Quirky.com: another crowdsourcing invention site

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Hey all. If you have great ideas and don’t want to wait until the next LPS, you can pitch them over at Quirky.com. Yes, it costs $99, but each week, there are on average 30 submissions, and one of them gets chosen to be developed. And if it is your idea that gets chosen, you can make around 10% of sales if it goes into production (after about 600-700 get preordered by the community).

I am the inventor of Monster Pong (Season 2) and also had my idea chosen by Spencer’s (in EN’s first LPS), and I am STILL waiting for either to be up for purchase. :(

But at Quirky.com, one of my designs (for an IPad case) is currently going into production, and an invention of mine (The Wrapster, an earphone cord management device) is 200 presales away from production, all within 2 months of my pitches. They move fast over at Quirky! Check out Quirky and The Wrapster here: http://snipurl.com/umhwy

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Yes Paul, I let them know..they said they are always looking at ways to make the system better. You have to do your homework, been ripped off in the past, so I look at thing a little differently now.

posted January 15, 2011 17:12 (
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Hi Carlos:

Wow. Looks like you do your ‘homework’. Have you let quirky know how you feel about their process? They’re probably always looking for ways to make it better, just like EN

posted January 15, 2011 15:51 (
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Hey Paul,

Yeah they did, but in my opinion, 1 week is not enough time to have your product evaluated properly when your relying only of members to evaluate and they have to go through 100 plus submission, even with the random order in place your lucky to even make it in the top 10 page, I even went as far is to send out over 50 private messages to members, to let me know what they thought of my product, I wasn’t looking for votes, just one’s honest opinion…how many replied??? ZEROLOL

posted January 15, 2011 15:22 (
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hey carlos-

looks like quirky changed the way new submissions are viewed and voted on

now they’re in random order

posted January 15, 2011 09:33 (
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Excellent Job Matt in regards to your success on both sites! Its stories like yours that keep me going!

I’ve also submitted to Quirky. The cost was $10. It was a frenzy of an experience to say the least. Everything happens so quickly in the week that you are given to impress your peers! Since then, I’ve enjoyed remaining an active member of the quirky community.

I found that Quirkeys upside was the ability to read the thoughtful comments left regarding your invention idea. That and being able to see what you’re “up against” for that particular search, gave it a bit of excitement that built and built as the week progressed.

I was however uncomfortable putting my idea right out there for everyone to see. Having been told from the beginning to “keep everything secret”, or to always get a signed disclosure agreement. These well intended warnings are to protect us from others stealing our idea… Knowing that, it was hard for me to hit the submit button. But in the end, the pull of such a different system was enough for me give it a try ~

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I’ve used Quirky a couple of months ago and I liked it, but the evaluation process is flawed, I believe it only cost $10 to submit now….Even though I got some votes in on my Ipad case, it was not enough….it was obvious not enough members saw it, and especially if your product is in the back of the list of 100 submissions, I think by the end of the week my design made it to page 15, that is still a far cry from the 1st page, where most people get there votes in….I will in the near future submit what I have already submitted only when the voting process is fixed.

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I have no problem telling anyone about how I collect the money. Once your account hits $75 for payout you can “cash in”. I do it about 2-3 times a month. The first direct deposit came in for $1,200 when they shipped the first 1500 (I might be off on the first round of shipment, I can’t remember) when it hit the shelf at quirky…then it trickles in and BTW, its FOREVER (perpetual) so as long as the product sells, I get paid. Helps me to continue to invent! :)

posted January 13, 2011 08:50 (
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Hi Andrea…

Since you already volunteered that you “made” $3968.86 on that one Quirky item , I don’t feel like I am prying to ask…Have you gotten the money in your hand yet? and if so, was it one check, or bits and pieces (which is fine , just curious). I realize that it is a new-ish business model. I am interested in their process to be able to turn money around so quickly.

