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Prototype Pitfalls

Prototype Pitfalls
One of the single most exciting things an inventor can hear along his or her inventing journey is without a doubt, "Can you send me a prototype?" For many, this is the first time their idea has received any level of validation. To a novice inventor, the request to send a prototype is simply monumental. At inventRight, we have long taught our studen...
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From Green to Pro Demo Video Makers: Meet inventRight Students TJay and Billy

From Green to Pro Demo Video Makers: Meet inventRight Students TJay and Billy
Every entrepreneur expects obstacles along his or her journey. Expecting them and successfully overcoming them, however, are two very different things. I recently had the pleasure of coaching inventRight students and cousins, TJay Kleeberger and Billy Maroo, who know all too well what an obstacle looks like. TJay and Billy, residents of Minnesota, ...
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Not All No’s Are Created Equal

Not All No’s Are Created Equal
When a new student joins inventRight, he or she is paired up with a personal coach who will hold their hand through our 6-month "boot camp" journey. The end goal, of course, is to obtain a licensing agreement for their product and to leave us with the knowledge and confidence to pitch future products quickly and effectively. When inventRight cofoun...
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Inventors, Focus On Inventing for the Next Virus

Inventors, Focus On Inventing for the Next Virus
The coronavirus has affected the world in a way in which most of us have never seen. Years ago, my father told me the story of how he was at high school football practice when it was announced over the PA speaker that President John F. Kennedy had been shot and killed. For my father, this was a life event that he would never forget. In my life, the...
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Guest — Wayne Augsburger
Great article and great perspective Ryan, and you are spot on! We all need to help those that we can and maybe in doing that come... Read More
Thursday, 09 April 2020 11:17
Guest — Ken Gilmore
GREAT perspective Ryan. New family friendly educational games may be another "Stay at Home" staple
Friday, 10 April 2020 13:23
Guest — Charlie Noack
Awesome Ryan.. I needed that jumpstart, and you gave it to me. - thank you. I hope it moves others as well! Thank you for your ser... Read More
Sunday, 12 April 2020 14:05
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Tip of the Iceberg

Tip of the Iceberg
"Ryan, I can't wait to tell you about the product I want to license!" my new inventRight student proclaimed to me in an email prior to our first meeting. "Nothing like it exists!" he went on to explain. The following day, I took the student's call. He explained the product to me with the same excitement and exuberance that he had displayed in his e...
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Strike While the Iron is Hot!

Strike While the Iron is Hot!
Fidget Spinners, a gadget that uses a ball bearing to rapidly spin on the tips of ones's fingers, took the world by storm in 2017. Marketed as everything from a toy, to a device that helped you focus and a reliever of anxiety and psychological stress, fidget spinners were everywhere! In May of 2017, fidget spinners accounted for 17% of all toy and ...
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I am sitting on ideas some I thought of in the 80s which are now in new gmc trucks. And some I am pondering on how to bring to li... Read More
Thursday, 06 February 2020 17:15
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What It’s Really Like Attending a Trade Show as an Inventor

What It’s Really Like Attending a Trade Show as an Inventor
Many years back I attended the "Super Zoo" trade show in Las Vegas, NV. Billed as the most-attended pet industry trade show in North America, I was nervous to attend to say the least. This was the first time I had ever shown my product, the Woof Washer 360, publicly. I couldn't afford a booth (not that I necessarily wanted or needed one.) I had no ...
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Risky Business

Risky Business
As a faithful follower of inventRight's content, you should now understand what exactly licensing is. As a quick reminder, and in its most basic term, licensing is the renting of an idea. As stated in Stephen Key's (inventRight's co-founder) December 2017 article (https://www.inventright.com/help/blog/what-is-licensing), "When you license your idea...
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5 Reasons Not to Submit to Big Companies Only

5 Reasons Not to Submit to Big Companies Only
If you've been reading my series of articles for inventRight's blog for any length of time, you have likely realized that I write about the struggles and triumphs my students are facing in real time. My goal has always been to provide a fresh snap shot of what people like you are currently experiencing. If you are paying very close attention and ar...
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Guest — Dawn
Really great points Ryan! Thank you for your insights!!
Tuesday, 06 August 2019 14:03
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The Magic 8 Ball

The Magic 8 Ball
Last week I took on a new inventRight student. As typically occurs during a first coaching session, this student and I got to know a bit about each other and he of course had many questions for me. We had a great conversation. He commented that the thought of licensing his very own product was as awe-inspiring to him as watching a magic show. I imm...
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James Shehan
#Magic8Ball Good read #WithOutADoubt
Monday, 08 July 2019 06:45
Teresa Clark
Good one, Ryan. Very Clever!
Tuesday, 09 July 2019 06:04
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Breaking the Rules

Breaking the Rules
We've all heard the statistic that 97% of all patents never make a dime. It really doesn't even seem plausible, does it? Why in the world would somebody invest in a costly patent when the certainty of failure seems very likely? But I see it often. A new student joins us at inventRight. He or she has been working on their idea for months, if not yea...
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Guest — Garth Patchen
Excellent insights from true stories. Thank you. G.P.
Sunday, 23 June 2019 17:45
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How to Make a Demo Video That Sells

