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Meet the EN Team: Matthew Bowden

Matthew Bowden

As our DRTV-focused unit, the Edison Nation ASOTV team relies heavily on its talented videographers. Meet one of those team members (and a proud new dad!), Matthew Bowden.

Q1. What is your position and what does it entail?

    A. I am a Videographer/Editor here at EN. I am responsible for the filming and all post production services of our DRTV commercials along with other in-house videos.

Q2. What do you enjoy most about working at Edison Nation?

    A. You mean besides the unlimited amounts of free ice cream? I would have to say that the thing I enjoy most about my position here at EN is that I get to work on something new almost every day. As a creative nerd I couldn’t imagine anything worse than having to do the same thing over and over all day every day.

Q3. If you could be doing anything else right this moment, what would it be?

    A. Hanging out with my wife and my new little son. Also…on a related note…maybe taking a nap?

Q4. What’s your hidden talent?

    A. Hmmm. My hidden talents are hidden for a reason. But if I HAVE to divulge one it would have to be baking. I’ve been told my cheesecakes rival Juniors’.

Q5. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

    A. I wanted to be a famous movie director. I spent most of my summers at the movies idolizing directors like Lucas and Spielberg.

Q6. If you could experience someone else’s life for just one day, who would it be?

    A. Man this is a tough one. I like being me. If I had to choose someone I guess it would be Willy Wonka. Oh, to have a factory filled with candy!

Q7. Who are you often told is your doppelganger?

    A. I can’t say that I’ve ever actually been told I look like someone. So for the sake of the question, I’ll tell you who I think my doppelganger is. Channing Tatum… nailed it!

Q8. You’re only allowed to eat one food for the rest of your life. What would you choose?

    A. This might seem weird but a Chicken Caesar Salad. Ugh, now I want one, be right back…

Q9. What’s a goal you’re most proud of accomplishing?

    A. Professionally, I would have to say being nominated for and winning an Emmy. For me it was validation that this is what I am meant to do.

Q10. What do you think is the greatest invention in your lifetime and why?

    A. I would have to say the internet. I remember having to search through the old smelly encyclopedias when I was in school. Not anymore! Google it.

Want to meet other members of our staff? Catch up on past Meet the EN Team posts!

ProtoTYPING: You Ask, I’ll Answer

It has been a great first year for the ProtoTYPING blog, and it has been fun to bring you some behind the scenes knowledge from the engineering department. For the last installment of the year, I decided to do a Q and A to let the readers get the answers to the engineering questions that are burning in their brains.

Q1. Jeremy, did you really burn yourself when developing Germ Master for Everyday Edisons Season 4?

A. Yes, I did. The prototypes were heated up in the microwave until the water was boiling, and the heating elements were over 400 degrees F. So a few times I got some boiling water on my hands, but the burns were not very serious. I tried to wear gloves during the testing, but I got lazy a few times.

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An early Germ Master prototype

Q2. I was wondering what the most intuitive, but reasonably affordable CAD-CAM software is. I feel I really need to learn this, especially with the price of 3D printing dropping so fast. But the learning curve involved has me spooked. I’ve heard Rhino3D is good from some people, decent price and intuitive. Whichever one you recommend, whose training materials do you recommend?

The Edison Nation engineering and design team uses SolidWorks CAD software, but its price point is in the thousands which makes it out of reach for most individual inventors or DIYers. The great part about the 3D printing boom is that there are a lot of reasonably priced or free CAD programs popping up that allow you to create models to make 3D prints.

When talking about CAD there are two different types. There are traditional CAD programs where you can make geometric and curve-based shapes. The second type is sculpture-based CAD where you create a ball or cube (called a primitive) and then use software tools to push and pull the primitive to create your model. Most users will want a traditional geometric CAD program, as the sculpture-based CAD programs are more for artists. Either way, if the primary goal is to create a 3D print of your design, make sure that the program you choose is able to export a .stl file as this is the file type that most 3D printers use.

