Co-Founder of inventRight; Author of One Simple Idea Series
Stephen Key is an inventor, author, speaker and co-founder of InventRight, LLC., a Glenbrook, Nev.-based company that educates entrepreneurs in how to bring ideas to market.
When you're in the midst of a creative surge, it's sometimes hard to narrow things down. Use this checklist to help.
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If you want to license your ideas, focus on finding those companies that are going to truly embrace you -- companies like Fat Brain.
LinkedIn's messaging feature allows others to get to know you first, on their own terms, which is preferable to pretty much everyone.
Read how novice inventor Lesli Jenkins Wang got the conservative medical industry to accept her Free2GoRollator late last year.
Working From Home
Working remotely can be extremely rewarding, but there are some tricks to it.
For makers, inventors and dreamers, it's the ultimate high when you see with your own eyes that "you've finally arrived."
Haircut? Check. Business cards? Check. The right frame of mind? That's the really important one.
Your patent attorney is your next best friend -- but only if you put in the hard work first.
Chain stores favor big-brand products over new no-name inventions. Here are some things to keep in mind when pitching to Walmart or Home Depot.
Picking up new skills is an essential part of being a successful entrepreneur. A coach can help -- but you have to put in the work.
A successful entrepreneur reflects on how naivety kept him going forward although things were really rough.
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How do you balance the comfort and safety of a paycheck with the dream of building something all your own.
I received great advice from my patent attorney after freaking out about one of my big ideas.
What sets apart products that succeed from those that don't? Creating cool products that people will want is not enough, not by a long shot.
It's easier than ever before to get your ideas licensed by bigger companies.