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We all have great ideas, but most people never follow through and pursue their dream of turning an idea into a product. Everyday Edisons was created to show the reality of product development. We wanted to accomplish 3 things: Inspire people to follow through with their ideas, educate our viewers on the process, and along the way… make dreams come true.

After two seasons of casting calls, we realized that we could do even more. In the Season 3 casting calls, we invited some of America’s largest retailers to attend and help inventors bring their developed products to market. These retailers which include: The Home Depot, Bed Bath & Beyond, Staples, QVC, The Sharper Image, Dicks, and PetsMart have already identified over a hundred products that they have an interest in. With this new opportunity, we look forward to helping even more inventors realize their dream.

In addition, we created Edison Nation, the online community for inventors. It is exciting to see the membership and comradery amongst inventors grow. Inventors helping inventors is a very powerful movement and I want to pledge my assistance as well.

So how can I help the inventor community? How can I help you? I welcome your suggestions for topics that can be addressed in future forums. Please let me know your areas of interest and I will do my best to provide updated information, resources, and support to assist your efforts.

I have had the good fortune of meeting some of the country’s most admired inventors and entrepreneurs. I have learned of their successes and of their failures. What is consistent, however, is in their passion and commitment.

I look forward to meeting the next generation of innovative minds and hope that the efforts of Everyday Edisons, Edison Nation, and Inventors Digest can play a role in stimulating creativity.

Best regards,

Louis J. Foreman

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Mr Foreman,

First off I really feel your the real deal. Every time I see you in person and hear you speak I’m energized with your passion and honesty. You have time and again educated the inventor community with the reality of making an idea into a marketable product. I hope to meet you again in Providence and hopefully my invention/inventions I bring will be ones you and the judges feel are a good fit. Thanks,

Eric Doty

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Hi Louis,
I attended the Chicago casting call. I was in the Edison group with a factory sample. I have a question about the buyers that we presented to. Does our portfolio that we left at the final table with DVD, patent info., sell sheet, etc… get passed along to the buyers, or if you did not make it through does all of that get pushed aside?

Just wondering, I actually have my product in two of the retailers stores that were there, but I think I blew my presentaion. Anyway, thanks in advance.

Trent Rousey

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Trent,

I am glad that you were able to attend the Chicago casting call. I would be happy to discuss your product further, but for disclosure purposes, please contact me at louis.foreman@enventys.com so I can continue to protect the confidentiality of your invention.

Louis

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Thank you Louis. You have shown yourself to be an important and committed leader in Invention Deveolpment. Years from now, we will look back and realize what an important contribution your leadership made to the inventing process for the everyday person.

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Hello Louis…nice place you have here! I am becoming a louder and louder voice in the inventor/entrepreneur community. I am a big promoter as the U.S. needs us type of guys now more than ever.

I’ve been talking to Mike Drummond, very nice guy we are becomming friendly, maybe he has told you about me. I have to put a link to Inventors Digest on my site and I guess that includes here to.

I will be learning more about Everyday Edisons. I like an honest invention promoter. VERY IMPORTANT. Inventors build companies and companies build countries. Scam companies I find despicable.

Anyway, just wanted to say hello.

Ron Komorowski
Inventor of Handi-Straps
www.handi-straps.com

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Hello Louis,

We attended that Chicago casting call with four product between the two of us and one product made it through two rounds. We have many more products to submit through your site. Could you tell me what happens when you and your staff receive a new submission?

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Hi Mr. Foreman I attened the casting call back in January in Atlanta and made to final consideration on your committ of I built a better mouse trap and after you explained felt good about my idea. What I would like to know is if my idea is not selected for the show can it still be picked up by the retailer or retailers that saw the potential in the product. I’m just trying to get things together on my end in the case I don’t make it, because I really think and believe this product will do well in the market for the fact that anybody from company ceos to gas station workers can afford it and it’s a product that compliments something we all use everyday. So thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you.

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Toby, Darrell, and everyone else who has attended a casting call,

First, I want to congratulate you on following through with your idea and taking the initial step to determining its feasibility. So many people talk about their ideas, but most never do anything with them.

Once the final casting call in Providence is completed, we will begin exploring the patentability of the ideas chosen, and start narrowing down the list to get to the 12 ideas for season 3. A team of over 60 experts are involved in this selection process. This is very difficult because we have seen so many great ideas over the past 4 months. As we get closer and closer to the final 12, the selection gets very emotional and confrontational at times. We all have our favorites that we want to see make it on the show.

At Everyday Edisons, we want to see more dreams come true, and this year, there are opportunities for inventors to still see their products get to market even if they are not one of the final 12 inventors. By working with some of America’s largest retailers including: The Home Depot, Bed Bath & Beyond, Staples, Petsmart, QVC, The Sharper Image, and buybuy Baby, we are looking to get even more of your products to market.

If your idea is not chosen for the show, but made it past the first round, it will be presented to the appropriate buyers at these retailers for their consideration. If there is interest, we will pursue these opportunities and assist in getting your idea to market. If after exhausting this effort, there is not interest or the retailer does not believe there is enough demand for the product to purchase, then the rights to your idea and any intellectual property will be returned to you.

Thank you again for participating in this process and I wish you the best of luck!

Louis Foreman

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Mr. Foreman again thank you for your time and insight on this matter, it’s very important to me and I’m sure to other inventors as well to get just a little bit of any kind of encouragement and hope of seeing good things happen with our ideas. You have done something amazing with the creation of the show to give people like me and others a chance to do something nobody else will give us a chance of doing, from the seminars to the edison nation website, alot of tools to help us get started and things to watch out for. Make the show or not I would like to say thank you to you and your staff, because there was so much I didn’t know then, but know now that will help and guide me in the future. Darrell Thomas

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Louis,
Is there a place on the website that lists all of the companies affiliated with Everyday Edisons? If not, where can I go to find a full list? I made it through the final round of judging in Dallas and I am excited to get my hands on as much information as I can. I have a baby product and wanted to know if buybuy Baby is my only hope if I am not chosen for the show? Thanks for this great opportunity.

Scottee

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Mr. Foreman,

Is anyone accepting bribes?

Tom

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Scottee,

I listed in a previous post some of the retailers that attend the casting calls. In addition to those listed, we also seek out the most appropriate distribution channels for the chosen products.

Everyday Edisons has built a sales infrastructure of 5 in-house sales executives and over 30 sales representatives. This team calls on virtually every major retailer in the United States.

This is a long term relationship that we are creating. If your product is chosen, we will work diligently to identify the strategic channels of distribution and seek to maximize the sales potential.

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Tom,

The best way to earn points with the judges is to bring a great idea. Bringing candy never hurts.

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Louis,

As we missed viewing the first season, what would be of great value to us would be an easy to understand visual road map on what it takes to bring an idea to reality. So clear that after a quick review of the material a person could say, “I get it”. The old PBS School House Rock series come to mind. Though the site now offers written details under the Educational Resources/Frequently Asked Questions, nothing there is of a short few minute road map/resource guide visual/video experience.

The reason I propose this is that once Elissa and I came up with our invention we looked everywhere from books to the Internet, and as everyone here can attest to its not easy to follow through (as we emphatically want to) and bring our idea into reality. Especially when we don’t know how the process even works.

As the second season has not aired yet we are still not clear on the process, and can use the help.

Here’s to hoping our dreams come true!

-Jerèll & Elissa

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louis, hi i am in the same position as the position as salus and i need help from beginning to end. i called eventys and no one ever called me back. that really doesnt make me feel good because i want to be fully confident in who i yrust my idea to. this call was made about a couple of weeks ago. thank you for handling this matter for me.

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I see alot of cookies and candy in your immediate future!!

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louis, i was chosen for commercialization!….but have received very little communications from EN……even though we sign over our rights to our product, is there a way i can follow-up to the going-ons with my product?….eva

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Hi Louis,
Attending the casting call in Chicago was a blast, and being chosen for final consideration is almost indescribable!
But since returning back to earth, a couple of questions have come to mind:

1. Is there any data available about how well Edison has done with the inventions from the first two seasons?

2. Is EE profitable with everything they commercialize? And more to the point, how did the inventors fare?

Thanks,
Brian Freeman

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I’m new to the inventing arena and I’m excited about finding this community. I’ve got a bunch of questions about it, though:

Do most people have a bunch of great ideas, or just a handful (or one)?

Do most of them approach it as a hobby, or as a business?

Clearly it’s possible to hit a “home run,” but is doing so a question of luck, patience, persistence, or just having a phenomenal idea?