For traditional CAD, there are a lot of free and low cost solutions. Google Sketchup is very popular, but the free version is pretty limited. It is over $500 to upgrade in its capability and you need to run a plugin to get it to export stl files. 123D Design from Autodesk is free and has support for smart devices. Cubify Invent from 3D Systems is only $49 and is a full-featured CAD solution that is simple and intuitive to use. It is feature-based and has loads of tools to create simple or complex geometry.

For sculpture-based CAD, you might want to try the freeware called Sculptris by Pixologic. Sculptris is a simplified version of their other 3D sculpting tool called ZBrush, and lets you make amorphic shapes. Autodesk has a companion to 123D Design called 123D Sculpt. This is a free app and lets you do touch based modeling with a smart device as well as coloring. 3D Systems also has a 3D sculpting tool called Cubify Sculpt. It is $129 dollars and has easy-to-use tools to help you sculpt new creations or modify existing .stl files and go straight to a 3D printer.

For all of these programs there are “getting started” guides and video tutorials that are available for free. If you are new to 3D modeling, I would suggest one of the free or low cost CAD packages to make sure that you really want to spend the time learning it before moving on to a more high-priced and fully-featured program like Rhino or SolidWorks.

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Screenshot of Cubify Invent

Learn more about 3D Systems’ Cubify software.

Q3. If you are dealing with an idea that has inherent properties that are material dependent, such as strength, elasticity or flexibility – What measures do you employ to demonstrate that the idea works if the materials proposed in the invention are not normally employed in the initial prototyping process?

We struggle with this in all of our projects. Many of our products are going to be made out of a material suited for high volume production like injection molded polypropylene. This and other injection molding polymers are hard materials to prototype with. However, many of the 3D printer materials that are available now strive to replicate the properties of these materials. So when we get to the final stages of design where we really need verification of a material property, we can get it pretty close through selection of the appropriate 3D material. Many 3D printed parts are more fragile than production materials anyway, so we usually know that if it is strong enough in a 3D printed part, it will be fine for production. If we really need a good read on a material property and the geometry is not too difficult, we can use CNC machining techniques to create the parts out of a block of polypropylene, or whatever the material is. The drawback of doing this, is that many of these polymers are hard to paint or glue to, so it can be hard to create a one-off part that fulfills the “looks-like” part of the “looks-like, works like” equation. If after all of that, the part goes to production and the samples need a little bit more stiffness or elasticity, we can work with the factory to change the blend enough to get the properties we need.

Q4. Is there ever a cost limitation on a prototype?

It is a limitation in all of our projects, but the degree to which it is a limitation depends on the client and the project. We do a lot of individual inventor funded projects in addition to the live search and show products. Typically individual inventors do not have a huge budget to do prototyping, so we try to get the data we need with prototypes built from as many inexpensive components or materials that we can get from a department or home improvement stores. Once we have a proof of concept and a well thought out industrial design for the product, then we take the time and the money to make custom components and 3D printed parts. These are used to create the looks-like works-like prototypes that are needed to sell the idea for a licensing deal, or to do a crowd funding campaign. However, there is always a budget that we are working within, even in the final stages of the design.

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An early Sock Sync prototype made from wood and Solo cups

Q5. I like to think that people involved in the prototyping process are unique in that they can apply many different ways of thinking to the process – Will the availability of the 3D printing process result in a ‘dumbed down’ concept discovery stage; as the technology overtakes the skill set required?

It is true that inventors and prototypers have a knack for building prototypes and great products. However, I think that 3D printing technology will only serve to help these people bring their great ideas to life, not dumb it down.

Coming up with new products is the result of having many different types of experiences and using these experiences to solve a problem in a unique way. 3D printers give people another tool to express their creativity and make their innovations come to life. The napkin sketch is the defacto backstory of every great invention. This is surely cliche, but before anyone puts a design into CAD, it has to start with a vision and typically the first place the vision is communicated is in a hand sketch. No matter what new technology comes along, we will always have to start the process by coalescing our ideas through a pen and onto a piece of paper or a white board before it can be produced by any manufacturing process. The talented people that can do this will always be the boundary pushers and the true innovators no matter what tools are used to make the prototypes.

