Average Inventor wrote:I'd be willing to bet they will be taking notice of this forum in the coming weeks and don't require further prodding...
As a result of Average Inventor's encouragement, I've made the move from lurker to forum member. Thanks for the prod
I've been thinking about the best way for my partners at Evergreen IP and me to contribute broadly to this community of inventors. On the one hand, our investment focus is fairly narrow and our capacity is unavoidably constrained. Consequently, we are only able to partner with 1% of the inventors who approach us with their ideas. That's not necessarily a reflection of the quality of ideas we see. Rather, the ratio is a consequence of the need for a precise fit and our assessment of whether we can help to appreciably change the odds of success. On the other hand, we, too, wrestle with the challenges of commercializing demonstrably new and different consumer products. Like the rest of you in this forum, we have to decide how best to invest our limited time, money, and relationships toward developing sufficient
patent protection, market validation, and evidence of economic manufacturability in a wildly uncertain environment. I'd like to think that we have much to share. I'm very confident that we have much to learn.
It may be that the best way we can contribute to this conversation is as peers. If, in the process, we can uncover collaboration opportunities, so much the better.
For those who are primarily interested in our investment philosophy, I recommend our website
, John Funk's blog, The View from the Bridge
, or my blog, Dispatches from the Frontier
P.S. - Michelle, before the day is out, I'll add InventorSpot.com to our resources web page