Entrepreneur / Inventor Exchange


Entrepreneur / Inventor Exchange

A forum for engineers who aspire to become inventor-entrepreneurs to learn the pitfalls of the business and the most likely paths to success.

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Ross Engineering - A Florida Civil Engineering Consulting Firm

Started by Robert Ross, P.E. Mar 7, 2015. 0 Replies

Thank you for accepting me into your website and forum. I am one of the founders and owners of Ross Engineering, a Florida civil engineering consulting firm. We started in 2003 and have slowly grown…Continue

Tags: storming, green, building, brain, innovation

Electrical engineer specializes in sensors needed for a project

Started by hugh Jul 13, 2014. 0 Replies

Hello All,I'm looking for an electrical engineer who is well versed with sensors to help put together a system.  I'm offering monetary compensation as well as partnership.  I'd appreciate any…Continue

Patent Valuation Group

Started by Roderick Whitfield Nov 2, 2013. 0 Replies

There is a "Patent Valuation"  Group  on linkedin.com that has some great content discussions even course details on Intellectual Property.Continue

Virtual Prototyping versus Physical Prototyping

Started by Roderick Whitfield Feb 13, 2012. 0 Replies

Patrick Dickerson is the owner of the  Animated Pixel atThe Animated Pixel  who is a virtual prototyper  in which vurtual prototyping has…Continue

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Comment by Chris on February 17, 2021 at 6:49am

In addition to the technical side of being an Inventor, there is the business side to be an entrepreneur.  There is nothing wrong with just enjoying investing things, but if you want to turn that into a business it takes a lot of skills that aren't taught in the engineering departments.  I have been the chair of a Texas angel group that funds startups for many years and we see 20-30 inventor presentations per month but only 3-4 per year are fundable businesses. My own company does complex CAE work such as CFD Consulting,FEA Consulting and Multibody Dynamics.  We work with some startups for helping make their products more robust. 

Comment by Mike Rother on April 27, 2020 at 10:42am

Just thought I'd put this out here...

If you could use an extra hand on a project. Let me know. I am using Autodesk Fusion 360 (Give it a try). I can step models out and/or provide PDF's of the old 2D drawings...

Or better yet, if you hear of an opportunity in the Denver area, pass this on.

I am a Product and Mechanical Designer. Much of my career is involved in computer aided design of components for the aerospace, transportation and medical device industries. I am also a US Navy veteran.

While working at United Launch Alliance (ULA) I supplied 3D CAD models from the engineering group to the tooling supplier enabling concurrent design of manufacturing tooling. I also designed a stage separation component test stand for the ordnance group to verify the engineering design.

I have also designed more than 450 FAA certified components for the Adam A500 aircraft. I find that wherever I have worked, I bring three key strengths to the table: CAD expertise, component design and invariably I have gained a reputation as the "GoTo" guy to support high value projects.

I have a passion for designing products that are making a positive impact on the environment.  On my personal time I have designed concepts for environmentally friendly, modular lawn and garden power equipment.

I am looking for a position that uses my skills, experiences and passion for product design to support your engineering group.

And one more thing, I am really good as getting projects and products ready for manufacturing.

Thank you for taking a look at this.

Comment by Roderick Whitfield on September 6, 2012 at 7:06pm

Please visit my website for interesting inventor and entrepreneur information

International Society Of Product Design Engineers/Entrepreneurs  ISPDEE

and if you need prototype parts for your invention or make a model visit,

Small Parts.Com

Comment by Roderick Whitfield on September 4, 2012 at 8:18pm

E-Factor social Platform can help entrepreneurs get their designs to market, if you're a designer, inventor and entrepreneur thsi might be a great source to get your project to product on the market;

Comment by Roderick Whitfield on July 21, 2012 at 12:13pm

Kickstarter.com ,Indiegogo.com , Mission Small Business , Kiva.org  could help inventors and entrepreneurs with trying find funding, 

Do  you know of any other links that are crowd funding type etc.? please comment about them to network to help others,

Comment by Roderick Whitfield on June 20, 2012 at 12:49pm

You can Use several source to get your Patented Product to Market:

KickStarter.comKickStarter.com or Mission Small BusinessMission Small Business or to raise capital to develop your Business, Product or Service!

Comment by Paul Lloyd on December 9, 2011 at 4:10am

Many thanks to everyone for your comments.  Life is indeed fraught with difficulties.

Neil.  You are absolutely right; it’s all guesswork and supposition, even if I used the right base figures.  Obviously I’m enchanted with my invention but there is no market research to support my projections.  Without knowledge one is left with belief only, however I do not believe I am so beguiled as to have totally lost touch with reality.  I know I’ve got a winner, but what to do next is a problem, I don’t have the funds to develop to production by myself, so I will be forced to trade-off.  I feel that finding the right partner is the key here.

Curt.  Thanks for the lead.  Sorry I won’t be able to afford the trip to the show, or the give-aways, unless I get the right partner.

Roderick.  Scary stuff.  What is the little guy to do?  Again I see having the right partner is essential.  I’m forced to accept that I need help, in return for vastly diminished income.

Thanks again everyone.

Comment by Roderick Whitfield on December 8, 2011 at 6:40pm

What is the the usual outcome after one has to file an enfringement...

You can visit this site on a helpful article that discusses the possibilities and subsequent outcomes after you have been enfringed and filed suit. The America Invents act has many disadvantage to small disadvantaged inventors competing with large companies with large legal budgets to exhaust the independent little guy, that is  why documentation is to your advantage such as bridging intellectual property matter such as patents, trade-secret and know how because patents do expire plus your invention should look and do just as your claims specify in the patent grant, if its granted. 

Comment by Niel Leon on December 8, 2011 at 4:08pm


You have stated that the product is unique. Being the first of its kind with no direct competitor is something investors do not like. There is no way to validate your potential market. 

Yes, you can get investors, but you will have to give up a significant share of the company for the risk that they are going to take.

As for your market size numbers you really need to do some homework. According to the numbers on Wikipedia the world population is approaching 7B with the USA, Canada and the top five countries in Europe having on the something over 630M.

For initial investors you really need to focus on one country and one market place. You home country of NZ has 4.4M people.

Even with these population numbers how do you validate the market at 1 in 100 families or even 4.3 people per family. How many could you sell to in NZ?

I live in a building in the USA with approximately 150 families. None of us would need or want one, since we do not have a street to sweep.


Comment by Paul Lloyd on December 7, 2011 at 8:54pm


It's a well known fact that mechanical engineers can't spell.


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