Surely no one would argue that CNC machining has dumbed down the innovation process, and I think as 3D printers become more ubiquitous and accepted technology, no one will argue their value to innovators. It will more likely become a case of what did we ever do without them.

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3D printers in the Edison Nation offices

Q6. What is your background and what hobbies do you enjoy?

Cocktails at dusk, long walks on the beach. Just kidding (sort of). I do not want to reiterate too much from the first blog that I wrote back in January, which can be found here and covers much of my background.

In terms of hobbies, like a lot of people I go through phases. I have a 2-year-old now, so I have tried to migrate my hobbies to things that I can do at or close to home, and that do not require huge swaths of time. I have a small greenhouse in my backyard that I grow orchids and a few other strange tropical plants, and I built an Arduino controlled cooling system for it last spring. I am also into photography, and I shoot a lot of pictures of my kid. Lately I have re-established an old hobby from when I was a young and I am building some Tamiya racecar models again. Right now I am hot and heavy building a Lotus 99T Formula 1 car.

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Meet the EN Team: Lauren Traudt

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This month, take a moment to learn about Lauren Traudt. Lauren is a part of the marketing team in our SafeTV (DRTV) division.

Q1. What is your position and what does it entail?

A. I am the Domestic Marketing Manager in our Direct Response division. Essentially I am responsible for managing the products selected for testing in the United States from implementation through deployment.

Q2. What do you enjoy most about working at Edison Nation?

A. What don’t I enjoy about working here? The culture is amazing and we have such a great, close-knit team here. I love what I do because it is the best of both worlds—analytical marketing meets ultimate creative control. We bring product ideas to life and aren’t constrained by big brand names or preconceived ideas of what a product should be.

Q3. If you could be doing anything else right this moment, what would it be?

A. Sander and paint brush in hand, fixing up a piece of furniture I found for a steal.

Q4. What’s your hidden talent?

A. I am a fabulous thumb wrestler. I am also apparently a fabulous DRTV actress… But don’t tell anyone I said that.

Q5. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A. I wanted to be a National Geographic Photographer. Copywriter. Masseuse. At one point I wanted to be the person who wrote the descriptions on the back of the Vitamin Water bottles.

Q6. If you could experience someone else’s life for just one day, who would it be?

A. Bear Grylls. The man gets to run around New Zealand, eats anything that crawls, and has a kick-ass accent.

Q7. Who are you often told is your doppelganger?

A. I guess I don’t have one!

Q8. You’re only allowed to eat one food for the rest of your life. What would you choose?

A. Sushi of course. Specifically a spicy tuna roll, but I’m not picky.

Q9. What’s a goal you’re most proud of accomplishing?

A. After graduating from Michigan I had my whole future planned. I have a passion for finding and fixing up old furniture and I wanted to own my own home interiors store. I had my business plan written and got as far as picking out a retail location. But at some point it sort of clicked for me that I enjoyed the furniture part too much more than the business part. So instead of sulking around and feeling sorry for myself that it didn’t work out, I picked a city, moved here, networked, and found this job that I absolutely love. I’m pretty proud that I had the resilience, foresight, and confidence in myself to know I could overcome something so challenging at a pivotal time in life.

Q10. What do you think is the greatest invention in your lifetime and why?

A. Am I allowed to say Pinterest?

 

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Now Hiring! Edison Nation is seeking a Front-End Web Developer

Know of any great front-end Web developers out there? We’re always growing and we need to add one to our team. Please let them know about this opportunity!

Front-End Developer with Rails Experience

Do you have a passion for coding beautiful interfaces? Do you get excited about Responsive Design? Do you want your work to touch millions of people from over 180 countries? Then we’re looking for you!

Edison Nation is seeking a passionate, talented and self-motivated front-end Web developer with excellent communications skills and the ability to excel in a fast-moving, creative environment. The desires to teach and learn in an ego-free environment and a good sense of humor are critical. You must have experience working on Rails.

