Thank you for taking a few minutes to check out The Puget Sound Inventors Society! My name is Craig Rabin, I head-up this group and I'm the inventor of The Airhook.
I took over this meet-up group in early 2016 and put together a handful of events where we began to review the invention life cycle below.
• IDEATION: Let's hone in on the need you are solving and brainstorm ways to solve it.
• RAPID PROTOTYPING: Build - Break - Repeat! Using 3D printers we'll create your inventions MVP (minimal viable product).
• PATENT & TRADEMARK: Does the prototype function as planned? Does it fill the need as you had hoped? If so, let's begin the patent & trademark process.
• MARKET RESEARCH: Let's look more into the numbers. Whether it's sitting in the library or surfing the internet, find your target market.
• INDUSTRIAL PRODUCT DESIGN: This is where we make your product SEXY! We'll also tweak the design to make it more cost effective during production.
• USER STUDIES: Time to put your invention into the hands of the user. How do they operate it? Does it serve the need you were hoping?
• FUNDRAISING: Using a variety of models including a friends & family round, crowd funding, angel investors, and even venture capital, raise the funds needed to get to manufacturing.
• MANUFACTURING: We'll help find and facilitate a contract manufacturer that can produce your product. This starts with tooling for manufacturing and then leads to your first production run!
• SALES PLANNING: The best products have a fully developed business to consumer & business to business (retail) sales models. Let's create sales verticals and start CLOSING!
The sessions came with mixed results because we only had a few hours and each event was jam packed with information and we didn't have a great way to taking group notes. To make it even harder, everyone was at such varying stages that events were only relevant to a portion of the group.
I'd like to take the group in a new direction in 2017!!
Instead of The Inventors Society being purely informative, I want to try to start connecting group members who can help bring your invention forward and provide 1-on-1 counseling instead of monthly events. Here is the new format:
• Everyone in the group must fill out this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DY25R3Q. These questions will allow me to determine where everyone is in the invention cycle, what is stopping you from moving forward, what your skill set is (so I can connect you with others), and how best to help bring your invention to market. It's completely OK if you don't have an invention!
• Each week I'll offer up a chunk of time for office hours, which will be first come - first serve. We can meet somewhere in the Kirkland area, via Skype, or simply via phone, whatever works best for you. We'll discuss your invention and what next steps I or other members of the The Inventions Society can help with (which is why you'll see so many skill set questions on the survey).
• We can meet as often as once a month to continue to move your invention forward. The goal is to do all we can to bring your invention to life in 2017!
The last change - everyone must fill out a mutual NDA first, this way we can chat about your invention freely without jeopardizing your patent protection. Once we meet, I'll then provide you with the same NDA forms to use in your meetings.
Let's see how it goes! If you have any questions, please email me at email@example.com. Here's to an amazing 2017!