Now tell me something I don't know!
Did you know..?..
Let's keep it hush-hush.. and not spread rumors.
-- There was a college football coach that had a player on his team who was a bit slow. The Dean told him that if the player could learn the formula for water, then he would be allowed to play in the big game. The day of the big game came and the Dean called the player into his office and asked him to recite the formula for water. The player grinned real big and said,
"H I J K L M N O."
-- "To Stop Cheats, Colleges Learn Their Trickery - NYTimes.com" --
Don goes into business for himself. He buys a hotdog cart and sets it up in a prime spot on a busy downtown corner,
right near a large bank.
One day, his friend Jim approaches him and asks Don if he can lend him some money.
“But why?” asks Jim. “Everyone knows you’re doing well, and I’m not asking for much.”
“Well, Jim, in order to get this spot I had to sign a Non-competition Agreement with that bank over there. According
to the terms of the agreement, they don’t sell hot dogs, and I don’t lend money.”
-- "S.B.A. Makes Small Businesses Bigger (the Easy Way) - NYTimes.com" --
Subject: FW: A delicious and serious "rant" ...
Date: Wednesday, November 25, 2009 10:38 AM
From Porter Stansberry in the S&A Digest:
I'd like to make you a business offer. Seriously. This is a real offer. In fact, you really can't turn me down, as you'll come to understand in a moment...
Here's the deal. You're going to start a business or expand the one you've got now. It doesn't really matter what you do or what you're going to do. I'll partner with you no matter what business you're in – as long as it's legal. But I can't give you any capital – you have to come up with that on your own. I won't give you any labor – that's definitely up to you. What I will do, however, is demand you follow all sorts of rules about what products and services you can offer, how much (and how often) you pay your employees, and where and when you're allowed to operate your business. That's my role in the affair: to tell you what to do.
Now in return for my rules, I'm going to take roughly half of whatever you make in the business, each year. Half seems fair, doesn't it? I think so. Of course, that's half of your profits. You're also going to have to pay me about 12% of whatever you decide to pay your employees because you've got to cover my expenses for promulgating all of the rules about who you can employ, when, where, and how. Come on, you're my partner. It's only "fair."
Now... after you've put your hard-earned savings at risk to start this business and after you've worked hard at it for a few decades (paying me my 50% or a bit more along the way each year), you might decide you'd like to cash out – to finally live the good life.
Whether or not this is "fair" – some people never can afford to retire – is a different argument. As your partner, I'm happy for you to sell whenever you'd like... because our agreement says, if you sell, you have to pay me an additional 20% of whatever the capitalized value of the business is at that time.
I know... I know... you put up all the original capital. You took all the risks. You put in all of the labor. That's all true. But I've done my part, too. I've collected 50% of the profits each year. And I've always come up with more rules for you to follow each year. Therefore, I deserve another, final 20% slice of the business. Oh... and one more thing...
Even after you've sold the business and paid all of my fees... I'd recommend buying lots of life insurance. You see, even after you've been retired for years, when you die, you'll have to pay me 50% of whatever your estate is worth. After all, I've got lots of partners and not all of them are as successful as you and your family. We don't think it's "fair" for your kids to have such a big advantage. But if you buy enough life insurance, you can finance this expense for your children. All in all, if you're a very successful entrepreneur... if you're one of the rare, lucky, and hard-working people who can create a new company, employ lots of people, and satisfy the public... you'll end up paying me more than 75% of your income over your life. Thanks so much.
I'm sure you'll think my offer is reasonable and happily partner with me... but it doesn't really matter how you feel about it because if you ever try to stiff me – or cheat me on any of my fees or rules – I'll break down your door in the middle of the night, threaten you and your family with heavy, automatic weapons, and throw you in jail. That's how civil society is supposed to work, right? This is Amerika, isn't it?
That's the offer Amerika gives its entrepreneurs. And the idiots in Washington wonder why there are no new jobs...
-- Eureka! Ranch - "Our purpose is to help companies improve their
Innovation Success Rates and Speed to Market by a factor of 10 (step change improvement)".
-- "Coffee-like 'stains' may result in touchscreens - Innovation" --
-- Every once in a while the thought strikes me that we all get lost in semantics, that too many words just bog us down. We want to get to the end result without going through 'the big details.' --
-- In this topic, I'll try to get right to the point ---------------- ---->
You'll have to unscramble it. Figure it out and cherry-pick what you want to keep.
-- FERINSTANCE: ------->>
------->> "When Start-ups Can't Sell" --
-- The lesson in today’s highly competitive environment: Products are sold, not bought.
