Inventing

Investor Lori Greiner on Her Swim in the 'Shark Tank'
Startup Financing

Investor Lori Greiner on Her Swim in the 'Shark Tank'

Guest "Shark" and QVC Queen dishes about her time on the reality TV show and what she likes to hear in an entrepreneur's pitch.
Entrepreneurs: Are You a User?
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Entrepreneurs: Are You a User?

Did you start your business after creating a product for your own use? If so, your chances of landing venture capital and finding business success are better than for other types of startups.
Your Eyes and Ears on the Ground: SXSW Interactive
Business Ideas

Your Eyes and Ears on the Ground: SXSW Interactive

Don't miss out on knowing about 'The Next Big Thing' first. Over the next five days, we'll fill you in on all the mayhem that is SXSW Interactive.
Why and How to Host a Hackathon
Product Development

Why and How to Host a Hackathon

Short on programming talent or ideas? Consider hosting a hackathon.
Entrepreneurs: Is Your Idea Ready for Prime Time?
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Entrepreneurs: Is Your Idea Ready for Prime Time?

When you've got a business idea, it's easy to get excited and start talking it up to possible investors. But if it's too soon, that can mean missed opportunities.
The Key Question Inventors Don't Ask Before Seeking Funding
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The Key Question Inventors Don't Ask Before Seeking Funding

Wondering what makes investors back an invention? The new History Channel show 'Invention USA' points out a key factor that can make the difference in landing funding.
What Your Business Can Learn From Apple's Battle with Samsung
Protecting Your Idea

What Your Business Can Learn From Apple's Battle with Samsung

If you think a competitor copied your patented products or services, here are some ways to stand in the way of their efforts.
Quirky's Advice for Inventors: Study the Market
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Quirky's Advice for Inventors: Study the Market

Inventors may know how to pinpoint a problem, but coming up with a product that shoppers want is another challenge entirely. Fortunately for them, Quirky can help.
How to Create the Best Products in the World
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How to Create the Best Products in the World

Quirky founder Ben Kaufman describes what the iPod and Snuggie blankets have in common. Here's a hint: They both solve consumers' everyday problems. Doing so, says Kaufman, is the key to making a killer product.
How to Navigate the New Patent Law
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How to Navigate the New Patent Law

The age-old patent system is set to be reformed. Here's how the new law might change how or whether you get a patent.
Quirky's Ben Kaufman on Innovation
Young Entrepreneurs

Quirky's Ben Kaufman on Innovation

Meet the founder of Quirky, a crowdsourced product-development company. Its mission is "to make invention accessible." Its goal: to invent two new consumer products a week. He shares his views on creativity and starting up as part of our Innovators series.
'Quirky' Turns Inventors into Reality TV Stars
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'Quirky' Turns Inventors into Reality TV Stars

A new reality TV series starring Ben Kaufman and his product development firm Quirky is debuting tonight.
Quirky: The Solution to the Innovator's Dilemma
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Quirky: The Solution to the Innovator's Dilemma

At the age of 24, Ben Kaufman already has a successful startup track record. With Quirky, he's tapped into the power of open innovation and created a place where anyone can become an inventor.
Lessons Learned From Mom Inventors
Success Stories

Lessons Learned From Mom Inventors

How three moms started small businesses around solutions to parenting challenges.
Inventor Finds True Passion in Toys
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Inventor Finds True Passion in Toys

For Mary Doherty Ellroy, there's no business like the toy business.
MakerBot: Building a Cult Following for 3-D Printer Kits
Profiles

MakerBot: Building a Cult Following for 3-D Printer Kits

Crafting a business on creative do-it-yourselfers.
From Idea to Market
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From Idea to Market

So you have a genius idea. Here's what it takes to get a new product to market.
A Quick Guide to Taking an Invention to Market
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A Quick Guide to Taking an Invention to Market

Consider these strategies for turning your product idea into a business reality.
From Concept to Market--in 10 Months Flat
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From Concept to Market--in 10 Months Flat

How one entrepreneur navigated the inventing minefield and brought his idea for bass-thumping travel speakers to life
Creating a Product From Scratch
Inventing

Creating a Product From Scratch

Keats Elliots, CEO & Co-Founder of Shootsac, talks about the challenges she's overcome not only designing the product but also starting the company from scratch.
Make Customers Your R&D Experts
Product Development

Make Customers Your R&D Experts

These entrepreneurs went straight to the source for feedback on product development.
Should Your Idea Pass Go?
Product Development

Should Your Idea Pass Go?

Proper evaluation could save you both time and money.
Protecting Your Idea

Don't File for That Patent Yet

Instead of a utility patent, a provisional patent or a trademark could be a better first step.
A Surefire Way to Get a Licensing Agreement
Distribution and Licensing

A Surefire Way to Get a Licensing Agreement

Prove that your product is a low-risk investment.
Success Stories

Why Stay Onshore?

While many U.S. companies were offshoring, one Taiwanese immigrant saw an opportunity for made-in-America products.
Inventing

Get Rich Off Your Million-Dollar Idea

It's not geniuses who come up with inventions. It's normal people who see a better way to do things.
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