This invention spotlight is on Nancy Tedeschi, the inventor of SnapIt Screws. Have you ever needed to fix a pair of eyeglasses? The screws are so tiny and hand to handle. Nancy came up with an innovative solution to this problem.
What was your inspiration for the invention?
The old saying that necessity is the mother of inventions is what inspired the SnapIt Screw. My mother was over in a foreign country doing volunteer work and she broke here eyeglasses. Be the problem solver that she is, she took her earring out of her ear and put it through the hinge in her glasses and her glasses were now fixed. She worn this dangling bead from the hinge of her glasses for about 1 year. She traveled to several foreign countries with it in and people would literally stop her on the streets and ask her where she got this charm. My mom came to me and said “you have to invent charms for glasses.” Me being the one who always has been a risk taker decided to take this project on. So I do have a patent for charms in the US but while invented them I got so frustrated with that tiny screw that I thought there had to be a better way. So I really invented this screw by accident. It’s funny how life is.
What was the hardest part of the process?
The invention is the easy part and what comes after is like living in hell (haven’t been there but it is what I image). Not knowing anything about inventing I literally had to google my way through the process. I have set up patents and patent pendings all over the world, set up manufacturing in China, a warehouse in Seattle and I am now a sales person for SnapIT. I think that getting it on the shelf and bring product awareness to the market is the the hardest part. People don’t want to return calls and it is really expensive to advertise.
What is most rewarding part?
The most rewarding part is the knowledge that I have gained and now that I offer to others. I travel around to Universities and Inventors Associations all over the country. I don’t charge to do this and I do it out of a passion I have to make it a little easier for people to do this. I would not wish this process on my worst enemy and I will do what I can to make innovation in this country a little easier. It seems like we need to start schools to help with this process. We are supposed to be the most innovative country in the world and their is no place you can go that is a safe haven for inventors.
What advice can you give a new inventor/entrepreneur?
I would advise new inventors/Entrepreneurs to do you homework. Find a mentor. Ask the right questions. What have you invented? What patents do you have? What products have you successfully brought to the market? What inventors have you helped? Go to the local college for help so many of the professors are willing to help. Read a lot of books and Google a lot.
If you had to do it all over, would you? If so, what you you do differently?
If I had to do it all over again I would do it exactly how I did it. I would make the same mistakes and learn the same lessons. I have gained a tremendous amount of knowledge and I believe I am in the exact place that I am supposed to be in. I made several mistakes and those mistakes enable me to help other people avoid them.
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