-- In fact, a full and accurate description may be too much. If a prospect feels he has learned all there is to know about a product, he will make up his mind on that basis -- and not call the company for more information. The company will not have had a chance to fit its solution -- which may not be obvious to the prospect's problem, which he may not realize he has...
Selling to Large Companies
-- "Henkel USA & Canada - Henkel Innovation Trophy" --
"YouTube - Microsoft: No more keyboards" -------------------------------
-- "Software "agents" that automatically negotiate on behalf of shoppers and sellers are about to be set free on the web for the first time." --
---------->> Game Changers - washingtonpost.com
-- "EA Mythic is scheduled to launch its newest game this week, a virtual world called Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning. It's in the same sword-and-sorcery genre as the mega-popular World of Warcraft, in which players pay a monthly subscription fee to take on virtual roles. Nash is in charge of the game's online launch outside of the United States.
-- Virtual-world games have always had a larger share of women players than other games, Nash says. That's probably because they are often as much about collaborating as a team, or just hanging out, as they are about going on adventures.
-- Having a diverse group of players can improve missions. "When you have a healthy mix of guys and girls going on a raid, it helps with the tactics," Nash says. Guys sometimes want to run in and fight the monsters without coming up with a strategy. With women on the team, she says, "there's a lot more 'Have we thought this through?' "
-- "L.A. prepares massive water-conservation plan - Los Angeles Times" --
-- "Segway Inventor Unveils Machine That Turns Sewage Into Drinking Water" --
Laundry & Home Care: Heavy duty detergents, fabric softeners, laundry care preparations or additives, dishwashing detergents, multi-purpose cleaners, scouring agents, floor and carpet care products, bath and toilet cleaners, glass cleaners, kitchen cleaners, special- purpose cleaners, air fresheners, and insecticides for household use. Cosmetics/Toiletries: Hair washing and hair care products, hair colorants, hair styling products, perming products, fine soaps, shower gels and bath additives, deodorants, skin creams, skin care products, products for tooth and oral care, perfumes and fragrances, and products for professional hairdressers. Consumer and Craftsmen Adhesives: Wallpaper pastes, adhesives for ceiling and wall coverings and tiles, renovation products, grouting and joint sealing compounds, polyurethane foams, instant adhesives, contact adhesives, wood glues, assembly adhesives, PVC pipe adhesives, floor covering adhesives, waterproofing and moisture protection, heat insulation, coatings, roofing products, glue sticks, glue rollers, correction products, and adhesive tapes. Henkel Technologies: Bookbinding, labeling, woodworking, hygiene, structural, packaging, laminating, electronics, automotive, pressure sensitive and reactive adhesives, high performance sealants, composite/composite adhesives, soundproofing materials, corrosion inhibitors, surface treatments for metals, organic coatings, plastisols, water treatment products, industrial cleaners and lubricants.
Subject: Interesting news from Procter & Gamble
Date: Thursday, April 10, 2008 5:36 PM
From Procter and Gamble:
Is this the P&G you recall?
Remember the old P&G? Invented everything internally; owned all the intellectual property rights; almost never collaborated with external partners. Remember? A culture change is underway, and P&G has moved from "Not Invented Here" to "Proudly Found Elsewhere."
P&G now looks external first for best-in-class solutions to its innovation needs. And P&G defines innovation broadly - technology, "cooked products" in market, packaging, design, manufacturing processes, new business models, new ways to go-to-market, and trademark licensing.
P&G's External Business Development group, led by Vice President Jeff Weedman, has the mission of finding external sources and accessing their capabilities and expertise to accelerate P&G's own innovation. Conversely, they also look to connect with other companies to provide access to P&G's capabilities and expertise - even in marketing. This is not the P&G you were a part of just a few years ago! P&G calls this approach to open innovation "Connect + Develop." It is about tapping into the resources of the best scientists, researchers, engineers, and companies in the world.
From time to time, P&G will have an "urgent need" that they are trying to source. Attached is the most recent one. If you or your company can help, please contact Pramod Reddy at 513-983-2623 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to forward the need to other partners or companies you think might be interested.
A list of P&G's current needs and assets available can be found at the Connect + Develop website, www.pgconnectdevelop.com.
Specific Request: Auto-foaming granular detergent
P&G is looking for an auto-foaming technology that is more cost & space effective to incorporate in a powder laundry detergent.
Description of the Need:
A technology that produces self fizzing on contact with water to enhance foam in a powder laundry detergent for hand wash geographies. The product must dissolve without agitation & quickly deliver rich/creamy foam, yet rinse easily. The cost of the foaming system should be <1/2 cent/use.