A little about us

We own innovation. And we’re bringing it to the world through our online community. Did you catch Everyday Edisons on PBS or Hulu last night? That’s our television show. It’s about us and members of our site. It airs in over 60 countries around the World. Are you sick of the late-night ads for Gyro Bowl, Mr. Steamy, Emery Cat or Hot Huez yet? Those are all ours, too. So is that new Kathy Ireland Stemáge collection. We’re taking over the world as the online engine that brings consumer-driven innovation to market. And we want you to help lead us into the future.

Charlotte or anywhere

We’re located in beautiful Charlotte, NC. If you are here – or would like to relocate here – that’s fantastic. If you’re more the telecommuting type and already love the city you’re in, we’ll consider a telecommuting position for the right candidate – half of our team works remotely. We use Google Hangouts and 37 Signals’ suite of products to keep the team connected, regardless of location. In addition to having the team connected via Campfire at all times, we have a daily 15-minute standup at 2pm EST to keep everybody up to date and from going stir crazy at home.

A look around the office

Note: click the photos above to view an around-the-office gallery from a previous post.

More about you

You should be comfortable working on large web applications. You should understand the ins and outs of working with dev, staging and production servers with multiple developers. You must have an extremely high attention to detail and the ability to deliver consistently while working independently and without constant supervision – although the rest of our tech team is always willing and ready to jump in and help when you need it.

Day-to-day, you will use your excellent command of the latest Web standards such as HTML5, CSS3 and SASS to convert static designs or concepts into an exciting user experience. You don’t just “cut things up” but you translate concepts into a brilliant user experience and you’re not satisfied until it’s perfect – even on IE. You’re a self-motivator and you’re always on the lookout for opportunities to refactor code or our UI/UX to make it more elegant… and you don’t wait around for permission to make it happen. You’ll be the driving force behind the magic that makes people really enjoy using our site.

You will have experience working in Ruby on Rails environments. You will enjoy receiving free swag from our friends at GitHub. You will put an Octocat sticker on the bumper of your car/skateboard/bike/refrigerator/whatever.

You can work on our full technology stack and will have the ability to shift your focus – depending on your evolving interests – from front-end to back-end and vice-versa.

You will hold your own on a small team that is expected to always deliver. You’ll work with a front-end designer and several Rails developers. Your boss is awesome (he’s also writing this) and knows his most important job is to filter out the noise so you can stay focused.

You will be given the opportunity to drive the development direction by choosing the tools you feel best solve the everyday challenges of a quickly-growing site. We’re looking for someone we can trust to make important decisions and own them.

Required skills

  • Excellent knowledge of the latest in HTML, CSS and pre-processors
  • Strong command of Web standards and cross-browser compatibility testing
  • Expert at JavaScript (with and without frameworks like JQuery)
  • Familiar with responsive design strategies and tactics
  • Über-high attention to detail
  • At least 2 years of commercial development experience
  • Know your way around Rails
  • Be comfortable on the command line
  • Familiar with git version control
  • Excellent communication and writing skills

Education

If you have the communication skills and maturity of a university graduate, we could care less where – or if – you went to school. On the other hand, if you went to a really nice school, we’ll make a point to sound impressed when you tell us about it. With the cost of higher education these days, it should at least get you something.

A little more about us

We’re profitable. We’re a startup of around 6 years but our sister company has been around for a decade. We have launched one international site and have another on the way this year, in addition to our first foray into an industry vertical with Edison Nation Medical. Our Web team is starting to grow pretty quickly.

Benefits & perks

  • Salary based on experience
  • Excellent healthcare/dental insurance
  • Work with a diverse A-level team
  • Enjoy training + conference budget
  • Appear on our television show and your parents will finally understand what you do for a living!
  • Free Coca-Cola Freestyle, Froyo, Espresso, coffee, popcorn & beer

To apply

Please send a very solid cover letter, a resume/cv if you have one, and URLs for your best sites/apps and GitHub account to webjobs at edisonnation dot com. Seriously, if you’ve got the skills, you’ll win or lose the job based on your cover letter so please take the time to tell us why you think you’re a great fit.

  • No Recruiters
  • No Contractors
  • No Outsourcing Shops

If you are a recruiter, contractor or body shop, we’re just going to mark your email as spam if you send it to us. Your witty email isn’t going to change that, either. We’ll just figure out a way to click the spam button twice.

