Those ideas, the ones you can't shake and would love to invent, the ones you imagine would make a cool million in an instant -- they're the ones Buddy DiFonzo and Mike Solow are looking for. Friends from their software sales jobs, they started a company called Idea Harvest, which matches idea people with designers and manufacturers, streamlining the inventing process and landing them a profit based on clients' success.
|The Tablet Claw: coming to a meeting room near you?|
Their inaugural project is an idea of their own: the Tablet Claw. Less than a year ago, DiFonzo sat in the crowd at a company conference when the speaker fumbled and dropped the iPad he was using to deliver the presentation. "It flew out of his hand," DiFonzo says. That's when he realized that tablets are slippery as hell, and there's an uncornered market to making them graspable.
He texted Solow to discuss the idea over lunch. They were both in. DiFonzo researched currently available products that would make it easier to grip the device during a presentation. There was stuff out there, but it was "bulky," "nerdy," "not iPad cool." They imagine their product could be used by pharmaceutical salespeople, anyone delivering a presentation, or by casual users.More »