Everyone is an Inventor
I am a life-long inventor and a part-time patent attorney. I believe that people are better when they are inventing: working to create new technology for the benefit of their future customers. You do not need to be part of a big company or a research lab to invent - you can be a micro inventor today. I built Dyor.com to provide you with a path to get from where you are to a successfully licensed invention and to let you know how I can help if you get stuck.
Everyone Can Invest in Micro Inventors
Inventors need help. Even more than money, inventors need feedback from others to get them focused on solving a commercially interested problem. The investment vehicle is the perfect mechanism to both push invention feedback earlier in the invention lifecycle + to align the incentives of the inventor and the people who helped.
Regardless of whether you are a micro inventor, an investor supporting micro inventors, or both, I wish you success on your journey.
My History with Inventions
When I was in the Army in the 90’s, I took the nozzle off a gas mask and hooked it up to my canteen so that I could drink water hands-free (I think it was for the 12-mile EIB ruck March) . Since then, I have filed about 100 patent applications and have over 90 different issued patents. My co-inventors include Bill Gates, Satya Nadella, and Oliver Graham. I also sold my first physical product called Puttmate.
My History with Investments
Even though I have invested greatly in patents, both as an inventor and as a patent attorney, I have spent the last decade working outside of patent law, including running Microsoft's startup accelerator where I invested in 20 different startups:
2012: MetricsHub (acquired), Staq.io (acquired), Appetas (acquired), BagsUp (folded), Embarke (acquired), Fanzo.me (now Ripl), Keebitz (folded), Mobilligy (acquired), RealtyMogul, and Socedo (acquired).
2013: 1Track (became AppSheet - acquired), Airpost (acquired), Azuqua (acquired), BeehiveID, Boxella (folded), BuildersCloud, Factor.io (folded), Heroic.ly, Ofunnel (folded), and Synch.bi (folded).
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