Meet the EN Team: Tom Philpott

Tom Philpott

Q1. What is your position and what does it entail?

A.  My position is Vice President of Enventys, overseeing the engineering department. For those who don’t know, Enventys is the development arm of Edison Nation and Everday Edisons. My job entails mostly managing the nerdy activities and highly creative activities in the building; everything related to product development.

Q2. What do you enjoy most about working at Edison Nation/Everyday Edisons?

A. Variety. We have a constantly changing selection of interesting projects, and exposure to every aspect of taking a product to market. That’s fairly uncommon in product development.

Q3. If you could be doing anything else right this moment, what would it be?

A. Building a turbine powered offshore racing boat (see Turbine Marine for details), ideally with my daughter Emma helping out.

Q4. What’s your top secret hidden talent?

A. Well, it’s top secret, so publicly disclosing it doesn’t seem appropriate… How about very amateur wakeboarding?

Q5. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A. I wanted to design cars or airplanes — mostly cars.

Q6. If you could live someone else’s life for just one day, who would it be?

A. My wife’s. I’m really curious about her perspectives and points of view. I have huge respect for her opinion, even though we’re often 180 degrees opposed to each other.

Q7. What’s the most exciting project you’ve ever worked on in your career?

A. We designed a travel system, stroller, car seat and base for Britax. I thought it would be fairly boring going in. Then, my daughter was born in the middle of the project and it gave it a new meaning. It was also my first truly successful commercialized product. I still enjoy seeing people using them everywhere I travel.

Q8. What are three things you can’t live without?

A. Water, Air, Occasional food. Seriously, my Ford truck (230k miles…), my wife, and good barbeque. Not necessarily in that order, and I may switch out beer for barbeque. Just depends on the day…

Q9. What’s a favorite funny EN office memory?

A. The blooper reel footage during our office holiday parties. We film a lot around here for the show, and at times, seemingly innocent statements are taken out of context and edited into something hilarious.

Q10. What do you think is the greatest invention in your lifetime and why?

A. I will assume you mean other people’s inventions, not my own. I think the greatest invention, during my lifetime, is the Scanning Tunneling Microscope. Without it, the entire field of nanotechnology would not be possible. A close second would be the Gyro Bowl.

Meet the EN Team: Jim Powell

Jim Powell

Working on new searches, licensing deals and bringing products to market requires lots of project management. This month, meet one of our secret weapons for keeping these tasks, well… on task! Get to know our Director of Operations, Jim Powell.

Q1. What is your position and what does it entail?

A. My role as Director of Operations at Edison Nation involves project management for developing and existing products and offerings. I focus on facilitating processes and procedures that help us do a better job and look for ways to be more efficient and productive.  The projects change but the goals are to provide the best service and support that I can to help make the product or project as successful as possible.

Q2. What do you enjoy most about working at Edison Nation?

A. I really like the variety of projects that we get involved with and the level of creativity.

Q3. If you could be doing anything else right this moment, what would it be?

A.Trolling for flounder on the South Carolina coast.

Q4. What’s your top secret hidden talent?

A. I know answers to all questions, just some of them are not correct.

Q5. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A. Saxophone player, but my level of talent made it impossible.

Q6. If you could live someone else’s life for just one day, who would it be?

A. Bill Gates, I could really find some useful projects for his money.

Q7. Who are you often told is your doppelganger?

A. That would be a short John Wayne, Pilgrim.

Q8. What are three things you can’t live without?

  • My Family
  • Beach Music
  • Sunsets

Q9. What’s a favorite funny EN office memory?

A. Watching Ryan and Christobal tear up the office over the years and rebuild it, kinda.

Q10. What do you think is the greatest invention in your lifetime and why?

A. The GPS. Now I know where I am going and where I have been and I don’t need to ask for directions.

Meet the EN Team: Jim Wilborne

In this month’s Meet the EN Team, get to know one of the newest members of our team, Jim Wilborne!

Q1. What is your position and what does it entail?

