The best of times and worst of times for inventors
Posted at 11:33 AM on September 23, 2009
by Sanden Totten
Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Steve Jobs . . . the person who invented the Snuggie . . . America is a nation of idea-people. And with our economy in the tank, we need bright ideas now more than ever to help pull us out of this slump!
(Pam Cole and her invention. Listen to find out what it is.)
But say you're an inventor like Pam Cole (pictured left) and you have what could be a blockbuster invention (it's not what you think), there would be as few barriers as possible between you and the marketplace, right?
Wrong. There is a huge barrier and for once, it's not the economy. In The Loop sent producer Sanden Totten to the Minnesota Inventor's Network to find out why America's inventors are struggling despite a market hungry for new ideas.