Stephen Key's Inventright.com program

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Anybody bought this, any reviews?

posted February 18, 2008 10:16 (
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Let me weigh in…

The course that they offer can certainly be well worth the money…but like any course you MUST put the knowledge you learn to use and work hard at it. I see people “learning” all the time but don’t get busy on the business of inventing. I have been in licensing deals and as many of you know made my success by developing, importing, and selling products to major retailers – and all without filing any patents! What we all must walk away with is that while the knowledge and info exists for you to learn this business, you must make a decision to move forward with your invention and understand the business end of this very competitive and very risky business…and then your chances of success go way up!!!!

Jim

posted September 15, 2009 18:00 (
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bumpity bump bump

posted September 15, 2009 11:45 (
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Now that Its been a year this since thread was started. Anyone here have any feedback on this program? I think its close to $1000 a pop now.

Feel free to msg me.

Thanks.

posted September 13, 2009 00:50 (
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Will, I agree that inventing is a more hands approach to solving problems. It is great to see your idea become a solid product and know that it is helping others with a similar problem you had. Getting paid to do it is icing on the cake.

posted July 17, 2008 08:50 (
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Many years ago I bought the InventRight binder. I think it was $200 then. It seemed like a lot at the time. Especially after I had just gotten out of real estate and had been spending too much on those darn seminars. I think the information is good but I think I got more bang for my buck when I would go see Stephen speak at my local Inventors Alliance meetings. He is a very energetic, inspatational speaker whose words were definetly instramental in getting me where I am today. I always too notes when he was speaking! Besides being a good inventor I think he is an excellent marketer. His whole idea with the guitar picks is to sell an image. The picks don’t pluck guitar strings any better than the “prior art.” Having a good product is awesome and if you can attach some iconic imagery with it even better, which is the lesson I took away from his guitar picks. That’s why I created some cool looking images to associate with my skate scepter(see my shirt on episode 2 when I’m in front of the judges). There is also more to be made on the sale of soft goods like t-shirts, hats, etc… I have a little box of Stephens guitar picks above my desk for insperation.
Many years ago I bought the InventRight binder. I think it was $200 then. It seemed like a lot at the time. Especially after I had just gotten out of real estate and had been spending too much on those darn seminars. I think the information is good but I think I got more bang for my buck when I would go see Stephen speak at my local Inventors Alliance meetings. He is a very energetic, inspirational speaker whose words were definitely instrumental in getting me where I am today. I always took notes when he was speaking! Besides being a good inventor I think he is an excellent marketer. His whole idea with the guitar picks is to sell an image. The picks don’t pluck guitar strings any better than the “prior art.” Having a good product is awesome and if you can attach some iconic imagery with it even better, which is the lesson I took away from his guitar picks. That’s why I created some cool looking images to associate with my skate scepter(see my t-shirt on episode 2 when I’m in front of the judges). There is also more to be made on the sale of soft goods like t-shirts, hats, etc… I have a little box of Stephens guitar picks above my desk for inspiration.

Sorry, let me digress. So, I think for a new inventor(like myself) just trying to get a leg up with the whole inventing thing $400 is worth it if you make sure to really study the material and then go out and apply what you learn. Inventing isn’t a spectator sport, gotta get your hands dirty and not be afraid to fail.

posted July 16, 2008 10:08 (
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Another interesting website is www.startupnation.com which seems to address a lot of real world marketing issues. Better to go in with your eyes open, even if it seems daunting.

posted July 16, 2008 09:38 (
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I appreciate all the kind words. I hope I live up to your expectations with my advice. As with the staff of Edison Nation I want to see all Inventors succeed without going broke in the process.

posted July 11, 2008 13:54 (
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But of course I’d be granfathered in at your current rate right?

posted July 11, 2008 13:52 (
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Forget the book Roger, you should compete with Stephen Key with a consulting firm! You’d be one rich man!!!

posted July 11, 2008 13:50 (
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Actually Celeste, Stephen’s first deal was the Michael Jordan wall ball- it sold for 10 yrs in Wal-Mart without a patent.

posted July 11, 2008 13:49 (
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I can’t argue that. :) And we appreciate it! Right now it’s about scarcity….as far as I’ve seen they’re the only ones offering it and therefore they can command the price they want.

