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Meet the EN Team: Chris Root

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

A. I am a web developer. In a nutshell, my job involves maintaining, creating new features, and fixing any issues that arise for websites created and run by Edison Nation.

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

A. I’d have to say that it’s a toss up between the environment and the challenges that I encounter every day. The environment here at Edison Nation is phenomenal, as are the people. Whether you want a caffeine free Diet Cherry Coke from the Coca-Cola Freestyle® machine or a pleasant conversation, you can always count on both. Also, to me, it’s important to have a position that challenges me. I’ve had a couple “easy” jobs and the monotony is dreadful. I want a job that makes me think, allows me to learn, and is constantly changing, allowing me to do new things. I get all of those working here at Edison Nation.

Q3. If you could only wear one color for the rest of your life, what would it be?

A. I’d have to go with blue. I have blue eyes and people always tell me to wear blue. No other reason for this other than people telling me. :)

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

A. Sandals, iPad (or Macbook), and a basketball. I wear sandals whenever I physically can, I’m a tech junkie so I love my toys, and basketball has and always will be my favorite sport.

Q5. Betty or Veronica?

A. Not a clue. Do I have to answer all of these questions!? HAHA!

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

A.  Neil Armstrong. He seems like an extremely nice, caring guy and I’d love to relive the day he stepped foot on the moon. I can’t imagine a moment like that and I bet the look back to earth is amazing.

Q7. What are the 3 things on your bucket list?

A. Own a home with a wrap-a-round porch and big yard, learn to box, do my best to make my mom happy (sounds sappy but she’s a big part of my life and important to me).

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

A. “Retrospect for life” by Common featuring Lauryn Hill

Q9. What is one of your favorite quotes?

A. I’m actually going to give two: The first is from Jim Valvano because I think the speech he gave at the 1993 ESPY Awards was one of the greatest speeches of all time…

“Don’t give up, don’t ever give up.”

It’s short but powerful. The second quote is more of a humorous one from Bobby Knight…

“When my time on earth is gone, and my activities here are past, I want them to bury me upside down, and my critics can kiss my ass.”

By the way, it’s not a coincidence that they’re both sports related. I’m a huge sports fan, so that came naturally.

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

A. I was going to say the internet, but I’ll take that further and say high-speed internet. Could you imagine if we were still using dial-up nowadays?


Stay tuned for next month’s “Meet the EN Team” where you’ll meet another member of our staff!

Troy Smalley & Mark Viau Reach “G8″ in our ASOTV Search!

Exciting news for two more of our Edison Nation community members! Congratulations to Troy Smalley & Mark Viau; their  idea has reached “G8″ status in our As Seen On TV (ASOTV) search! Below learn more about Troy and Mark and how their idea came about!

In March of 2010, Troy Smalley was studying to receive his master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, when he was tasked with a school project to develop a product. As he tried to think of an idea to complete the assignment, Troy recalled an act that many parents must perform when feeding their young children – one he’d experienced many times with his own daughter – and thought to himself, “There has to be a better way…”  Troy successfully developed the product for his assignment, and realizing he was on to something, began selling it online. Despite overcoming the hurdle of development, Troy still needed assistance with licensing and marketing the product, so when he met fellow entrepreneur, Mark Viau, in December 2011, the two decided to join forces and submit the idea to our As Seen On TV search. Our team saw great potential in the product and now look forward to working with Troy and Mark to take it to the next level!

Please join us in congratulating Troy Smalley and Mark Viau on this exciting success!

Molly Sims Wants to See Your Ideas for Moms

Molly Sims, actress, host and entrepreneur, well known for NBC’s hit TV series Vegas, and recently as host of Lifetime’s TV series Project Accessory, is going to be a new mom very soon. To go along with her expanding family, she’s also expanding her brand and partnering with Edison Nation to find the best, stylish and most helpful product ideas for moms, moms-to-be and their babies.

Molly has great style and loves to help other women look and feel beautiful – even while juggling business and baby – so keep that in mind while inventing the ‘Next Big Thing’. What products would be helpful for new or soon-to-be moms?

Watch the video below to hear from Molly what she hopes to find through this innovative search, then submit your idea today! Your invention could end up with Molly Sims, and on store shelves nationwide.

Six Exciting “G8s” in our Medical Innovation Fund Search!

Today, we’re pleased to share with you that not one… not two… but EIGHT of your fellow community members (and six ideas!) have been selected to move forward in our Medical Innovation Fund search! Read below to learn a little about the faces behind our newest “G8″ successes, then join us in congratulating each of them on this exciting step toward success!