Thanks for sharing.:)

posted January 13, 2011 08:47 (
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I agree, but it is nice to dream!

posted January 13, 2011 07:03 (
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Hey Chester the Cat!! Yes, I remember! Hey millions would be nice but probably not that common! :)

posted January 13, 2011 06:58 (
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We think alike Andrea. I have talked to you at GC last week (I am Chester Cat). I have only been at those two sites for a couple of weeks. They were the only two I could find. I am into higher priced items so far with bigger profit margins, but have no problems with making millions on simpler ideas. lol I like that they actually paid you at Q.

posted January 13, 2011 06:35 (
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Gary, quirky has developed some tools (a cool swiss army knife that has everything) so I think it has a shot. GeniusCrowds.com is another site that I have had success with. I just won (one of 6) the kitchen search and it should be going to prototyping in the next month (hopefully). I think for everyone on these sites, my advice is to not put your eggs in one basket! I love EN, have gone G7 to end up with an R7 many many times, it’s ok, as I learned that they liked my idea’s and felt they were worthy of presenting.

I wish I had a license with EN, but that’s why I go to other sites to try my ideas out. I also won last weeks product 85 at quirky with my finger/hand protection mitts along with a cookie keeper (first time in history of the site that 2 of us won on the same week) and hopefully we will see the new and improved kitchen mitts (can’t wait to see the final design)!

Keep on plugging away!!

posted January 13, 2011 06:23 (
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Thanks Andrea….I am happy to hear about your success at Quirky. I like the fact that we can enter some ideas free since I can’t afford bringing anything to market on my own. If you see any of my ideas there remember some may be a little bit “pie in the sky” because they didn’t cost anything to enter, but are still reasonably easy to develop with the right partners or could be scaled back. I only enter very well designed and drawn items to EN that I feel they are capable and willing to handle. My most complex was rejected but happily my tool is now G4. Any company that can make a ratchet and sockets is capable of producing it at a fair price. Snap-On would sell the full tool for $250 and KMart would sell it for $70. lol

posted January 13, 2011 05:58 (
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Make sure you check out the ‘blog’ at the bottom of the quirky page.

It’s a veritable ‘rabbit hole’ of ideas, upcoming events, videos reviews of products submitted, etc.

posted January 12, 2011 15:38 (
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I checked out the “Q” site. Cute stuff, but not very diverse; mostly “techie” or “gadgety” items. I didn’t explore it enough to see, but most of my ideas don’t fit nicely into any of their categories.

posted January 12, 2011 14:40 (
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Yes, Gary I agree…all the sites have their great points! I don’t know of any others other than those you mentioned…I think for most of us inventor types we just like to get our idea’s out! Have fun inventing!

posted January 12, 2011 11:20 (
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I feel the more people using these sites the more legit they may become.

posted January 12, 2011 09:57 (
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Go Andrea go! Just wanted to bring this blog into light for newcomers. Read thought it carefully it is interesting. It will give you some insight into the system of invention submission. Also submitting ideas to Quirky is now $10 or free as far as I can see. No longer $99 each as stated in this blog.
P.S. Andrea: Do you know of any other sites other than Quirky and Genuiscrowds out there. Thanks for any information.

posted January 12, 2011 09:55 (
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I have made $3968.86 as of today with the Cloak iPad product. I came up with the tagline and earn .79 cents per unit sold…I have an idea there this week that’s getting some attention, we’ll see! Thanks for asking.

posted December 26, 2010 11:14 (
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Andrea, Did you make money with Quirky? That is the bottom line. 9 months ago you had a piece of a product going into production. How is that going?

posted December 26, 2010 09:10 (
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I say why not if your idea’s don’t make it here? We all want a chance to get our ideas out there on the market…I always come here with my idea’s first, if they don’t make it for whatever reason, I go there with some of them. Might be worth a shot.

posted December 22, 2010 14:03 (
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In case this isn’t covered elsewhere…

It looks like things have changed a bit at Quirky since this thread 6-9 months ago.