What P&G Is Looking For:
We are looking for chemical/physical solutions with the following criteria:
- Foaming performance:
1. auto-foaming upon contact with water, no need for manual/mechanical agitation, dissolution takes no more than 2 minutes
2. the foam has creamy/lathery appearance similar to draught beer/cappuccino. Methods include bubble size (typically <1mm) and elasticity/cushiness
3. suds collapse / disappearance after 1-2 rinses.
- Dosage per hand wash detergent in line with current weight/volume-size consumer habit of about 35gr and 67cc. Surfactant base is already about 30gr, not to be reduced unless solution technology delivers a synergistic effect on cleaning
- Foam chemical cost target : up to 0.5 US cents per wash
- Compatible with detergent chassis and not negatively impact cleaning performance
- Can become proprietary in a detergent/hand wash context
What They Are Not Looking For:
- Options requiring a separate device
- Classical citric/bicarbonate admix does not meet above criteria
- Chemistries not compatible with a wide breadth of washable fabrics and dyes
- Technologies not process scalable at relatively low costs.
Subject: Another MarketLaunchers client is looking for new products
Date: Thursday, June 21, 2012 4:16 PM
Dear Inventor –
Market Launchers has just contracted with a DRTV company that is looking for consumer products to sell on TV and then in retail stores. We are looking for problem-solving products that:
· Makes consumers say, “Wow, what a great idea!”
· Is of high quality, is unique and innovative
· Demonstrates well on TV
· Is easy to use
· Appeals to a mass audience
and would fall into one of these categories:
· Pet products
The product should have a retail price between $9.95 -- 19.95 and a production cost of no more than 1/5 of the retail price. If you are already selling it in retail stores, on your website or on TV, that is OK. Also, the product should be patented or patent-pending, although the DRTV company will sign an NDA in some cases.
IF YOUR PRODUCT IS ALREADY BEING MANUFACTURED, WE WILL STILL CONSIDER IT.
There are 2 ways to submit your product your product:
1. Send an e-mail to me, Paul Niemann, at email@example.com, with your web site address so I can see your product. Make sure that your contact info is on your web site.
2. If you do not have a web site, then send me a description along with your name and phone number.
If you’re unsure of anything, just ask me. Who knows? Your product could become the next big thing! Even though we expect a large response to this offer, you will receive a reply from me within 3 days. If it passes the first screen (me), then I will forward it onto my client for their review. It’s that simple. One more thing ... please feel free to pass this message along to your fellow inventors, your inventor group, and anyone else who you think would appreciate seeing it.
From the Secret Files..
-- "Bush Administration Quietly Plans NAFTA Super Highway by Jerome R. Corsi"|
-- Thought of the Day:
"If you want to know your past - look into your present conditions. If you want to know your future - look into your present actions." Chinese Proverb
From an article in Inventors' Digest: Davison Design now InventionLand (11/10/2006)
-- Forbes.com has published a great article about Davison Design's name change to InventionLand. It's an eye-opening article about the workings of a company that claims to be in business to help inventors develop their products.
-- Some 55,000 inventors call Davison each month. Wonder how many of them know of the company's success rate, which, according to the article, "as of late October, only 0.001% of Davison's revenue was derived from royalties paid on licensed products."?
-- Assuming the company doesn't have trouble with decimal points, the royalty business provides Davison $250 a year in sales."
>-- "Spotting Sweet-Sounding Promises of Fraudulent Invention Promotion Firms"
Building a Class Action Lawsuit --
-- The law firm http://www.meyersonlawfirm.com/ on behalf of numerous inventors, agreed to lay the groundwork toward filing a Class Action Lawsuit against Davison & Associates on behalf of numerous inventors - at no charge.
-- If you know someone who feels they did not get value for monies paid and services rendered, please have them contact: Jack Meyerson, Meyerson Law Firm 1700 Market Street, Suite 3025 Philadelphia, PA 215-972-1376 info@meyers onlawfirm.com
-- "The Truth About Invention Submission Companies | IPWatchdog.com | Patents & Patent Law" --
-- Outsourcing - "DonDebelak.com - Online Article 1" -- "Online Articles" --
-- "Don Debelak's One Stop Invention Shop - Developing Ideas Without Spending a Fortune - Helping Inventors Bring their Inventions to Market" --
-- "Solve-It! Marketing Co. - Inventor Services"
-- Preparing for the Worst:
-- A fellow had just been hired as the new CEO of a large high tech corporation. The CEO who was stepping down met with him privately and presented him with three numbered envelopes. "Open these if you run up against a problem you don't think you can solve," he said.