Patrick Ottuso & Vincent Sneider
A dermatologist in Vero Beach, FL., Patrick Ottuso is married to his high school sweetheart and is the father of two daughters. In 2007, like many, Patrick was moved by the terrible attacks that took place at Virginia Tech University, so he channeled his concern into inventing – designing a safety device for personal use. A few years later, Patrick was shown an article by a friend and fellow inventor, which discussed the use of feminine hygiene products to aid injured soldiers in Afghanistan. Feeling strongly that there should be something more available to them, an idea was born and the two began collaborating on the product’s development. Getting on in years, however, Patrick’s friend decided to turn his responsibilities over to his son, Vincent Sneider. Vincent picked up where his father left off, and together the two have created a product that has great potential for use in both military and civilian venues.

Cory Carter
With a background in the orthopaedic device industry, and as a former athlete and inventor – having developed a baby/toddler product with his wife – it was only a matter of time before Cory Carter would meld his experiences to create a medical innovation. Cory’s athletic days resulted in several injuries and thirteen surgeries over the years. Gaining a keen insight into the rehab and recovery process, Cory noticed a particular discomfort when he slept that not only disrupted his sleep, but also had the potential to prolong the recovery process, so he decided to create a solution. Cory submitted his idea to Edison Nation, where our team saw the same potential in the idea and have now selected it to move forward!

Larry Blazek
Larry Blazek has worked in the graphic design field for 31 years, though he recalls an interest in inventing dating back to ages 3 or 4 years old, when he would tinker with things and take them apart. At age 37, with Prostate Cancer running in the family and at the urging of his wife, Kathy, Larry began undergoing regular screenings (despite the recommended age being 50 years old) – he received a positive diagnosis on his 44th birthday. Larry was placed on a catheter for three weeks following surgery, which introduced him to a deficiency in current devices and sparked the idea for a new innovation. Larry was able to come up with a viable solution, however, he continuously ran into one problem – most companies were looking for a commercially viable product – not a specialty medical device like his. That’s when a friend told Larry about the Medical Innovation Fund search through Edison Nation. Larry submitted his idea and caught the attention of our team!


Mark & Ron Bilak
Both holding backgrounds in electrical engineering, father and son Ronald and Mark Bilak routinely invented separately, though in 2005 began inventing together. Back problems have always persisted in their family, so when a particularly notable episode occurred for Mark, the two decided to put their innovative thinking skills to the test. Ron and Mark created a product to aid those like themselves who suffer from back issues and together submitted the idea to our Medical Innovation Fund search, where it will now move forward with the potential for development!


Tim Hayes
Lakewood, OH resident, Tim Hayes’ first invention was a “quick seed planter” he created in middle school. Tim later studied and earned a BFA in Industrial Design, a major he chose to help him one day create his own inventions and ideas. Aspiring to invent full-time, Tim continually sought out opportunities to invent new things, so when his mom who is a nurse, gave him one of her personal medical devices to test out and see if he could find ways to improve upon it, he did just that, coming with a great new innovation that is now moving forward in our Innovation Fund process!


Mogie Pillay
Born in Durban, South Africa, Mogie Pillay left during the apartheid era 25 years ago to settle in Auckland, New Zealand with his wife and two kids. There, he works as a Civil Engineer for a small Engineering Consultancy. Tinkering with classic and vintage cars most of his life, Mogie often adapted tools and parts to suit the demands of the job, marking his first steps into the world of invention. When it comes to his medical innovation, Mogie initially intended for it to make a routine domestic chore easier –  but the direction soon changed. His wife, an infection preventionist, shared the issues of bug transmission with him, and upon examining outbreaks like SARS, Avian Flu, and H1N1, Mogie quickly realized that his invention would be a useful tool in the fight against these and “healthcare-acquired infections.” Mogie submitted his great idea to our Medical Innovation Fund search, and now our team looks forward to moving it forward toward development!

Jason Watson Moves Forward in the Innovation Fund Process!

Today, we’re excited to announce a new success for one of our EN community members! Please join us in congratulating Jason Watson on the selection of his idea from the “Pet Category” of our Innovation Fund searches!

About Jason Watson

Working in sales throughout most of his career, it was Jason Watson’s love for pets, dogs in particular, that launched him into the world of inventing. Coming up with his first idea in 2006, Jason created a dog collar made of a non-pourous polymer, which he named “The Original All Style, No Stink” collar. From there,  Jason decided to dive into the business of pet accessories full-time by launching his own company, the Dublin Dog Co., a website selling dog collars, leashes, toys, and tags.

