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James Dyson Award 2016 Top 20 International Shortlist Inventors Announced

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:50:24 +0000

(image) Since June, we have been reporting on the exciting rollout and results of this year’s prestigious James Dyson Awards 2016. From vaccine cooling systems to contact lenses that measure glucose levels: these 20 inventions were proclaimed the regional award winners. This year’s James Dyson Award received almost 1,000 entries that are both problem solving and pioneering.

TV Show’s Nationwide Casting Call For Inventors Of Outdoor Products Opens

Tue, 01 Mar 2016 16:33:47 +0000

(image) Are you an adventurer, outdoor survivalist or weekend camper? On the many trips you've taken over the years, have you ever pondered over what products were missing and could add to your outdoor experience? Out of that group, how many of you have taken it one step further and actually invented a creative state of the art or off-the-wall outdoor product — that's ready to knock the winter woolies off the public once the world gets out?

What's Next For Quirky's Future? CEO Resigns

Mon, 17 Aug 2015 10:20:31 +0000

(image) The World’s Least Important CEO has resigned and his company has blown $185 million they raised since forming in 2009. Yes, a dark cloud now looms over Quirky. What kinds of changes will Quirky make in order to survive? And what does it all mean for the inventor community?

New Inventions Take Flight On Amazon Launchpad

Tue, 11 Aug 2015 22:30:09 +0000

(image) Are you an inventor struggling to get your project noticed? Good news has arrived: Amazon Launchpad is up and running. So, how will this new cutting-edge platform help your startup grow?

42 Creative Ways To Advertise Your Small Business On A Small Budget

Sat, 16 May 2015 10:44:27 +0000


Looking for ways to get more attention and interest for your products or business. What we lack in capital as small businesses with small budgets, we have to make up for in creativity, tenacity and effort. We have to hustle harder than everyone else out there. We have to be the champions of our cause - day in and day out. Here are 42 ways you can promote your business or products for cheap.

Making The Most Out Of For Inventors

Tue, 12 May 2015 17:45:55 +0000

(image) is a great site aimed at inventors and something you can take advantage of to market your ideas into products, but not everything makes it to the production floor. How can you maximize your chances for your idea to become a product?

The Brutal Truth About the Invention Process - Part III

Sat, 02 May 2015 18:30:20 +0000


Have an invention idea? Need help and advice about your invention?

Ed Zimmer has written what I think is one of the best articles on the web for inventors, "New Product Licensing" on his helpful website The Entrepreneurs Network.

We published Part I and Part II earlier this week. Here's Part III of his article: read more »

The Brutal Truth About the Invention Process - Part II

Sat, 02 May 2015 18:26:40 +0000


Have an invention idea? Need help and advice about your invention?

Ed Zimmer has written what I think is one of the best articles on the web for inventors, "New Product Licensing" on his helpful website The Entrepreneurs Network.

Yesterday, we had Part I. Here's Part II of his article: read more »

The Brutal Truth About the Invention Process

Sat, 02 May 2015 17:36:06 +0000


Have an invention idea? Need help and advice about your invention?

Ed Zimmer has written what I think is one of the best articles on the web for inventors, "New Product Licensing" on his helpful website The Entrepreneurs Network.

I thought is was one of the best distillations of the challenges of the invention process and it offers priceless advice for inventors. Here's Part I of his article:

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You have a new product idea that you believe would sell very well were it only available on the market -- but you don't have the time or resources to "venture" the product, i.e., to manufacture it (or have it contract-manufactured) and sell it yourself. What now? read more »

Realistically, the best advice you could be given is to forget the idea -- and get on with your life.

Difference Between Invention and Innovation? Join The Debate

Mon, 30 Mar 2015 22:35:47 +0000


Ever asked yourself how innovation differs from invention? Well I did, and the answers I found may surprise you! In search for a clear distinction I came across a large group of professionals on LinkedIn who have been discussing this paradox for over 4 years. While it seems that a clear business definition exists, a holistic version is still up for debate. For a thorough overview of the 800+ LinkedIn comments courtesy of the headstrong professionals, follow me through my endeavor to restore a comprehensive perspective in a very disordered debate.

Innovative Video Conferencing Platforms Can Help Your Small Business Save Money And Grow

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 00:56:16 +0000

(image) While some businesses struggled with the recent economic downturn, savvy business owners flourished and used tough business conditions to expand their businesses. One way that business owners can get a competitive advantage and grow their businesses is to look for smart ways to save on business costs. One area of opportunity to save is to be smarter is using business communication technologies like video conferencing.

The Story Of Indie Video Game Rime Is Proof That Inspiration Can Come From Anywhere

Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:31:42 +0000

(image) Independent developer Raúl Rubio Munárriz's game Rime was inspired by a rather harrowing experience. Apparently, when on vacation in the Mediterranean with his girlfriend, he almost drowned. Just goes to show, you can draw inspiration from just about anywhere, if you know where to look.