Their submission fee is now $10 instead of $99. Also every week there are two “suggested” topics on which you can submit for free.

I’m not restart any comparisons with EE/EN (believe me I love EE/EN)

At the very least it would be worth $10 to try a submission to Quirky for any idea I’d been shopping around without success and were about to give up on.

posted December 22, 2010 13:25 (
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Hmmm. Who deleted my post? It was a joke, also a backhanded compliment to EN. Hmmm.

posted March 28, 2010 14:43 (
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Now there’s the Ron we all know, lol…welcome back?

posted March 28, 2010 14:20 (
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Mr. Ed,

Gee, thanks for expanding my vocabulary. But tell me, oh wise one, how to get that silly tune out of my head. I feel pretty, oh so . . . . argh!!!!!

posted March 28, 2010 12:28 (
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Ok, Ron-Ron, you can come back now. BTW, your comments (on another topic) about how the marketed version of the Emery Cat differs so much from the original version, in looks if not in function, were enlightening. Also for telling us how some companies would have treated Michael. The way you so willingly share your experience, perspectives, and insight is why you are such an asset to EN.

Thank you.

posted March 28, 2010 12:26 (
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Private note to everyone except Ron:

(Ron, I said – Go Away!)
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Hey, folks, don’t tell this to our Ronny K. – I don’t want to upset him further – but there’s some guy here promoting a book that tells us how to market our ideas on our own!! Without EN!!! Can you imagine!! EN’s store even sells the book!!! How did he accomplish that stunt??? The chutzpah!! The conflict of interest!!*

*In the interests of full disclosure, let it be known that the book does spend a few pages plugging EN.

(;^)

posted March 28, 2010 12:23 (
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Ron,

Like I said your last post and even the post you put to me at least have a sense of respect, perhaps I have’nt stood up and professed to Q would be the reason. If you read my post, and just as important what I have not said, should be an indicator of what I do understand.

I am not here to change what anyone believes, nor am I here to play judge jury nor executioner. If you do just a little looking, I believe you might find that even though new to the forum I have been around just as long as you. Professing my expertise does not help anyone, offering to help can help, but action is where it counts. The challenges you have ahead of you are no greater nor less than the challenges we all might face, but they are important to you, and if it helps you for to share, that is OK with me. But remember we all are faced with challenges. Even EN, that is life.

Neither EN, yourself, nor anyone here has said “Scott, you got a great product, you’re a nice guy, what can I do to make your life easier and help you succeed”

If Louis is doing that for you, great! Sounds like he is a good friend to you I sure wouldn’t expect him to do that for the rest of us. He is not our friend, but he is a potential business partner and I’ll show him the respect by no longer posting any other Q threads. I think its time we all start to do the same.

How about it.

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sleepyhead's Avatar

That word ‘Goosfraba’ was just too curious so I looked it up: a word Eskimos use to calm down their children. Very apropos. BUT, they also use that word when having sex. Hmmmmmm.

posted March 28, 2010 11:03 (
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mredsasyshi1's Avatargold

Julie I just wanted to lighten the atmosphere a bit with the Anger Management movie…

I think most of this issue has already reached a mutual accord in the “Greener grass” thread and to further it only harms the good work done there. Personally, many of my concerns have been extinguished and my only fear now is that further debate will reignite and worsen the issue at hand. While far from closed I imagine it needs time to heal and then see if it can continue on the healthy path that it has chosen.

Goosfraba, Goosfraba, Goosfraba

P.S. I feel pretty, oh so pretty…

posted March 28, 2010 10:55 (
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Too funny, Mr. Ed. I AM pretty and witty and wise because I said so! That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. ;>)

Ron, I have stayed out of this because your personal attack on me once before was really uncalled for and cruel; however, I really just want all of us to just have fun, gain knowledge, be civil and kind and respectful and to play well together. I believe that MOST of us “get it”. I can’t speak for the others who ‘get it’ but I personally think you are the one who is so entrenched in your belief that there isn’t any room for someone else’s point of view. I’m not even sure that we really disagree with you, but your approach and dictating and diatribes aren’t helping your cause.

