What does your business do?
R&D for inventions. Currently developing a new design of parachute that could help NASA land on Mars, or other rocketry companies that launch rockets. Could also be used by dragster cars for slowing down after a race.
When and why did you start the biz?
To develop inventions. Parachute Idea was in 2016. Got patent search done, working on business development, got provisional patent on it, just started a C-Corp for it (March 2019)
How Many People are in your Company?
1 so far. Recruiting
Where's your office?
I have an office at RCBI(.org) in Huntington, WV. They also have a makerspace where I'm working on 3D printing prototype testing models.
What's the toughest part of running your biz?
Finding qualified, interested people to add to our business. Then, funding.
What's the most fun part?
Actually working on the prototypes, building models to test, networking with people and organizations in aerospace.
Anything you would have done differently?
I've contacted organizations to help build my busiess, but after the first contact, I don't hear from them. I have to keep after them to get them to remember me to provide the information that their organization was created to provide.
What's next on the horizon for your biz?
All at the same time:
1)software simulation (vendor identified)
2)real world model testing (need to buy equipment)
3)busness networking- poll industries to validate interest and validity
4)IP protection - file for non-provisional patent
What advice do you have for others?
Keep after your contacts. That will show them your fervent passion for your product/service; they want to back a go-getter.
How do you use Idea Cafe to help your biz?
School (where, still in school, degree)?
B.S. Ohio State University
Prior jobs or business?
CTO in oil & gas industry, prior small business experience
What are your pets' names?
Is there any one person or event in your life that led
you to go into business for yourself?
Seeing that 9-5 won't make you prosperous. I want to help several non-profits and that takes money.
Anyone you publicly want to thank?
Marcus Lemonis - I like his style.
142 Caroline Circle
Hurricane, WV 25526