I really appreciate “The Big Idea” with Donny Deutsch. It would be great to have some well-researched info on how people have approached this business.

If I have a bunch of related ideas, should I set up a company to develop them, or try and license them?

I realize I’ve asked a lot of questions. Thanks for your response.

Brad

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Hi, Bradley,

Welcome to the forum. I am not new to inventing, but new to actually trying to follow through to put a product on the shelf. Yes, it is so awesome to have a resource like this site. I am learning so much.

I have many ideas, all unrealated. I just thought of a new one this morning, as a matter of fact! I plan to form a company, probably an LLC, that will be for all my products.

I am trying to treat my inventing as a business, but it is really more like a hobby. I am a stay at home mom of teens and that alone keeps me pretty busy. I try to make a with time set asside specifically for inventing and the associated business details. I do take time to go to business development events or inventing casting calls.

What about anyone else?

S Sharp

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I have a question about a fairly minor detail: will we be contacted if not selected for the show, or only contacted if we are indeed selected? Also, does the show focus on engineering the invention or more so on branding/marketing?

Thanks!

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Jerell,

Going from an idea to making money from an invention is a process. It involves a number of steps, decisions, resources, time, and execution.
I will try to give everyone a general roadmap of the process in this forum, but BEFORE you start investing dollars in your idea, you should be able to answer these 5 questions:

1.What is your product and what makes it unique? There are plenty of products out there today that accomplish the same function. Why is your product better and why would someone purchase yours versus what already exists?

2.Who is your customer? You need to be able to clearly define the end user of your product (age, income, education, geographic location). This information allows us to quantify the size of the market and determine who we are marketing to.

3.How will the customer react to your product? You need to do focus groups and get feedback from your customer (not friends and family). Do they see your product as better than what is out there, how much would they pay for it, where would the buy it from, etc.

4.How much money will it take to get the product to market? You need to know this before you start investing in your idea. If the product cannot generate enough money to justify the investment, then don’t do it.

5.Where will the money come from? Again, you need to make sure you have the resources before you start so you don’t find yourself halfway there and out of funds.

Once these have been identified, then the decision on whether or not to pursue your invention becomes much easier to make.

Louis

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OK…now the second part of the question. The roadmap from idea to retail will vary from product to product, and industry to industry, but here is a very general road map:

Feasibility of the Idea – as we discussed in the previous posting

Benchmarking – What other products are out there, what are their strengths and weaknesses, and where are they priced?

Design Criteria – Establish the parameters for which your product is to be developed. Price, features, materials, etc.

Proof of Concept – build a proof of concept prototype to show that the product works and delivers results.

Industrial Design – Design the product to meet or exceed the consumer expectations and differentiate it from the existing products.

Engineering – Engineer the product to meet the requirements of the design criteria and be able to manufacture at a price that the market will accept.

Prototype – This could involve many rounds, but get to a functional prototype that looks as close to the finished version.

Protect your Invention – This step can be done here or earlier, but at some point a patent should be filed to protect your invention. By waiting to file after the engineering and design is complete, you gain the benefit of the knowledge learned in that process. Alternatively, a patent can be filed earlier and then amended if additional discoveries are made.

Manufacturing – Find a manufacturer who can produce this product based on the engineering documentation and prototype you can provide.
Distribution Channels – Determine the appropriate channels for distribution…to get your product to the customer.

Brand and Identity – Develop an identity for your product. This would include a name, logo, and positioning for what it stands for.

Sales – Selling the product into the appropriate channels of distribution.

This, of course, assumes that you are looking at taking the product to market yourself. If licensing your invention is the preferred method, then protecting your idea and building a proof of concept prototype are the bare minimums and the value of your idea increases the further you move along this process.

Hope this helps.

Louis

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Eva (and others),

Please be patient…we have not forgotten about you. We are trying to be thorough in our review of your idea and make sure we exhaust the available resources before we contact you. We are just as anxious to see ideas get to market as the inventors are.

Louis

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Brian,

Congrats on making it through Chicago!

Products from the first season of Everyday Edisons are already on the market and being sold. Some are selling better than others, but it is way too early to declare the big winners yet. Getting a product to market is a time consuming and expensive process. Some catch on quickly and others take time to cultivate a following.

Seeing your idea take shape and then get to market is an exciting process and we look forward to making this happen season after season on Everyday Edisons.

Good luck!

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Louis,

It does help and thank you for taking the time out of your busy commitments to respond to us and the rest of the folks here. We really do appreciate and value it. We are constantly amazed at how professional you and your team have been through this whole experience.

Hopefully you remember us from San Jose, Elissa and I were emphatically high-fiving as we received all ‘Yeses’ while our two boys were enjoying all the excitement. You kept our CAD renderings and not our prototypes (thank you by the way, they cost us a lot to have made). For us licensing our patent-pending invention is the preferred method and is in part why we love the Everyday Edison concept. Even though we know the high value our product brings to consumers and how broad our market appeal is; knowing what we have spent on our proof of concept prototype(s) so far, I cannot even imagine the costs of what it would truly take to bring such a simple product like ours to market. Like so many others these financial and knowledge abilities are out of our reach. That is why we are so excited to have even made it this far in your process, and hopefully we will be selected as a finalist for the third season so we can experience first hand this amazing opportunity.

Here’s to hoping our dreams come true!

-Jerèll & Elissa

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louis, thanks!…..john from EN just emailed me with questions in preparation of their presentation to the retailers in Providence……i hope to be a success story of yours, and show other new inventors what you big guys can do for us little guys!

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I have really enjoyed meeting you and all of the inventors at the casting calls. Hopefully the time attending these events is worthwhile. There is so much to learn from the experience. I just hope that this will lead to even more succesful inventions and fewer inventors exploited by the invention promotion companies.

Louis

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Mr. Foreman I readed a post Matt put on the site about a guy who had an invention for every casting call the show had, and finally struck gold at the last casting call. He stated that the man made it to final consideration, but his idea was pulled off the shelf for patent issues. I’ve been on the back burner since january and was wondering how long did it take to notify the man of what happen, and if there are issues with our ideas would we as finalist be contacted by EE, or with it being so close to the july 31st dead line would it just ride out until then. Thanks for your time and hope to be a part of the show.

Darell Thomas

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Ptetty good buzz you have going Louis. I only attend my inventor’s group maybe twice a year lately; too busy, but last night I was the speaker. The main buzz was about Edison Nation!

Very good! You are really reaching the masses! Another good thing was many had your magazine in hand; Inventor’s Digest. GREAT to see that too! It might have been because I was in there partly, thanks to you guys, but more important is that I saw a healthy circulation of your so important magazine to inventors.

I did put in a few good words for you guys at the meeting in my presentation. Keep up whatever you guys are doing! It’s working!

Ron Komorowski
Inventor of Handi-Straps
www.handi-straps.com

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Ron,

Thank you for the posting. I am glad to hear that people are using Edison Nation. I am really excited about all the new features that will be announced very soon. We are building an incredible inventor community and we need ingenious inventors like yourself.

Hope to see you (and everyone) at the final casting call on May 19th.

Best of luck to everyone!

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Dear Mr Foreman

Please clarify: I purchased a gold pass for the Providence casting but cannot attend myself. Your website only discloses after purchase of the pass that the pass is “not transferable”. I am not able to attend the casting in person and would be grateful for reassurance that the family member attending in my stead will be able to proceed on my pass.

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Louis, I don’t consider myself a “knit-picker” (although my wife and anyone who knows me well may disagree) however, I believe that the final casting call is going to be held on May 17th rather than May 19th… unless the date has been changed?

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Wayne-

Your wife is right and I am wrong. The casting call is on Saturday, May 17th in Providence, R.I. I am looking forward to seeing you and everyone else at the final casting call.

Thanks, Louis

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Joane,

I am assuming that your family member is presenting the invention on your behalf. Therefore, your name will also be on the paperwork for the casting call. As long as your name is on the paperwork, the Gold Pass can be used.

Good luck on Saturday!

Louis

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Louis,

Since most everyone really wants to get feedback on their submissions. Just a thought…maybe you could provide feedback as a priveldege of those people who have been a Gold Member for some period of time, ie, six months, etc.

This would further incentivize members to join and to maintain their membership over a longer period of time, rather than just joining to get the Gold Pass. It was also provide an unparalleled benefit to loyal members.

On a different note, the RI experience was great. Fellow inventors and EE staff all had such great energy. I consider myself fortunate to have been a participant.

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To Rafael,

I am very sorry Steve Shaw did not answer you. I am sure it was by accident. He’s a man that flips out with spam and probably didn’t recognize you and just deleted. I will get him to contact you and he will be reading your post.