-- Well, things went along pretty smoothly, but six months later, sales took a downturn and he was really catching a lot of heat. About at his wit's end, he remembered the envelopes. He went to his drawer and took out the first envelope. The message read, "Blame your predecessor."
-- The new CEO called a press conference and tactfully laid the blame at the feet of the previous CEO. Satisfied with his comments, the press -- and Wall Street -- responded positively, sales began to pick up and the problem was soon behind him.
-- About a year later, the company was again experiencing a slight dip in sales, combined with serious product problems. Having learned from his previous experience, the CEO quickly opened the second envelope. The message read, "Reorganize." This he did, and the company quickly rebounded.
-- After several consecutive profitable quarters, the company once again fell on difficult times. The CEO went to his office, closed the door and opened the third envelope.
-- The message said, "Prepare three envelopes."
"It allows you to meet with repre-sent-atives from many comp-anies at once, rather than flying and look-ing all over the country."
"Attend-ing a trade show also allows you to see what some of your own compe-tition have bean doing."
"When you survey their booths, ask key quest-ions that will solve your problems."
"Atten-ding a trade show allows you to learn much more about your indus-try."
"Attend the right trade show to license your invention" by Paul Niemann|
Let's say you're in the process of launching a new product. There are several main benefits of attending trade shows in your industry. For example, I managed to find a distributor for my product at one. -- Here are 3 main benefits:
1. It allows you to meet with representatives from many companies at once, rather than flying and looking all over the country. Plus, you'll learn of many companies worth visiting who you'd never even have heard of before. For example, if you're trying to get an automotive product onto the marketplace, the conventional wisdom would be to stop by the booths of only the main automakers. You should also want to visit with some of the many suppliers to the auto industry who sell to those big companies, and they're much easier to work with than those bigger ones.
2. Attending a trade show also allows you to see what some of your own competition have bean doing. When you survey their booths, ask key questions that will solve your problems.
3. Attending a trade show allows you to learn much more about your industry. I've talked with booth vendors who have been in the industry for a long time, and this became helpful because my product is in an industry in which I had never worked.
-- In short, I have benefited from almost every trade show that I've ever attended, and I usually do NOT rent a booth. A booth is usually very expensive. In fact, many times it is better to NOT rent booth space, especially if you go to the trade shows by yourself.
-- Here's why: If you rent a booth space, it means that you'll be tied to your booth most of the time. If you're alone and you leave to explore the other booths, your booth would remain unstaffed and, as a result, unvisited. You'll miss sales.
-- On the other hand, if you don't rent booth space, you're able to wander the exhibit hall to meet with prospects and to see what others in your industry are selling. [And they're attending their booths, having no time to visit yours, if you had had one!]
-- Earlier I mentioned that I managed to find a distributor for my product. How? I showed a sample of my product to people at a number of booths (while, of course, having proper IP protection), and I received many very favorable comments from the majority of them. But it was a man who owned his own company, who also did not have a booth there, who I met in the hallway outside the exhibit hall.
-- I guess the moral of my story is "That (sometimes) it's better to be lucky than be good." I've found that the more people I talk with the luckier I get. There's no guarantee that my new partner will be able to bring in a lot of sales for my product, but we're off to a good start.
-- -- Thought of the day --
-- "Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation." -- John F. Kennedy,
1917-1963, Thirty-Fifth President of the United States
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--> If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something. -->
-- The teacher wrote on the blackboard: "I ain't had no fun in months," then asked the class, "How should I correct this sentence?"
-- Little Johnny raised his hand and replied, "Get yourself a new boyfriend."
Everyone has a scheme for getting rich that will not work. Yeah. Everyone hits a brick wall now and then; the trick is not to do it with your head.
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-- -- GOOD VISION IN A DOWNPOUR --
-- How to achieve good vision while driving during a heavy downpour. --> We are not sure why it is so effective. Just try this method when it rains heavily.
-- This method was told by a Police friend who had experienced and confirmed it. It is useful... even driving at night.
-- Most of the motorists would turn on HIGH or FASTEST SPEED of the wipers during heavy downpour, yet the visibility in front of the windscreen is still bad......
-- In the event you face such a situation, just try your SUN GLASSES (any model will do), and MIRICLE!
-- All of a sudden, your visibility in front of your windscreen is perfectly clear, as if there was no rain at all!!
-- Make sure that you always have a pair of SUN GLASSES in your car, as you are not only helping yourself to drive safely with good vision, but also might save your friend's life by giving him this idea..
-- This even works in a blinding snow storm; you can even see the tracks of another vehicle long after it has gone through.
-- Try it yourself and share this with your friends.