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How to Outwit Your Competition

How to Outwit Your Competition

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You don't have to reinvent the wheel to come up with a great business idea. Here are three ways to look at what your competition is doing -- and do it better.
April 9, 2013 in Business Ideas
Radicals & Visionaries: Invention vs. Innovation

Radicals & Visionaries: Invention vs. Innovation

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Is it better to improve on existing ideas or to start from scratch?
March 25, 2013 in Innovation
Glimpse the Future: Inspirational Inventors in the Spotlight

Glimpse the Future: Inspirational Inventors in the Spotlight

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President Obama salutes 11 innovators in a ceremony at the White House today.
February 1, 2013 in Inventing
Entrepreneurial Doctor Takes the Sting Out of Shots

Entrepreneurial Doctor Takes the Sting Out of Shots

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An entrepreneurial doc sets aside her own jitters to help quell the fears of others
October 31, 2012 in Inventing
The Reality TV Show that Wants Your Offscreen Ideas Too

The Reality TV Show that Wants Your Offscreen Ideas Too

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'Everyday Edisons' producer Edison Nation has major connections and can help you bring your idea to market.
July 27, 2012 in Inventing
Are You Ready to Pitch Your Product to Investors?

Are You Ready to Pitch Your Product to Investors?

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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 in Inventing
Entrepreneurs: Are You a User?

Entrepreneurs: Are You a User?

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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 in Inventing
Why and How to Host a Hackathon

Why and How to Host a Hackathon

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Short on programming talent or ideas? Consider hosting a hackathon.
January 17, 2012 in Product Development
Entrepreneurs: Is Your Idea Ready for Prime Time?

Entrepreneurs: Is Your Idea Ready for Prime Time?

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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 in Inventing
The Key Question Inventors Don't Ask Before Seeking Funding

The Key Question Inventors Don't Ask Before Seeking Funding

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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 in Inventing
Video: How to Create the Best Products in the WorldPlay Video

How to Create the Best Products in the World (Video)

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 in Inventing
Video: Quirky's Ben Kaufman on InnovationPlay Video

Quirky's Ben Kaufman on Innovation (Video)

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 in Young Entrepreneurs
'Quirky' Turns Inventors into Reality TV Stars

'Quirky' Turns Inventors into Reality TV Stars

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A new reality TV series starring Ben Kaufman and his product development firm Quirky is debuting tonight.
August 30, 2011 in Inventing
Inventor Finds True Passion in Toys

Inventor Finds True Passion in Toys

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For Mary Doherty Ellroy, there's no business like the toy business.
March 25, 2011 in Inventing
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