It was an unexpected incident in the car, however, resulting in a quick tumble and an injured chin for Jason’s German Shepard puppy that led him to invent a device to prevent a similar situation from occurring again and keep dogs safe in cars. Jason took initial steps to pursue his idea, naming the device a name and even obtaining a patent, however, still needed assistance moving the product forward.


I simply never had the time, energy, or resources to get this product off the ground, said Jason. I came across Edison Nation one day and I noticed there was a pet innovation fund, so I entered my idea on a whim.

Jason’s quick decision paid off, with our team selecting his idea to move forward into our Concept Research Phase. There, we will further research the landscape of his idea to work toward bringing it to store shelves!

When asked what else he would like the Edison Nation community to know about him, Jason shared:

“The wonderful thing for me about this entire process was that it came about out of a need, as most products on the market today come about. As such, I became so passionate about this idea and the process of inventing that everything I began to think about revolved around pets, specifically dogs. It was because of this one incident that my entire life changed. I quit a well paying job in the hi-tech marketing field to begin making products for dogs full-time, yet never in my life had I untapped that side of my brain. Once I did, it was as if I had opened the faucet to a stream of creativity and unconventional thinking that I had not fully realized. While I never had the time or resources to take this initial idea to market due to all of the new areas in my life, it was this particular event and passion project that has led me down the path to where I am today.”

Congratulations, Jason! We look forward to working with you as you continue down that path!

May #InventChat: How to Turn a Million Dollar Idea Into a Million Dollars

It’s time for our May #InventChat tweet chat! This month we’re hosting a special “National Inventors Month” edition with Edison Nation CEO, Louis Foreman. Louis will share his expert tips on the topic “How to Turn a Million Dollar Idea Into a Million Dollars,” and as always, will be available to take your questions all hour long.

The chat will take place Tuesday, May 8 from 2-3pm ET. Be sure to follow @EdisonNation, @LouisForeman, and of course, use the hashtag #InventChat to participate.

Learn more about our monthly #InventChat here.

See you there!


Justin Elledge Receives “G8″ in ASOTV Search!

We have some of our favorite kind of news to share today. Please join us in congratulating member, Justin Elledge! His idea from our As Seen On TV (ASOTV) 2011, Quarter 3 search has reached “G8″ status and will be developed by one of our ASOTV partners!

Meet Justin Elledge:

Growing up in Costa Mesa, CA., Justin Elledge’s love for inventing has provided him with no shortage of exciting opportunities! Like famous inventors, Thomas Edison and Dean Kamen, Justin studied Industrial Arts in high school, where he acquired skills in welding, machinery, woodworking, drafting, and electronics. In the 1980’s, Justin developed a wood model sculpture company, which focused on building exotic wood model cars. Later, Mattel, Inc. took notice of Justin’s work and hired him to build Hot Wheels® and Barbie® parts for production. Justin’s wood models received additional accolades and attention, being featured in Road and Track Magazine and one particular model, a Satellite Tracking Station that was being proposed to the Vatican for a worldwide television network, was presented to the Pope in 1985.

Today, Justin teaches Industrial and Product Design at the Art Center College of Design – Ground Zero. A self-professed “serial inventor,” Justin has conceptualized 40-50 products, including the commercially developed Wonderweight, a hand-held exercise device currently in use by Major League Baseball for training and rehabilitation.

As a constant idea person, it was only natural that an annoyance Justin experienced when getting in and out of bed during the night became an instant “ah-ha” moment. Justin submitted his idea to our ASOTV search, and after several months of research and testing, Justin’s product can now be added to his list of accomplishments as it moves forward into development.

Congratulations, Justin! We look forward to continuing our work with you and can’t wait to see where this product takes you!

National Inventors Month Giveaways All May Long!

May is National Inventors Month and today marks the first day of our month-long celebration here at Edison Nation! We love helping to bring our community’s products to life and to thank you we have some cool giveaways to help you invent more ideas!

We think a lot of inventors, whether those from the past whose creativity has shaped our world today, or our current inventor community, who we fully believe will change the way we do things in the future!  To commemorate this special month and celebrate what it means to be an inventor, we’re giving away some great prizes throughout the month of May! Connect with us in the social space for chances to win all month long!

Is National Inventors Month important to you? Tell us about it! Tag us in a Facebook post about why you think National Inventors Month is important, and you’ll automatically be entered into our daily prize drawings throughout the month of May for a chance to win:

– A free submission good for any Edison Nation Live Product Search
– A copy of “The Independent Inventors Handbook” signed by its author (our CEO) Louis Foreman
– A 3-month Insider Membership.
– A chance to be dubbed “Inventor of the Week” and have your photo, along with your winning post shared on our timeline!

