Neal Hoffman answers THE QUESTION

I spoke with Neal Hoffman prior to his appearance on the Shark Tank Holiday Special. He's the guy behind Mensch on a Bench, the Jewish answer to Elf on a Shelf. He's a former Hasbro marketing guy who created a product to put more "Funukkah" into Hanukkah.

We talked about life in Cincinnati, life at Hasbro, how he got on Shark Tank, and how he developed Mensch on a Bench.

I also asked him THE QUESTION:

"Do you put ketchup on your hot dogs?"

His reply:

"Yes, but only on Kosher hot dogs."

OY VEY! I think Neal's a bit meshuggener on this one: EVERYONE knows ketchup on a hot dog ISN'T Kosher!!!

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Stephen Hersh from Biaggi Answers THE QUESTION

I spoke with Stephen Hersh prior to his Shark Tank appearance. He's the owner of Biaggi, the folding luggage company that appears in Shark Tank episode 613. 

He reached out to do a pre-show interview for the Shark Tank Blog. We talked about real estate, his family's business background, the idea for Biaggi, and his Shark Tank experience.

I also asked him THE QUESTION:

"Do you put ketchup on your hot dogs?"

His answer:

"Yes! Ketchup, mustard, relish and onions!"

He may have his Brooklyn citizenship revoked - just saying.......

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Storm Stoppers John Smith answers THE QUESTION


I recently spoke with John Smith, owner and inventor of Storm Stoppers, for a Shark Tank Blog interview. John's been trying to get on the show for three seasons and he made it onto the 100th show, episode 610.

We talked about his Shark Tank experience, his business, and his hopes for the future.

I had one very special question for him:

"Do you put ketchup on your hot dogs?"

His answer:

"I don't even know what ketchup is! As a Chicagoan, a true dog should be dragged through garden."

John and I will be collaborating on a NEW product: KETCHUP STOPPERS!

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Ashley Drake from Natural Grips answers THE QUESTION

I just interviewed Ashley Drake (that's her on the right) for the Shark Tank Blog. She's the co-owner and wife of the inventor of The Natural Grip, an athletic hand wrap that protects hands from getting ripped and shredded while working out.

She's also a Captain in the Army Corps of Engineers with 15 months of service in Iraq. She's appearing in Shark Tank episode 608 along with other military entrepreneurs.

We talked about her deployment, how she got into Crossfit training, how the Natural Grip got invented, and her Shark Tank appearance.

I also asked her THE QUESTION:

"Do you put ketchup on your hot dogs?"

Her answer:

"Yes. Yes I do."

Service record aside, Ashley really needs to GET A GRIP!

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