Author: Jack Lander

Three Essential Considerations for Commercial Success of an Invention

Venture capital finance groups evaluate not just the invention, but marketing and financing skills; to succeed, your project will need three essential skills. How many inventors does it take to make a start-up? The correct answer is one. Just one. A start-up needs three essential skills: the authority on the purpose and technical aspects of the invention, (the inventor); the marketing director; and the finance director.  For an effective start-up, one warm body is not enough, and four are too many. Generally, these three skills are found in three separate persons. It may be comforting to have your best...

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A History of Extra Obstacles for Female Inventors

Women have had to fight to be credited with inventions, and sometimes never get it…yet the long list of female inventors in U.S. history begins in 1809 and includes independent innovators from all walks of life. Before women in America got the vote in 1920, my German grandmother said their role was “kinder, kirche und kochen” (children, church and cooking)—which was considered proper and preferred by most men of that era. It is also claimed that men regularly took credit for their wives’ inventions. For example, Susan Hibbard invented the turkey feather duster in 1874, and her husband tried...

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Is Entrepreneurship in Your Future? Six Questions to Answer

The fundamental decision facing the inventor is whether to produce and market his or her invention, or patent and license it. This decision depends largely on the personal traits of the inventor and especially his answer to the following questions: The inventor personality ranges from true inventor to intense entrepreneur. Where are you on this spectrum? Which is more important to you, money or glory? Do you have adequate financial resources? Will you be dependent on your day job to keep your living costs paid? Do you know manufacturing processes? Will you produce in the United States or Canada,...

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Advice for a Young Inventor

Keep a notebook; do your homework; keep it simple; research the market If you are a born inventor—if you feel it deep down inside of you—you already know that inventing is easy. But following through with the steps that are essential in order to transform your invention into something that strangers will want, and pay money for, is not so easy. Always search the market as a first step after recording your idea in your inventor’s notebook. Many inventors think they have an original idea because they don’t see their invention being sold in stores. If you don’t want...

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Who Invented the Telephone?

Confusing history shows Bell may be least deserving of distinction, Meucci the most.    We all know the story of how Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone. Or do we?   Bell was an audiologist. He worked with patients who had hearing deficits. He had only a limited understanding of electricity, which was and is the basis for telephone technology.   Before getting into the technical details of Bell’s invention, consider the spirit of the time in which inventors were experimenting with electricity. Let’s go back to 1844, when Samuel F.B. Morse strung the first telegraph line in the...

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