Inventing

The Simplest Ideas Can Be Extremely Profitable. Here's Proof.

Gene Luoma solved a universal problem -- clogged drains -- with a strip of plastic from his garage. His device has sold 33 million units.

Stephen Key

· 6 min read

5 Ways to Create an Almost-There Prototype Marketing Video

Building it makes your idea real; video captures it visually. Do less of the first and more of the second to test the market sooner.

Stephen Key

· 6 min read

The 4 Biggest Mistakes Inventors Make

Product development is a business. You can't afford rookie errors.

Stephen Key

· 4 min read

Winning at Inventing Is a Numbers Game

Inventors too often focus on patents and expensive prototypes when what they really need is proof of demand.

Stephen Key

· 5 min read

Have a Lot of Clever Ideas? License Them to the Novelty Gift Industry.

When I walked into Hallmark and saw "Sweet Darts," darts inscribed with the words 'I'm Stuck On You," I smiled. Seeing my name on the back never got old.

Stephen Key

· 5 min read

Are You Trying to Protect Your Idea -- or Sell It?

Do you really need a patent? It all depends on who you ask.

Stephen Key

· 5 min read

Ford Files a Patent to Turn Self-Driving Cars Into Movie Theaters

If the patent is ever implemented, folks would be able to watch their favorite films on the go.

Lindsay Friedman

· 2 min read

How One Toy Company Gets Open Innovation Right

If you want to license your ideas, focus on finding those companies that are going to truly embrace you -- companies like Fat Brain.

Stephen Key

· 6 min read

How One Woman's Mission to Preserve Her Mother's Mobility Lead to a Great Invention

Read how novice inventor Lesli Jenkins Wang got the conservative medical industry to accept her Free2GoRollator late last year.

Stephen Key

· 5 min read

The Inventors of This Travel Jacket Set Out to Raise $20,000 With Crowdfunding and Ended Up Raising More Than $10 Million. Here's What Happened Next.

This is what it looks like to get 80,000 jackets sourced and manufactured in six months. Hint: It's one long, intense hustle.

Catherine Clifford

· 7 min read

How Long Should You Push Before Giving Up?

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

Stephen Key

· 5 min read

How This Man Turned His Passion Into His Profession

A resourceful inventor brings his creative concepts to life.

Jenna Schnuer

· 4 min read