Need to get your book out there!

You should give them a call and talk, you’ll usually get one of them- Stephen or Andrew on the phone, they’re very nice and helpful.

posted July 11, 2008 13:47 (
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I came across his site or an interview of him somewhere when I first looked into inventing and his information seemed very much like yours Roger, so you know what I did.. I wrote him too, but did not get an answer, so you seem to be the better mentor to me..or should I say most generous one. I thought that the program he was selling was a little like the free advice I read on his site. Also I read his first invention or successful one was a rotating sleave that wrapped around water bottles, which had windows on them. These windows would allow one to read another sleave with info on it underneith it. he said it took off like crazy, he got rich then it crashed for some reason , which was why he learned the hard way to keep thinking on the next thing and to not spend all your easy cash up front with no backup products. Then a friend of his brought up the pick idea and they did the fun shapes. I think I saw him speak about all this on some video on line. His idea of licensing was what started me in that direction and when I found Inventor’s Spot I found Roger, the good guy! : )

posted July 11, 2008 13:41 (
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Mike,
At $400 a pop for his course and as you said my successes doing something similar I think I am giving my advice away to cheaply. LOL It is good to see someone else that seems to have pratical advice instead of the throw all your money at an idea until it works or you go broke.

posted July 11, 2008 13:24 (
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I got a little sidetracked on this EN deal, have spent my time developing my submissions for them. I’m currently working on three concepts and will hopefully start calling companies in the next few months…assuming I don’t make it onto the EE show.

I would distill the best advice as laying out a concrete, step by step method for going from idea, protecting yourself, contacting companies, negotiating, etc. without spending more $ than it’s worth. He constantly drives home the point NOT to spend too much money on prototypes or patents UNTIL you get a company that “buys into” or believes in your idea and is willing to develop it with you.

Sound familiar? It is great to hear you follow a very similar path.

The one other thing I think he gets across, is that you have to risk your idea…..yes you might get ripped off, though that’s not likely. You have to protect yourself as you can, but ultimately you’ve got to sell someone on your idea and you can’t do that without telling someone!

posted July 11, 2008 13:14 (
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Glad to see you had a good experience with them. Since purchasing their product have you had any success getting your product picked up? PLus, what would you say was the best advice they gave you?

posted July 11, 2008 13:02 (
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I bought the course maybe 6 months ago. Comes with notebook and 4 cds. Also gives access to all their online calls as well as direct personal support. I think it’s entirely worth it….if anyone has specific questions you can post here or email me.

I called when I was trying to decide which provisional patent software to purchase, talked through the issues. Also discussed another company out there I was looking to submit to and got some very good, direct commentary.

Roger, they have on their website a new cd that lists tons of inventor-friendly companies….I just emailed them a question about it.

posted July 11, 2008 12:53 (
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I sat in on a conf call that he was hosting and one of his new products was a guitar pic with pics that teens would be into like pirates and things like that I think. He marketed them in 7-11’s instead of music stores and they sold like hot cakes. Smart marketing approach.

posted July 11, 2008 12:16 (
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Are there any other fees or expenses associated with the program? I notcied that the site tells a lot about other peoples inventions and mentions a couple of his but I don’t see any pictures of his inventions. I like to see sites that promote being successful inventing to show their successes so you can actually see the products.

posted July 11, 2008 12:05 (
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I think it’s expensive though isn’t it? I think the program is almost $400.

posted July 11, 2008 10:54 (
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If you’re thinking about the licensing avenue, Stephen is a great resource. Check out his site: www.inventright.com

posted July 11, 2008 10:49 (
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I have not bought that, but I did seem him speak at the Cattle Call in San Jose. He had many good points as did all the speakers. I would guess that his program would be very helpful.

posted February 25, 2008 14:12 (
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