Writing A New History of Innovation

By Charles Warner

Inventions. Innovations. Ideas. Is there anything more inspiring and uplifting than seeing someone pour their heart and soul into their idea? The passion is almost contagious. The determination, even though others say it can’t be done. It won’t work. It’s not possible. Better luck next time.

History is full of great innovations or ideas that were met with fierce resistance. Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor because, “he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” He also couldn’t get a loan to build a theme park on a huge swamp in Florida. Go figure?

Bill Gates didn’t seem like a shoe-in for success after dropping out of Harvard and starting a failed first business with Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen called Traf-O-Data

Henry Ford is today known for his innovative assembly line and American-made cars, but he wasn’t an instant success. In fact, his early businesses failed and left him broke five times before he founded the successful Ford Motor Company.

The first book by Steven King, the iconic thriller Carrie, received 30 rejections, finally causing King to give up and throw it in the trash. His wife fished it out and encouraged him to resubmit it, and the rest is history, with King now having hundreds of books published the distinction of being one of the best-selling authors of all time.

So with the spirit of innovation and invention in mind IPW traveled to Pittsburgh to attend INPEX, the largest inventors convention in the world, sponsored by InventHelp.

Hundred of inventors proudly displayed their ideas, hoping to make a connection with someone who could help them bring the idea to market. The convention was headlined by keynote speaker Kevin Harrington, from TVs “Shark Tank”. For those infatuated by improving on existing technology, it was a fascinating event with a lot of really creative people.

Speaking of creative people, that’s who we are assembling for the premier issue of The Legacy Series: Innovations & Technology featuring the contributions of Steve Jobs. As we are finalizing the story ideas and interviews we have assembled a “who’s who” of innovative companies and industry leaders. We are on target to celebrate the genius of Steve Jobs, who pushed over that first domino, while transitioning to other industries and innovators. If it is interesting, clever, or makes our lives easier, we will be talking about it. New phones, laptops and tablets? We will be covering those. Gadgets and gizmos, yep. Just in time for the holiday shopping season The Legacy Series will have the latest and greatest. Our goal is to not only inform but inspire the reader.

Have a story idea about innovation or technology, let us know. Is there a tireless entrepreneur trying to change the world with some great idea? We want to include them. This publication is going to be big. Big stories, big ideas, big distribution. If you want to be involved or just want to get a copy sent to you free of charge, visit our website and we will hook you up. Tell your friends, check out our FB and Twitter feeds and get ready for the next big thing, brought to you by IPW.


National Inventor’s Month: A Time to Tap into Our Inner Innovator

Right now, we’re in the midst of one of the most significant but understated commemorations –National Inventors Month. Sponsored by Edison Nation, the free community of inventors, ideas and entrepreneurs, National Inventors Month honors one of the most crucial stages in business: creating new products and technologies and bringing future vision into present-day reality.

Invention is also central to our editorial focus with The Legacy Series. It is the pivotal link of a vital four-part equation that converts an idea into a finished product that succeeds in the marketplace. After all, without the vision and ability to invent, where would our featured inventor for this issue, Steve Jobs, have taken Apple? Where would our lives stand now without all of the innovations and new industries driven by his inventions — and the slew of allied and competitive products and businesses that resulted from their impact on our personal and business lives?

When looking at the life course of a new product or technology, invention comes third — the pivotal position — in a four-part process. Everything initiates with the IDEA, derived from a perceived need in the marketplace and one’s plan for filling that need. Next up is INNOVATION, the R&D phase, where full creativity is unleashed to find ways to turn the idea into reality. Everything pivots with the INVENTION, the actual product that is the physical manifestation of the idea and the driving force of the innovation. Following that, gears switch into the nuts-and-bolts world of PRODUCTION-MARKETING-DISTRIBUTION, the new invention’s emergence in the marketplace.

We’ve always celebrated the great inventions, those that profoundly change our personal and professional lives: Cars. Airplanes. Televisions. Telephones. Personal computers. The Internet. iPods. Tablets. These inventions and others not only created huge sales and market share, but they also expanded entire industries by increasing the production and performance potential of vast numbers of people. The amazing thing? When the invention hits the market and becomes part and parcel of our lives, we ask ourselves: “How did we live without this?” Yet, before the invention reached the market, chances are, only the inventor could see this.

That’s why we are so enamored with inventors and their inventions. However, as we are chronicling in The Legacy Series through a series of provocative, enlightening stories and profiles, everyone has the potential to invent and innovate — and that goes for every company developing products, services and technologies for either business-to-business or consumer markets.

Celebrate National Inventor’s Month. Better yet, extend the celebration for two weeks. A great way for you to check out tomorrow’s technologies — and pick up a creative spark for ideas and innovations you might be percolating — is to come to the inventor’s trade convention, InventHelp’s INPEX. The event will be held June 13-15 at the Monroeville Convention Center just outside Pittsburgh, PA. We’ll be there with The Legacy Series, looking forward to hearing of your inventions or innovations, and joining hundreds of innovators and inventors who are setting the course for our business and personal futures.