Advice for Inventors

James Dyson Award 2016 Top 20 International Shortlist Inventors Announced

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

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

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

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

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 Quirky.com For Inventors

Quirky.com 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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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?

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?