Inventions

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

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
This New High-Tech Wonder Bra May Help Detect Breast Cancer
Technology

This New High-Tech Wonder Bra May Help Detect Breast Cancer

The invention uses infrared sensors to monitor temperature.
Lindsay Friedman
Which of Your Great Ideas Should You Work on Bringing to Market First?
Inventions

Which of Your Great Ideas Should You Work on Bringing to Market First?

When you're in the midst of a creative surge, it's sometimes hard to narrow things down. Use this checklist to help.
Stephen Key
Exclusive: Watch This Entrepreneur's Emotional Shark Tank Pitch Before It Airs on TV
Shark Tank

Exclusive: Watch This Entrepreneur's Emotional Shark Tank Pitch Before It Airs on TV

Growing up, life was anything but a bed of roses for this ambitious Texas inventor. Find out how his journey led him from mattress-cleaning to the Tank, before the next episode airs this Friday.
Kim Lachance Shandrow
How One Toy Company Gets Open Innovation Right
Inventing

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
How a Father's Love for His Ailing Son Inspired Him to Reinvent the Sneaker
Entrepreneurs

How a Father's Love for His Ailing Son Inspired Him to Reinvent the Sneaker

Steve Kaufman didn't want his son's medical condition to stop him from putting his shoes on by himself. His quest to boost the teen's self-esteem led to the creation of Quikiks.
Kim Lachance Shandrow
'Cultured Beef,' Made From Harvested Cells, Could Solve Growing Global Demands for Meat
Innovation

'Cultured Beef,' Made From Harvested Cells, Could Solve Growing Global Demands for Meat

The meat and a book that cleans dirty water are the latest innovations in food technology that could be key to sustainability in a world of finite resources.
This 'Smart Wallet' Found Success on Kickstarter and Indiegogo. So Why Didn't It Deliver?
Crowdfunding

This 'Smart Wallet' Found Success on Kickstarter and Indiegogo. So Why Didn't It Deliver?

Crowdfunding is all about the numbers, but the humans behind the risky campaigns are often hard to calculate.
Kim Lachance Shandrow
What It's Like When You Finally See Your Idea-Turned-Product on Store Shelves
Success Stories

What It's Like When You Finally See Your Idea-Turned-Product on Store Shelves

For makers, inventors and dreamers, it's the ultimate high when you see with your own eyes that "you've finally arrived."
Stephen Key
This Hipster Hoodie That Hides a Pillow Is a Sleeper Hit on Kickstarter
Sleep

This Hipster Hoodie That Hides a Pillow Is a Sleeper Hit on Kickstarter

Hypnos's inflatable sweatshirt is a napper's dream -- if you're cool with snoozing in public, that is.
Kim Lachance Shandrow
Oops, IOU? How the World's First Modern Credit Card Was Invented.
History

Oops, IOU? How the World's First Modern Credit Card Was Invented.

The scrappy entrepreneur who created the credit card, as legend has it, might have experienced an embarrassing situation that led to inspiration.
Kim Lachance Shandrow
Dissecting a Fad: How the Slinky, Mr. Potato Head and Pet Rock Became Crazy Popular
Fads

Dissecting a Fad: How the Slinky, Mr. Potato Head and Pet Rock Became Crazy Popular

These iconic toys were conceived of by individual inventors and subsequently adored by kids everywhere.
Catherine Clifford
This Innovative Cap Helps Chemotherapy Patients Keep More Hair
Health

This Innovative Cap Helps Chemotherapy Patients Keep More Hair

The FDA approved the DigniCap for use in the U.S. this week.
Kim Lachance Shandrow
These Awesome Video-Playing Sneakers Have Raised More Than $300,000 on Indiegogo
Technology

These Awesome Video-Playing Sneakers Have Raised More Than $300,000 on Indiegogo

Walk a mile in these shoes and everyone will be staring at your fancy feet.
Kim Lachance Shandrow