Steve actually does my website and I have to help him with something on his house this week. I will smack him in the back of the head for you and then tell him why after.

Please do attend the meetings if you are so close. Next month we will have some SCORE members to try and lecture about entrepreneurship. If there is one thing inventors tend to lack it is this. It’s just the nature of the inventor; the sometimes isolated deep thinker.

Please let me know if you are going to the meeting. I will attend to meet you otherwise I don’t make many meetings anymore.

Ron Komorowski
Inventor of Handi-Straps
www.handi-straps.com

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Louis,
First and foremost, kudos to you and your team for bringing EE to life and for being able to touch so many people in such a positive way.

A few Quick Qs: When all of the debate is done regarding the Season 3 finalists, how is everyone contacted (phone, e-mail, etc.)?Are all types notified via the same method or does it vary by final disposition (e.g., TV show participants and commercialization participants are notified via phone while others are notified via e-mail?). If a concept is not chosen for commercialization, what kind of feedback does the inventor receive? Will the inventor get a copy of EE’s investigative file so they can, perhaps, further improve their idea and/or understand obstacles, etc.? Thanks again for putting together a fantastic program to help individuals succeed.

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Jeff…and all that participated in the casting calls:

Season 3 brought record numbers of inventors to the 5 cities we visited. I am amazed at the quality of the ideas that were presented. Just making it to filming was a huge accomplishment. Less than 3% made it beyond the casting call.

Our team is diligently reviewing the ideas and narrowing down the list to the most commercially viable concepts. We are looking for the 12 ideas to develop on Season 3 of Everyday Edisons, but also for an unlimited number of products that our retail partners have decided to pursue as well. This means that there could literally be 100 or more ideas chosen! I am excited that we can help so many inventors this way.

So to answer your questions…Everyone will be contacted…I just cannot reveal how. That would ruin the surprise. If you are not chosen, we unfortunately will not have specific feedback on each invention, we just don’t have an efficient manner to handle this. We understand how this could be important to you, and are exploring ways to do so as part of Edison Nation in Season 4.

Good Luck!

Louis

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Hi Louis,
I have a question and it may sound crazy but can someone opt out of consideration be for July 31st from being chosen to be on the show. What I understand about the agreement is, your only under contract if your idea is chosen to be on the show? and untill then we should be able to do what we want with our idea’s/inventions? Thanks for any reply,

Tim G.

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Louis, Wow! What a great thread! Getting back to your original point, I would like to suggest a little more content on how helpful it can be to empower yourself. One thing many inventors don’t seem to realize is that you can make some pretty good prototypes on your own. I have quite a bit of experience in this area. In fact, my personal experiences of prototyping on a shoestring budget has helped my employers save many thousands of dollare in high-end prototyping. I think that showing people how to take common objects and modify them into parts that are useful to your invention would be extremely valuable. Also, it doesn’t take a lot of talent to create excellent silicon molds and simple parts. Finally, there are great ways to save money by parsing out your parts, such that a rapid prototyper (stereo lith, SLA etc) can produce the difficult parts, while others can be obtained/made by hand. I think the more tricks of the trade people know about, the better they will be capable of generating their own prototypes and ultimately bringing their product to market.

Just a thought.

Rafael

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Greetings Mr. Foreman,

I must say, it is a great pleasure to correspond with you.

My question is: Will a casting call for season 4 be held in Philadelphia, the home of Ben Franklin?

“in his autobiography he wrote, “… as we enjoy great advantages from the inventions of others, we should be glad of an opportunity to serve others by any invention of ours…”

Thank you for Inventing EE & EN!

Jefferson L. Bole

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Mr. Foreman,

I unfortunately was not able to attend any of the onsite casting calls do to their location and my work schedule so I was so excited to see the online submission for EN. I am now waiting for more green lights but my question is this:

In the submission form it says there are 3 main stages. Stage 1: Preliminary Metrics; Stage 2: Database; Stage 3: Retail Presentation. Then I looked at my dashboard and there are 7 steps. Could you explain what stage of the process is associated with which step on my dashboard. :) Waiting with bated breath.

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Tim,

In response to your inquiry about opting out of the agreement. Under the agreement, the rights to the product revert back to you if you are not chosen for the show by July 31. We want you to achieve success with your product. Please contact me directly and I will discuss this further with you.

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Rafael,

Great idea! In fact, I think it would make sense for you to start a thread about prototyping and offer some of your suggestions. This is really what Edison nation is all about. Let’s share the valuable information we all have and empower others to be innovative. I would also encourage you to contact Mike Drummond, editor of Inventors Digest. I am sure he would be very interested in speaking with you as well. He has a profile on Edison Nation…reach out to him.

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Mr. Foreman,

I live in New Jersey and would also love for your season 4 to be held in Philadelphia!!!

Thanks,
Patrice

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Jefferson,

Already talking about Season 4…I am still getting over the Season 3 casting calls.

We have not determined the dates and cities yet, but they will be posted towards the end of the year. I will definitely keep Philadelphia in mind when we start planning.

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Mr. Foreman,

Are there any remote job opportunites available with your company that we could apply for? I live in New Jersey and have a full time job as a Financial Analyst but would love to do research or other things on the side.

Thanks,
Patrice

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Mr. Foreman,

Thank you for taking time to do this Q & A with us! I have a question about my submission. I reviewed it several times, so did my husband. I was shocked when I was looking it over after the submission and it said I overheard the idea from someone else. I don’t know how I missed this. Is there any way to ammend this? Thank You,
Christine

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Patrice,

Move to Charlotte…you will love it here.

Seriously though, one of the things that allows us to generate meaningful results is the fact that we are all located in the same facility. This holistic approach to product development allows our team to be fully engaged in all aspects of the product development process.

If you ever decide to move to Charlotte let me know.

Louis

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Christine (and all),

That is a simple solution. If you ever need to address a problem with a submission, just send a note to team@EdisonNation.com

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Thank You Sooooo much!

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Thanks Louis!

Another question – my invention is a food/beverage invention and I don’t see any retailers that you mentioned that might want to market my product. Do you have retailers from the food/beverage industry looking at the season 3 episode that you have not mentioned? Do you have alot of food/beverage retailers that would be looking through the product searches? I am wondering if my product will not do well in the casting call if those retailers have no interest in a food/beverage product.

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Patrice,

We are looking for great ideas…even if they are great food or beverage ideas. If your idea is one of the best we review, it will get a chance regardless of the industry.

In season 3, we did not have any food / beverage manufacturers attend the casting calls because we were not seeing that many ideas in the category. We have some great relationships with companies who are looking for innovation in those industries, so hopefully your idea is exactly what they are searching for.

We are planning a sponsored search in the near future for these categories as well, so start thinking about innovative food and beverage products!

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1) if my food/beverage doesn’t make the season 3 show, it will go into the live product search. When the new food/beverage sponsored search comes out do I have to resubmit my idea or will I qualify with my existing live product search submission?

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Hi Patrice,
I’ll jump in here… You will automatically be considered for all future searches – you won’t need to specifically enter any of them. The longer your idea remains in the system, the better chance you will have because it will continually be exposed to searches.

Good Luck!

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Excellent! Thanks Matt!!!

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To Rafael, You mentioned that many don’t realize that items around our homes could be used for prototyping. You are so right! For three years I’ve looked to improve my invention. Whether it was too expensive, too big or didn’t fit I could not find that other piece. In order for my invented product to work I needed that other part and one day I open my closet and there it was. The product I’d searched for forever. It worked. I couldn’t believe it but my question is if I am not successful here with EE, is it legal to use a product of someone else intended for another use?

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Hi Carrie,
I wanted to let you know that I replied to your post in the Live Search Forum: http://www.edisonnation.com/forums/12/topics/210

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Matt,

My idea is for the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical industry. Is this market too large for Edison Nation? I have had a hard time getting into this highly lobbied and very political arena. I feel like in an election year, this life saving product could be powerful in the right hands. What do you think?

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Venise, I’m no lawyer, but I think if you’re using that other product in a novel manner, not covered by any othe patent or obvious use, it would certainly be legal, and quite possibly patentable, depending on the novelty of your invention. At last count, I have 3 patents submitted 8 provisional patents and about 23 inventions under development. I can’t walk through a store without seeing a million parts of products, shelving door hinges, jewelry, dentures, etc, which with just a little tweaking, would make an excellent part of one of my inventions. My kids call me the garbage picker because I constantly see useful parts int the items my neigbors throw out. I was looking for a perfect cone to use as a silicon rubber dip-molding cone for one of my inventions for about 4 months. I would have killed to find such a cone. Ironically, I finally found the perfect shape and dimensions in a cemetary flower vase! So yeah, I can totally relate to finding the perfect part in odd places.

