Wednesday, May 8, 2019 @ SATC 3463 Magic
Inventors Visiting: 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Q/A with Alan Beckley 6:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Presentation: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
In Honor Of National Inventors Month – Free Pizza
San Antonio Technology Center (SATC)
3463 Magic Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78229
Alamo Inventors, Inc
Are you willing to give up everything you have today to make “The Jump”? Bill Bragman was asked that question almost 14 years ago when he started YakGear, www.yakgear.com in Houston, Texas after working 40 years in the Retail Marketplace. Bill has had a passion for business as well as the creation and design of products all the way back to his early years. He has grow Yakgear into one of the largest providers of Paddlesports products in the United States. Fourteen years later, the answer to “Can you do this and make a living?, is yes. But you have to be willing to make “The Jump” and be willing to give up everything and focus on your true goals.
Bill, a patent holder, will provide a frank look at what to expect after you have come up with an idea for an invention. He will share information on what inventors and small business owners truly need to understand in order to bring a product to the marketplace, as well as to understand the true pitfalls to watch out for in the marketplace. Bill will provide detailed strategic information so that you can make “the Jump” and be successful to. “Sometimes the invention is the easiest part of the process, the hardest part is what it takes to bring it into the marketplace,” says Bragman. He also stresses to be careful of those helping hands sometimes, as they may only be trying to help themselves.
YakGear not only sells their own branded products, but also distributes products for other companies such as Railblaza, Backwater Paddles, Fish Grips, Bixpy Motors, Dakota Lithium Batteries and other brands. Bill recently started Worldwide Survival Systems, which is set to open in May of 2019. It offers products in the Marine Marketplace to help boaters if they are separated from their craft. YakGear offers Paddlesports and Marine accessories through their 2 main sites at www.yakgear.com and www.railblazausa.com.
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.
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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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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.
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.
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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? The first podcast will interview Stephen Key.
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About Alamo Inventors, Inc
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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