Friday, May 30, 2008

Necessity Mothers Invention

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How A Simple Idea Makes A Difference

This is an inspiring story of a mother who got tired of asking her kids to, for their own sake, tone down the volume of whatever it was they were listening. Seeing that her shouting only hoarsened her throat and nothing else besides, she decided to do something more constructive. And how!

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Christine Ingemi, the 39-year-old mother from Amherst, New Hampshire, researched on ear buds that would refuse to increase the volume of sound beyond a certain safe level, never mind what the input volume coming from the sound system is. Concluding that there wasn't such a product available at all, she simply went ahead and invented one for her kids.

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The entrepreneur bug bit her, of course. Realizing that there was money to be made, she applied for a patent, floated a company, anointed herself its president, got a website designed to promote the product, showcased her product in invention contests, and went to market.

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The result? This mother's product has sold over one hundred thousand pieces all over US and Canada. The ear buds have won her the third prize in the "Modern Marvels Invent Now Challenge", 2007. Enthused by success, finally having located the perfect mantra that gives professional acclaim, respect and moolah rolled in one, she has her sights set on new inventions already!

Must be heavy reluctance, to leave aside the tasks of home-making, the dusting and the mopping, no? And to have to jet to exotic locales and stand at the podium and deliver keynote addresses to hundreds of peers, and to clink glasses with business honchos who want to know about one's next idea...? Do the kids miss their mom's shouting at them, or do they mind her being away for long durations? No, they must be lapping up all the attention their mother is getting on the TV! Imagine them bragging about it in school!

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We think inventing a new gadget or a widget or device is best left to the nerds or the geeks or the people who spend all their time in the libraries. You know, the ones who earn the creamiest scores in SAT and GRE and GMAT. Actually no, turns out that it is not the speed of the left brain's neural circuits that matters, but it is the creative idea of the right lobe that makes all the difference.

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Need not be as earth-shattering as creating electricity or designing the iPhone, too, in order to patent your invention and earn money. It could be as simple as designing lingerie for pregnant women, or designing a device that facilitates the mixing of a powder-form drug with a solution in a single syringe, or coming up with a better toothbrush... something that is so ingenious that nobody thought about it before!

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Wouldn't be surprised if one fine morning the news wires flash the press release about Ingemi Corporation, Christine's company, making an initial public offering, with the green shoe option please. Here's wishing you all the best, Christine! The point is that, if Christine can do it, so can you and I. All it takes is an idea, and belief in oneself.

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  1. Christine is definitely an inspirational story. How many people, when faced with something they feel should be improved, simply step away? It takes a person operating out of somewhere other than fear to follow through on making the world a better place.

    These days, people who with vision also need to generate the capital to have it come true. There are some philanthropic entities and caring companies left, perhaps, but if you want something good or right done, you have to have the courage to do it yourself.

    Congratulations, Christine and also to you, Sanjay, for bringing us her story.

  2. Hi there,

    I saw your most of blog post very interesting.i am Nick Robinson,a community member at Patents DOT Com(a comprehensive free patent search engine).Will like to talk(through email) to you,is this the right time to talk about or should we talk during weekends ?

    Nick Robinson