Chinese Manufacturing Best Practices

Are you considering manufacturing your product in China? Have you heard “horror stories?”Relax. Like any relationship, working with a Chinese manufacturer is all about communicating clearly and effectively to get your message across.I manufactured my...

Bootstrapping for invention success

There are many challenges to inventing – not the least of which is: how to succeed on a limited budget. Patents are expensive – approximately $5,000 – $10,000 or more (depending on invention complexity). Developing, marketing, and bringing your own...

3 Big Inventor Gaffes to Avoid Now

What are biggest barriers – big gaffes – that prevent inventors with great products from achieving success? Interestingly, the biggest barriers to inventor success are not what immediately comes to mind for most people: money, competition, or lack of...

Connecting the dots to your future

In a 2005 commencement address at Stanford University, Steve Jobs talked about the value of “connecting the dots” in your life.Okay. fair warning: this post will be a bit woo-woo for some people, but my post last week called The Magic Happens Outside Your...

The Magic Happens Outside Your Comfort Zone

All of the magic happens outside your comfort zone.You've heard that before, right? But, what does it really mean to you as an inventor?It means to make progress and move forward to truly commercialize your invention – to finally make money on it (“the...

Product Licensing Versus Venturing

You're an inventor with an exciting new product, right? Of course. But, what is the best path to finally making money from your invention: venturing it (DIY) or licensing it for royalties? It may be the most hotly debated question among inventors. Which do you think...