InvENtor Spotlight: A Q&A with Kenneth Alexander

InvENtor Spotlight: A Q&A with Kenneth Alexander

For our August InvENtor Spotlight, we’re highlighting Kenneth Alexander! Kenneth has been a member of the Edison Nation community since 2010 and is an active Insider!

 

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Here’s your chance to get to know Kenneth a little bit better!

Where is your home town?

My home town is Barrington, Rhode Island.

Where do you currently reside?

I currently reside in Cranston, Rhode Island.

How did you initially hear about Edison Nation?

I initially found out about Edison Nation after a series of failures with other inventing companies and services. I got pretty determined to find someone out there that was not just looking for my money and nothing else. After scouring the internet for months and months, I came across EN and I discovered a whole new world. A whole new community of people that generally cared about each other and their ideas.

I discovered that it was very easy to submit my inventions, and that they would “actually” get looked at by true professionals. I also discovered the process was very simple and very quick. It is also very affordable, especially for a inventors like me who are on a budget. I learned that for $20 bucks I could submit my idea, and have a great chance of success with it. The community of people is awesome here. You can share ideas and get responses from all sorts of places. I love this place. I finally found a legit place to take action with my inventions.

What are some general industry trends you have noticed recently?

I have to say that I have noticed that some some of the trends have leaned more in the way towards tech stuff, but that doesn’t bother me in the least, even though I am not an engineer of any sorts. I am just a home tinkerer and I think I will find my sweet spot somewhere – some company out there will sooner or later love what I love.

Do you find that invention ideas come to you or do you have to go after them?

I find that most of my invention ideas do not just come to me. I have to go after them, seek out what is wrong with a product, and determine how can I make it better than it already is.

I also find that trying to recreate the wheel does not work for me. I do better at finding problems that already exist, and and solving them in a better way for myself and the consumer.

What advice would you tell newcomers to the innovation scene?

My advice to the newcomers of EN is to just relax and soak it all in.

Get into the forums and see what’s happening.

Ask questions, and get some answers.

Dream big, and go for it.

Submit your ideas, and let let the EN team do their thing.

That’s pretty much it. Don’t stress out of it. Life is too short for that. I always put my faith and trust in God, and go from there. Have fun with it.

What inspired you to start inventing?

My biggest inspiration came from my Dad, When I was a little boy I would always hang around him, and watch him put things together, and fix stuff better then it was to begin with. He would always customize something. He was always fixing things himself because he could not afford to just have someone else do it. He was a machinist by trade, so I think that contributed to him doing what he did all the time. Plus he grew up with his dad making stuff that did not exist in the community at that time. An example is an automatic timer switch he created. He tried to patent it, but there was a big snow storm at the time, so he never made it up to the patent office. Long, sad story short, he never went back. Now look at all the automatic timers that are out there today.

After hearing that story, I become even more determined not to give up on something, because you never know. I still talk about that one to friends here and there, and get a chuckle out of it. My dad told it to me, and now I tell it to others.

I think all this invention stuff kind of runs in the blood line. Hopefully one us will eventually pull off some great idea. Hey, we can only hope right? Think Big, Dream Big!! That’s what I say.

When did you come up with your first great idea?

I came up with my first great idea and got the “ITCH” for inventing when I was about 16.

After watching my mother scrub toilets all the time, and thinking about how people had to touch the seat, I thought about a better way. I came up with some sticky handles that go under the seat for the user to grab without ever touching the seat. This idea never became a reality for me because I did not know any better back then. I got a hold of some inventing services, but all they where interested in was just taking money. So that’s that. But now that I have EN in my corner, things are looking much more promising for me and my future.

Oh, just for the record, I came up with the Snuggie idea years before it ever hit the market. I had drawn a picture of a man with a blanket on that had arms attached to it. This way, when the person was laying down with this blanket, he/she could get up and get a drink or snacks, and never have to unwrap the blanket from his body. I got this inspiration from watching my brother wrap the blanket over himself, and walk around the house all the time. This picture stayed in the glove box of my pick up for years. Then, BAM! There it was! The Snuggie! I pretty much hit the floor on that one. Oh well. Must keep moving!

So far with EN it has been a great ride. I look forward to submitting all of my ideas with them.

What are some other fun facts about yourself that you’d like to share with the EN community?

As far as some fun facts about me, there are not too many.

I would have to say that I am a pretty quirky guy. I like the simple things in life. I enjoy my family time.

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I also love to work with my hands. I believe that I was given a gift of craftsmanship of some sort from God, and I will try to use it to the best of my ability. Hopefully I can spread this gift to someone else along the way.

Thanks again for allowing me to share some of myself here at Edison Nation.


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2 Comments InvENtor Spotlight: A Q&A with Kenneth Alexander

  1. joseph

    Kenneth,
    You go man. you can’t go wrong when you have the God card I never leave home without him.

  2. Berris-Dale Joseph

    Nice, Kenneth. May I make a positive comment about God? Is that Ok? if so, here I go: Man, you have the greatest name in the existence of all eternity: God. I love God. There is a God. There must be a God. Some human beings say that there is no God. But by one saying there is no God, seems to me that such a person also claims in that very mouth full, that she/he is god. For, for a human to say that there is no God, makes that human god. She or He knows that much. The only thing is I find it hard to believe in a god with his or her name spelled with a lower case g. Nor is it easy for me to believe in a small god who doubts what he/she cannot prove in the total absence of bias.

    I wish you success as you demonstrate to the world what God, has blessed you with. Peace. And happy inventing.
    Berris-Dale Joseph

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