Lois Crouse

Qeepsake – The Text Message Baby Journal

Stephanie and Jeff McNeil were like many of the rest of us. As we wait to meet our new daughter or son, we plan. Sometimes we might go so far as to plan out our child’s whole life (i.e., daydream), but mostly we plan how we are going to...

PopSlate Phone Case With Screen

Yashar Behzadi and Greg Moon had an interesting idea, Popslate, a phone case that doubled as an E ink display. Their first prototype wasn’t ideal, so they moved on to Popslate 2: the display was better, the case thinner, and they added a back-up battery and Wallet function. Yashar...

AfreSHeet (Peel Away Labs) – Layered Bed Sheets

AfreSheet has come a long way since its appearance on Shark Tank, when Maxwell Cohen introduced the sharks and their 8 million+ viewers to the genius of disposable sheets for dorm rooms and summer camp bunks. Maxwell was still in the stage of evaluating a need for the product...

Bantam Bagels

Nick and Elyse Oleksak loved watching Shark Tank. They admired the entrepreneurs and daydreamed about starting up a company of their own and appearing in the tank. They came up with various ideas, but nothing stuck, until Nick had a dream about a bagel the size of a donut...

Bottle Breacher – 50 Caliber Bottle Opener

Former Navy Seal Eli Crane did not know he was holding his future in his hand when his brother gave him a souvenir from the Philippines, a bottle opener made from a dummy .50-caliber bullet. He knew, however, that it was the neatest thing ever and that he could...

Red Dress Boutique

Diana Harbour loves the art of fashion, from being a faithful viewer of the TV show Project Runway when she was in high school to working in clothing boutiques when she was in college to now being an online retailer of affordable fashions. When Diana and her husband...

Grace & Lace

Melissa Hinnant’s first pair of boot socks did not seem like much of a big deal. In fact, she had no interest in making a second pair—until she wore them out shopping and was stopped repeatedly by ladies wanting to know where she got them. The socks had a...

Ring Video Doorbell (Formerly Doorbot)

Jamie Siminoff always loved to tinker, even as a young boy. And some of his “gadgets” did very well for him and his partners. One sold for $17 million in 2009, and he used his share to tinker full time. He was working on a gardening system in his...

Groovebook

Julie Whiteman lost her cell phone and years and years of photos were lost forever. What made her feel even worse is that she and her husband Brian owned a print shop and she could have printed out the “keepers” easily at any time. Brian made a photo album...

Bubba-Q Boneless Ribs

Al “Bubba” Baker had a very successful career as a one of the best pass-rushers in the NFL, playing for 13 seasons with the Detroit Lions, St. Louis Cardinals and Cleveland Browns. But he had a passion that few knew about back then: the fine art of barbecuing ribs...

Wicked Good Cupcakes – Cake in a Jar

Tracey Noonan’s youngest child, Danielle, was “launching,” moving out of the family home, and Tracey wanted to make sure they continued to do things together. When she saw cake-decorating classes offered, she thought, “Perfect!” More perfect than she ever dreamed. They loved decorating cakes and were exceptionally good at...

Simple Sugars – Skin Care Products

Lani Lazzari was only 11 years old when she developed Simple Sugars, handmade all-natural skincare products especially formulated for sensitive skin. The body, facial and foot scrubs cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize in one easy step. Lani’s mother decided that year that Lani and her brothers would make gifts to...

Drop Stop – Car Seat Gap Filler

Marc Newburger and Jeffrey Simon were scraping by in Hollywood, filmmakers waiting for their big break. Marc was crashing on Jeffrey’s couch; Jeffrey was still driving his mother’s hand-me-down car. They supported themselves by working as nutrition counselors, and Jeffrey made extra money playing poker in Las Vegas. Then...

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....