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Anyone can be an inventor

Anyone can be an inventor

These days, practically anyone can be an inventor.

You don't have to be an expert in a field to contribute. You can become an inventor simply by having an idea and refining it.


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Ideas on ideation

Ideas on ideation

Inventions start with a good idea. And a good idea comes from inspiration.

Advice from successful entrepreneurs and invention experts:

  • Limor Fried, Founder and Lead Engineer at Adafruit, states that he gets inspiration from a Show and Tell they do every Wednesday in a live Google+ hangout.
  • Eric Hintz from The Smithsonian's Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation says history shows that inventors often find the world irritating and want to fix it.


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Step 1: Research and model

Inventors start with representations before they make something.

  • Research to find available materials and possible technologies to use.
  • Draw the idea with a pencil on paper.
  • Make a model using cardboard, tape and hot glue.
  • Create a 2-D and 3 D digital model.

Step 2: Experiment

Test your prototype, improve it, then test again until there is no room for improvement. Use milling machines or 3-D printers.

Step 3: Finalize

The final prototype should be presentable to potential investors and customers. Hire expert help with your final creation if it's needed.


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Most inventions that die do so because they lack funding. Funding options include:

  • Crowdfunding.
  • Competitions. In 2007, NASA used a competition to design the next generation of astronaut gloves.
  • Self-funding.
  • Investors. The best way to pitch your idea is with a personal connection or introduction. However, many VCs and angels publicly post their emails or are active on Twitter.
  • Outsourcing. License or sell your intellectual property as it can help others to apply your idea to their own needs.


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Product to market

Product to market

Ideally, you will have a community of true believers who support your product. They should get your prototypes first as they will give valuable feedback and promote the product.

  • A broader reach is possible by spreading information at conferences, meetups, and hackathons and write about it in forums and blogs.
  • The media is also a valuable source to reach new audiences.
  • Grab every opportunity for an interview.
  • Use feedback and market research to determine demand and set the pace for scaling up.


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