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What Does It Mean to be “First to Market”?


Here at Edison Nation, we strive not only to help our inventors succeed in commercializing their product ideas, but also to aid you in being “First to Market.” Being First to Market means that an innovative product is the very first of its kind to reach the marketplace, providing consumers with a truly unique item that cannot be found anywhere else. One important advantage of being First to Market is initial brand recognition in the minds of buyers. Without the distraction of a multitude of competing products, consumers often begin to associate a type of product with a particular brand. For example, Kleenex manufactures and sells tissue paper, however people often ask not for a tissue but instead as for a “Kleenex.” The product and brand have become synonymous, which can increase market share. This means that your product may become the go-to item for many consumers, greatly increasing your product’s success.

Can My Invention be First To Market?

Absolutely! A truly new and innovative product may change an entire industry by introducing a concept that has never before been available on the market, which in turn opens the doors to a host of new products and ideas that can alter the course of that industry as a whole. Throughout history, inventors have changed the world through their ingenuity, from the building of the first Model T by Henry Ford to the creation of the light bulb by our namesake, Thomas Alva Edison. What began as a passion for inventing led to incredible breakthroughs in science and technology, paving the way for future inventors to use their creativity in an inspiring and productive way. These advances in technology make it easier than ever for inventors across the globe to connect with one another and share their mutual love of inventing. Countless inventors have made their mark while also making the world a more amazing place to live, work and play.

What Do I Need To Do?

Always protect your idea. Once a secret is out there’s no getting it back. Ideas and concepts work the same way. If you have an innovative concept or prototype and wish to market it to the public, begin by seeking the advice of an licensed Intellectual Property attorney prior to any disclosure of your invention. This will ensure that your invention is protected and less vulnerable to others who may wish to capitalize on your idea.

As a part of the Edison Nation network of inventors, your ideas are provided with a platform that allows them to be seen and considered by some of the top corporations and investors in the world. Because we value you and your hard work, Edison Nation works tirelessly to keep your ideas confidential and protected. This is all part of our goal in helping you, the inventor, have the opportunity to see your invention be the First to Market.


 So far we’ve earned over $200 million in sales for our inventors, all at no risk for them. Is your idea the next big thing?

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The Story Behind the Gyro Bowl

If you’ve been around this community long enough, you’re likely very familiar with EN inventors Brad and Melinda Shepard, and their top-selling product, the Gyro Bowl – but do you know the entire story?

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Brad and Melinda were recently featured in the Huffington Post, where they shared their journey of inventing the Gyro Bowl, from messy crackers to millions of sales. Read the full Huffington Post article.


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Remembering Chuck Foley: Co-Inventor of Twister and an Everyday Edison

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This morning our team was saddened to learn that Chuck Foley, co-inventor of the classic party game, Twister, has passed away at the age of 82. While Chuck is best known for his iconic contribution to pop culture, he was also a life-long inventor and holder of multiple patents. We had the pleasure of working with Chuck on one of his inventions during our very first season of Everyday Edisons.

Chuck came to us with an idea that ultimately became The P.O. Barx™ Shredding Dog, a militaristic toy geared toward children of men and women serving in the armed forces. As a father of ten who saw how impersonal communication was becoming with each technological advance, Chuck hoped to get kids back into the art of letter writing.

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Louis Foreman, CEO of Edison Nation and executive producer of Everyday Edisons, remembers Chuck fondly:

“Chuck loved to invent. I could see that the very first time I met him. He had a passion for discovery and figuring out ways to solve everyday problems or create joy. He had a youthful enthusiasm that was contagious. He will be missed.”

As an “Everyday Edison,” Foley wasn’t looking for the proverbial “second chance” or big paycheck — he just hoped to be able to make families and children smile again. We are honored to have had the opportunity to work with such a creative and beloved inventor. We send our deepest condolences to his family. Lights Up the Scene on Everyday Edisons

There’s a new addition to our office… but it’s not what you think! When production begins on Season 5 of Everyday Edisons, you’ll see new inventors, new innovations, a new office space (more on that to come!), and you’ll also see snazzy, new decor courtesy of our friends at

It’s the Anglepoise Giant 1227 Vermillion floor lamp to be exact – or just “Giant Orange” as we affectionately call it.

A huge thanks to for supporting our mission of bringing ideas to life – and sprucing up Edison Nation/Everyday Edisons HQ in the process!


Meet the EN Team: Larry DeLeon

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

A. Supervising Producer of Everyday Edisons. I have managed the TV show and video operations since November 2006.

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

A. I learn something new every day. We see such a variety of ideas, challenges, and projects that it never gets old.

Q3. What’s your favorite food?

A. Italian

Q4. What are 3 items you can’t live without?

A. Air conditioning, modern medicine and my computer.

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

A. A pilot

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

A. Richard Bramson

Q7. Who are you often told is your doppelganger?

A. Eric Clapton and Steven Spielberg

Q8. If your life had a soundtrack, what’s at least one song that would be on it?

A. Hotel California

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

A. 2006 office Christmas Party. Daniel Cordero and Michael Cable sumo wrestled in fat suits. Hilarious.

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

A. The combination of the integrated circuit and microchip. These led to modern computers, which increased the pace and progress of virtually every area of innovation, and made the ability to create and innovate accessible to everyone from governments to big companies, and the independent inventor.

