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?
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.
Several months ago, we shared with you our diligent efforts to eliminate counterfeit versions of our inventors’ products. Our first step, when becoming aware of these products, is always to contact the company and ask them to remove the items (and later move on to legal action if necessary. You can learn more about that here). Recently, a company in the Netherlands not only agreed to discontinue selling their counterfeit version of our Gyro Bowl, but also agreed to turn their inventory over to us for our disposal. We accepted their offer, however, instead of disposing of them, we decided to donate the bowls to a local charity in the company’s area. This will continue to be our practice going forward. Below see the group of sweet kids at Villa Parodes in the Netherlands enjoying their – ehrm – “Gyro Bowls.”
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!
As we embark on Season 4 of Everyday Edisons and continue casting for Season 5, we’re ecstatic to share an update on Season One inventors, Brad and Melinda Shepard, and their popular kid-proof Gyro Bowl®. If the 360 degree spinning inner-bowl wasn’t enough to prompt kids’ special requests, the new bowls featuring licensed Disney® characters will definitely seal the deal!
The Gyro Bowl is now available in four Disney characters: Cars™, Minnie Mouse™, the Disney Princesses™, and Toy Story™!