If you're serious about bringing your ideas for products to market, you should absolutely attend trade shows. They're always eye-opening. The only way to truly understand the mechanics of any industry is by attending its trade shows. One guarantee? You'll be overwhelmed. I've attended all kinds of shows over the course of my career as a product developer , including toys, back-to-school, pet, housewares, hardware, electronic, promotional, music, and more. Checking out the latest innovations and making new friends at a trade show never fails to inspire me. But I've also wasted a lot of time attending the wrong shows and not having clearly defined goals. When you're starting out, it's especially important that you make good decisions. Your resources are limited! Preparation is key. At trade shows, I meet inventors who have spent years and tens of thousands of dollars getting ready to show their product to the world. They've paid for a booth and now today's the big … [Read more...] about What Inventors Need to Know About Trade Shows
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June 16, 2021 started as an ordinary day for Loveland resident Rachel Metcalf, a Senior Girl Scout for troop 71106, otherwise known as the GECCCOs (Girls Experiencing Camping Canoeing and Cycling Outdoors). Little did she know that before the end of it, a sudden change in the weather would turn the unremarkable day into a test of her strength and resolve. The recent Mountain View High School graduate was leading a canoe day camp for younger Girl Scouts and their siblings at Boyd Lake State Park, an activity she’d been participating in annually since middle school. Metcalf was on shore observing her fellow troop members and campers out on the water when she noticed an ominous shift in the weather. “A thing that I’ve learned through day camp is there’s a point where the wind gets just a little bit too much,” she said. Metcalf had been expecting an afternoon shower, but something told her this was no ordinary summer storm. Then she saw the “wall of dust” descending on the lake … [Read more...] about Loveland Girl Scout honored for life-saving actions in Lake Boyd incident
Shark Tank star Aaron Krause -- the energetic inventor and founder of the bestselling sponge Scrub Daddy -- has been releasing new products at a relentless clip this year. First, there was Eraser Daddy , Scrub Daddy's take on the famous eraser material popularized by Mr. Clean. Heat-compressed and dual-sided, Eraser Daddy is designed to last longer. Two months ago, he launched Scour Daddy , which improves upon the typical scouring pad that has remained unchanged for decades. It was quickly picked up by every Walmart in the country. Next up came Screen Daddy , a circular microfiber pad for cleaning your electronic devices that you can conveniently store directly on them. It's currently available in Bed Bath & Beyond as well as Kroger stores. Last month, when Krause debuted Daddy Caddy and Sponge Caddy -- plastic containers for storing Scrub Daddy products -- they completely sold out at Bed Bath & Beyond stores. That's not it. On October … [Read more...] about Want to Invent Best-Selling Products? Innovate Like the Founder of Scrub Daddy
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin 2021 was the year net-zero commitments went mainstream. Following the COP 26 climate conference in Glasgow, well over 100 governments have set a net-zero decarbonization target. These commitments cover 88% of global emissions, 90% of global GDP, and 85% of global population . Nearly one-thousand municipalities and over three thousand private businesses have also made net-zero commitments as part of the UN’s Race to Zero decarbonization initiative. While these commitments are a positive first step, they must now be backed by concerted action. The stakes are higher than ever as climate change continues to intensify. Net zero by 2050 is a science-based goal that aims to limit the worst effects of global warming. Policymakers, business leaders, and the public should understand both the origins and urgency around this crucial climate goal. A manmade crisis Human activities produce around 35 billion tons of carbon … [Read more...] about How Net Zero Became Our Global Climate Goal And Why We Need It
Peter Bergen is CNN's national security analyst, a vice president at New America and a professor of practice at Arizona State University. Bergen's new paperback is "The Rise and fall of Osama bin Laden." from which this article is, in part, adapted. The views expressed in this commentary are his own. View more opinion on CNN. (CNN) In 1961, after a CIA-backed invasion of Cuba failed spectacularly, President John F. Kennedy said of the Bay of Pigs fiasco, "Victory has 100 fathers and defeat is an orphan." Peter Bergen Last week, President Joe Biden took a victory lap when he announced that the US had tracked down and killed its most wanted terrorist, al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, who was living in a house in Kabul, Afghanistan. Don't expect a similar celebration on August 30, the first anniversary of the US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, which ended the longest war in American history. Any realistic assessment of that action shows that it … [Read more...] about Opinion: Biden’s Afghanistan exit decision looks even worse a year later
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin D onald Trump has made a lot of investments over his career. One of the flashiest, his purchase of Mar-a-Lago, also turned out to be one of the best. Trump paid an estimated $10 million for it in 1985 and turned it into a moneymaking club, before a rising real estate market made it one of the most valuable homes in the world. Today, the crown jewel of Palm Beach is worth an estimated $350 million. The property, which the former president said the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided on Monday, was historic long before Trump got involved with it. The cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post built the estate from 1924 to 1927, incorporating details befitting the Roaring Twenties. Stones traveled from Genoa, Italy via three ships. Silk-needlework panels came from an old palace in Venice. The living room rug hailed from a Spanish monastery. In 1973, Post passed away, bequeathing Mar-a-Lago, which means “sea to … [Read more...] about How Much Has Trump Made From Mar-A-Lago, His Palm Beach Estate Under Siege?
