I remember touring Roy’s big office the first time. Because his shop designs and develops any kind of project, the modern space was made more eclectic, with all the various products scattered about. Some products finished and packaged, ready for the shelf. Others still under construction with their skins peeled back and guts exposed. Black Read more about A Project Stalled is a Project Damn Near Dead[…]
I asked some of the most successful inventors, designers and product developers what the key is to discovering a GREAT idea. They had many and various answers. However, the most common answer was:
Have lots of bad ideas.
Scaling seems to be the buzzword of the moment. Built to Scale is a popular, best selling book about creating systems that allow you to build a MONSTER business without the traditional headaches. It’s a good idea, you know, to avoid headaches. However, psychologically, thinking about your product evolving into a MONSTER business, can be Read more about Built to Scale. Really?[…]
It can be overwhelming for a new Inventor to decide to pursue their dream. Taking it from a napkin to development means the dream is about to become REAL!
We had a great time with these two, first-time Product Inventors during their kick-off phase. Little did we know that they documented their story on video.
Jerry sits at his kitchen table. The top is covered in electrodes, glue guns and parts. His head cupped in his hands; he sobs quiet. Jerry is your average inventor with a great idea. An electronic crib monitor in the shape of a glowing teddy bear. The glow was soothing and allowed new parents to Read more about Don’t Get Eaten By Sharks[…]
Ahhhhh, the joys of product development – the good, bad and ugly. Reaching the end of any phase of a project is a major highlight. And it’s a highlight starting the next phase. But in the middle of the phases it gets to be somewhat work. Grinding out the processes and completing what are some Read more about Limb Bit Phase 3 Launch[…]
Who sees the necessity and brings forth a light of hope? Who dares break the rules of nature to improve upon our situation? The evolution of man is gauged not as much by physical stature as it is by our inventions. The club, the knife, the bed, the fire pit are the markers of our Read more about Who Is The Inventor?[…]
As I sit here staring at this napkin, I wonder about the future it will bring. On the surface, it’s just a plain, fabric napkin used to protect tabletops or clean up spills. It tears easily if you push the ink pen too hard and can be lost in an instant. But underneath, this is Read more about Is It Really Just A Bar Napkin?[…]
How most good things start with a bar, a friend and a napkin. The scene was familiar – the room was a little too dark, there were a few too many empty glasses on the table and a fairly intense conversation was going down. JD is a very smart guy. He’s a veterinarian, which makes Read more about Bringing a Product to Life: Chapter 1[…]
“Hey I was wondering if you had time for a beer? I’ve got this new idea and I wanted to run it by you.” First of all, you had me at beer. Second, I’m not sure I’ll be of any help. But yeah, OK for the beer. Everyone needs validation. We want to know if Read more about Is My Idea Shit?[…]