The Author will have copies available for $10, cash, check, paypal/credit card
In an age saturated with whiz-bang technology, split-second marketing, and limitless crowdfunding hype, it’s all too easy for inventors with big ideas to get in over their heads. Sean Ragan’s presentation will focus on how to avoid the twin pitfalls of overreach and over commitment by retraining your brain to focus on ideas with substantive market value rather than superficial “marketability.”
Mr. Ragan will present several instructive case studies of both successes and failures from the world of crowdfunded product development, as well as a two-question decision matrix that will help evaluate the feasibility of your ideas quickly, without any math. He will discuss the “dark forest” that stands between prototyping and mass production and demonstrate why it is the mathematics of manufacturing design that ultimately separates winners from losers in the hardware marketplace. Finally, he will explain the “one-part” principle and provide a gallery of inspirational minimalist inventions to illustrate his point.
Sean is a noted popular writer on science, technology, and entrepreneurship. As a longtime editor and contributor for MAKE Magazine and its online outlets, he has been a leading voice in the Maker Movement since its earliest days. In 2014, Sean launched Foundry Heavy Industries, FHI, a consultancy and media company dedicated to collecting, preserving and analyzing the experiences of independent hardware entrepreneurs and capitalizing on that knowledge base to educate inventors and investors alike. After FHI’s sale in 2015, Sean started writing his first book, The Total Inventor’s Manual, which was published by Weldon-Owen in 2016. His second book, the educational comic and kit How to Use a Breadboard, was published in 2017. His third book, Breadboard ‘Bots , will be available in 2020. For more information on Mr. Ragan, click HERE.
NOTE The New Patent Law Has Problems For Inventors
Independent inventors and start-up’s depend on strong patents to defend their inventions, however recent changes to the patent law have significantly weakened inventor’s intellectual property rights to the point that they can no longer depend on their patents to protect their innovations. For information on the intellectual property problems, please see the movie, Invalidated: The Shredding Of The US Patent System. Click the below image for a trailer of the movie/documentary. You can also see the documentary on Amazon and iTunes , free with Amazon Prime subscription, or $2 otherwise.
For additional information on the patent problems, click Here.
Question & Answer Session w/ Alan Beckley
During the inventors visiting hour from 6:00 PM – 6:30 PM in the meeting room, Alan Beckley will be available, via Skype, to answer your invention questions. For more information on Alan Beckley, see the information provided in the Licensing section below.
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Alan Beckley is a Dallas, Texas inventor who successfully licensed his invention, the Wonder Wallet for royalties to Allstar Products. In the first year, over 1,000,000 wallets were sold. Now, he helps others to license their inventions by leveraging what he has learned.
Inventors Helping Inventors Podcast
“Inventors Helping Inventors” is a new podcast for inventors, on iTunes , Stitcher and Google Play . Every week, the host Alan Beckley, will interview an interesting successful inventor and ask them the questions you want to know, such as What did they do before they became an inventor?; What was one of their greatest challenges as an inventor and how did they overcome it?; and What advice would they give to a new inventor just getting started?
This private Facebook group is a community of inventors that come together to discuss wins, challenges and much more, moderated by Alan Beckley, with the goal of helping inventors help each other with tips, tricks and advice.
Excellent Training Courses
at UTSA Institute for Economic Development Brochure & Courses
Big Idea School
Mary Lou and Dennis Green are offering their Big Idea School Course bundle on special for $97. The four online courses will help you to turn your big idea into a real product that people will want to buy.
Learn Professional CAD
Free CAD Software With Intuitive Tutorials
Fusion 360 is free to students, teachers, small businesses making less than $100,000 per year, and hobbyists using Fusion 360 for non-commercial purposes. Click here (AutoDesk) to see the license information and activation instructions and here to download. The CAD files can be saved privately or shared, as desired and the software can be used either online or offline. The Fusion 360 license is renewable yearly for free.
Click here (YouTube) to view 13 excellent and intuitive Fusion 360 lessons by Paul McWhorter. It’s surprising how easy an advanced CAD program can be learned with the right instructions!
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About Alamo Inventors
Founded in 2000, the Alamo Inventors organization holds monthly meetings for the inventor community and provides access to resources supporting the inventing, entrepreneurship, and patent protection process. Monthly programs include a network hour prior to the meeting. Member meetings include a notable guest speaker who typically shares their experience and advice about their journey of taking their idea to market.
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