A proposed measure intended to encourage more high-tech startups is misguided, our columnist argues. Increasing academic research funding is the better route for fostering innovation.
July 30, 2012
'Everyday Edisons' producer Edison Nation has major connections and can help you bring your idea to market.
July 27, 2012
Inventors and entrepreneurs made their case on the debut episode of PBS's "Everyday Edisons" new season, but not all of them seemed quite ready to do so.
April 5, 2012
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.
March 15, 2012
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.
March 14, 2012
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.
March 9, 2012
Short on programming talent or ideas? Consider hosting a hackathon.
January 17, 2012
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.
December 29, 2011
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.
December 16, 2011
Protecting Your Idea
If you think a competitor copied your patented products or services, here are some ways to stand in the way of their efforts.
December 8, 2011
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.
October 5, 2011
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.
September 28, 2011
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.
September 16, 2011
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.
September 12, 2011
A new reality TV series starring Ben Kaufman and his product development firm Quirky is debuting tonight.
August 30, 2011
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.
July 26, 2011
How three moms started small businesses around solutions to parenting challenges.
May 6, 2011
For Mary Doherty Ellroy, there's no business like the toy business.
March 25, 2011
Crafting a business on creative do-it-yourselfers.
December 6, 2010
So you have a genius idea. Here's what it takes to get a new product to market.
September 20, 2010
Consider these strategies for turning your product idea into a business reality.
September 15, 2010
How one entrepreneur navigated the inventing minefield and brought his idea for bass-thumping travel speakers to life
August 17, 2010
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.
August 16, 2010
These entrepreneurs went straight to the source for feedback on product development.
May 18, 2010
Protecting Your Idea
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