Category Archives: Invention failure

Turning No’s into Inventing Success

I hesitated to write this particular blog post. I knew lots of readers would roll their eyes and say to themselves, “oh boy, another tawdry tale about failing in the process of success.” I know. But, honestly, I had to … Continue reading

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Your Invention: Fail Early and Fail Fast

You have an idea for a great new product. Now what? What you choose to do next is key to your success (or lack of it). Here are your first three steps: Do your own free patent search on uspto.gov … Continue reading

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No-No’s for New Inventors

Much is written about what inventors should do to be successful. But, equally important is what inventors should avoid doing to be successful: inventor no-no’s. ¬†Below are three no-no’s every inventors must avoid to achieve success. No-No 1: Rushing out … Continue reading

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How Not to Kill Your Licensing Deal

You presented your innovative new product to a manufacturer and great news, they are proposing a licensing deal to you! Congratulations! Inventors often spend years attempting to license their product unsuccessfully. Now don’t kill the deal before it is done! … Continue reading

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Near Zero: Tragic or Magic?

Entrepreneurs must be prepared to take risks, sometimes spectacular risks. Billionaire technology mogul, Elon Musk, famously accrued $165 million from the sale of his share of PayPal to eBay. He then invested virtually all of it into three speculative ventures: … Continue reading

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Have a Great Idea? What to Do Now?

Every great invention begins first with an idea, an aha moment. Dealing with problems often points to unexpected opportunities. Not surprisingly, many invention ideas are solutions to annoying problems. Now that you have your aha moment, your great idea, what … Continue reading

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Begin with the End in Mind

Rule #2 from 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Begin with the end in mind. This advice is particularly relevant for inventors. ¬†Being laser focused upon what you want to achieve will guide you to success more quickly. I wish … Continue reading

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