EN doesn’t need defending, they are big boys. Because someone is especially nice to you personally really has nothing to do with the rest of us. Tests done on people with terminal cancer have proven that stress only quickens the demise while laughter can extend the life. Ron, WE GET IT – RELAX.

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rjlinnovations's AvatarRest In Peace

TO SCOTTAND ANYONE ELSE THAT JUST DOESN’T GET IT….

I believe in loyalty and ethics man….and that is it…as high and utmost as I can hold ’em. With that attitude all my life there was NEVER a door that I could not open. I even have a number into the White House given to me if I have something to say.

Scott, a man owns this place. He built it. Invested his life’s savings in it to help himself and equally as well, he wants to help others. This man has a family to feed, like you probably do…and children’s future to save for to give them a start.

This good man has put people with just an idea on TV, in magazines, in newspapers, and is trying his best to send them checks for sales on their idea but the worst economy maybe ever is making that hard.

Now Scott…you think about that. Let me tell you about this man when he meets you in person. He REALLY wants to help inventors. Scott, do you think it is fair…can you conceive in ANY possible way…that a member should broadcast a competitor all over this man’s property to TRY and hurt his business???

Suppose that man was your brother, or nephew….would you care more? I bet you’d wanna belt them in the side of the head and kick them off the property. Are you starting to understand Scott? You are very new here, I am here since opening day, a few years ago almost, attended a casting call.

Let me explain a little further…I am considered dying of lung cancer, an advanced case. The man that owns this place put me in his magazine 3 times when he knew he would not make a dime. Twice before I was diagnosed. When I die my daughter will have the copies of Inventors Digest to remember her dad was somebody…somebody that tried harder than others…and stood for something good….as his editors wrote about me.

I am forever indebted to this man Louis Foreman for what he has done for me. So Scott…I AM the pit bull of this forum and now you and others know why. Louis Foreman would help anyone just like he helped me. NOBODY should EVER parade around signs, ads for any of his competitors and give him a kick right in the balls for all the good work he does.

For $25 he can change your life and make you wealthy…or maybe a few thousand that can help your kid in college…or maybe put you in a magazine and a few newspapers …maybe on TV…..so your family can be proud of you like mine is.

Tell me Scott…does this man deserve the disrespect and embarrassment of people this week turning this into a Quirky forum???

You just don’t understand Scott…and others….try this…go look up angel investors in your state. Go attend one of their monthly meetings where they review people with ideas to invest in. You probably can knock on the door til your fingers break and they won’t even listen to you or open the door to a person with just an idea…if they do listen you must have a full business plan to present that costs $5000 or 40 hrs of your time if you can write it, if you are an expert in business with probably an MBA….and if you are lucky…so lucky…they will invest maybe 100G if you have atleast 50G invested and a couple years of hard work into for some progress to start. They will do NOTHING for that 100G except tell you what to do and YOU must do the work because they will have controlling interest, and you must send them their money back on time as the profits come in…or else you lose it all….and they treat you like a bad dog most of the time with no respect…you respect them.

Watch Shark Tank on TV and how they treat inventors like bad school kids. That is real…that is the way it is. I looked for angel investors always for 20 years to find the right deal.

That is the way it always was for inventors…go find an angel investor. Don’t know why they call them angels…more like devils actually.

That is the way it always was…until a man named Louis Foreman and his Edison Nation concept came to the inventor community….and backed by the people that run the Thomas Edison Foundation and museum.

Now Scott…am I really being a dickhead? Or do you now understand why I respect this place…not for me so much…but for people like you that can succeed….American Inventors. I want to see that. I want to be here to witness that…just like Mr. Louis Foreman and the rest of his wonderful team.