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Rafael thanks for the quick response and answer it made me smile.

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Hi Venise, I had asked my patent lawyer the same question afew years ago. According to him, when you buy a product, you also buy the rights along with it so you can do whatever improvemnets you want and it’ll be patentable over the prior art as long as no one beat you to it first. That’s one beauty of improvements. Another thing (which I have a nack for) is combining two or more products and/or technologies into a whole new product.

When it come time to build a prototype whatever it may be, I look to Home Depot/Lowe’s and of course (my favorite) the “99 cent stores” for parts :) It may not be the exact thing your looking for but if it’s close enough you could always modify it and if it doesn’t work, what did you lose? Just afew bucks.

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Thanks Hal for this information. I am really glad I got the courage to ask the question. I thought I was the only person that would ask such a thing. I have to say I really like this forum I have learned so much from many. Thanks everyone and good luck!

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Mr Foreman,
It is astonishing work, yet obvious, that the Home Depot, Bed Bath & Beyond, Staples, QVC, The Sharper Image, Dicks, and PetsMart have teamed with Everyday Edisons. If you could, please explain season 2’s strategy for selecting the band-aid dispenser. This product would not be sold at any of those stores.

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Can someone help me? I want to know, if my product doesn’t make the show will it still be reviewed by the product scouts working with Edison Nation?

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Greg thanks for the reply, that makes a lot of sense. When we went to the casting call in Chicago and we gave a presentation to the scouts (i thought they were scouts) and one of the companies chose our product. After that we went across town and presented to the panel of judges from the show and we moved forward. I just wondered if the product scouts would be involved at the beginning like they were in Chicago.

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Jeff,

Great question. Let me try to explain the selection process for the casting calls, as well as, the purpose of the major retailers attending.

The bandage dispenser, and the other 11 products that were chosen for season 2, were presented at casting calls in 2007. These casting calls did not have the presence of any retailers. We chose ideas based on the potential market size, patentability, and ability to commercialize in 12 months. We loved the bandage dispenser due to its ease of use and the fact that there has been little innovation in that category for many years. If you have ever tried opening a bandage package with one hand you know exactly what the problem is.

After the casting calls were finished for season 2, we were surprised by just how many great ideas were left over. We felt we could do a better job for the inventors attending the casting calls, and frankly…we wanted to help more than just 12 inventors each season. So for season 3 casting calls (January – May 2008), we invited some of the largest U.S. retailers to attend and help us make even more dreams come true. The retailers that attended the casting calls will not necessarily be involved with the final commercialization of the show products, but more importantly, they will be taking many products that did not make it on the show. We are adding even more retailers to the Everyday Edison family, and they are all very excited about Edison Nation.

To answer your original question…You are correct, the bandage dispenser is not a fit for the retailers that attended the season 3 casting calls, but you will have to watch 10 more episodes to find out what happens to Theodore’s invention.

Best regards.

Louis

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The fact the show is led by another inventor is truly a blessing to us inventors participating. Thank you Mr. Foreman.

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Louis, any chance of Walmart getting on board? It seems like many think the ultimate would be to see their product on a Walmart shelf! Of course, I would be just as happy with Target :)

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Holly,

At this time I am not allowed to answer that question. I think it is safe to say that the largest retailers in the U.S. will be participating and we will post their names when allowed to do so.

Keep coming up with great ideas!

Louis

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Speaking of coming up with great ideas- Here’s a silly question having to do with alot of great ideas. What is the max # of dashboards that any one person can (because of system limitations) have active at one time? Not that I’m worried about maxing out the system. Just thought it would be fun to ponder. I’m thinking I would run out of $25 bills before that happened for sure!

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Hi Louis,

Another silly question … perhaps.
Have you ever taken a chance on a product that you knew/felt was a sure ringer in the marketability, novelty and manufacturing departments but somewhat questionable on the quality/strength of the IP protection ?

thanks!

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I don’t mean to bash Walmart. I really don’t know enough about the issues. But I hear a lot of bad things about that company. Unfair labor practices, putting all the local businesses out of business, etc. What if it’s true? And what if an inventor is philosophically opposed to that retailer? I’m completely open minded on the subject. But I can see it being a potential problem with some inventors.

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I don’t see it being a problem. The almighty dollar rules and if Walmart is flashing dollar signs in the face of the inventor…would he really pass it up? Honestly? It’s easier said than done.

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Holly,
I’ll answer your dashboard question. There is no limit to the number of submissions you can make. We have had over 50 submissions from one inventor on a single search so far.

I won’t disclose his name but I’ll tell you a little about him. He’s a successful independent inventor and has secured funding and development teams for a couple of his ideas. The problem is (like most of us), he comes up with ideas faster than he can execute on them. So his solution is to take all of the ideas that he isn’t currently working on and submitting them to a search knowing that they’ll be in the database and will be considered for all future searches.

If he frees up some time and funding and is ready to move on to another idea, he can pull it out of our database and retain all rights to the invention and move ahead on his next invention.

The moral of the story is that his ideas have a much greater likelihood of success living in our database and being considered for searches than sitting in a file on his computer or in one of his inventor notebooks. Since he can always pull them out if he frees up time to commercialize another, he’s only out $25 for the opportunity.

I’ll send an Everyday Edisons promotional package with DVDs and a custom embroidered shirt to the next person to submit 25 inventions or more. Just send me a message after you’ve submitted 25 and I’ll take care of you :-)

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Matt -
Great sales technique :)

How does EN get it’s funding? I know it’s from membership fees and $25 entry fees, but that alone can’t pay for all of your costs? Do you receive a finder’s fee from retailers if they sign a product deal with one of your inventors? Just curious.

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Shelly,

Having a patent is helpful, but not necessarily critical. Some products have a relatively short life span, for example toys and novelty type items. These products do well when they are first to market and then eventually they are replaced with the newest fad. Having a patent really does not help if the life of the product is short.

In addition, there are many succesful products out on the market that have no patent protection at all, but sell millions of units based on the brand. A trademark, in some cases, could be much more valuable than a patent.

The bottom line…determine whether or not there is a market for your product BEFORE making the investment in development. If there is demand and you can generate an economic return from bringing the product to the market, then proceed.

Hope this helps.

Louis

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That is interesting about the patent. I was wondering for the Spencer’s contest- about being able to patent protect a gag idea. I figured my ideas could be copyright and trademark protected, but had doubts on patent protection.

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Louis,

Thanks again for being here to answer questions.

The deadline for online submissions has passed, except for the Spencer’s search. Is there any way to add other product ideas to my dashboard, knowing they won’t be considered this season, but hoping for retailers to see them via live search?

Thanks

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That’s my question too, David. Matt challenged us to submit 25 ideas, or more, for prizes and recognition. How are we to do this with the deadline passing?

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Do we submit them to the Spencer’s Dashboard for them to sort through?

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Hi Charles & David,
Just submit them to the Spencer’s search. Even if it’s an idea that you know won’t pass the Spencer’s search, your idea will remain in the DB and be considered for all future searches. I guess we could create an open submission feature where you aren’t actually submitting to any particular search but that just doesn’t sound quite as fun. What do you guys think?

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As long as you name it something spiffy, Like Invention Vault. Store your inventions here for safe keeping.

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I thought that there was a seperate place for open submissions? Are the rules the same as the contest rules or do you have to have a prototype or a patent?

Luv the Invention Vault name Holly!

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Matt, either way is fine. The opportunity is what is so awesome!

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separate submission and product search.

Product search marks with sponsor name and give a list of names of eligible idea submitted.

Submission marks with idea name and submit date, display progress here.

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Thanks, Matt.

While I’m glad to know I could submit under Spencers, I think an open submission category would be a great add-on to the site. The one idea I have at the moment is very much NOT a gag gift idea that it just doesn’t seem right to bother the evaluation team for Spencers with it.

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thank you Louis for taking the time to answer my question … always learning !

Shelly

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I agree with David, no sense clogging up Spencers with inventions that are not suited for them.

I think a think tank or vault where you can submit your inventions and then when an search/hunt is opened, you can click on it and add submission.

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Thanks everybody for your quick feedback! I’ll look into creating an “Idea Vault” :-) For those of you who are concerned that you’ll be bothering the review team, don’t worry about it. Until we give you a better way to enter your ideas into the database that’s your best route.

