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Hi guys,

I recently submitted an idea which has made it to stage 3. I know you give feedback to insiders whose ideas fail to progress. But do you ever give any other feedback? It would be nice to get the opinion of people who aren’t my engineering buddies (maybe a little more critical of the idea). I would love to hear any concerns so I can either address them or, if unable to do that, abandon the emotional investment. Maybe you have your reasons, but this has been a very lonely partnership.

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Hi William,

The majority of feedback is provided following a decline of an idea. However, we also have the ability to provide ongoing messaging for those ideas that are in Stage 6 and 7 where there is activity on the idea – a term sheet sent, for example.

Hope this clarifies and best of luck with your idea!

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That’s absolutely true Crittie! I think the most emotional roller coaster ride for many of us was the NASA search…because there were a lot of those that made it to presentation. If you get a chance, check out that topic…Here is the link: http://www.edisonnation.com/forums/live-product... . There are 12 pages to read through. Page 12 is actually the beginning of the thread, then you have to work your way through to page 1.. We all had a lot of fun with that one and it shows how much support you can expect from so many of our members.

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Which picture, Crittie? I’ve posted so many…LOL!

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Hi William, I’d just like to add a little (or maybe more than a little) to what the others have said. It is worth repeating that patience can be your best friend here, as hard as that is. Another saying we have around here: “If you’re green, you’re good.” Know that the EN team is working your idea fairly and relentlessly, looking for as many successes for as many inventors as they can find, because that’s where EN gets its success. Unfortunately ideas get declined all the time, at nearly all stages, for many reasons, and in that case perhaps the feedback can help improve the idea for another search . . . after the sting of rejection fades a bit, which we all feel. And sometimes an idea will seem to have been forgotten at one stage or another, stagnant for weeks, or even months. That’s where the patience really comes in. But for EN to offer feedback for these times to everyone who would like it . . . would take their finite resources away from their more important work. We’d all love feedback at some set frequency, but unfortunately it’s impractical, if not nearly impossible given time and staffing constraints. This general subject has been discussed a lot in the forums here in the past, and I invite you to read as much as you can here. In the meantime, congratulations on your G3, and best of luck with it in the future!

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LOL…I remember that one. Not all of the pics are showing up on my computer for some reason.

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Thanks for the replies. I guess so far the EN team likes the idea as it has moved to stage 4. It’s just weird as I’ve never done business like this before! I’m used to sitting in conference rooms discussing ideas back and forth, good things about the idea, bad things about the idea, potential hurdles, how to move forward, or back to the drawing board. In this model, I just put something out there and hope for the best lol. I feel like I should be doing more.

I guess that’s the problem with being an unemployed oil and gas engineer. Stupid oil prices.

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Hey William, welcome to EdisonNation and the EdisonNation Forums !!!

I know what you’re talking about in sitting in those conference rooms. I been included in several brainstorming sessions. They can be really positive or completely off the wall, and you never know which way it’s going to go until you get there.

As you gain experience here at EN you’ll realize just how important patience is. Patience is one of the cornerstones here, along with reading every thing you can here in the forums and on the blogs and just about anywhere else you can find that covers patents and patent protection.

Best of luck

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Hey William C, congratulations on the G4! Stage 4 is actually one of the most difficult hurdles to get over of all 8 the stages, so way to go! Continued good luck to you.

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No, not G4. Just in stage 4. So G4 is where the heartbreak happens, huh?

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magurn's Avatar

Hi William!

Here is a blog post that contains some helpful information about getting through the hurdles of Stages 4 and 5…
http://blog.edisonnation.com/2015/05/from-g1-g8...

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Hi William, sorry for my confusion. Yes, Stage 4 is where I’ve been hit a few times, and from what I’ve read here in the forums it may be the most common failure point, aside from or along with Stage 8. Anyone else reading, please feel free to correct me if I’m mistaken. A rejection at Stage 4, then, we call an R4, in honor of the dreaded red “X”. The blog post that Michelle references is good reading on the subject.

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Hi William! I see you’re from H-Town… me too! Betsy lives here, as well as Greg Bruce in Galveston and David Heath in Montgomery. Welcome aboard, and hope the job issue doesn’t last too long. I grew up in that industry and it can be a heartbreaker for sure. You can escape here in the forums and the lounge… see ya around!

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Howdy neighbor =)

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