Ron Komorowski
Inventor of Handi-Straps
www.handi-straps.com

posted March 28, 2010 09:51 (
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I agree with what Scott said. Ron, this last post, if made originally would’ve change the mood and direction of the topic. Although I still disagree about the intentions of those posting about “Q” here and about the intent of the posters to hurt EN.

That being said. Ron, I think you should definatly enter EN’s LPS-es. I’d be the first to congratulate you. I hope you have a product/idea that is as good as you say to win it. I just haven’t had that feeling about an invention yet. I’ve had alot of ideas that I think would be neat, cool, or solve problems, but haven’t found the one that I know is “IT”. I’m jealous of you and some of the LPS winners who just new it. I look forward to having that feeling.

Glad to see things heading in the right direction.

Jason

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I feel pretty, oh so pretty
I feel pretty, and witty and bright
And I pity any girl who isn’t me tonight

I feel charming, oh so charming
It’s alarming how charming I feel
And so pretty that I hardly can believe I’m real

See the pretty girl in that mirror there?
Who can that attractive girl be?
Such a pretty face, such a pretty dress
Such a pretty smile, such a pretty me!

I feel stunning and entrancing
Feel like running and dancing for joy
For I’m loved by a pretty, wonderful boy!

See the pretty girl in that mirror there?
Who can that attractive girl be?
Such a pretty face, such a pretty dress
Such a pretty smile, such a pretty me!

I feel stunning and entrancing
Feel like running and dancing for joy
For I’m loved by a pretty, wonderful boy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rurbv89IgKA

Goosfraba, Goosfraba, Goosfraba

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Ron,

Myself and others have held their tongue when reading your posts, you were downright rude, degrading, etc. etc. Most, if not all, of the people have complimented you on your products and EN. They have made one hell of an effort (I have) not to take a swing back at you. Anyone can take a swing at somone else on the internet, you might apparently win a fight but you lose the battle. The victor stands there pointing out his righteousness and everyone else just kind of says to themselves “he just don’t get it”.

Ron, this is the first post in over two weeks that you did not come across as a total pompus ass. You have an opinion, and your heart might even be in the right place, but your presentation over the last couple weeks, man… got to work on the presentation…

You have been just as bad, if not worse for this forum, than the ones that talk about Q all the time.

But, I gotta say. This last post is almost like you extended an olive branch. Good job. This thread will never die if people keep posting on it. That simple.

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rjlinnovations's AvatarRest In Peace

Ken…I really can’t explain to all because they just won’t understand but Quirky is a completely different system than Edison Nation and just can’t be compared to each other. They really have two different goals and enter two different markets at two different angles.

I wish Quirky much luck. They are trying to do something very difficult just like Edison Nation too, but it really is two different things. People should not all run over to Quirky from here. That can be a lethal mistake, but also, the markets Quirky is pursuing really does not cross Edison Nation’s markets.

I don’t want to say anymore because I don’t want to take any sides or say who is better. I understand when to use Quirky and when to use Edison Nation. I am quite sure Edison Nation will cheer on any player in this field that helps the inventor community…..but for people to take the two companies and throw them in a ring for an all out dog fight is just shear stupidity.

There are product ideas that fit Edison Nation better and some ideas that fit Quirky better…..but people can’t promote a sort of competing business on the others property. That is just wrong. PM your message to who you want.

I have one invention I am thinking of for Edison Nation and it would be like walking into a mess of hungry alligators if I brought it over to Quirky….shear inventor suicide…..but I can see how some of the products over at Quirky belong there and not here….and just in their multi level marketing system because there would be no other way to market and everyone getting some cut for helping sell. Just two different operations.

All participate over there in evaluation. Great for some products to get exposure…raise a ruckus so everyone hears….sell a few…but for some inventions you can’t have everyone participate because they don’t have expertise…and also, the inventor should not share profits with 10 different people sometimes.