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Hey guys at “Everyday Edisons”, just a thought here from a conversation my business partner and I had earlier today. My business partner and I were discussing the the dynamics of the how the submissions come in to “EE” and really it seems to be set up more from a indivdual submission basis. Hey, there was the ole’ “Wright Brothers”! My business partner and I are 50/50% on everything we innovate, so at the end of the day works out, but with that said, some thought given to those innovations that are submitted from partners and possibly just a check box to with a drop window for those innovations that are being submitted from more than just one individual could be or might be helpful, or maybe not, possibly you guys have already looked at this. Your thoughts?

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I don’t know- 25 entries. That would mean my house would never get cleaned, the garbage would pile up, the Cat’s would have to fend for themselves at mealtime-and my husband. I am self-employed so I wouldn’t lose my job- but my clients might stop calling me- if I’m not working on their accounts. Please don’t encourage me!!

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Mr Foreman

Since this online submission, many inventors have submitted more than few ideas. Does Everyday Edison limit one invention per inventor? Can inventors from back seasons enter new season again?

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Tim,
You can submit as many ideas as you’d like – see my previous reply about 19 posts back.

There can be multiple inventors of one invention and multiple inventions from single inventors.

Yes, inventors from previous seasons can apply again and many of them have.

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Hey I can’t afford that calendar- 365 entries at $25- $9125.00. That is one expensive calendar!! But it looks like the cats may starve after all. Just thought of another one for Spencer’s.

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Holly, you better not let those kitty kitties go hungry! I hope to meet them someday!

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For the online submissions, would it be easier for the R&D evaluation crew if you had a prototype to study? I could easily ship you one or more, each slightly different solutions I’ve already experimented with.

4D

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David,
We have too many submissions to keep track of physical prototypes. The beauty of the new online system is that everything associated with your idea is instantly accessible by anybody on our review team.

You can submit any type of electronic file when you put together your submission so feel free to upload CAD files or photos or videos of your prototypes. I think the most accessible way for you to share your prototypes with us would be with a quick 30-second video. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just use your digital camera’s movie mode. Of course, make a note that you have prototypes as well because if you make it to the finalist stage (#7), we’ll probably contact you and ask you to send us a couple prototypes at that point.

For those of you who don’t have prototypes, don’t worry – we’re looking for great ideas. Prototypes are a great tool to help you refine your idea and often a quick way to get the point across but they’re not necessary.

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Matt…once submitted, you can’t add to your submission (video, photos, etc)? I am continuingly working on a prototype (having problems finding the right part/piece for one aspect).

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Thanks, Matt. I figured as much. I did submit a video with my entry, and although changing it into a format you wanted horribly reduce the quality, I suspect it still reveals the principal of my idea.

I also know why you limited the videos to two minutes. My first “take” was 4 minutes, and I had to eliminate several points/features of the design to get it down under 2 minutes. Now that I see you mentions “videos” I realize I could have added a second short clip. Oh well.

Thanks for all your efforts. To everyone else, Good Luck!

4D

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Louis, Thank you for the passion that you and your team obviously have for helping others. It means so much more to all of us than you may realize. My question is…. what is a typical day at the office like for you?

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Richard,

I am not sure anyone has asked me that question before…so here goes:

I travel quite a bit. There are many weeks when I am only in the office for 1 or 2 days. I enjoy traveling and meeting inventors, entrepreneurs and business executives, but I also enjoy being here in Charlotte with the deicated staff we have assembled.

The work environment is full of energy and excitement. Every day is something unique. It makes you look forward to coming in each morning. We have a significant number of projects in various stages of development. It is always interesting to watch the evolution of an idea into something tangible.

My day starts early and ends late. I get through the day on Starbucks, Gummi Bears, and the adrenaline generated from doing something I love doing.

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Wow Louis; a dream come true!

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Mr Foreman,

Are tours of Enventys available?

Here’s to hoping our dreams come true!
-Jerell & Elissa

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I am not sure it ranks in the top 10 tourist attractions for North Carolina, but you are always welcome to visit us here at Enventys.

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Louis,
I was at the Chicago casting call as nervous as can be in front of the judges. My token and I are still in the running. I have since been pursuing Dentist recommendations on my toothbrush and have been 100 percent recommended over a standard toothbrush! I’ve been thinking heavily about getting more surveys out to the Dentist and sending Everyday Edisons the unopened envelopes so the team could see the Dentist recommendations are untampered. Is this something I should do for the Edison team or is the Edison team overwhelmed with submissions and things of this nature.

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Louis,

More than just knowing what the judging step initials stand for, I’d like to be able to read somewhere a general description of the review process at each stage.

How many reviewers see each idea?
Does it take a unanimous thumbs up or just a majority for a project to move up?
Are all the reviewers in the same location, or are some reviewing the digital submissions wherever they live, anywhere in the world?
During R&D what actually takes place? Are you discussing the processes and materials the product might be made with, the mechanical details, what? Is it all on paper or are you mocking up products at this point? I’m a design educator and have reviewed and judged entries for a national furniture design competition in the past. My students take furniture concepts from rough sketches to finished, show quality prototypes. I’d love to see an outline of the steps a product goes through and what the standards for advancement are at each step.

Thanks!

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a little too transparent Murray, try again.

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love your pic though!

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Louis, have you tried the gummy boobs at Spencer’s. Is there nothing sacred at Spencer’s that they won’t spoof?

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Pulling this one back. Wrong forum.

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Jeff,

I enjoyed meeting you in Chicago. You did a great job presenting your invention, and our team has everything they need to properly evaluate your product. While we don’t need to review the results from your surveys, I still think it is a great idea to gather this information. As an inventor, you want to make sure you are getting continuos feedback on your product from not only experts, but also consumers. I would suggest that you expand your surveys to the end users and purchasers.

I know the waiting is difficult, and you have many other fellow inventors in exactly the same position right now. The quantity and quality of the season 3 inventions was incredible. Just hang in there…the longer you don’t hear anything the better.

Louis

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David,

The ideas that we see at the casting calls go through an incredibly thorough evaluation process that involves experts from virtually all areas of product development, manufacturing, commercialization, and retail sales. The ideas that make it beyond the 5 cities are brought back to Charlotte where our staff begins the process of evaluation.

I cannot share the exact process with you, but I can promise you that we are looking for every way possible to help the inventors realize their dream. This season we have the opportunity to not only choose 12 products for the show, but also the ability to place dozens more with some of the largest reatilers in the U.S.

Feel free to contact me outside of the forum if I can help you with your educational activities.

Louis

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Murray,

Glad to see some humor in this forum.

While I appreciate the fact that you have me confused with the legendary boxer and TV pitchman, George Foreman, I must admit that there is no relationship or resemblance. I did, however, use his lean mean grilling machine while in college*

  • does not constitute an endorsement of the previously mentioned product.
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Holly,

I have not tried those yet…but anything gummy is worth trying at least once.*

  • does not constitute an endorsement of the previously mentioned product, nor does it admit or suggest eating gummy anatomy parts is good for you. Please consult your physician to make sure this is right for you.
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Good one Louis! You ARE a funny guy!!!

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It would be great if EN sends us a notify email when there is any change on our dashboard status. That way we don’t have to check and check and check…

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Louis,
I’m a little hazy on the “Success” endpoint, and what it means with regard to the contest. You’ve described that despite not being selected as the top entry our inventions may yet find success by being picked up by a retailer. I understand that EN Staff is weeding out the ones EN is not interested in or simply could not develop into a marketable product – some red lights have been dispensed thus far.

1) Are these red-lighted products now available to (or being looked at by) potentially interested retailers? Are they even eligible to be looked at by such retailers, or do you separate out some of the real bombs?

2) Are the retailers part of the Everyday Edisons casting call selection process? Or does EN/EE first select a winner (or winners) to appear on season three, and then present all the rest to potentially interested retailers?

3) Do you guys ever say, “Ya know, Retailer X, would be a great fit for this entry, even though it’s not one of the top 12,” and then present it to the retailer? Or do you just let Retailer X browse through the entries without any guidance from EN?

4) Since there have been a number of ‘successful’ inventions from season 2, that never made it on the show, have you guys considered visiting some of these other successes with a camera crew and doing a little side story on those? That would be very interesting.

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HI Louis.
Can you shed some light on the various stages of the process for the online casting call? I know it’s patent pending, but can you give us some clues as to what’s involved with each step? My six submissions went from 1 to 3 pretty fast, where they are still sitting.
If you ever have the urge to develop an educational program for kids, so we can better help get them to be creative problem solvers, I am SO in for a project like that. My background is in technical writing and training.
If I ever move to Charlotte, I’ll be knocking on your door, resume in hand!
Thanks for helping so many of us get on the right path!

