Stephen Key

Stephen Key

Entrepreneur Leadership Network Contributor
Co-Founder of inventRight; Author of One Simple Idea Series

More From Stephen Key

Patents

Create the Strongest Patent Possible With These 5 Tips

Your patent attorney is your next best friend -- but only if you put in the hard work first.
Product Placement

8 Reasons Why It's Tough to Get Your Small-Brand Product Into Big-Box Stores

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.
Coaches

11 Ways to Get the Most Out of Working With a Coach

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.
Persistence

How Long Should You Push Before Giving Up?

A successful entrepreneur reflects on how naivety kept him going forward although things were really rough.
Entrepreneurship

Should You Quit Your Day Job and Jump Into Entrepreneurship?

How do you balance the comfort and safety of a paycheck with the dream of building something all your own.
Inventing

Protecting an Idea Is Easy. Selling an Idea Is Hard.

I received great advice from my patent attorney after freaking out about one of my big ideas.
Inventing

Developing a 'Cool' Product Is Only Half of a Successful Business

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.
Inventing

The 4 Big Changes to Open Innovation During the Last 4 Years

It's easier than ever before to get your ideas licensed by bigger companies.
Decision Making

Entrepreneurs Don't Overthink Things. They Make a Decision and Go With It.

Becoming an entrepreneur means accepting that you might fail. At some point, you've got to shut off your brain, and make a move.
Leadership

Entrepreneurs Who Embody These 9 Practices Will Gain Loyalty

It doesn't matter what kind of person you're trying to get to work with you. If you conduct yourself in the right way, people will want to invest their time, energy and money into helping you.
Relationships

Becoming an Entrepreneur Takes Courage, But Marrying One Is Even Braver

Going into your business for yourself is stressful not just for you, but to the person closest to you. Here are four tips to make it work.
Advice

7 Ways to Excel at Asking for Advice From Experts

Experts want to help, but they'll be much more willing to offer you a hand if you follow these tips.
Inventing

The Real Reason Companies Are Looking for Your Product Ideas

Open innovation is flourishing because creative people want to work for themselves. It's as simple as that.
Partnerships

The Simple Way to Vet a Potential Business Partner

It's amazing that people seem to spend more time reading reviews of a restaurant they're considering going to for lunch than looking into the companies and people they're considering working with.
Success Strategies

A 3-Step Formula to Success -- Really

You must fine-tune your ability to acutely break down a problem and come up with an efficient solution.