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The Value of Prototyping in Research and Development

Posted November 3, 2018 in Uncategorized

Last week I was the innovation keynote speaker for the James Hardie Research and Development Conference for their scientists and engineers. I normally don’t show anyone my first prototype, but I wanted to show how simple prototyping can be, and the value of prototyping in research and development.

 

A prototype…

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Inventor of Scotch Tape – Richard Gurley Drew

Posted November 1, 2017 in Uncategorized

As a creativity keynote speaker, one of the things I talk about is serendipity, or finding something valuable that you’re not looking for. Scotch brand tape was one of those serendipitous ideas that was invented to solve one problem and ended up solving many more.

 

One way many inventors…

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Inventor of Coston Flares

Posted August 10, 2017 in Uncategorized

If inventors know one thing it’s how to make lemons out of lemonade. History is full of stories about inventors who have succeeded despite failure and tragedy, and inventor Martha Coston dealt with both.

 

She married a man, Benjamin Coston, a scientist who was already an inventor who was just…

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Bra Inventor and Art Patron Caresse Crosby

Posted September 18, 2016 in Inventing, Uncategorized

Caresse Crosby lived the life of an upper class debutante in New York and Connecticut growing up. One night while she was dressing to go out to another ball, she put on her customary whalebone corset under her evening gown. Disappointed in the way it made her dress look,…

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Women Inventors – Marie Van Brittan Brown

Posted March 10, 2016 in Inventing

In keeping with Women’s History Month, I wanted to highlight women inventors who exemplify the phrase “Necessity is the Mother of Invention”. Marie Van Brittan Brown is one of those inventors.

 

Marie was a nurse who didn’t keep regular hours. While her husband, Albert, was at work, she was often…

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Innovators Embrace Uncertainty

Posted January 30, 2016 in Innovation

Uncertainty isn’t a comfortable place. In fact, it triggers a flight or fight response in the amygdala part of the brain. And most people choose flight. But innovators embrace uncertainty because we venture into uncharted territory every day.

 

I was talking to a friend who made the decision to move…

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Inventor’s Spotlight – Woman Inventor – Margaret Knight

Posted November 12, 2015 in Uncategorized

I’ll never forget the day I got a call from someone who was shocked that a woman had invented the wrist water bottle. We should be so far beyond that in our society, but the fact that fewer than 15% of all patents are issued to…

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America Invents Act

Posted September 21, 2011 in Inventing

Here is the press release from the White House regarding the America Invents Act:

 

President Obama Signs America Invents Act, Overhauling the Patent System to Stimulate Economic Growth, and Announces New Steps to Help Entrepreneurs Create Jobs

 

Today, at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia, President…

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