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Mr Foreman I readed a post from a guy who was selected for the final in Atlanta, and recieved a letter alone with a poker chip, I also was selected for final in Atlanta, and only got the letter, does that poker chip mean anything or was it just something that was given out for sentimental value only, because I did not recieve one. Thanks for the reply……. by the way hey Matt S. nice tie :}

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Great questions Raf, I hope he answers them.

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Rafael,
I’ll reply to your questions…

1) If you are not selected for the Everyday Edisons search (i.e., you have received a red light for a submission in that search), your idea will be made available to all other retailer searches (provided that you agree to keep it in the database – you’ll receive an email after July 31 that requires you click a couple of boxes to “opt-in”). Therefore, if an idea isn’t right for the show, it still might be exactly what one of our retailers is looking for and you may be selected for that search.

2) In some cases, the retailers may also play a part in selection of a product for the show. If we have three ideas and one of our retailers really wants us to develop one so much so that they’re willing to place an order, of course, we’d select it provided that it also meets the other criteria we look for on the show (see some of Louis’ earlier posts for those criteria).

3) The retailers do not browse through the entries of our database. We perform searches for the best fit products for the retailers’ particular searches and present the best fitting ideas to them. They don’t want to spend their time browsing through thousands of ideas – that’s what our team is here for.

4) We have talked about that in the past. The challenge is fitting all of the core elements into the short time that we do have. Sounds like it would be an entertaining and educational opportunity for online Edison Nation video, though. We’ll keep it in mind for our future releases. Thanks for the tip!

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Thanks Matt!
That clears up a lot. Hope to see the non-winning success stories posted soon.

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Louis,

After looking at the last episode of EE, I noticed that every one of the products were reconstructed by your team to create a new prototype. I also noticed that those inventions that were selected were simple in construction and design. If our inventions are complicated in design, will that hurt our chances of making it on the show? Will you choose inventions that might require offsite design testing if needed? I am now worried that my invention won’t make the show because of this.

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I think if they take on the skate pusher, they’ll take on anything.

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Patrice,

What may appear simple on TV is not necessarily that simple. Remember, we only have a few minutes each episode to show how we came up with the design or engineered the solution. In reality, this process has taken over a year and has been condensed in a few episodes. The process of going from an idea to a product that will sell at retail is a disciplined process that requires a great deal of time, resources, and trial and error. Our viewers get a small glimpse of this process.

With regards to your submission, I would not be concerned over the intricacies of the design or engineering. We are looking for ideas that are a good fit for the show and the resources we can bring to the project. That includes plenty of outside resources as well.

One way or another, I want you to be successful with your ideas. Hopefully through your involvement in the show, Edison Nation, or through what you learn in the process, you can realize the goal of getting your ideas to market.

I wish you nothing but success in the future.

Louis

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Louis,

Thanks for clearing that up for me and thank you for your well wishes.

Patrice

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You’re Welcome.

I see that you are a frequent visitor to the Edison Nation forums. I hope that this community is giving you the inspiration, knowledge, and feedback we had in mind when it was created. Also, let us know what other resources would be welcomed to the users.

Louis

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Louis: Dearborn, MI!

;)

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Louis,

Some threads are educational and have helped me understand the process of getting a product to market. I think many of us have benefitted a great deal from the experience of Roger Brown and many others. It’s not just Roger’s successes that have been educational, but also the failures that we’ve all shared that I am learning from too.

A large majority of these posts are a result from anxiety over watching the boards. Nervous tension that transforms into jokes to let off steam or pass the time. I’m sure that is not what you intended when you thought of this forum.

All jokes aside, it is a nice place for people to come together who might share the same thoguhts and fears about the inventing process.

What’s really nice is the freedom that you have in here to post how you really feel. Whether it’s confrontaional or just a happy thought, it’s all human nature. I think that’s why people keep reading the posts and signing on everyday. It’s not a boring textbook, it’s live information and it’s real!

What is your take on the behavior of the posts and the culture of the forum community?

Patrice

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Patrice, I couldn’t have expressed it better my self.

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Louis, I’ll take a stab at that question.
‘Most’ is positive here but a lot of conversation is in the wrong thread. You know who you are folks :-) It is getting hard to cut through the ‘potty talk’ and get to the important stuff. Maybe some of those types of posts should go directly to the persons email box and not to all of us, or maybe a different more appropriate thread to that topic, so things don’t too out of hand. Some readers might get tired and move on to another thread.With that said, I have diligently read through enough to get some good resources and input from others who are genuine and sincere about helping others. Like others here, this whole process is all new to me so I need all the help I can get!

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Louis,
I think it would be a good feature of this site to be able to see which forums we have posted in from the last week or so. It could be on display on our page and easy for us to track our post that way.

That’s just a suggestion that I thought of when reading your original post.

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One more suggestion regarding the organization of the discussion boards. I would prefer that messages post with the newest on top- progessing in backwards sequence to the oldest (original post) being on bottom. That way, I wouldn’t have to scroll to the bottom of every discussion thread in order to read the latest dialogue.

This might be a little unconventional?? But, it would make things much quicker and easier, it seems.

Another idea is to retain the original post at the top and then start in with most recent responses progressing downward.

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I thought of the same thing when I first started on here. It’s a pain to scroll down.

After a while they should probably archive the topics somewhere else so the list isn’t that long.

I think I know what you’re saying Jeff, it’s like a filter in Excel where you can just filter on Jeff Dawes and you can pull up all of your posts and it would reference the topic name. I’d like that say if I wanted to only view just Roger’s posts or Matt Spangard so that I could see all the info at one time and not have to weed through all the other posts.

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Leigh,

I was just thinking something similar… As some of the threads increase in posting volume… so does the time to “load” the page (probably all of the images/avatars).

So, as you said, put the most recent posts at the top of the page – AND I’LL ADD – only show 50 or so posts per page.

:-)

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Some message boards allow you to click on a button to go to the latest post since your last visit. That’s good so you don’t have to scroll the post you’ve already read and can go straight to where you left off.

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Patrice… you beat me to the punch! I NOW take a few moments to review my post before submitting… trying to cut down on stupid comments ya know!

:-)

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Louis, I want to say what a pleasure it has been dealing your your company. I attended two casting calls for season 2 and have submitted several ideas via the online submission in season 3. The casting calls were upbeat and just plain fun. I got to meet many interesting people and of course several members of your team. I have to say as a patent holder you quickly learn that there are a mirage of scams out there, everyone promises to help you but want you to pay them first. I am not talking pocket change but thousands of dollars! Fortunately I have avoided all of those scams and found you guys at the right time!

My goal in Season 2 was to make it on the show. Just today I found out that in fact I did make it on the show!! You see my local PBS station no longer carries the show so I missed Season 2 when it started a few weeks ago. Then I found the episodes here at Edison Nation. I was shocked while watching episode 2, there I was! There was a segment about those of us who came close to making the final 12 for the show and I was one of them! So in reality, I made it on the show and realized that I met my goal. It was not exactly the way that I wanted to be on the show but it was still a uplifting feeling knowing that I came that close with my first submission. I feel that my time has passed for that idea because of the dying truck market so I am working on other ideas and plan on continuing my relationship with Everyday Edisons for a long while!

Keep up the good work and thanks for what you are doing for the independent inventors!

Butch

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Louis,
My first posting here, so I want to thank you for all you have done for all of us budding inventors.

I have a question about the online submissions. I have an online submission that is still in the green. I have since modified my invention to include a larger market. Am I able to do any modifications on the submission?

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Louis,

Just curious… Is it getting easier or harder for the crew to red light projects?

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Was wondering Louis … when choosing the final 12ish inventions I assume EE strives to have a potpourri of products. How exactly is that determined? Is it based on category such as kitchen, lawn and garden, children products, etc… or is it broken down by useful, fun, helpful products, etc… or is it defined by the retailers?
I would imagine you receive many great ideas(that are a good fit) dominating certain categories.

thanks !

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Louis just curious before EE what was your business? Where you an inventor like us or saw an opportunity to become a middle link for inventors?

Chic

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4 days offline from Edison Nation, and look how far behind I am in my posts! I apologize for the lack of communication the past few days. I was in Charleston, SC attending the wedding of Everyday Edisons host Michael Cable.

OK…now that I am back, let’s see if I can answer a few of these questions:

First off, I think the feedback on the improvements to the forums is excellent. Thank you to everyone who posted a recommendation. I have spoken with our development team and they are definitely working on many of your suggestions.

Marshall…If you need to make a change to your submission, contact team@edisonnation.com I am sure they can help you.

