INNOVATION BLOG

How To Stay Focused At Work - It's All Up To You

  How to stay focused at work is all up to you. You're tired of all the noise and distractions in your life? Yeah, me too. I'm tired of about six months of noise and distraction day in and day out. But, you know what? While I sit here trying to work with major construction...


How Do I Know If My Idea Has Market Viability - Will People Pay For It

 How do I know if my idea has market viability? I was outside running and I got a question in that I wanted to answer because it is at the foundation of LaunchStreet and how we do business and why we do business. So Carrie in our community asked: How do you assess market...


New Invention Help- Especially If It Doesn't Fit Into A Category

 Alright, I just got this question in from the community so I wanted to stop while I was walking and actually answer the question. What do you do when you have a new idea that is so innovative that there's no category out there right now to put it in or describe it? Wow,...


Are There Risks Entrepreneurs Face - Yes And Small Steps Make A Difference

 Small steps help you manage the risks entrepreneurs face. Okay. Hey, I got this question in today and I had some ideas around it. So I wanted to quickly answer. Rita asked: How do you minimize risk when you have a new idea? Ahh, such a great question. Here's the thing I want you...


What To Do With New Invention Ideas - Get It Out Of Your Head

 Where Do I Start With My New Invention Idea? Hey community, so I was just percolating on a new idea and the first question I had to myself and I know some of you have is: Where do I start with this idea? Do you ever have that where you've got this thing, you...


Minding The Gap When I Was 14 And Just Starting Out

Part One: Minding The Gap When I Was 14 Being an entrepreneurial mind means constantly coming up to gaps. Places where we don't know what to do or how to do it. When I set out on this entrepreneurial journey when I was 14, I had no idea what I was doing. Do you have...


To Create The Future You Must Let Go Of The Past

I just got back from 3 glorious weeks of vacation and I wanted to say.. Hello...I'm so happy to see you again! For a while there my life consisted of hot sand, the shockingly clear waters of Lake Tahoe and the roar of the boat engine.   Why am I sharing this with you?  ...


Top 5 Lessons Hot Yoga Taught Me About Being An Entrepreneur

 Like many stressed out entrepreneurs, I got hooked on hot yoga. For those of you that have sweat it out in unbearable heat while holding gravity defying poses you know what I mean. It’s addictive. It cleanses the mind and body. But, hot yoga has done much more than tone my abs and sweat out...


Forget what you learned in school, here are the real 5Ps of marketing

In business school you learn the 5Ps of marketing: product, price, promotion, place and people. I remember studying them in an undergrad business course. In theory, that sounds great, but if you come from the school of real-world hard-knocks, like me, then you know full well that those 5Ps are a load of sh**. My...


What the US Army Taught Me About Innovation: Camouflage, Robots and 8,000-Calorie Meals

  Let’s face it, when you think of innovation, the government and in particular the Army don’t come to mind. So you can imagine my surprise when someone from the US Army Research Laboratory called me about coming out to do a keynote speech for women’s history month and spend the day touring the “labs.”...