Quirky is setting up for the future growth of the online market. Edison Nation is looking for the mass markets in retail as they are known today….as I see it anyway. I am also banking on online markets to become giant soon.

POINT IS….people should take their Quirky comments over there on their forum and Edison Nation comments belong here…right?….by all rational reason that is right….and maybe some day Quirky and Edison Nation can even help each other as they both support independent inventors/innovators/idea people….

….BUT…to throw the two in a dog fight on this forum is low, dirty, wrong, unethical and only starting trouble that nobody has a right to.

YES…this is a forum…but we all know it is a forum for Edison Nation’s contest entrants and people that are involved with Edison Nation’s operations and NOT a stand for everyone with competing services.

I’m telling ya people…Edison Nation has spent ALOT of money. They are losing right now…“underwater” in investment just like the homeowners, people who had retirement portfolios…we all lost. PLEASE….don’t do anything to hurt them….they don’t deserve it….and don’t broadcast their competition here that can take away business….it just isn’t fair. PM someone if you wish.

I have a number of VERY big inventions just sitting. How do I know? I’m a marketing guy, an entrepreneur…not so much an inventor. Trust me, I ran the “equation” I want to give Edison Nation one or two of these inventions just to help them out!

Play nice people….huh?…..and play fair….times may be the worst in U.S. history economically…atleast in the Great Depression we knew technology and jobs would be developed in this country. We do not know that today. We don’t have as much hope as in 1930. Don’t blame others or be mad at Edison Nation for your invention stalling. Have patience and work together….and don’t hurt anyone…make friends in this field…you will need them later!

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In an effort to get people more on the same page, may I suggest we focus certain comments in their more relevant threads:

To discuss the pros/cons and/or appropriateness of mentioning Quirky in the EN forum:
http://www.edisonnation.com/forums/other/topics...

To discuss the complementary and/or competing differences between Quirky and EN:
Stay here.

To discuss Jared’s example of the feedback he got at Quirky for his invention:
http://www.edisonnation.com/forums/other/topics...

To discuss Ken’s Quirky (and formed EN LPS) submission:
http://www.edisonnation.com/forums/other/topics...

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Roger, you said a mouthful lol.

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When all is said and done it boils down to this, we want are time in the sun, and it really does not matter who gives it to us. If one forum can get it for you, then that is where you are going to go.

You mention that you sign away your IP, well is it not the same on EN, once it gets chosen you sign all your rights over to them, your name might be on the patent but that does not mean a thing, you can’t do nothing with it once it is signed over. This is especially bad, if the entrant already spent thousands of dollars to gain the patent that they want you to casually sign over. Another thing that crossed my mind, that was almost unbelieveable but I read it hear, from I think Marla. She said that the name, naming contest had come to an end, and the winner would be announced, when they made there decision, in 8 weeks. Now if it takes them 8 weeks just to pick a name ( Two Months ) how long would it take to do the rest of the more tougher things then just naming a product.

The search they are doing for rawlings at this rate would not possibly be ready for this year as Rawlings has said it wants ideas because the season is coming up.

Please if I am wrong here, let me know

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Ron, come on, we are not slinging mud and dirt at EN…we are offering support and if we want to talk about another groups in a positive way that are helping inventors, so be it…geez, take a pill, it’s not worth you getting bent out of shape about it.

NOBODY has any issues with EN, and if someone wants to point out some details behind a product, good or not so for support, let them be. You seem to have or want a big voice here, your plastered all over the place and very much a downer. Read the posts before you post, support your fellow inventors PLEASE, and you know what, I don’t mind giving you a little jab, you are not the KING of invention, sorry, everyone has a story…humble it down some…

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rjlinnovations's AvatarRest In Peace

I think many of you owe Edison Nation a BIG apology…but I don’t know if it can ever be enough after some here threw Quirky in their faces because they lost a Edison Nation search.

