For our November Inventor Spotlight, we’re highlighting David Pope! David has been an active Edison Nation member and Insider since 2013!
We wanted to get to know David a bit better to learn about his background and his EN experiences so far…
Where is your hometown?
Dunn, North Carolina. Interstate I-95 runs right beside it.
Where do you currently reside?
At the current moment, I am about two miles away from where I was raised. I am in the process of building a new house right beside my first home so I can help keep a better eye on my parents.
What is your professional background?
I am like a Jack of all trades, a farmer, a carpenter, a small engine and diesel mechanic, an equipment operator, a machinist and manufacturer…I’ve done a little bit of everything.
How did you initially hear about Edison Nation?
I started watching Shark Tank and I noticed Daymond John – I really liked what he had to say and how he carried himself. I wanted to learn more about him so I started doing research and that is when I came across Edison Nation.
Even with all the research I did on Edison Nation, it still took me nine months to submit my first idea. Over the years of working on inventions and ideas, I had spent a ton of money. I have had some bad dealings with companies so I didn’t trust anyone.
What sold me on the idea to submit to Edison Nation was Fox News. If it had not been for Fox News I would not be here today. It’s the only news media I trust!
Have you ever collaborated with another inventor(s) on a project? If so, how was that experience for you?
Yes, I have. It was not bad, but it was not good either. The saying that “nobody knows your invention better than you do” is true!
I found that detail and communications is very important and being honest sure goes along way.
What are some general industry trends you have noticed recently?
The explosion in technology and the high cost of getting a product on the market today are incredible.
Do you find that invention ideas come to you or do you have to go after them?
After being raised on a farm, I can say ideas come to me. I was always looking to make my job easier.
I have been blessed with the background and jobs I have had and I am always trying to learn more. I feel this has help me over the years with invention ideas.
What advice would you tell new members of the community?
Do not question if you are at the right company. You are at the right company at Edison Nation – never think twice.
Do not hesitate to ask questions because you’ve got the best of both worlds: the Edison Nation team and the Edison Nation community, and both are awesome!
I would advise against trying to create your own start-up and manufacturing a product on your own. It’s the hardest thing I ever did in life.
I will advise against spending the amount of money I have – roughly around a half million over the course of 35 plus years – but all still may not be lost, I am in the Open Search with a G5 on one of those ideas I have worked on all is still good for right now! Talk about patience! If this particular idea makes it to G8, it would not surprise me if it takes another four years to accomplish.
I like the KISS formula: “Keep It Simple Stupid.” If you keep this in mind you will have a better chance of success.
You’re quite active on the “Inspirational Quotes” forum thread – what is your favorite inventing quote?
My favorite inventing quote would be the quote I came up with:
“Those who look for a different tree to climb every day in life are the ones that are successful in life.”
I love all of the quotes – each and every one – but this one hits home to me.
What inspired you to start inventing?
I love looking at the engineering side of things: How does it work? How is it designed? I was raised on a farm and my father did carpenter work and built houses.
When did you come up with your first great idea?
When I was 14-years-old, I was working on a tractor and I thought of a way that would make my job easier.
You have been an EN member since 2013, can you provide us with some details around your experiences and journey to date?
After years of working with other companies, EN is to me the best place in the world to be working with as an inventor. As I said before, you got the best of both worlds here.
Any additional details you’d like to share?
As an inventor, a lot of my ideas has been focused on the military. As we celebrate Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving Day this month, I would like to take the time to say “Thank You” to all the men and women who have helped protect us from our enemies. To those who are serving abroad and those who are in uniform here at home I thank you. Without you we could not do what we do today. I love you and my heart goes out to you and your families.