A. Controller. All aspects of accounting and accounting processes, payroll, financial statements and budgeting.

Q2. What do you enjoy most about working at Edison Nation/Everyday Edisons?

A. Each day is different and there is always a new opportunity. The atmosphere is so creative and not stuffy.

Q3. If you could be doing anything else right this moment, what would it be?

A. Planting and landscaping in my yard!

Q4. What’s your top secret hidden talent?

A. I played trumpet in High School and currently play hand bells. I guess the most uncommon would be that I did rifle guard in high school.

Q5. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A. I wanted to be an Architect, just like Mike Brady!

Q6. If you could experience someone else’s life for just one day, who would it be?

A. I don’t want to be anyone other than me. I spent my life trying not to look to others to see what makes me happy.

Q7. Who are you often told is your doppelganger?

A. Not anyone famous, unfortunately!

Q8. What are three things you can’t live without?

A. My family and friends, playing or singing music and faith.

Q9. What’s a goal you’re most proud of accomplishing?

A. Getting my CPA license.

Q10. What do you think is the greatest invention in your lifetime and why?

A. Cell phones. It has helped me to stay connected to family and friends easier, and it has also enabled me to keep up with my calendar, something I have always had a hard time doing with a physical calendar.

Haven’t been keeping up? Meet some other members of our team, and stay tuned for a new Meet the EN Team next month!

Meet the EN Team: Kirk Richey

This month we’ve caught up with EN Web Developer, Kirk Richey! Kirk has been a part of our team for a number of years, and though sunny California came calling his name, he just couldn’t get enough of this community and has continued to help keep our site up and running from afar. Get to know Kirk and what he does here at Edison Nation in the Q&A below.

Q1. What is your position and what does it entail?

A. I think my official title is Senior Chief Principal Lead of Exploratory Web Sciences and Strategic Research, but that’s kinda long, so my name plate just says ‘Web Developer.’

Over my tenure at EN, I’ve worked on all aspects of the application to site operations, but as the team has grown, my duties have gotten a bit narrower which is great. Most recently, I’ve been heavily involved in all the mobile updates to EN.

Q2. What do you enjoy most about working at Edison Nation/Everyday Edisons?

A. The team is really great, the challenges are fun, but most of all, it’s seeing an idea take hold and take off. Being able to walk into a shop and see products that started out as members’ submissions is amazing. Software people don’t often get to see something tangible from their work.

Q3. If you could be doing anything else right this moment, what would it be?

A. This…

Here…

Q4. What’s your top secret hidden talent?

A. If I divulge my top secret hidden talent, it would cease to be both top secret and hidden. However, I do know when to hold them and when to fold them. And I’m really good at losing socks in the laundry.

Q5. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

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Q6. If you could live someone else’s life for just one day, who would it be?

A. My shoes fit fine.

Q7. Who are you often told is your doppelganger?

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Q8. What are three things you can’t live without?

A. A guitar, my wife, and Apple hardware.

Q9. What’s a favorite funny EN office memory?

A. The casting calls are really fun. But this one time, Rich Holmes dressed up in a monkey suit and skipped around the office, while handing out bananas to shocked co-workers. Actually – Rich never did that, but if he did, I’m sure it would be my favorite office memory.

Q10. What do you think is the greatest invention in your lifetime and why?

A. The internet and personal computing has changed the world, no question – but have you tried Dippin’ Dots? It proclaims itself to be the “Ice Cream of the Future” and it just might be. Now, I’m not saying Dippin’ Dots are the greatest invention of my lifetime, but I don’t know of many other cases where you literally get to taste the future.

Meet the EN Team: Roger Brown

This month we caught up with our National Sales Manager of Licensing, Roger Brown! Get to know Roger and what he does here at Edison Nation in the Q&A below.

Q1.What does your job entail?

A. As National Sales Manager of Licensing, I work with the Edison Nation team on reviewing ideas submitted to our Live Product Searches and Insider Licensing Program, then work to acquire licensing deals with companies to bring the products to the market.

Q2. What do you enjoy most about working at Edison Nation/Everyday Edisons?

