Our InvENtor Spotlight for July is on Veronica Rodriguez! Veronica has been a member of the Edison Nation community since 2012 and is an active Insider!
Where is your home town?
I grew up in the Bay Area, California.
Where do you currently reside?
I currently live in Fremont, California. Elon Musk has his Tesla factory here.
Fremont is minutes away from Silicon Valley.
What is your professional background?
I have degrees in Psychology and Liberal Studies. I currently work at a preschool.
How did you initially hear about Edison Nation?
I heard about Edison Nation from another community member. She sent me an invitation.
What inspired you to start inventing?
I was inspired to start inventing while reading Entrepreneur magazine. An invention company had been featured. I thought to myself–I have ideas. So I started submitting them. To my surprise, my product idea was chosen. Although it was never manufactured, it motivated me to submit to companies.
Do you find that invention ideas come to you or do you have to go after them?
Ideas usually come to me. It’s helpful to have a notebook on hand when that aha moment comes.
When did you come up with your first great idea?
I came up with my first idea in 2011.
Have you ever collaborated with another inventor(s) on a project? If so, how was that experience for you?
Yes, I have collaborated with other inventors. It was a great experience. We have a product launching soon. I’m definitely excited about that.
What are some general industry trends you have noticed recently?
I have noticed that open innovation is alive in the kitchen industry.
You have been an EN member since 2012, can you provide us with some details around your experiences and journey to date?
My first submission to Edison Nation was an R7. I received an R8 last year. Moving through the stages is always a fun experience.
What advice would you tell others embarking on their own invention journeys?
Surround yourself with like-minded people.
Participate in invention forums, listen to podcasts, watch YouTube videos about bringing inventions to market, read as much as possible-books, magazines, blogs etc.
Stephen Key and Andrew Krauss have a lot of information online. Stephen Key has a book, “One Simple Idea.”
I highly recommend listening to Brendon Burchard. He also has a book called “High Performance Habits.”
Roger Brown also has a very informative book, “Common Sense Inventing.”
Never give up!
What are some other fun facts about yourself that you’d like to share with the EN community?
I hope to one day volunteer my time at an orphanage. I love kids.
Volunteering is my purpose.
Inventing is my passion.