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Sports fans are in luck right now, as we are about see a convergence of huge events, many of them held only once every two to four years, along with some entirely new but very high-profile options. Here are some of the biggies and how you can go see them. World Cup 2022 Next up is the world’s No. 1 sports spectacle, the men’s soccer World Cup, a quadrennial tournament like the Summer or Winter Olympic Games. Soccer is the most popular spectator sport in the world, and if you don't go this fall, you won't be able to see it again until 2026. Every World Cup is rare in the sense of the four-year cycle, but this one is even more notable because of a couple of firsts, including the fall dates, so it does not conflict with the busy summer family vacation travel season, and the Middle East location (not without some controversy, a ccording to the New York Times ). As a result, 1.3 million visitors are expected to visit Qatar … [Read more...] about Sports Travel—How To Attend The Biggest Sports Events In The World
Dear Reader , The Panorama newsletter is sent to Moneycontrol Pro subscribers on market days. It offers easy access to stories published on Moneycontrol Pro and gives a little extra by setting out a context or an event or trend that investors should keep track of. In a case of how cheer for the economy may not be so for markets, investors in US stocks fretted over excellent jobs data. US businesses added 5,28,000 jobs in July, beating most estimates by an embarrassing margin. US 2-year treasuries rose after the report, as the market priced in a more certain likelihood of another 75-basis point rate hike by the US Fed. But the S&P 500 slipped, as investors pondered over what too strong an economy could mean for interest rates. Those fears did not carry over to India, however, with the stock market rising by a strong 0.8 percent at 1.15pm. The RBI’s 50 basis point hike in the repo rate last week and its determination to stay in ‘withdrawal of accommodation’ mode is … [Read more...] about Moneycontrol Pro Panorama | Are US and Indian markets decoupling?
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin I have always viewed politicians that promise to ban hydraulic fracturing — commonly known as “fracking” — with some level of suspicion. In fact, a year ago as candidates were making these promises I explained Why A Ban On Fracking Will Never Happen . Those promises have always signaled one of three things to me. The Significance of Fracking First, the candidate may not understand the significance of fracking to U.S. oil and gas production. So let’s review that significance. Fracking has actually been around since the late 1940s and has been used extensively to promote higher production rates from oil and gas wells. Fracking involves pumping water, chemicals and typically sand down an oil or gas well under high pressure to break open channels (fractures) in the reservoir rock trapping the deposit. Oil and gas do not travel easily through these shale formations, which is why they need to be fractured. The … [Read more...] about Joe Biden Shifts To A Realistic Fracking Stance
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin FILE: Bob Dudley, chief executive officer of BP Plc, speaks during the World Gas Conference, in ... [+] Paris, France, on Tuesday, June 2, 2015. Dudley will retire early next year, a much-anticipated step after more than nine years at the helm of the oil and gas giant. He’s succeeded by Bernard Looney, the head of upstream who has led BP into new countries and championed the latest technology. Photographer: Christophe Morin/Bloomberg © 2019 Bloomberg Finance LP “ Watching our estimates for the Marcellus rise from 2 trillion, to 84 trillion, to 97 trillion in under 20 years demonstrates the effects American ingenuity and new technology can have ,” USGS director Jim Reilly , October 3, 2019 Ever since the U.S. shale revolution took flight in 2008, it's been a consistent theme: not just rising natural gas production but also rising proven natural gas reserves. In fact, over the past decade, the U.S. … [Read more...] about U.S. Natural Gas Reserves Continue To Soar