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What Invention Would You Most Like to See in Your Lifetime?
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According to a new Pew study, if you're like a lot of Americans, you'd like to own something that gets you places faster, lets you time-travel or somehow prolongs your life.
April 17, 2014 in Technology
Think Your Job Sucks? New MTV Show Profiles Strange and Awesome Career Paths

Think Your Job Sucks? New MTV Show Profiles Strange and Awesome Career Paths

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MTV's new series, which profiles snake venom milkers, beer keg inventors and junk food bloggers, represents the network’s first foray into business-centric content.
April 15, 2014 in The 'Treps
Is Competition a Catalyst for Innovation?

Is Competition a Catalyst for Innovation?

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The products of rival firms can prompt and motivate a company to differentiate its offerings and invent new solutions.
April 7, 2014 in Technology
Don't Have Great Ideas? Work With Someone Who Does.

Don't Have Great Ideas? Work With Someone Who Does.

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Creative people oftentimes aren't great at selling their ideas. That's where you come in.
March 28, 2014 in Grow Your Business
15-Year-Old Entrepreneur Looks to Disrupt Sugary Drinks Market

15-Year-Old Entrepreneur Looks to Disrupt Sugary Drinks Market

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Recent Shark Tank contestant infuses some 'sweet' innovation in his product that seeks to replace soda and sports beverages.
March 21, 2014 in The 'Treps
Keep Innovation Flowing as Your Startup Grows

Keep Innovation Flowing as Your Startup Grows

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Big companies can keep a lookout for new ideas. But managers need to listen to front-line employees.
March 17, 2014 in Grow Your Business
Skin and Bones: Oh, the Body Parts You Can Make With 3-D Bio-printers

Skin and Bones: Oh, the Body Parts You Can Make With 3-D Bio-printers

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Sticks and stones may break bones, but printers can replace them -- and a whole lot more.
March 12, 2014 in Technology
Photos: 12 Awesome Gift Ideas That Appeared on 'Shark Tank'

12 Awesome Gift Ideas That Appeared on 'Shark Tank'

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ABC's reality pitch show about entrepreneurs isn't all about drama and suspense. It's also about neat inventions.
February 21, 2014 in Lifestyle
American Heart Association Using Crowdfunding to Find Next Big Thing in Health

American Heart Association Using Crowdfunding to Find Next Big Thing in Health

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The American Heart Association is using crowdfunding to find innovative technologies that can assist in improving cardiovascular health across the U.S.
February 5, 2014 in Inventing
The 10 Must-Have Ingredients for a Successful Invention

The 10 Must-Have Ingredients for a Successful Invention

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While many people believe they have the next million-dollar idea, in reality their vision could be a total dud. Here are 10 things needed to make your invention a success.
February 3, 2014 in Innovation
Tired of Coffee? Try This Spray-On Caffeine Instead

Tired of Coffee? Try This Spray-On Caffeine Instead

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The inventors claim that topically applied caffeine offers a consistent level of energy without the jolting buzz-then-crash that comes with drinking caffeinated drinks.
January 15, 2014 in News and Trends
Why Licensing is the Best Way to Get Your Product on Store Shelves

Why Licensing is the Best Way to Get Your Product on Store Shelves

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Finding a company to manufacture and market your wares can be a shortcut into major retailers.
December 30, 2013 in Distribution and Licensing
Proto Labs Wants to Help You Create a Cool Prototype for Free

Proto Labs Wants to Help You Create a Cool Prototype for Free

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The latest winner of the Cool Idea! Award program is Garageio, a device that allows you to open and close your garage door with your smartphone.
December 18, 2013 in News and Trends
Entrepreneurs Want Patent Trolls Gone, But Current Legislation Is Sloppy

Entrepreneurs Want Patent Trolls Gone, But Current Legislation Is Sloppy

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The House of Representatives is expected to take up the Innovation Act today, but stakeholders fear that the increased paperwork required by the bill would be counterproductive.
December 4, 2013 in Innovation
3 Things You Need to Know About Launching a Product Business

3 Things You Need to Know About Launching a Product Business

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Coming up with a great product idea doesn't necessarily mean you need to launch a business around it. Here are three things you need to know before taking that leap.
November 22, 2013 in Startup Basics
The Man Behind Inflatable Snowshoes

The Man Behind Inflatable Snowshoes

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Alaskan entrepreneur Rick Stafford's latest invention are a lifesaving idea.
November 16, 2013 in Innovation

Quirky Lands Its Largest Funding Round at $79 Million

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The social product-development company also has extended its partnership with GE.
November 13, 2013 in Financing
Photos: 13 Hilarious Inventions We Can’t Believe Exist, and Are Real Businesses

13 Hilarious Inventions We Can’t Believe Exist, and Are Real Businesses

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From a 'onesie' that lets your baby mop your floors to a mic-shaped sponge for rocking out in the shower, here are some wacky inventions from entrepreneurs.
November 3, 2013 in Innovation
How to Become an Expert in an Hour

How to Become an Expert in an Hour

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Concentrate your efforts and you can become an expert on a product or market niche fairly quickly. Here's how.
October 24, 2013 in Growth Strategies
FreshDirect and RocketHub Team Up to Find the Next Major Food Innovation

FreshDirect and RocketHub Team Up to Find the Next Major Food Innovation

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The online grocer and the crowdfunding site are collaborating on the 'Next Big Food Thing,' a contest to find the coolest new food-related innovation.
October 2, 2013 in Innovation
Count It: How Many Times These Business Leaders Tried Before They Succeeded (Infographic)

Count It: How Many Times These Business Leaders Tried Before They Succeeded (Infographic)

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The founder of Pandora reached out to investors 300 times before getting funding. And James Dyson invented 5,126 failed vacuum cleaner prototypes before getting one right.
September 23, 2013 in Innovation
Rainbow Loom Maker Sues Rival Toymaker Over Patents

Rainbow Loom Maker Sues Rival Toymaker Over Patents

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Choon Ng, creator of the colorful bracelet-making kit that has become a national sensation, has accused a fellow toymaker of patent infringement.
September 12, 2013 in Leadership
Inventor of the Wildly Popular 'Rainbow Loom' Weaves the American Dream With Rubber Bands in a Detroit Basement

Inventor of the Wildly Popular 'Rainbow Loom' Weaves the American Dream With Rubber Bands in a Detroit Basement

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Malaysian immigrant Choon Ng came to the U.S. for college and became an engineer. In his downtime, he invented a toy that has become a national sensation.
August 26, 2013 in Innovation
One of Shark Tank's Original Sharks to Launch Crowdfunding Site For Inventors

One of Shark Tank's Original Sharks to Launch Crowdfunding Site For Inventors

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The founder of As Seen on TV, Kevin Harrington, plans to unveil a platform targeted specifically at the household, kitchen and outdoor goods inventions niche.
August 19, 2013 in Financing
Lori Greiner's Advice on How to Get Your Invention on Store Shelves

Lori Greiner's Advice on How to Get Your Invention on Store Shelves

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The 'Shark Tank' investor and inventor of over 400 products offers her advice to move your product from idea to sales.
August 1, 2013 in Marketing Basics

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