Mind you…everyone is losing….only cheap food products are selling well. It is getting to the point where many cannot afford a wagon of groceries every week. My poor cousin could not feed his kid this week…..47 years old and always had two jobs and never a problem with money….now had to ask a friend for food money…here in NJ.

Story after story like that and many here slimed SHIT AND MUD into Edison Nation with this Quirky place. Shame on you. Quirky has A LONG WAY TO GO before they catch up to Edison Nation.

I’m telling ya….be nice to Edison Nation…you don’t want your name “marked”….they will be one of the powerhouses when this economy gets better….I assure you that.

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HOLY MOLY Matt, thanks for providing us with this feedback. I give EN credit, owned up to whole thing and can’t really push something that a company won’t sign up for…sorry about this, BUT on the bright side, MP looks promising, they have invested a ton of money and resources, so it still sounds like you are in and I wish you the best on this, chin up, it will happen if it is supposed too!

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UPDATES (from an email received today):

(1) My Spencer’s LPS win:
“We received an update from Spencer’s on your product late last week. They are not going to move forward with it. A couple of months after Spencer’s made their search selections, they let their entire product development department go except for a single very talented individual who was part creative director, part buyer and part engineer. That changed their timetable drastically as he teed up one product at a time and knocked it out. They’ve also let the buyer in your product’s category go. This economy hit Spencer’s pretty hard. On Friday, they let us know that of the three products that were selected, they intend to only follow through with one and they’ve returned all product rights to us (and we in turn, will return yours to you).”

- Now I know, so there is some closure. So it seems that Spencer’s fell through, and not EN (though their communication with me was still lacking). And to be honest, it was a pretty risque and extremely controversial idea (even for Spencer’s standards), though dirt cheap (could be made for a quarter, sold for $5). Spencer’s may have gotten cold feet.

And for Monster Pong:
-“We’ve spent $181,651 and thousands of hours developing and marketing Monster Pong.”
-“As the economy began to take it’s turn, Dicks changed their focus from buying new inventory (and innovation) to selling as much existing inventory as possible.”
-“Most recently, we have shown it to Sportcraft. There isn’t a better fit in the world for Monster Pong than Sportcraft. They dominate the ping pong and indoor sporting goods market. They also have much wider distribution than Dicks because they are a manufacturer who not only sells to Dicks but every other retailer you could possibly imagine Monster Pong to be sold in. They will also likely be able to manufacture it more efficiently – and more cost effectively – than we can because it’s right in the middle of their sweet spot production-wise. Sportcraft is very interested. We’ll find out how interested when they sign on the dotted line. If they don’t pick it up, we’ve already got a back-up plan in place with another manufacturer who is interested. Of course, in this business, there are no guarantees.”

SUMMARY: EE continues to believe in and push the idea. Dick’s fell through, so maybe Sportcraft will pick it up. If not them, someone else is slated.

Good to know, and EE presented this significant data to back up their claim that they continue to push for MP to hit the shelves. Even my wife said EE has vested interest to have MP succeed. With Season 4 gearing up, and EN on fire, I doubted that they had much time and energy to really focus on a EE Season 2 idea. Looks like I may have been wrong. I appreciate their efforts. Lets hope they succeed with MP, and most of the inventions they take on.

posted March 24, 2010 16:25 (
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Matt, feel free to ask Jessica. I would think that once all of the products are shipped we will see all the money in our accounts available to cash out per the forum, correct? I would think that until the beamer and the older products are in our hands we will see our balance but can’t cash out until then.

So for everyone interested, you bank your $$ and can see in real-time what your account balance is like a savings account with the products to be paid out.

posted March 24, 2010 16:24 (
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@Andrea: thanks for seeking answers right from the source. I wonder if Jess will tell you how many folks got a check, not the amounts. Right now, everybody knows that the Powercurl inventor has made about $3500 (his wife confirmed), but that is it (Jess refers to him, the forum is referring to him). I will let everyone know if someone else got paid thus far.

posted March 24, 2010 16:14 (
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Response from quiry.com on payments for current products. REMEMBER these guys are less than a year old in launching products. Kind of like EN with being new to the industry, but they do have 11 new products being made right now and will soon ship them!

