Inventors are a different lot. I first got to know the inventor type when I was working in sales for a custom molder back in the 1980s. One thing I learned early on is that inventors are always long on ideas and short on cash. They would come into the plant, a cardboard box under one arm and a non-disclosure agreement in their hand, wanting to show me the next great thing in plastics. It usually wasn’t.
I’ve spoken at inventor groups and had many calls from people who want help getting their plastic part from cocktail napkin to store shelf, and have seen a lot of great, and not so great, ideas. Some have been successful—I’ve actually written about many of the successes—but I can’t say I’ve known any of them who got rich selling their dream to some giant OEM for millions. ...