HR Business Weekly – “The Best of Technology”
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*Mike Vahey with Beach Gladiator.
-The Travel Halo
“Each idea I’ve come up with and come to market with has come out of a personal need for me.”
On getting a patent:
“There’s no real set law on whether you should or shouldn’t patent something. If you get a patent, you’ll get a piece of paper and you’ll get a $10-$15,000 dollar bill. That’s the only thing you can be guaranteed of if you get a patent.”
“You really have to look at your market. You have to look down the road and figure, “Is this something that can be easily knocked off, something I’m gonna need to protect?'”
“It’s a good thing to have in certain scenarios.”
“The important thing is to sell your product.”
“First thing after idea would be prototype.”
“Make the prototype, then test the prototype. Before you go in, definitely, test, test, test.”
“What you end up with may not be what you started with.”
Connect with Mike Vahey here.
*Zack’s Hack: Follow up with a review on Yelp, whether it a positive or negative review. What made the review positive or negative?
*757 Makerspace in Norfolk. Take a look inside this “gym for innovators.” Beau Turner offers a way for kids and adults to make their inventions come to life in this community workshop and prototyping center. There’s an open build night the first Friday of every month. Click here for more information on 757 Makerspace.
*Junior Achievement of Greater Hampton Roads & Virginia Beach Public Schools are working together to get entrepreneurial mentors into the schools. Find out how you can get involved here.
*Entrepreneur of the Week: Taylor McClenny of BeerBug. BeerBug is a specific gravity and temperature-monitoring device for home beer brewers. The company had a successful $25,000 Kickstarter campaign. BeerBug actually raised $60,000. McClenny’s advice for those who use crowdfunding campaigns like Kickstarter: “Communicate with your backers.” Learn about BeerBug here.