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When Focused on Mundane Problems, Entrepreneurs Find Opportunity

When Focused on Mundane Problems, Entrepreneurs Find Opportunity

Big, splashy, entirely-original ideas are great but entrepreneurs do something important, and prosper, just making life easier for people.
Meet Swash, a $500 Garment-Refreshing Machine to Delay Dry Cleaning

Meet Swash, a $500 Garment-Refreshing Machine to Delay Dry Cleaning

The stigmas surrounding re-wearing clothes -- especially among business people with capsule wardrobes -- are significantly lessening, maker Procter & Gamble said.
This High-Tech Spray Eats Smog, Turns Surfaces Into Self-Cleaning Germ-Killers

This High-Tech Spray Eats Smog, Turns Surfaces Into Self-Cleaning Germ-Killers

With a spray of this futuristic wonder cleaner, who needs soap, water and elbow grease?
From Stuffed Zucchini to Wicked Jack Chicken, Savory Recipes From Entrepreneurs

From Stuffed Zucchini to Wicked Jack Chicken, Savory Recipes From Entrepreneurs

Not only do they run businesses and write. They can cook up a storm. Sample some delightful dishes from our columnists.
Championing Patient-Centered Innovation

Championing Patient-Centered Innovation

An often-overlooked source for great ideas are those who live or work on the front lines of health care.
Meet Plantoid, the Robot That Grows Like the Roots of a Plant

Meet Plantoid, the Robot That Grows Like the Roots of a Plant

Robots do all kinds of amazing things, but this is the first one to actually grow.
Staples Wants You to Crowdfund Your Way Onto Its Shelves

Staples Wants You to Crowdfund Your Way Onto Its Shelves

Staples and crowdfunding site Fundable have teamed up to launch a contest for entrepreneurs.
Panasonic to Pour $5 Billion Into Tesla Battery 'Gigafactory'

Panasonic to Pour $5 Billion Into Tesla Battery 'Gigafactory'

The two companies are joining forces to build a battery megafactory somewhere in the U.S. The ambitious undertaking could lead to more affordable electric vehicles.
The 'Aha!' Moments of Famous Inventors (Infographic)

The 'Aha!' Moments of Famous Inventors (Infographic)

A look at the realizations that inspired the founders of Apple, Ikea, WhatsApp and other massively successful businesses.
Think Your Mundane Idea Can't Be a Big Innovation? Take a Second Look.

Think Your Mundane Idea Can't Be a Big Innovation? Take a Second Look.

Even today new inventions don't always involve harnessing high technology. The smallest idea can inspire a transformative product.
This In-Flight Gadget Prevents Pushy Passengers From Reclining Their Seats

This In-Flight Gadget Prevents Pushy Passengers From Reclining Their Seats

While ethically dubious, the Knee Defender is likely to appeal to business travelers all too familiar with the crammed quandary of flying coach.
Convincing Naysayers to Adopt New Technology

Convincing Naysayers to Adopt New Technology

In delivering a business pitch about a novel invention, be sure to bolster your presentation with facts and know your audience.
Your One-Stop Guide to Royalty Rates (Infographic)

Your One-Stop Guide to Royalty Rates (Infographic)

There are several important factors to consider before you license your invention. Here's a handy overview to help you out.
Before You Prototype a Tech Product, Ask These 5 Questions

Before You Prototype a Tech Product, Ask These 5 Questions

The impulse may be to rush to market, but taking the time to understand your potential customers will go a long way.
Fade to 'Vantablack': Scientists Invent a Material So Black Your Eyes Can't See It

Fade to 'Vantablack': Scientists Invent a Material So Black Your Eyes Can't See It

And you thought plain black was the darkest color known to man. Blink again.
This Startup Wants to Bring Personal Breathalyzers to the Masses

This Startup Wants to Bring Personal Breathalyzers to the Masses

The BACtrack Vio is a keychain-sized breathalyzer alongside which users can track their intoxication levels via a smartphone app.
3 Problems That Became Opportunities to Change the World

3 Problems That Became Opportunities to Change the World

Roadblocks can be a vision to a better world if you change your perception.
The Hard Truth About How Much Your Invention is Really Worth

The Hard Truth About How Much Your Invention is Really Worth

Investors don't want to invest in a product, they want to invest in a business. Here are seven reality checks to apply.
The Case for Consumer-Centric Innovation

The Case for Consumer-Centric Innovation

Finding inventive product ideas from nontraditional sources can help companies stay ahead of the competition.
Boston Installs Phone-Charging Solar Benches Across City Parks

Boston Installs Phone-Charging Solar Benches Across City Parks

The Soofa not only charges devices on-the-go, but captures environmental data such as weather, noise levels, air quality and number of passersby per hour.
These Siblings Feed Off Each Other's Input to Drive Their Entrepreneurial Success

These Siblings Feed Off Each Other's Input to Drive Their Entrepreneurial Success

A serial entrepreneur recalls her early collaborations with her brother and gives tips on how to encourage enterprise-building traits.
5 Awesomely Entrepreneurial Artifacts That Will Soon Live at the Smithsonian

5 Awesomely Entrepreneurial Artifacts That Will Soon Live at the Smithsonian

From one of Henry Ford's experimental tractors to Planters' iconic Mr. Peanut mascot, a look at some of the objects in the museum's upcoming American Enterprise exhibit.
You Have Good Ideas -- Don't Let Them Disappear

You Have Good Ideas -- Don't Let Them Disappear

A good daily habit to develop is to capture your thoughts. Who knows? It might just lead to a big breakthrough.
How Do You Bring Innovation to Market?

How Do You Bring Innovation to Market?

We asked some of the leading idea people in business to define how new products, technologies and commodities come into being.
Elon Musk: 'Maybe We'll Make a Flying Car, Just For Fun'

Elon Musk: 'Maybe We'll Make a Flying Car, Just For Fun'

Making a flying car is 'not the hard part,' said the automotive visionary. Making one that's quiet and safe is a different story.

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