April – InvENtor Spotlight

April – InvENtor Spotlight

Where is your home town? 

Glen Ridge, NJ.  My childhood home is coincidentally less than 2 miles from Thomas Edison’s home and lab!

Where do you currently reside? 

Montville, NJ (30 miles west of Manhattan) 

What is your professional background? 

I was a teacher and have been a stay at home mom for about six years.  I have no formal experience in the inventing world, just desire and the will to learn.

How did you initially hear about Edison Nation? 

I read a news article online which touted EN as a reputable company and I have been hooked ever since! 

What inspired you to start inventing? 

I went to a top business school in NYC, but I transferred out after the first year. I always wanted to return to those roots, but it took me a long time to realize that I really loved being on the creative end instead, thinking of products and ideas in the nooks and crannies of my day.  It is exciting really! I do consider myself an inventor (of sorts!) now and won’t ever give this up. 

Do you find that invention ideas come to you or do you have to go after them? 

I work in creative spurts and when I can as I have three small children. The great thing about EN is that you can work on your sparks, keep up with the blogs or finalize your submissions at any time as it is all online and so simple.  It is long day over here so if I have any energy left around 10pm or 11pm, I log in to EN to unwind and be inspired.

When did you come up with your first great idea? 

I am not an inventor by birth, like many inventors I run into on the forums. I was in my thirties when my first idea hit. Bigger and better ideas have just kept coming since. I actually chuckle when I think about how shortsighted my first idea was.

Have you ever collaborated with another inventor(s) on a project? If so, how was that experience for you? 

I have not but would welcome the opportunity! 

What are some general industry trends you have noticed recently? 

The inventor demographic is changing.  Companies are looking at anyone with an outstanding new idea – moms, kids, seniors, etc. 

How long have you been a member of Edison Nation?  

I have been a member since 2014. It has fulfilled a need for me as I am a dreamer! I hope to commit to this a little more as my children grow. Now I am looking forward to Insider feedback as a missing link to be able to take my ideas to the next level. 

Can you provide us with some details around your experiences and journey to date? 

Two years after I joined EN and my first submissions, my middle son was diagnosed with Leukemia. Words can’t describe what we went through as a family.  Thankfully he responded very well though it would be a long three-year treatment. We were pretty much homebound the first year, but I still wanted to invent and dream even though I was very busy as a caretaker.  My husband was working so much but he literally gave me ten minutes of his workday one day so I could shoot a submission video.  When I played it back later that night, I realized my son was sleeping in the background! I submitted that video and idea to two searches because it was the only chance I had during that time in my life. 

To be able to show my children that you can still dream and work towards your goals no matter what your circumstance is invaluable to me. I am forever grateful to EN for the ongoing opportunity. My son is now six years old and is doing fantastic.  He is an inspiration and a warrior, one month left of chemo medication!  

What advice would you tell others embarking on their own invention journeys? 

I think it is like anything, the more you practice, the better you get. I have submitted a bunch of times and having gotten to the finalist stage is just the amount of fuel I need to stay positive and encourage myself to keep trying for G8! Don’t get fixed on just one idea, you really do get better as you go along. Also, getting valuable, objective feedback as an Insider is something to consider as you move forward in your journey. 

What would you consider as your biggest failure and what did you learn from it? 

I remember having an idea and seeing a very similar product years later on the ASOTV shelf.  The product on the shelf was the perfect form and I remember thinking that if I had really looked at my idea from all angles, I could have come up with it.  

What are some other fun facts about yourself that you’d like to share with the EN community? 

My family and I love to go to the lake in the summer, have dance parties and hike.  Being together enjoying the small moments of life is the most important thing for me. 

2 Comments April – InvENtor Spotlight

  1. Derrick James

    Hello Cristina, I really enjoyed reading your story. Great inspiration to pursue your dreams no matter your circumstances. Great message. All the best to your son as he battles leukemia, and all the best to you with your invention ideas.

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