Wednesday, May 13, 2020 (Online - Beginning at 5:45pm)
The Amazing Bunch Of Balloons Story
Josh Malone, inventor of the enormously successful "Bunch O Balloons", will share his amazing story of successes and obstacles on his journey to invention success. Having now sold over a billion balloons, Josh has achieved tremendous success. But to get there, he had to overcome many roadblocks including the United State Patent Office. He will share how he got there - the true process of fund raising, product development, licensing, and marketing a new product today. He will also share the hard realities of getting and defending a patent, and present:
1. Creating and Developing His Invention
2 Running an Extraordinary Kick-Starter Campaign – Raising More than ONE MILLION DOLLARS
3. Solving Production Hurdles
4. Confronting Competitor Knock-Offs of His Product – Leading to Expensive Legal Battles
5. AND Overcoming the Ultimate Challenges of Defending His Invention with the United States Patent Office PATENT TRIAL APPEAL BOARD (PTAB).
Josh quit his corporate job in 2006 to take a shot at the Inventor’s Dream. Eight years later, with savings depleted and kids’ college unfunded, he took one last swing before trudging back to the corporate world.
Josh's kids have always enjoyed playing with water balloons. So, he sought to solve the messy water filling problem. After years of experimenting, Josh put a straw in a balloon and sealed the balloon with a small rubber band. It worked! He decided to call it Bunch O Balloons and filed for a patent. Josh put it up on Kickstarter and after a few days, it raised over $1,000,000. After a few weeks, he went on the Today Show. After production started and his patent had issued, infringers appeared. Come to the meeting and hear the rest of the story!
Meeting Flyer: The Amazing Bunch Of Balloons Story (pdf)
Guests are welcome.
From 6pm to 6:30pm Alan Beckley
Alan will answer questions and offer insights about product marketing and more.
From 6:30pm to 8:00pm Guest Speaker
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2020 Meeting Dates
Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
December Party TBD
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Each month we have meetings to collaborate, interact, inform, and learn about inventing, marketing, manufacturing, protecting, and learning how to succeed with inventions. The mission of the Alamo Inventors is to be a compass, resource and inspiration for inventors and entrepreneurs as they launch their concepts to market.
What We Do
We provide monthly meetings where members can meet and discuss their ideas, problems and solutions, talk with community resource members, and hear guest speakers talk about their real world experiences.
This provides a forum where this information may be shared and discussed to expand and educate the membership of the group.
Additional on-line resources are available to help direct the inventor and entrepreneur to the local and national organizations to help them as their ideas progress from concept to market.
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