Our InvENtor Spotlight for August is on Melissa Senatore! Melissa has been a member of the Edison Nation community since 2011 and is an active Insider!
Where is your home town?
I was born in East Meadow, New York.
Where do you currently reside?
I currently reside in Calverton, New York.
I have lived on Long Island all my life and that I live I live almost as fat east as you can go on the Island….the last exit on the Long Island Expressway.
What is your professional background?
I worked in banking for over 28 years and currently work for an elementary school.
How did you initially hear about Edison Nation?
I heard about EN initially through other inventors on the forums on another website.
Have you ever collaborated with another inventor(s) on a project? If so, how was that experience for you?
Yes, I have collaborated with several other inventors on projects and still do. I have and still do collaborate with Robert Francois, who is also an EN member, on several projects and we actually met in person in Minnesota to present our product ideas to Telebrands. I consider Robert to be a close friend of mine. Collaborating with others can give you a new and different perception of an idea.
What are some general industry trends you have noticed recently?
Personally, I’m amazed at the technology we have available to us. It is astounding to have the power to retrieve almost any information and communicate in a thousand different ways using a device that fits in the palm of your hand. Everything is “smart” nowadays…Smart Phones, Smart Homes, Smart Cars, Smart Apps…I am sure this industry will continue to grow.
Do you find that invention ideas come to you or do you have to go after them?
Both. Sometimes an idea will just pop into my head and other times I have to go after them. I love when they just pop into my head. When I go after ideas I tend to overthink them.
What advice would you tell others starting out on their inventing journey?
I believe in what I call the 3 P’s…Product, Prototype and Perseverance!
You first have to have the Product Idea. I always try to make a Prototype of my Product Idea (not always an easy task). Lastly, let’s face it, coming up with new ideas and trying to get a licensing agreement can be frustrating at times – that’s where Perseverance comes into play. Sometimes you may want to give up and you may think you will never come up with another great idea. Then…BING! One pops into your head and you start the whole process again.
So, don’t ever give up!
What inspired you to start inventing?
I would see ASOTV products on TV and thought to myself, hey, I could do that! My dad also came up with ideas all the time but did not have the channels available to him that are available now. I have always been very crafty and creative and I believe this has helped me with prototyping my ideas.
When did you come up with your first great idea?
I came up with what I thought was my first great idea about six years ago. That was when I was invited to go to Telebrands’ Inventors Day in Minnesota to present my idea.
You have been an EN member since 2011, can you provide us with some details around your experiences and journey to date?
Although I have not received a G8 yet, my experiences with EN have made me better at inventing in general.
I have gotten better at my submissions since I have joined EN. The Innovation Searches definitely get me to focus on a certain category and help to get my creative juices flowing.
It amazes me that EN takes the time and effort to review every single submission that is sent to them. I feel very comfortable submitting my ideas to EN because I know that if EN believes in an idea they will do everything in their power to get that idea to market. I have received a few G7’s and my ideas were presented to search partners. I find that very rewarding and perceive that as great accomplishment!
What are some other fun facts about yourself that you’d like to share with the EN community?
A fun fact that I would like to share with the community is that I believe “helping” my sons with their annual science projects has made the process of inventing easier for me.
When doing a science project you have to have a catchy title, introduction and purpose, hypothesis, data and results and a conclusion. This is so similar to the inventing process. I am happy to say that I, I mean, they won first place in many of their science fair competitions!
We’d like to thank Melissa for sharing her journey with us and have our fingers crossed that a G8 is on the way!