearsome predators in the US. That coyote...

DeskView Window Mounted Standing Desk

Jeff Grohowski, a commercial real estate broker, and Mike Bolos, an attorney, live very healthy lives. They both exercise daily and eat nutritious, balanced meals. They were immediately interested when they heard about the health benefits of standing desks, scientifically proven to reduce obesity and decrease the risk of...

Saucemoto Dip Clip Car Sauce Holder

It’s never too early, nor too late, to practice safe sauce. There you are, in a car, trying to dip your fries into the ketchup. Your chicken nuggets into the sweet and sour sauce. Buffalo wings, sriracha sauce. Nachos, cheese sauce. Then, the seemingly innocuous sauce has damaged your...

DoughP Ready To Eat Cookie Dough

We all know that the Cookie Monster loves cookies. Did you know that his favorite is the sugar cookie? Did you know that, in the 1970s, he published the recipe for his family’s secret sugar cookie dough? He did—in Big Bird’s Busy Book. Here’s the thing: He didn’t give...

The Best Pocket Square Holder

Cedric Cobb, inventor of the Best Pocket Square Holder and founder and CEO of Best Wardrobe Solutions, was an MBA while still a teenager. (That would be “Mother’s Business Assistant.”) Every Saturday, Cedric worked at his mother’s stall in a St. Louis, MO, flea market. The professional seamstress sold...

The Bang Shack Chicken Dip

As a child, Jason Hadley had two passions: selling and cooking. From the time he was 10 years old, he helped his mother supplement the family income by mowing lawns and washing cars, and when he sold newspapers on street corners and candy door-to-door, he absolutely thrived. He also...

Kymera Electric Body Board

“If at first you don’t succeed,...” Encouraging advice—in most situations. The thing is, if you don’t succeed on Shark Tank, they don’t send you off with a pat on the back and an “It’s okay, you can try again.” Only a few entrepreneurs have been invited back, and Jason...

Maven’s Creamery Macaron Ice Cream Sandwiches

Many French pastries have come into fashion for a time. Cronuts had their day, and now Pâte à Choux is about ready to be dubbed the new “it” pastry. None of these “upstarts” worries the always fashionable, colorful macaron that has been France’s favorite pastry for more than 100...

Swoveralls Sweat Pants + Overalls

The Great Fantastic, LLC, was founded by a senior buyer for BirchboxMan, a subscription service for men’s grooming products; a fitness instructor; an MBA candidate at New York University; a member of the Israeli National Lacrosse Team; a lead singer for the band, Brunei and the Assortments; and a...

Somnifix Mouth Tape

At some time, maybe not all that long ago, someone coined a phrase, “...as easy as breathing.” Ever since then, we’ve used the phrase to describe how easy it is to, say, lie, learn, love someone, kill someone and everything in between. But is breathing all that easy all...

Luma Soda

Jim Otteson loved his diet colas—often to the tune of a dozen or more cans a day. After all, they were the fuel that kept him at the top of his game as the patent infringement lawyer worked long hours preparing for a trial. He wasn’t unusual. Americans spend...

Hydroviv Drinking Water Filters

In 2014, Flint, Michigan, switched its drinking water supply from Detroit’s system to the Flint River. The result was a disastrous case of water contamination rarely seen in the US: discolored water that smelled and tasted foul; greatly elevated blood lead levels in children; and skin rashes, hair loss...

Nuchas Empanada

Sometimes you can go home again. Sometimes it’s the exact thing you need to do. For Ariel Barbouth, his return home changed his life. Ariel was born in Argentina but spent much of his life in the U.S., receiving an M.S. in Innovation and Technology from Boston University...