Tal Berke

Morning of a thousand stars

(Photos by Bob Giglione) A dazzling array of sensational scientists, energetic entrepreneurs and regional rainmakers gathered April 24 for the 2018 Innovator of the Year Awards. Innovate Long Island’s third-annual innovation celebration, held at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, honored 2018 Master of Innovation Michael Faltischek, senior partner at Uniondale law firm Ruskin Moscou Faltischek and chairman of the Long Island Angel Network. The breakfast banquet also recognized more than 40 of the…


A deal ‘Beyond’ Team Shlocker’s wildest dreams

By GREGORY ZELLER // Shlocker has hit the mother lode. In the shared-bathroom-retail-Nirvana equivalent of beaming up to the mothership, Bridgehampton-based Tula Industries LLC – distributor of the world’s first waterproof safe for protecting personal shower products from mooching roommates – has struck a deal with Bed Bath & Beyond, with the Shlocker landing this week on the national chain’s shelves, actual and virtual. Shlocker is also the world’s only waterproof anti-mooching safe, and it…


World’s first anti-moocher shower safe is cleaning up

By GREGORY ZELLER // With a fresh patent, a multitude of retail deals and a major announcement in the offing, it’s fair to say the Shlocker has made a splash. Staking a claim as the world’s first (and only) waterproof safe for protecting personal shower products from mooching roommates, the flagship product of 2015 startup Tula Industries LLC has streaked from from wet dream to bona fide breakthrough. Now wielding a design patent from the…


Beware, bathroom burglars: Shlocker’s locked in

By GREGORY ZELLER // It was the toothbrush on the floor that got him. Tal Berke wouldn’t be the first inventor to think up a new-and-improved product in the shower, though his a-ha moment had as much to do with frustration as inspiration. He remembers the last straw clearly: Home from work, ready for a shower and a relaxing evening, and then bam. Shampoo gone. Razor dripping with someone else’s residual stubble. And the toothbrush……