A. First, I get to work with a group of talented people that all love seeing new ideas coming in and want to see them get to market. Everyone has different backgrounds, but we all pitch in to make the process work. Then you have the inventors themselves, which is why I have my position. If it wasn’t for their creative ideas I wouldn’t have a job I enjoy.

Q3. If you could be doing anything else right this moment, what would it be?

A. I am not sure. Throughout my life I have written jokes for radio morning shows; I was a Gag Writer for nationally syndicated cartoonists; for 10 years I wrote comic books for Marvel, DC comics, and Disney; and have gotten 11 of my inventions licensed and to market, so I am positive it would have to be something in a creative field. I love what I am doing right now and am not looking for a change.

Q4. What’s your top secret hidden talent?

A. I have over 8,000 comic books in my collection and I can tell you the storyline of any one of them by simply seeing the cover. (I know… nerd)

Q5. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A. An Astronaut. I love anything to do with space and enjoy Sci-Fi books and movies. I am a Trekkie, but don’t own a phaser. LOL!

Q6. If you could live someone else’s life for just one day, who would it be?

A. Any Astronaut on the day they flew the shuttle. (like I said… nerd)

Q7. Who are you often told is your doppelganger?

A. I don’t know their name, but most people say they saw them on America’s Most Wanted. J/k! :)

Q8. What are three things you can’t live without?

A. My Wife, my kids, and popcorn

Q9. What’s a favorite EN memory (as a community member or staff member)?

A. I would have to say being a panelist at the Everyday Edisons auditions in Chicago. It was the first time I had met that many creative people in one place. It was a blast.

Q10. What do you think is the greatest invention in your lifetime and why?

A. The internet. It instantly ties all of us together through communication, sharing of information and ideas. On the internet we are all one community.

Be on the lookout to meet another member of our staff next month!

Meet the EN Team: Matt Spangard

Q1. What is your position and what does it entail?

A. Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer. My team builds and supports EdisonNation.com and the other Edison Nation family Web sites (such as Edison Nation Medical and Edison Nation country sites).

Q2. What do you enjoy most about working at Edison Nation/Everyday Edisons?

A. I’ve been here for over 10 years and I love that no two days have ever been the same. Each and every day brings new challenges and opportunities. It’s a lot of work but you never get bored. It’s also extremely empowering to know that we’re changing the world with what we create.

Q3. If you could be doing anything else right this moment, what would it be?

A. Skiing down from Sky Express at Heavenly, straight toward the deep blue of Lake Tahoe, on my way to get a bread bowl of chili at the corner table at the top of the gondola. Is that too specific?

Q4. What’s your top secret hidden talent?

A. They’re called secret talents for a reason.

Q5. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A. An adventurer.

Q6. If you could live someone else’s life for just one day, who would it be?

A. Hemingway in Pampalona, Spain, during Sanfermines.

Q7. Who are you often told is your doppelganger?

A. When I’m overseas, people always tell me I look like Tom Hanks but I never get that in the US.

Q8. What are three things you can’t live without?

A. Family, iPhone & iPad, in that order.

Q9. What’s a favorite funny EN office memory?

A. It’s really difficult to think of just one answer to this one because we’re always laughing and having a good time around here. I’m not sure that our sense of humor necessarily translates, though. For instance, there was that time Louis poisoned the entire Everyday Edisons crew in Tennessee when he had lunch catered by the sketchiest taqueria he could find. It wasn’t so much “ha-ha” funny as it was “Nelson from the Simpsons ‘Ha!-Ha!’” funny.

Q10. What do you think is the greatest invention in your lifetime and why?

A. Tim Berners-Lee took the infrastructure of ARPANET and made knowledge free to the world when he invented the World Wide Web at CERN in 1989. His invention (originally created just to keep the names and projects of colleagues straight in his head) has overturned evil regimes, afforded opportunities previously unavailable to people all around the world and generated wealth beyond anything we’ve seen throughout history. Beyond that, his invention has spawned millions of other inventions and we’re just getting started. It just shows how one small idea can change the world forever.

Next month, meet another member of the Edison Nation staff!