Our InvENtor Spotlight for June is on John Nelson! John has been a member of the Edison Nation community since 2011 and is an active Insider!
Where is your home town?
I was born in Astoria, NY and grew up in Levittown on Long Island.
Where do you currently reside?
We now live in Lake Ronkonkoma, NY
What is your professional background?
I presently am a self-employed Project Designer. I design and sell custom kitchens and baths that also include whole house renovations, think of Property Brothers TV show and that’s what I do.
How did you initially hear about Edison Nation?
I originally came about Edison Nation while doing a patent search, not sure exactly how we got connected, however it has been a blessing.
What inspired you to start inventing?
I started inventing when I was about 8 years old, working on stingray bicycles, by 10 years old we were combining parts from the old up wright lawn mowers and wash machine parts to create motor bikes, we were the Little Rascals of Long Island.
Do you find that invention ideas come to you or do you have to go after them?
I find that invention is mostly inspiration that arrives in my mind while am sleeping, however I see improvement in everything.
When did you come up with your first great idea?
It’s hard to date some of the first good ideas, they seem to evolve and even totally change, my home and garden is full of working prototypes that are very useful.
Have you ever collaborated with another inventor(s) on a project? If so, how was that experience for you?
My son has had some very good advice when designing and building prototypes, it’s always good to get other opinions from family.
What are some general industry trends you have noticed recently?
Some trends that inventors should pursue would include energy and time saving devices, anything that makes life a little easier. I’m rethinking safety gadgets now that I have twin grandbabies under my roof.
You have been an EN member since 2011, can you provide us with some details around your experiences and journey to date?
Edison Nation has been great, I have had three R8s, geez that is rough. I guess we need to slay a few dragons before you can marry the princess.
What advice would you tell others embarking on their own invention journeys?
Inventors are a strange breed, almost everyone thinks I’m nuts. My advice would be, don’t listen to the negative comments, keep on inventing and never ever quit. The best thing about inventing is the satisfaction when that invention really works, and perhaps we can make a little money.
What would you consider as your biggest failure and what did you learn from it?
I believe my biggest failure in life was not to finish college, a good education is priceless.
What are some other fun facts about yourself that you’d like to share with the EN community?
My family loves hiking, books on the beach, lots of gardening and now the grandbabies are a blast.