Be sure to check back next month to meet another member of the Edison Nation/Everyday Edisons team.

Greg Bruce Update: Cardio Poles by Axersport HSN Debut

We have an exciting update on Everyday Edisons Season 4 inventor, Greg Bruce and his Cardio Air Tubes invention. We’re thrilled to share that Greg’s completed product, now known as “Cardio Poles by Axersport,” will debut on HSN this Tuesday, September 25 at 6:30am and 3:30pm ET, so be sure to tune in!

Several weeks ago, Greg came to Edison Nation HQ to film a television spot for Cardio Poles. Check out a few photos from the shoot below!

“Everyday Edisons” Season 5 Casting Call Weekend Recap

Over the weekend, our team flew in the 25 finalists who are up for a spot on Everyday Edisons Season 5 to audition their ideas in person. The inventors stood before judges Louis Foreman, creator of Everyday Edisons; Mindy Grossman, chief executive officer of HSN; Jon Dudas, president of FIRST and former director of the United States Patent & Trademark Office; and Carolyn Forte, director of home appliances, cleaning products, textiles and paper products at Good Housekeeping Magazine.

In addition to a great group of inventors and great presentations, the weekend included a Friday night welcome dinner; special guests such as Eggies® inventor, Betsy Kaufman and Gyro Bowl inventors and Everyday Edisons alums, Brad and Melinda Shepard; a Saturday afternoon wrap party; and a few impromptu inventor gatherings in the evenings from what we hear! ;)

If you weren’t able to watch the weekend’s live streaming sessions or follow the Twitter hashtag #EES5, visit this forum thread for photos and commentary, watch the behind the scenes and post-audition interview videos, and enjoy the slideshow below to get a look inside the fun-filled weekend!

Vote for your Season 5 Finalist “Fan Favorite”!

We’ve narrowed our Everyday Edisons Season 5 Casting Call down to just 25 finalists, and on September 14 & 15, the below inventors will visit us in Charlotte, NC to present their inventions before our panel of judges! While the fate of their selection lies solely in their audition — YOU can help determine which inventor is dubbed the Season 5 Finalist “Fan Favorite”!

How to vote:
Simply find the name of your favorite finalist below and click the link – this will take you to their personal bio page. At the bottom of their page, click the Facebook “LIKE” button and that’s it!

The inventor whose page receives the most “LIKES” will receive an Edison Nation prize pack, which includes a One-year Free Insider Membership and One year of Unlimited Free Edison Nation Live Product Search Submissions! Voting ends Friday, September 21 at 12pm ET.

Want to help your favorite inventor? Click on their name and vote now! Don’t have a favorite yet? Take a moment to read each inventor’s bio, then choose your pick! :)

 Everyday Edisons Season 5 Finalists

David Yakos

Location: Bozeman, MT

Professional background: Director of Creativity, Mechanical Engineer, and Co-Owner of product design firm Salient Technologies, Inc.

When did you begin inventing?
Even at the age of 5, I noticed the world I lived in was incomplete. I set out with vision and determination using construction paper and Popsicle sticks as my medium. I began to create a new world around me, building cardboard space ships, foot-powered cars and disposable paper shoes; I entered kindergarten as an inventor.

How did your idea come about?
I have tackled complex problems for NASA’s space program and come face-to-face with wild bears; but nothing prepared me for the challenge of parenting a toddler.  The inspiration for my invention came from parenting my 3 children: 5 years, 2.5 years, and 5 months old. The bane of parenting is the hopeless task of somehow getting the food from a dish into the mouth of a toddler.  There always seems to be something more exciting in the room than the life-sustaining nourishment sitting on a platter in front of them. Once the child finally discovers there is a bowl of blueberry oatmeal within their reach, they inevitably karate chop it, sending the colorful paste flying across the clean kitchen.  I needed a fun solution for everyday use that kept food where it belonged, captured the attention of the child, and included an easy way to store the uneaten food.

If you could build anything without any budget or other restrictions (other than your current idea), what would it be?
I have been able to develop and build some pretty fun things, but all had a purpose in industry. If I could build something where budget was no issue, just for fun, and the sake of education, it would be Leonardo DaVinci’s flying machine, glider, etc., and get them to the point where they could fly/function and make alternations if needed to actually work. 

Why do you think you should be an Everyday Edison?
I spend nearly every day of my life inventing solutions for common problems, working at what you define as an “Everyday Edison”. I do this because I am passionate about creativity and always want to invent a better world around me. I am rarely discouraged, but rather learn from prototype iterations which drive me to make better products.  I am named on many patents and developed hundreds of products for other people from lines of wheelchairs with worldwide distribution; award-winning, environmentally-friendly pet toys that boast indestructibility; breakthrough cryogenic valve technology highlighted in NASA Spinoff Magazine; a revolutionary cycling power meter called the iBike Dash that is now available at the Apple Store; sporting goods that were awarded product of the year in their industry to… my next invention.  On most projects I rent out my creativity to others. This time, I am excited to pursue a product of my own on Everyday Edisons!

Is there anything else you would like the inventor community to know about you?
Outside of the inventing world, I keep busy in the beautiful state of Montana living in a rustic log cabin on 8 acres with my wife and three kids. I love to garden, paint, climb mountain peaks, roast marshmallows with my kids, and fly fish in the beautiful wilderness around me.

See David’s post-audition interview: