bottleslingguy wrote: Mark Reyland wrote:
Q) InventorMentors is a really great name. How'd you come up with it?
A= I didn't actually another person did, but it's a pretty well used name in the industry....and it rhymes
Q) That's quite a start for such humble beginnings. How'd you meet them?
A= I don't have very humble beginnings actually - I own a product development company and have been inventing and developing retail products for a long time now. Roger, Stephen...and many other professional inventors are fiends of mine and when I asked them to get involved they graciously said yes. As for Bill, he's a brilliant mind with great information to share for new inventors, they are very lucky to have him no matter where he is.
As a side note: I don’t believe I have ever been threatened in an interview before ….That’s a first. LOL
So you had the idea for an inventor mentoring website and someone you talked to about it came up with the name? Do they have a name?
What I meant by humble beginnings is that IM is a long way from your blog and you've said you don't spend much time in forums, I was wondering how this celestial alignment happened. Did you know Roger and Steve from outside the ISpot forum? How long have you known them? How did you come to network with the staff you've built?
Feel free to ramble and please don't take anything I write as threatening.
Answer = I mentor several inventors from around the country at any given time. Many of them have come to me as the result of leaving forums that have become toxic. I hear them say all the time they wish there was a place they could go where there was good information from people who actually had some success in the business. Mentors if you will. So we all started talking about it, I asked some friends to join me in answering the questions and the inventors who are learning the ropes got together and started volunteering to manage the site and send the questions to the appropriate mentors when they are posted….simple really, give them what they were asking for. Over 50 people have joined in the last few days, so I guess more than just that handful of new inventors wanted a place like that.
Answer= I used to spend a lot of time in forums. In fact when I first started helping new inventors I spent thousands of hours posting inventor related topics …what I found was those people didn’t really want to learn, they just wanted to fight with each other and pick on whatever someone said. ….It was apparent that that “forum” is not the place to teach new inventors. So I started my Blog…. And that’s fine, many people read my blog, and I post some really good information there. But in the Library site it’s not just me helping, it’s many people ….and that’s always better....after all, I don't know everything.
Answer = I knew Roger and Stephen from EN….we were a few of the professionals that posted there. As for the “staff” I’m actually pretty well know in the industry (I think it’s my big mouth …lol) for helping inventors, and people know I don’t charge for mentoring people, so other professional inventors help me out from time to time, because most of us really just want to help.