How to Make a Demo Video That Sells
In my January 2019 blog post, I reviewed licensing trends which myself and my fellow inventRight coaches saw in 2018. A point of emphasis was that inventors are now expected to do just a bit more. With a crowded pool of product developers trying to steal a licensee's interest away from your product, the need to create better marketing material or e...
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Guest — Nancy Moore
Great advice Ryan! Thank you!
Friday, 12 April 2019 06:16
Guest — Nancy Moore
Great advice Ryan! Thank you!
Friday, 12 April 2019 06:17
Guest — Maryann
Great information, thank you
Friday, 12 April 2019 12:24
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Sell Sheets

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There is a reason you have clicked on this latest blog post of mine, and I know exactly why. Everybody loves sell sheets! In fact it is extremely common for a new student to ask me when he or she can get started on creating their marketing material. In reality, the sell sheet will come a little ways down the road for a brand new student. I love the...
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James Shehan
Nice post and very relevant as I will be submitting for my first sell sheet tomorrow. Can you add the new and improved Woof Washe... Read More
Tuesday, 05 March 2019 13:36
Guest — Richard Dale-Mesaros
Very timely for me too...... I just started laying out my sell sheet on my first product, PPA being submitted in a week or so. I a... Read More
Saturday, 09 March 2019 04:24
Don J. Burke
Awesome tips and information as usual and perfect timing - thanks Ryan! Love the Woofwasher 360 too!!
Wednesday, 11 March 2020 04:56
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Time Is On Your Side

Time Is On Your Side
"My time is valuable." "Time flies." "There's no better time than now." What do these quotes have in common? They all put an emphasis on time, speed, and getting 'it' done now. Of course, there is a reason these sayings have stood the (ahem) test of time. They are overwhelmingly true. I am here to tell you that in the licensing game, time is absolu...
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James Shehan
These rules also apply to negotiating a salary if you get a job offer or promotion. Act unimpressed, say you need a couple of day... Read More
Friday, 01 February 2019 05:23
Guest — Garth Patchen
Words of wisdom, Ryan. Thanks. 2nd product of mine exhibits these same characteristic "way points". One prospect will present m... Read More
Saturday, 02 February 2019 07:42
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2018 Product Licensing Trends: inventRight Reviews the Year

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Well, that went quick. As cliché and unbelievably predictable as it may be, I ask myself, “Where did the year go?” If you are an inventRight student or a follower of our content, hopefully a good portion of the year was spent with us in some form or another. Whether you were listening to our members-only webinars hosted by our incredible coaches, o...
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James Shehan
Great insights Ryan! Happy New Year to you and the entire IR Team! Let's KEEP INVENTING!
Thursday, 03 January 2019 09:29
Guest — Chato
Loved this insight!
Friday, 04 January 2019 20:09
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Trust The Process

Trust The Process
Los Angeles County, California – The month of November was a stressful month for residents of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. The beautiful coastal city of Malibu was just one of several that ravaging fires totally devastated. The “Woolsey Fire,” as it was named, burned nearly 100,000 acres, destroyed 1,500 structures, and took 3 lives. The men a...
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Afraid to Make Cold Calls? You Need This Strategy

Afraid to Make Cold Calls? You Need This Strategy
Fall is now upon us. The weather is cooler and my favorite Holiday, Halloween, is just around the corner. So let’s talk about something really scary! Cold calls. The mere thought of making one sends shivers down some inventRight (iR) student spines. That’s understandable. Are we not essentially telling a licensee that we want them to take all the f...
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The BIG Reason Being Bold is Hurting You

The BIG Reason Being Bold is Hurting You
“Oh no!” I said to myself, as I slapped my palm to my forehead.  As routinely happens, a student of mine had just sent me an email he had sent to a potential licensee. Typically, my students will ask me to proofread their emails before sending them. However, and as my student will now admit, he let the excitement of initial interest get the be...
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James Shehan
Great point about getting the person on the phone Ryan! thank you.
Wednesday, 22 August 2018 20:59
Guest — Teryl
Great advice Coach.. Very informative post.
Friday, 24 August 2018 06:42
Jonathan R Chalmers
Thank you for the article.....I'm now up to the "getting in" stage so this is very timely advice.
Wednesday, 05 September 2018 15:35
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Let’s Be Honest

Let’s Be Honest
As a veteran coach of inventRight, I have the privilege of being introduced to many new products on a weekly basis. The amount of creative talent out there is astonishing. All inventors, or product developers as we teach our students to reference themselves as, have the creative bug. Heck, if you are reading this article, you likely have more ideas...
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James Shehan
Ah Yes! The wisdom of a veteran inventRight coach cuts through the sugar plum dreams of product developer hopefuls. You and I ar... Read More
Monday, 16 July 2018 14:06
Wayne Augsburger
Excellent article Ryan. So true on so many levels while yet so few will take this rare excellent advice and learn from it. Even g... Read More
Friday, 27 July 2018 06:52
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Why You Won’t Go Viral and Why That’s Okay.

Why You Won’t Go Viral and Why That’s Okay.
I am often contacted by wide-eyed inventors who want to know how my product, Woof Washer 360 (www.woofwasher360.com), went viral and what tips/strategies I could offer to get their product to do so also. First; a bit of background: Webster Dictionary defines viral as: : quickly and widely spread or popularized especially by means of social media • ...
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James Shehan
Great behind the scenes insight and advice Ryan. Thanks!
Friday, 22 June 2018 12:42
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