David…the selection process is getting much more difficult. Our team is putting a tremendous amount of time reviewing each submission. We want to see every idea given a chance. If the idea is rejected now, it does not mean there isn’t another opportunity. That is the nice part about this process. The ideas stay in the database.

Shelly…we are looking for great ideas, but having some diversity in terms of product category and distribution channels, is also considered. I am not sure how interesting it would be if all 12 products were tools and went to Home Depot.

Celeste…We have the ability to get products to virtually any retailer in the world. I know that seems boastful, but the truth is we have tremendous relationships with most of the largest retailers, a professional staff of salespeople and representatives that call on almost all major US retailers, and a keen interest from retailers from outside the US to get involved. It all starts with a great product. If we have the product, we can find the appropriate channels of distribution. New distribution partners are being added each week. The longer your idea is in the database, the better the chance that an appropriate retailer or manufacturer will see it.

Chic…I am an inventor and entrepreneur. I won’t bore you with my story, but I have been in the same boat as all of you. Having an idea is great, but without execution it is just an idea. What I have done is surround myself with the people and resources to make things happen. I hope this community can help you as well.

And finally, Murray…what can I say? You add humor to the forum and keep everyone grounded. I cannot wait to start reviewing your ideas.

Have a great week.

Louis

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A wedding in the middle of July Madness! Someone needs to have a chat with Michael.

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Murray,I think that is Louis’ way of saying he hopes you will submit many, many Spencers entries. The whole office needs a couple of good laughs after July Madness.

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Celeste,
We’re in the process of implementing a few new features to the forums including:
- Ability to search across all forums
- Paging
- Ability to change sort order so the newest posts appear at the top (this was the original setting but most people voted to see them ordered the way they are now – we want to give everybody the choice to select their preference)

Finally, don’t forget about the “Email Me Updates!” feature on each topic. If you post a question to a topic in the forums and want to make sure you don’t miss the answer, just click that link (it’s in the brown topic bar at the top of the page) and you will receive an email with all replies. Once you’ve seen your answer, you can always click it again to stop following the topic.

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Not a bad idea… How much would you guys pay to have the ability to completely filter out all of Murray’s posts?

Oh, and for the real masochists out there, we could even have a feature that only displays Murray’s posts and filters out all of the other “noise” – Patrice would love it!

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OMG Matt! Your first bust of the century and you make it on me? You didn’t see me jumping on the chia Matt train now did you?

I see how it is.

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Patrice did you say jumping on something an a train in the same sentence? count me in ;o)

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Wrong thread Chic, wrong thread!

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Matt, When can we expect the next red tide?

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Rafael,
We’re working very hard to get there… those who are still in the online casting call search are definitely in the minority and we’re getting down to the wire. I would expect some more updates this week (although not nearly as many as we saw last week).

Celeste,
At this point, we do not anticipate further reviews. A product that stinks (to use your terminology) for one search might come up smelling like roses on the next. The parameters will be changing with every single search. Since it won’t cost anything additional to keep your idea in consideration for future searches, I would recommend keeping any ideas that aren’t picked for a particular search in the database for future searches. To take your dating analogy a step further, the database is full of possible boyfriends so even if that first one doesn’t call, there’s a line out the door of other guys who have different tastes and one of them just might align perfectly with all of your interests.

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Hey Matt,

I sent you an email, disregard the ASP.NET question. I see that you guys are using the REST concept with your urls, so you must be using either perl or java.
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Matt, once again thanks for giving these questions your personal attention. We know you must be really busy with all the website improvements and contest responsibilities. So we appreciate every word you write.

BTW – regarding the dating analogy, I really don’t want a boyfriend. Just a cheap date who’ll give me lots of money in royalties. Any suitors on that list?

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Matt what’s the odds of the rest of the 3% or minority that’s left to be pick up by one of your vendors?

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Mr. Foreman,

I attended the providence casting call and i made it to final consideration but no one has contacted me, how does the communication process work, and are you directly part of the group who decides who gets on the show? If you could just take a little time to answer this that would be great. I am 14 and I’ve come all the way from a school invention convention to a state invention convention in connecticut to getting into the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering but I am really excited about this because this is the first direct program to actually get my M-PAL out there. For a kid like me your making the experience pretty darn good, so your doing a great job.

Devin

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You GO DEVIN! Good for you smarty pants. You are a rare kid and I admire you, keep the creative juices flowing!

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Devin,

First…I want to congratulate you on making it into the studio in providence. Out of nearly 2000 ideas, you were one of 120 that made it that far. That in itself is a huge accomplishment. Keep coming up with great ideas. Innovation is so critical today. Question why things are done the way they are and strive to find easier and more practical ways of solving every day problems.

The fact that you have not heard back yet is actually a good thing. This means that your idea is still being considered for Season 3 of the show, or by one of the major retailers. The selection process has been going on since we left Providence, and we have until the end of the month to select the final products. Hang in there and don’t give up. Most importantly though…continue to invent!

Best regards.

Louis

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Louis,

In my first audition, there were like 6 judges. Will all these people be a part of the final selection process as well? Are they a part of the Everyday Edison’s development and marketing team? Personally, I felt like I did a better presentation with them. Whereas there were significant points I didn’t get to explain in front of the lights and cameras, even though my invention passed.

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The final selection process is conducted by a group of over 20 industry experts and product development professionals. each product is given a thorough evaluation based on the merits of the product…not just the presentation of the inventor.

Good Luck!

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Hi Louis, I unfortunately had my two online submissions go red and was wondering…is there a chance that these inventions could still be picked up by a major retailer? In other words, are some of the online submissions that went red just not right for the show(for one reason or another), but are still being considered by a major retailer? If such a chance exists, when would we hear something about that? Thanks so much for creating this awesome place for inventors like me who have had lots of ideas, but no idea where to go with them!

Stephanie

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Stephanie…and all other Edison Nation members,

Over the next few weeks, many of you will find out whether or not your online submission was chosen for Season 3 of Everyday Edisons. Please realize that only a handful of ideas will be chosen for the show, and the selection process that is occurring right now is for those few spots. If your idea is not chosen for the show, as in the case of Stephanie, that does not mean your idea is a bad idea…it just means that it was not a good fit for the show, or there were some products that were better. Do not give up hope.

In the next 2 weeks you will receive an e.mail from Edison Nation instructing you on how to keep your online submissions in the database. There is no cost for this. You just need to agree to this option. By having your idea in the database, we will be able to present your idea to retailers and manufacturers who have contacted us looking for specific product ideas. You will also be able to submit these ideas (again…at no additional cost) to any of the sponsored searches on Edison Nation.

Congratulations to those of you who have made it this far, and best of luck to everyone who is trying to get their idea to the market. It is a difficult process, but can be much easier when you surround yourself with the people and resources who can help execute on the dream.

Louis

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Louis, I think your crew deserves a few weeks off. I know just how to give it to them. Just let them know that Raf, Mike, Greg, Julie, Shelly, Randy, Scott, and myself will all take a spot on the show. We’ll even let you guys argue about the other four spots.

Jason

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What about me? Do I get a few weeks off?

Glad to see the community is looking out for us.

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Louis, we are such a thoughtful bunch! we only want to make your job easier. Is now the time we can start with the bribes :) Since my (ex)buddy Jason threw me under the loser bus- looks like I will have to watch out for myself. So if you do show up in person to surprise people, and you do somehow swing by my neck of the woods, don’t forget to bring your golf clubs. Our course is rated in the top 10 in NC :)

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Holly, I was going to suggest you for the remaing four slots, lol.

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Bribes are not necessary.

My travel schedule over the next 3 weeks is crazy. I cannot tell you where I am going, but I may run into a few of you.

In addition, the USPTO is having their 13th annual independent inventors conference on August 7th and 8th. If you have never been to this event and you are close to Alexandria, Virginia…it is worth the trip. More details are available at:

http://uspto.gov/

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Mr Foreman

When we re-submit to next product search? Does that mean our ideas go back to pre-screen stage?
In fact, this issue is closely related to how our ideas got failed at on-line casting call. Many of our ideas failed for reason “only 3% of ideas would be selected”. I think that reason is more appropriate for stage 5 “Final consideration”. Stage 4 R&D should simply make a judgment call on whether an idea is economically possible to build. Of course some ideas would pass, some may fail. For those who passed, when submit to a new search without changing condition, they should be able to keep all green lights status and directly enter for final consideration. I think this way will save your team a lot of process time.
Just a suggestion and base on some assumptions.