Publicizing the amounts that our top earners have received is not something we can really do. You can feel free to mention on the site that one inventor, who came up with the idea for one of our top-selling products, has already banked several thousand dollars in revenue, just from direct sales, and that he is sure to earn even more with the wholesale and retail agreements we have in the works. Be sure to emphasize that Quirky offers royalty in perpetuity from all product sales.

Jessica (quirky’s Community Ambassador)

posted March 24, 2010 16:04 (
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For those of you interested, I just created a new post where I provided all 101 comments of feedback that I received from the Quirky.com community last week. You can find it at this link:

http://www.edisonnation.com/forums/other/topics...

posted March 24, 2010 12:58 (
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Great strategy if this can be used to your benefit if not chosen…I am a competitor this week with you Jared! I am the one with the traveling earpiece holder for the car and to clip to a bag outside of the car! Good luck J, also, for those wanting to check it out, follow this link!

http://www.quirky.com/?r=b6d5d532327f4ada95d5e8...;

posted March 24, 2010 09:53 (
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While I like any inventor have my concerns over losing IP by making public disclosures I have come to accumulate over 100 viable product ideas…more than I can push at one time. Now I might only go after 10-20 of those ideas with my traditional investor approach as those are the ideas that have a large enough market/returns to tolerate me learning to walk before I run in each of their respective industries. But I also have about 20 ideas that if I don’t act on them they could be done or obsolete in the next 5 years.

So speaking strictly from a branding perspective, what I did last week was create my JARED JOYCE: INVENTOR Facebook fan page and then for the next 5-20 weeks I’ll post a new idea each week. If they win on Quirky great. If they don’t win I might be able to leverage the market research results with some of my existing network that is currently on the fence with some of the ideas. However, back to that strict branding perspective, if I have 20 inventions with write-ups, digital models, etc. on my Facebook fan page then at the least my minimum return on investment will be that I will get to have built my brand and increased my preeminence on the global stage.

With that branding leverage in place that may go on to open other doors for me. Whether that be in the realm of consulting or just rolling out my current investor funded projects sooner. I don’t know for sure. I simply have to trust that I can afford to give away these ideas to the public domain because they won’t be my last ideas.

What are your thoughts on this strategy?

posted March 24, 2010 08:06 (
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@Andrea: I am also checking to see who and if folks have gotten paid (I am asking in the forum) and will get back to everyone here. And I also remember seeing a photo of the Powercurl inventor with a check for his first $3000, which makes sense since at $15 MSRP, he makes $1.71 per unit sold, and I can see that to date, 2628 have sold.

@Jane: not only did Jared get 101 positive comments and design ideas, he, like everyone else, gets quantitative analytics on the community’s feedback regarding such areas as the idea’s average rating for uniqueness, coolness, value, and timeliness. Everyone also gets the breakdown in differences between those who liked the product, vs. those who didn’t, in the following categories:

Gender?
Were you born with an abacus or a mouse in your hand (aka how old are you)?
How scholastic were/are you?
Race?
Religion?
Marital/family status?
Let’s talk cash. How much do you pull in per year?
How’s work going…?
How do you bring home the bacon?
How many kids under 16 do you have?
Politically you’d call yourself:
What is your primary language?
What is your favorite adult beverage?
When you shop, how do you roll most often (online v retail):
What time do you go to bed?
Are you a Mac or a PC?
Are you “oh man, I have to have it now,” or “I’ll wait ‘til it goes on sale…”?

@Kevin: you are right to be skeptical, or at least cautious and curious. Quirky is a new company, and particularly in the area of invention support, there are plenty of scams ( http://www.inventnet.com/scam.html ).

posted March 24, 2010 07:20 (
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