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Is Innovation Dead? Hardly.

I’m willing to go out on a limb and make a prediction today that I pledge to stand by: Tomorrow’s prognosticators will be just as wrong as today’s prognosticators. With apologies to Nostradamus adherents, if history has taught us anything, it’s that those who attempt to predict the future always get it wrong. I bring [...]

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Want Your Brainstorm to Rain Money? Here’s a Quirky Way.

A friend keeps Evernote handy on all of his mobile devices and computers. He has a list entitled “Ideas” where he captures new product or service concepts and inventions. Maybe a better place to direct some of those brainstorms is Quirky. Quirky is an amalgamation of ideas, inventions, development, marketing, venture capital and democracy.  In [...]

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TURNING YOUR CRAFTS PRODUCT INTO A MASS MARKETING SUCCESS

“My daughter, a full-time college student, has made money in her spare time making customized covers for her friends’ smartphones and mobile devices. We are thinking about turning this into a real business.  We’ve spoken to a local patent attorney and he’s optimistic we will be able to get a patent on my daughter’s design. [...]

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Turn Simple Ideas Into Small Business Success

When you think of the great inventors, you probably think of people such as Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Graham Bell and even Steve Jobs — people who have brought entirely new concepts to the market.  But great ideas and innovations don’t have to change the world.  Sometimes the best new product opportunities start with small improvements [...]

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Beware of Invention Promotion Scams

Do you have a great idea for a new product? Good for you, but taking a product from the mind to the marketplace isn’t easy, and it’s fraught with peril. There are numerous scammers out there waiting to play on your inexperience and enthusiasm. You may have seen infomercials on TV. These companies often cost a significant amount of money and they leave you with nothing in return.

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This Week Thank Inventor James H. Mason for Your Morning Cup of Joe

I don’t know about you, but I have to have a cup of coffee every morning. And actually, according to the Mayo Clinic, a cup of java in the morning is a good thing. Caffeine does wonders to wake the mind and jump-start your day. It certainly works for me.

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One Simple Idea: Expert Advice From Entrepreneur & Inventor

When you think of the great inventors, you probably think of people such as Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Graham Bell and even Steve Jobs — people who have brought entirely new concepts to the market. But great ideas and innovations don’t have to change the world. Sometimes the best new product opportunities start with small improvements in existing concepts. For example, Pam Moore improved on the standard ice tray after trying to get ice cubes into narrow openings of sport bottles for her son’s soccer games. So Moore enhanced ice trays with a cylinder design creating “Ice Tubes” to fit perfectly into most bottles! Millions of Ice Tubes are now in kitchens around the world.

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