“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading”

Thank you again to everyone who pledged to this campaign. I truly appreciate the support and trust. We raised over $10,000 from 107 backers! However, with only 10 days to go, successfully reaching our goal is just not realistic and so I have decide to end the campaign early. Although you can find opinions on … Read more…

Crowdfunding

“Anything that won’t sell, I don’t want to invent.  Its sale is proof of utility, and utility is success.” – Thomas Edison I will be launching my first product through the well-known crowdfunding platform, Kickstarter.  For those of you who are not familiar with the in’s and out’s of Kickstarter, here are a few basics (feel … Read more…

Patent-Pending!

With the design concepts flushed out, it was time to work on finalizing the patent application.  I had been working with a patent attorney during the design process, to make sure I understood the patent landscape and how my concept fit within that landscape.  The patent process is a lengthy and complex process, and working … Read more…

Now I’ve Got Something

Now I had an idea with legs.  A universal grip that can attach to almost any roof rack, making it easier and safer to strap something to a vehicle roof rack.  I ran through numerous design iterations and several prototypes.  This was a stand alone product that could be marketed to Do-It-Yourselfers and sold through home centers … Read more…

More of the same…

Five weeks after the marketing meeting where Joe discounted the value of my concept, I had my first mentor meeting.  I had put together a PowerPoint slide show for the team explaining who I was, my background, and where I was in the development of my prototype.  After a little discussion, we walked outside to … Read more…

Failure early, Fail often

I had an idea and a prototype, but I knew nothing about how to bring a consumer product to market.  In September 2014, I met with Chris at Gateway Venture Mentoring Service to see if there was a fit for me in their program.  As a potential startup business, I knew that I could use all … Read more…

Inspiration vs Frustration

I have a mid-size SUV with a factory roof rack that came with the vehicle – similar to many SUV’s you might see on the road today. I use my roof rack to transport things like bikes, a roofbox, plywood, lumber, Christmas trees, and extension ladders.  I am a recreational biker and enjoy mountain biking when … Read more…

Grip Racks Blog

Welcome to the Blog.  If you are interested in learning about how the concept was developed from initial idea to functioning prototype, please read my blog posts.  Getting a consumer product to market is an interesting experience – and new for me – I hope you enjoy the ride too. As I am not a … Read more…