Sweet Savvy

The top-ranked female tennis player in the world on five separate occasions, Maria Sharapova is beautiful, elegant, and willing to do the grunt work.Her consuming passion for business’s intricate details has paid off with Sugarpova, the candy company she launched in 2012. Sharapova’s $500,000 investment became a business worth a reported $20 million last year.

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Short Song: The Rise and Fall of Napster

Despite its meteoric rise and fall, Napster has a permanent place in innovation and internet history. It has often been called the fastest-growing business of all time; perhaps more important, it revolutionized the music industry and forced it to adjust to the commercial realities of the internet age.

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U.S. Cannabis Inventions Grow

The shifting status of marijuana from an illegal controlled substance to regulated medicinal product to, in some jurisdictions, legalized recreational activity has created a market that promises to be incredibly valuable in the future. Even these slow moves in the direction of full legalization have galvanized inventors filing patent applications on cannabis-related inventions with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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Patenting and Justified Paranoia

When you have an idea that has been sufficiently formulated and described in a provisional patent application, you may even be able to license that invention idea without having received a patent. This all falls apart if you tell others about your invention or otherwise disclose your invention before a patent application is filed.

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The 45 at 70

The 45 RPM single reflects a simpler time in technology and the world. The 70th anniversary of its release reveals some detailed and surprising origins.

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Crowdfunding Basics and Myths

There are many misconceptions about crowdfunding sites, the best known being Kickstarter and Indiegogo. But first it’s important to review some of the basics, because crowdfunding is a great way to get your product to market. One of the greatest things about crowdfunding is that it turns the traditional manufacturing model on its head—at least when it comes to consumer products.  

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