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Expert Advice for American Inventor from Business Week

Postby thinkoutsidethecircle » Fri Oct 13, 2006 2:32 pm

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Expert Advice for American Inventor
Big Idea Group CEO Michael Collins, a real-life innovation specialist, weighs in on ABC's new reality-TV show

As the CEO of Big Idea Group, a company that cultivates large networks of inventors and evaluates inventions for major U.S. companies, I was eager to see American Inventor, the reality-TV show that premiered on Mar. 16 on ABC. Inspired by American Idol, the new show gives would-be inventors the chance to win a $1 million prize and a deal to make their product idea a reality.

There has been a lot of buzz in the inventor community about the show (both good and bad). But what goes on air is the only thing that matters, so I tried to keep an open mind and just watch. While it may be too soon to judge the series, here are some first impressions:

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These are the judges?
Good inventors offer more than just an idea, and top product evaluators need more than an accent and an attitude. Of the four judges, only one is qualified. It would be nice if all the judges had not only evaluated but helped develop and launch products in the real world.

Credibility is earned by reviewing thousands of concepts, developing hundreds of items, launching dozens of products -- all with your own investment at stake. People with that credibility exist. They just weren't on the panel.

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Postby thinkoutsidethecircle » Fri Oct 13, 2006 2:32 pm

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Anonymous (not verified) | 2006-03-20 09:37 | The screening contract screened for flakes . . .

At the risk of repeating myself. Nobody but a flake or desperate idiot would sing the agreement Simon and his co-horts required to be interviewed for the show. That is why they got flakes with hair-brained ideas (not inventions!) I am a serious "award winning" inventor with several issued utility patents . . and when I read their agreement. . . my reaction was "you've got to be kidding"! I threw it where it belonged . . ."in the garbage . . . along with the show and the producers unbounded stupidity and greed!


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