This one’s for all of our Inventweeps! ;) Simply create a tweet completing the statement #IfICouldInvent… with your own thoughts! Responses can be funny, practical, or whatever you like! Be creative! All respondents will be entered into our daily Twitter drawings to win one of the following prizes:

– A free submission good for any Edison Nation Live Product Search
– A copy of “The Independent Inventors Handbook” signed by the author (our CEO) Louis Foreman
– A 3-month Insider membership.

P.S. Want to share the news about National Inventors Month? The official hashtag is #InventorsMonth! Plus, don’t forget to follow @EdisonNation!


On Google+? Add us to your circle in the month of May; it’s as simple as that! On May 31, we’ll randomly select one lucky winner to receive a 6-month Insider membership!


Have you caught pinning fever? So have we! :) Follow our pinboards on Pinterest and repin one (or more) of our pins. On May 31, we’ll draw one winner to receive a 6-month Insider membership. Each repin increases your chance to win – so pin away!

Happy National Inventors Month!!

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Even if you don’t have an invention idea right now you can still join Edison Nation for free and learn from our community why were the trusted source for bringing product ideas to market.

Meet the EN Team: Rich Holmes

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

A. My primary role is Assistant General Counsel, but I’m also responsible for handling our inventor relations.  As Assistant GC, I do whatever Chris Clark, EN’s General Counsel, tells me to do.  I’m usually involved with every legal document that comes through the building, from drafting licensing agreements, confidentiality agreements, master agreements for our Live Product Searches, and even the legal agreement that governs our use of the Coca-Cola® Freestyle machine.  I also oversee our intellectual property infringement program that identifies counterfeit products in the marketplace and initiating the appropriate action against the infringing party.  In terms of handling EN’s inventor relations, I’m in regular contact with our inventors who have licensed products to keep them up to date on the status of their invention, and I also respond to all support site and telephone inquiries for members having technical difficulties or who are just getting introduced to EN. So not much, really. ;)

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

A. It seems like everyone who is asked this question invariably says the people and that’s the obvious answer for me as well, but I think a more complete answer is the anticipation and excitement of what the people here are going to achieve together. What is truly inspiring about working here is building something with a talented group of creative, hard-working individuals who have invested in the vision of our company. The best part is knowing that we are on the verge of exploding on a global scale and that I’m going to have a front row seat when it happens.

Q3. What’s your favorite food?

A. My mother’s chicken cordon bleu.

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

A. A comfy pair of flip flops, my MacBook, and my Clinique face soap (I have really sensitive facial skin and it never leaves me feeling tight or dry).

Q5. What’s on your DVR right now?

A. My 3-year old son, Thomas, probably knows the list better than I do. Dozens of “Thomas the Train,” “Curious George,” “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” episodes, and NASCAR races (he likes the M&M’s car), and for the grown-ups “The Office” and “East Bound and Down.”

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

A. Will Ferrell

Q7. What are 3 things on your bucket list?

A. Become a certified yoga instructor, train for and participate in an MMA fight, and attend a full Ryder Cup tournament on foreign soil with an American flag draped around my shoulders (the second and third ones could happen simultaneously).

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

A. “Stronger” by Kanye West

Q9. What is one of your favorite quotes?

A. “If we chase perfection – we can catch excellence.”  –Vince Lombardi

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

A. The Internet. The speed at which information is shared around the world is remarkable when you compare where we were just 100 years ago with the horse and buggy method.  Also, the variety of information you can stumble upon is equally as amazing. Just the other night I was working on a school project with my son about panthers, Googling different information about where panthers live (he learned what “habitat” means) and looking at different pictures. Ten minutes later we’re watching YouTube videos of different breeds of dogs giving birth to puppies. Crazy.

Stay tuned for next month’s installment of “Meet the EN Team” where you’ll meet another member of the Edison Nation crew!

Boy Scouts of America Innovation Challenge Ends May 7

Time is winding down on our Boy Scouts of America Innovation Challenge! Do you know a young inventor, age 7-21, with great ideas? Don’t let him or her miss out on this exciting opportunity. Or maybe you’re a young inventor yourself. If so, what are you waiting for? Get inventing! :) For the ideas chosen from this search, Edison Nation will invest up to $1 million to develop and make those ideas real products on store shelves!

We know – Getting started is always the hardest part. That’s why together with Boy Scouts of America, we’ve put together this Kickstarter Guide to help get your ideas flowing and you on your way to success.

Once you’ve worked through the guide and have your great ideas ready to go, head over to edisonnation.com/boyscouts and submit them before the search closes on May 7 at 11:59pm PST.

Still want to know more? Watch the video below, then don’t procrastinate – innovate!