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Why Guitar Picks?

Why Guitar Picks?

People ask me all the time, why did I start a business selling guitar picks? That's a great question because I don't even play guitar. It was purely by accident, is the truth. A local gentleman in my hometown was selling tens of thousands of guitar picks that looked...

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How It All Started!

How It All Started!

It doesn’t matter how you get started — only that you do.  Here are a few images from my offices throughout the years.  Before I began working at the toy startup Worlds of Wonder, I designed life-sized animals for the plush company Dakin in a little...

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Getting On Shark Tank Is Not Easy

Getting On Shark Tank Is Not Easy

Tens of thousands of people try out for Shark Tank but only a couple hundred have actually pitched in front of the Sharks. The chances of making it on the show are very slim. According to one article, of 40,000 applications the show received in 2016, only 180...

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Someone Stole My Idea?

Someone Stole My Idea?

I had a master licensing agreement with the company CCL for my rotating label, Spinformation. We shared the sub-licensing rights. Soon, a company in Dublin, Ireland called Kinelworth licensed our technology to provide to their customers. Before you know it, they had a...

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My Very First Ideas For New Products

My Very First Ideas For New Products

I have not shared these before. When I first started trying to license my ideas, they were, well, let’s say…OK. I’ve learned over time that when you stick with an industry long enough, your ideas do get better.  Check out my very first sell sheets below. I was in...

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A Few Of My Favorite Things

A Few Of My Favorite Things

I’ve been collecting things all my life. Even as a young child, my room was filled with things I collected. Things that matter to me, and today is no different. On my mantle, a fake grenade. This was a joke played on me by my best friend’s son. It wasn’t so funny at...

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How I Turned Rejection Into Opportunity

How I Turned Rejection Into Opportunity

This wasn't the first time I got rejected, and I remember this like it was just yesterday. A new inventing TV show was produced by Simon Cowell and was called American Inventor. I had received a call from one of the producers requesting I interview for a spot to be...

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How To Take Your Prototype To Production

How To Take Your Prototype To Production

Of all my ideas, my packaging innovation, Spinformation, was the most difficult to commercialize.  A tremendous amount of effort was required, but it was well worth it. I made my first prototypes of the spin label out of paper, which allowed me to design many...

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Never Count Yourself Out

Never Count Yourself Out

Never count anyone out, including yourself. I was 28 years old and everyone I knew thought I was failing. I was barely getting by selling my soft sculpture creations at street fairs, but loving every minute of it. Still, I had to make a change. A friend suggested that...

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