Our InvENtor Spotlight for April is turned to Daniel Moskal! Daniel has been a member of the Edison Nation community since 2010 and is an active Insider!
Where is your home town?
Where do you currently reside?
Chicago – see the salmon colored brick in the background?
What is your professional background?
I work in sales.
How did you initially hear about Edison Nation?
I did a Google search. Was a lurker for a couple years before I submitted an idea.
Have you ever collaborated with another inventor(s) on a project? If so, how was that experience for you?
I tend to work alone but like many members, John Vilardi, has done some work for me,
What are some general industry trends you have noticed recently?
I’ve noticed websites are being more “closed.” By that I mean, they don’t give you as much info as they used to, they want to capture your information for sales prospect reasons.
Do you find that invention ideas come to you or do you have to go after them?
You have to go after them. True, some of your best ideas come to you out of the blue but being a creative person means working at your craft. I don’t mean working in a negative way, working on what you love feels good.
You have achieved a coveted “G8,” what advice would you tell others hoping to score a licensing deal of their own?
First, persistence. Second, I would mention persistence, I should also point out persistence.
Other than that, imagine your customer using the product you invented. Like an improvisational actor, play pretend. Doing that will generate many ideas and help clarify the ideas you have.
What inspired you to start inventing?
It came out of need, and I can’t avoid thinking of new ideas. If I won the lottery, I’d still be submitting ideas to Edison Nation.
When did you come up with your first great idea?
When I’ve experienced aggravation. That’s usually the best source. Why doesn’t someone come up with a better way of doing this!? Oh, I could be the one to come up with a better way.
You have been an EN member since 2010, can you provide us with some details around your experiences and journey to date?
Keep submitting ideas, even to those searches that don’t speak to you. When something is out of your box that isn’t bad – it means you are stretching your creative abilities.
What do you consider your greatest failure and what did you learn from it?
I have spent tens of thousands of dollars on inventions to get a patent. A patent is only ego glorification if it doesn’t become a product on the shelf.
Fail inexpensively, as an Insider member I pay $20 for a submission and I’ve had a couple dozen decision makers review my ideas.
What are some other fun facts about yourself that you’d like to share with the EN community?
I’m in a pet loving family. 2 Siamese cats, 6 fish (2 tanks), a bearded dragon and a boa constrictor.
We thank Daniel for sharing some of his journey with us and for being a wonderful member of the EN community!