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What Are The Keys To Success In Crowd Funding

Crowdfunding is a new method to raise funds for your business start-up.  How it works is that many people contribute small amounts of money to your business either as an investment or as a donation.  The donation option is obviously a lot more attractive, because a small business owner does not have to pay the money back.

Cool Inspiration From Previous Arctic Innovation Competition Winners!

If you’re planning on entering the 2013 Arctic Innovation Competition, it wouldn’t hurt to take a peek at the inventions that wowed the judges of this chilly contest, so here are the grand prize winners from 2009 to 2012 for extra inspiration:

10 Tips For Launching A Successful Business In 2013

Is it your dream to launch a business in 2013?  Many people wish they were their own boss and that they could quit their day job, but it seems completely impossible to get their idea off the ground. 

Sit On One Of These Feral Futons By Máximo Riera, IF YOU DARE!

When people tell you that the wheel doesn’t need to be redesigned, lean back in your biologically accurate rhinoceros throne and scold them for thinking inside the box.

5 Things To Do In Picking A Product Name

Choosing a name for your product can be one of the most agonizing and challenging things that you will do when it comes to your business.  If you choose wrong, the result can be that your product fails miserably.

How To Get Ready For Angel Investing

When you are getting ready to launch your business, you will need many things in place. One of the most important pieces is financing. Most entrepreneurs have already borrowed funds from friends and family, and may have a small amount of financing from a financial institution as well as their own hard earned money.

Marketing Secrets You May Not Know About Twitter

These days, it is important to market your web presence on Google, Twitter and Facebook. These are three of the most popular and widely used platforms that people use to market their business online. Twitter has a specific advantage over other advertising platforms that many people do not know about.

Is Spam The Easiest And Cheapest Way Of Marketing?

If you have the old mindset that spam email and spam keywords are the best way to make money, then you are living in the past. Sure, thousands of marketers are spamming and making money, but what are they doing wrong? What is wrong with mass marketing campaigns?

What You Need To Know About Search Engine Marketing

I have always wanted to build a website so that I could earn money online just like everyone else seems to be doing these days. I started off by purchasing a domain, finding a suitable place to host my website and then building a website. It was tough at first, but I started to learn the finer points of site optimization. One thing though – I still wasn’t getting much traffic. One day a friend of mine came over and we started to talk about my website and my results.

4 Quick Product Packaging Tips That Help To Sell your Product

In the grand scheme of things, packaging your product is equally important as coming up with a unique product that appeals to a niche market. How will you decide to package your product? What you choose can say a lot about your business whether you know it or not.

Developers: DRM Will Never Really Work

There seems to be an elephant in the room in the world of game development. It's a rather ugly creature, painted in shades of moral gray and black; it bellows about piracy and used games whilst boorishly lamenting lost sales and the core gamer's lack of respect for the developer. I am speaking, of course, about always-on DRM. I feel that it's high time this beast was silenced and put out to pasture- and I'm far from the only one.

How To Find A Decent Web Site Name

One of the most important things you will do for your online business is to choose a name for your web site. It can be extremely difficult to find a name that reflects the business that you do, especially if you have a great deal of competition and most of the names you are thinking about have already been purchased.

Inventing For Android? Keep Security in Mind

The growing number of Android OS based devices that are currently in the hands of consumers, and the security of their personal data, is a growing issue. This piece examines the compliant that was recently filed by the ACLU against major wireless carriers for not updating their security for Android devices, and give inventors advice on adding device level security to apps.

Turning Ideas Into Products: Expert Tips For Invention Prototypes - Part 2: Prototyping Methods

Different prototyping methods are typically defined by the actual purpose they each serve. In part 2 of this series, I will be explaining some of the different methods used in the creation of prototypes. Each prototyping method has its own set of ideal applications, strengths and weaknesses. Some methods are better for speed while others are intended for absolute precision or overall strength. It all comes down to what your particular project requires.

Get Inspired @ Innovation Uncensored 2013 In NYC!

If you’d like to learn a few tips and stellar advice from industry, energy, design and other innovative juggernauts, be sure to attend the Innovation Uncensored event in New York City April 23-24!

Turning Ideas Into Products: Expert Tips For Invention Prototypes - Part 1: Terminology

If you have an invention idea that you hope to bring to market, eventually it will need to be prototyped. A prototype is a model of the invention idea that allows the inventor to validate and “prove” their concept. Join Trident Design’s Founder, Chris Hawker, for part 1 of a multi-part series focused on turning big ideas into real products.

Making The Most Out Of Quirky.com

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?

Branding: The Shield That Your Product Needs

If you want to increase your exposure and protect your product, branding is a key component in your marketing strategy. Things like consistency in the quantity and quality of products that are produced, producer name, company logo and byline bring a certain level of uniqueness that can distinguish your business from rival competitors. When engaging in both marketing and advertising, it is prudent to have all these qualities in place to maintain credibility to both clients and potential clients.

5 New Year's Resolutions Every Inventor & Product Developer Should Make

Nearly everyone has at least a dozen earth-shattering inventions up their sleeve.  At least that's what they believe. But most who want to run with their ideas and make them profitable end up wasting a lot of time, especially as novices, on ideas that are already on the market or that few others want.  It's important to work smart and fast as product developers so your focus is on the new, the needed, and the profitable.  Here are five New Year's Resolutions that will boost your efforts and your results.

 

Law 101 for Inventors: Legal Protection and Why You Need It

So you’ve come up with an original invention or idea, and now you're ready to go out into the world and make an impact with it. But before you can do that, you should think about the legal protection and measures that you need to set in place for your start-up.