Our first InvENtor Spotlight for 2017 features Laura Anderson! Laura has been a member of the Edison Nation community since 2011 and she’s an active Insider!
Where is your home town?
Where do you currently reside?
What is your professional background?
I’m currently co-owner of a pottery studio. I’ve also done medical billing for about 20 years.
How did you initially hear about Edison Nation?
I first heard about Edison Nation on Quirky.
What are some general industry trends you have noticed recently?
I’m a huge fan of technology. I’ve noticed the shift to clean energy. I’m a fan of Elon Musk and what he is doing with homes and automobiles.
Big data is also moving along to help automation in many things from customer service to artificial intelligence.
Do you find that invention ideas come to you or do you have to go after them?
They come to me usually; I can get a few at once or none at all for months at a time.
What advice would you tell newcomers to the innovation scene?
It sounds cliche, but don’t give up. I remember in the beginning I would find products out there that were just like my idea, and I thought there was no room for new ideas. You definitely have to have patience, some get it on their first try, others on try #562.
Make sure you do your research thoroughly before you start prototyping or begin the patenting process.
Be prepared for disappointment and setbacks, lots of it.
You will go through all of the emotions including happiness, sadness, anger, maybe even resentment. Just know that it’s all temporary.
If being an inventor is what you truly want, you will have to persevere, politely. Every part of it is a learning experience that is preparing you to achieve your ultimate goal, a successful product!
What inspired you to start inventing?
When I found out I was going to become a mother.
When did you come up with your first great idea?
I think I was about 12. It was a nose warmer because it gets so cold in New York in the winter and your hands and nose suffer.
What do you consider to be your biggest fail and what did you learn from it?
I had created a website and life happened. I wasn’t able to successfully launch. I had dumped a bunch of money into it (not easy for a single mom) and it took over a year to build. The reason it took so long to build is because the first software engineer I had wasn’t very good and the second had to fix all the errors from the first one.
What did I learn?
A ton! I found a wonderful software engineer the second time around (who I will definitely be using in the future). I learned the basics of what goes into website creation and time frames for specific functions.
You have been an EN member since 2011, can you provide us with some details around your experiences and journey to date?
I don’t even know where to start! From the supportive members and employees to the information, Edison Nation has been a fantastic resource to learn and chat with some great people. I love reading Roger’s tips and EN blog posts. I would post some ideas then leave for a few months but I always come back to EN when I get more ideas, though now I’m more selective. Trying to avoid the dreaded R4! 😉
What are some other fun facts about yourself that you’d like to share with the EN community?
I like making homemade kombucha, kefir and bread. I’m currently trying to grow tropical fruit trees in my yard, only three survived out of 20.