Research Is THE Key Step To Strengthen Your Business Ideas

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 11:18:42 +0000


Have an invention or business idea that you think can be successful? Invest in research to save yourself money and energy, protect your ego, and be “in the know”. Be prepared with a solid hold on all the pros and cons surrounding your idea. Here are some resources to help you uncover pertinent facts that will either torch your initial hunches or give them strength.

Tips And Tools For Organizing Your Product And Market Research

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:51:02 +0000

(image) When you are gathering research information, you will quickly be inundated with findings. It is critical to stay organized so you don’t get overwhelmed and so you can efficiently access these facts again in the future. Plan now to save time later. Here are some tips and tools to help you organize your research.

Should Your Hobby Invention Idea Become A Business?

Wed, 02 Apr 2014 11:14:04 +0000

(image) You had a “light bulb” moment, and since you haven’t been able to shake the idea – in fact this genius thought has even begun to interfere with your daily routine. You think this is the invention idea that you could turn into a business. So what should you do?

Chinese Sourcing Can Save You Money, If You Follow These Rules

Tue, 18 Mar 2014 20:27:19 +0000

(image) Chinese products at one time were known as cheap and poorly made, today’s Chinese manufacturing can produce goods from low value mass produced items to highest quality handcrafted items.There are several factors that are critical  for effectively sourcing products from overseas manufacturers.

3 Questions To See If Outsourcing Is Right For Your Small Business?

Tue, 25 Feb 2014 13:22:16 +0000

(image) Outsourcing has a reputation for saving time and money, but is that accurate? Just because someone else can do your work, does that mean they should? Is it really beneficial to every busines owner? Here are a few tips to understanding outsourcing and making a qualified decision on whether or not to use it!

Getting The Concepts Straight: Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks And Intellectual Property

Sat, 21 Dec 2013 19:53:00 +0000

(image) We all know symbols like ©, ® or ™, and usually we have no difficulties relating them to ownership subjects. But do we know their actual meaning, both symbolically and legally? The terms Patents, Trademarks and Intellectual Property are often used in wrong ways, so with this article we will make a general insight over them.

The Top 5 Software Programs A Small Business Must Have!

Sat, 14 Dec 2013 00:08:53 +0000

(image) As you develop and build your business, you will find that you need certain types of software tools. At the initial start-up of your business, money can be tight, and many software programs offer a trial program. Once your business grows larger, you will be able to afford better software and full versions.

Expert Tips for Invention Prototypes - Part 6: Making Million Dollar Products

Thu, 31 Oct 2013 10:49:45 +0000

(image) I like to say," There's no such thing as a million-dollar idea, just million-dollar executions," by which I mean the quality of the final product is what drives its success. A new way to get a product to this "million-dollar execution" point is through prototyping.

Turning Ideas Into Products: Expert Tips For Invention Prototypes Part 5: The Iterative Process

Thu, 01 Aug 2013 12:00:34 +0000

(image) In this article we will cover the iterative nature of the prototyping process and the benefit of more iterations. What is “good enough” and how much iteration do you need? We will discuss trial and error and why you need to embrace failure and finally, how to avoid expensive rabbit holes.

The Hidden Costs Of Independent Game Development

Wed, 31 Jul 2013 15:00:00 +0000


It should come as no great surprise that breaking into independent game development is no easy task. After all, you're trying to accomplish something which is ordinarily left to massive corporations employing teams of artists, designers, and programmers. You're trying to market a game without the aid of press agents or a PR department. It's going to be a long, hard - and probably expensive - road, but the destination is more than worth it...right?

Maybe not. 

Stretching the 3D Printing Evolution

Thu, 25 Jul 2013 03:15:52 +0000


We all know that 3D printing, or additive printing as some would call it, is the new in thing. For many of us who have seen the promo videos of the various brands and start ups that are rapidly filling up this space, the idea is both novel as it is borne out of common sense. But it is just the beginning. At the moment the 3D printer is merely an arm that sequentially lays heated plastic in layers.

Quality Crowdfunding Your Idea Via Seedinvest

Fri, 12 Jul 2013 19:02:22 +0000

(image) Crowdfunding big ideas and small businesses online is a concept that quickly became a mainstream idea, but if your high-quality startup needs a big-name investment, check out Seedinvest.

Shine Like A Star: Quick Tips To Better Logos

Fri, 28 Jun 2013 13:16:40 +0000

(image) Launching a successful business is one thing, but having a decent logo created is equally important for several reasons. First of all, it represents your company brand. Brand is a way of getting your company name out there in front of people who are looking for what you are selling. A good logo also promotes brand recognition. Brand recognition is when people see your logo and automatically think of your business name.