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When you re-submit, you are responding to a new search that has a completely new criteria that has been defined by the manufacturer or retailer…so yes, the process starts over. The difference, however, is that the stages will be determined by the retailer’s specifications for the product.

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The weather is just right here on Oahu! Ya’ll need a little Sun, Sand and Lava Flows of course!

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Uhhh, do I need to clean up my house before you get here? ;)

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Did I mention I had 3 lovely daughters… ages 21, 23 and 25. Isn’t that how it works in some countries? (Don’t tell my wife about this post!!!)

:-O

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Hi Louis,
Can you enlighten us as to just how many products will be chosen from the online search? A “handful” can be a toddlers hand or King Kongs, just curious, or is it confidential.
By the way, a Sunday red, as I received was not easy to swallow. It makes one wonder just who was there making the decisions.

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Hawaii is not on the current itinerary. No need to clean up your house…unless you want to. And please don’t offer me your daughters. I already have a 14 year old daughter and she is more than enough.

On to the serious question…I cannot tell you how many online products will be chosen because we are not finished yet. I can guarantee that there will be at least 1. All of the online submissions are being judged along with the other 5 casting call products. We will choose the products that are the best fit for the show and then also select products to pursue outside of the show with the various retailers who participated.

I am sorry about the Sunday red…if it is any consolation, it was just as hard on us having to make that determination on Sunday (and working Saturday as well).

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Louis, We have been going on about how funny Murray is- but you are a really funny guy too!
Very smart about the daughters. He is trying to get rid of them because they can be quite expensive at that age ! :-)

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Man…………..your sure know how to rain on someones parade. I guess I am out. I’ll have to tell the neighbors to turn the pig loose we wont need it for the Lu’au.

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Louis,

When you say that you are also selecting products to pursue outside of the show with the various retailers who participated, are you only looking at those still in the green status or are any of us who got our reds still in consideration for the retailers? Thanks!

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Thanks for the info Louis, we do keep our fingers crossed knowing there is at least someone considering our ideas.

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Louis,
I don’t suppose that Dearborn, MI is on your itinerary. But if you ever plan to come check out the Henry Ford museum and Greenfield Village, I’ll show you around – sans MurryMade™ pitchfork and horns.

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Louis – I am also wondering about what Margaret asked….thank you!!

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Holly,

You got that right… and Louis’ daughter is at the age where very soon (if not already) he may be hearing things like:

“YOU’RE RUINING MY LIFE!!!”

and

YOU NEVER LET ME DO ANYTHING!!!”

and eventually:

YOU ARE THE DESTROYER OF LOVE!!!”

(I apologize for the allcaps but that’s the only way to depict the drama-voice of a teenage girl)

:O)

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Louis,
Expanding a bit on what Margaret and Stephanie were inquiring about outside ventures with retailers, are the red lighted (for TV show) products presented to retailers on a fresh blank slate?
Or do you take our submission and adjunct the feedback of your EE Team evalutions, both positive and negative.
I was wondering if you expose the inventions or products to retail companies, completely on their own merit, just as they were submitted to you for consideration? Or if your EE rejection footnotes are part of the content in the database for all in the future to see?

I know Matt previously wrote:
1) If you are not selected for the Everyday Edisons search, your idea will be made available to all other retailer searches (provided that you agree to keep it in the database). Therefore, if an idea isn’t right for the show, it still might be exactly what one of our retailers is looking for and you may be selected for that search.

3) The retailers do not browse through the entries of our database. We perform searches for the best fit products for the retailers’ particular searches and present the best fitting ideas to them. They don’t want to spend their time browsing through thousands of ideas – that’s what our team is here for.

So ultimately, that’s what I’m asking about…when you present to an outside retailer, do you have the ability to express: “this one almost made it to the show” or “this one we cut right away.”

Just curious, thanks for all your time and effort,
Randy

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Louis;

Ditto with what Coach Ran said?

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Louis, the more I get involved with the “Everyday Edison” concept, the more intrigued I become. Your company really feels authentic with a bit of ruby red slippers thrown in. My co-inventor Linda and I made it to the finalist in Chicago with a bath water toy invention.
I remember at one point during our presentation I felt like it was all slipping away. I had a sensation of water dripping from my hands and I could not plug the leaks.
Thank you for casting the final yes that we needed. I think I must of looked like a deer in the headlights when you approved our product.
Looking forward to your final picks!
Anne Argent

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Hi Louis, this is Devin again. I was just wondering………If you don’t make the show is there the chance that one of the retailers will like the invention and move to the next step in negotiating to buy it?

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I just want to thank everyone for their support in this quest cause it hasn’t been easy and I wish all good luck for i am just 14, i have a whole life of inventing ahead of me. I guess we just have to enjoy it while we can.

Devin

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Hi Devin,
My family lives in Manchester & Hartford, is that near you? Maybe us “Yankies” will make it! Even if I am outside of Atlanta :-)

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Yeah kinda i am down on the shore though but i go to manchester for jazz festivals and to hartford for soccer and i am familiar with both

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Devin, you rock! It’s great to see a creative kid in the mix. Good luck to you.
Don’t worry. The avatar is a lame attempt to scare the powers-that-be into NOT giving me a red light on my entry! It’s working so far…

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Haha thats very clever

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15 days and counting

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I’ll answer Randy’s question since it’s a follow up to my original answer…

We have many internal idea reviewers who are experts in different fields. As they rate ideas in the database, those ratings and any comments are associated with the idea. As ideas spend more time in the database, it is likely that more of our reviewers will have an opportunity to review them so the amount of “meta” data that is stored with your idea will always grow.

Often our comments will include improvements to the idea or alternate means of manufacturing or protecting an idea. We don’t spend a lot of time focusing on the negatives or noting why something isn’t right. We’re looking for the positives and the right fit. Sometimes it might even note that it’s not right for one search but to reconsider it when “Retailer X” or “Category Y” has a search. All of this “meta” data helps us perform searches to find matches to future product searches for retailers.

The retailers are relying on us to mine the database and come up with the best fits for their needs. We’ll personally present the ideas to the retailers and stand strongly behind each one that we share with them.

Our singular goal is to get your ideas into the hands of retailers and on to their store shelves.

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Matt, that’s a great answer and it clears up a lot for me. I was going to ask another question. But I’m sure you have had enough of such questions. So I will just pose it as a suggestion: It would be nice if we (the inventor) could be contacted beforehand and informed that EN will be presenting to a retailer in market category X. (EN need not even reveal who the retailer is, as I’m sure there may be reasons for keeping that under wraps.) We inventors may have some insights on our products’ fit for that particular category, which may not be readily apparent to others (even experts in the field). Those little insights may be just what it takes to clinch the deal. Anyway, I know you’re busy, so no response required. Just a suggestion here. Thanks again!
Happy hunting!!!

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I’m sure Rafael that would be an excellent request you should talk to Louis about that, what a great idea i know i would want to know

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Why thank you Mr. Mountain Man. BTW – kudos on inventing at such a young age.

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Thanks if you want to continue, or anyone who reads this, praising junior inventing check out my forum called LETS GET MORE KIDS INVENTING we can help get more kids inventing, as inventors its our duty. The money and power we get with successful inventing must be used correctly. Power and Money come with Responsibility. Devin

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Louis, first I’d like to thank you for giving me the greatest opportunity in the world to get my idea looked at. I thank God for you and EN daily. I have sifted through many of the forum comments on this page and I wanted to ask this question because it looks as though many have tried to ask a question similar too it but here goes my question: Are any of the red lighters from this search going to get presented to any retailers this round, or is that option reserved only to the few that make it to final consideration but don’t make the show? I will be keeping my idea in the database for future searches but just wanted to know if any red lighted ideas were going to be presented this time around. Thank you for your time, I know it’s valuable right now. Signed – Hopeful in Hawaii; But Expecting Great Things:-)

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Matt, thank you for answering Randy’s question. Concerning the “meta data” on our ideas – would they or could they ever become available to us for informational and planning purposes? My other question is have some of the red lighted ideas not moved on due to time contraints in getting the product developed in the show’s time frame?? This question goes hand in hand with my thought to Louis, I was wondering if some of the ideas who didn’t make it through was just because their idea would take too long to develop. And if this is the case, would it get presented to a retailer for their pursuit? Alot of our ideas I noticed red lighted at stage 3 – does this mean that the research and design team were not able to see a design that could be generated in the timeframe required?? It would be nice to know what guidelines were used to stop an idea from being moved forward. Many of us just got the standard “3%” message with no additional feedback. Again, I appreciate all that you and EN have done for us. God is Great! ~Hopeful in Hawaii; But Expecting Great Things.

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