Welcome to Invention Lift Off

Welcome to Invention Lift Off

Welcome to Invention Lift OffWelcome to Invention Lift OffWelcome to Invention Lift Off

Innovations that inspire

 Have an idea you want to take to market? Here are free resources to help you do it.

UBERCUTTER

QuickDraw Marking Tape Measure

QuickDraw Marking Tape Measure

Safely cuts popsicle sticks 

(ages 5 - 99)


Get your IDEA on the market with a little a little help from Dane

best selling tape measure - self marking, lifetime warranty - never look for a pencil again...

QuickDraw Marking Tape Measure

QuickDraw Marking Tape Measure

QuickDraw Marking Tape Measure

Does your Tape Measure:

Make 2000 marks per load?  

Reload in 10 seconds? 

Work with one hand? 

Make a radius or circle?

uberstix catapult, Uberpult - The ultimate construction toy - Free instructions online + 3d printing

UBERSTIX Construction Toys

QuickDraw Marking Tape Measure

UBERSTIX Construction Toys

Integrates with all other construction Toys


 Imagine building boats that float and sail, planes that really fly, and buildings that can reach your ceiling...

QUICKDRAW Marking tape measures

Does your tape make 2000 marks per load?  

Does it reload in 10 seconds? 

Does it work with one hand? 

Does it make a radius or circle?

UBerstix construction toys

Imagine building boats that float and sail, planes that really fly, and buildings that can reach your ceiling... 


Instructions are free!  -  Order bulk parts and start building, then customize your build with UberStix 3D printing.  

ubercutter

Imagine the possibilities... Designed for 5 year olds on up, to safely and accurately cut Popsicle sticks. Great for all kinds of craft projects   

Inventors Guide to world domination

So, you have an amazing idea, and you’re not sure how to proceed…



Are you an inventor too?

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Inventor Help

My name is Dane Scarborough, and I’m a professional inventor.  One of the perks of being an inventor is, I can invent and problem solve anywhere in the world. When I launched my first project, Levelution (a segmented carpenters level), I was living in Sun Valley Idaho, which is a ski resort. If we got a foot or two of powder, I’d make my business calls from the chairlift. By the way, I sold that company to Newell/Rubbermaid. Point being, if you have an idea and you want to take it to market, I have free resources on my website that with help you do it. If you have questions, or need help over a speed bump or, over or under a wall, I’m a phone call away. My experience and expertise is Toys and tools, and though I’ve got quite a few licensing deals under my belt, my gift is setting up manufacturing or solving manufacturing issues. Click the button to get free tips on getting your idea to market.

Testimonials

Reza Fatahi
CEO/Founder of Cologne Dog, Inc.

"It wasn't until I met Dane that I found out how to file patents quickly and painlessly. Before meeting him, I thought it was not going to be possible because it seemed too technical, overwhelming, and expensive. Dane helped me navigate the patent office, market and tweak my idea, and so much more which accelerated my dreams tenfold.
It was thanks to Dane that I was able to turn my idea into a real business. He’s a treasure trove of knowledge for any business venture, at any stage. Thankfully, Dane’s the whole package. His teachings will get you to your goal faster. He’s a clear, straightforward teacher with the experience to back up his methods." 


Dan Terry
CEO/ Founder of BRIOTECH Inc.

“Inventive. Creative. Determined. Focused. Successful. Unstoppable. A "Force". I have had few opportunities in my career to work with anyone who exemplified entrepreneurism like Dane. Dane's ability to create and negotiate value are unparalleled. His concepts and products are changing the world we live in.”


J. Vint
Artist & Inventor

"Dane, has the unique talent and ability to isolate the critical marketable value of an idea, and then comes up with ways to add more value by fine tuning the design for ease of manufacturing. He then focuses on the intellectual property strategy, followed by a dynamic marketing plan. From concept to market, Dane's the man."

30 Minute Brainstorming call with Dane

My mission is to guide you step by step to make money with your idea (maybe). Every product idea has unique qualities and needs, but all ideas are not created equal. I'm like Simon Cowell, in that I don't waste your time, or mine, I tell you straight up if your idea has value, or if it sucks. If it does have value, and you want to do what I've done, your best option is my limited time, Free Consolation Call. 

Frequently Asked Questions

I just want to ask a couple quick questions. Can you help me?  Yes, I have a convenient pay per minute option for calls. You schedule a time and receive a confirmation via email. 


I've already filed a patent, and made a prototype...I just need help getting it in front of companies. Where ever you are in the process, that’s where we'll start. In this case, if you already had a patent and prototype, I would:

  • Evaluate the features and benefits of your idea to see if there is more value to add by making improvements to the design.   
  • Evaluate the design for optimal efficiency for manufacturing.
  • Determine the actual manufacturing cost, and do an overall cost analysis against competitors to determine the right market price. 
  • Review and update your sales sheet, if needed.
  • Show you how to approach the right companies, and get the ball rolling on your first deal!  

Will you write my patent, make my prototype, or xyz? No, I am not an invention marketing firm, I’m here to teach the ropes, so you can continue bringing your best ideas to market on your own. I empower you to continue to make money idea after idea. If you hit a roadblock, I step in and help you through it. I also offer LOTS of feedback, suggestions, and guides that will help make the process MUCH Simpler & add value to your product idea from beginning to end. 



I grew LEVELUTION LLC, for nine years, before selling it to Newell-Rubbermaid, a fortune 200 company

LEVELUTION - a weapon of mass construction

a chapter from: The inventors guide to world domination

- SIZE MATTERS -

By Dane Scarborough

No matter how great your idea is, it has little value if there is little, or no market for it. I’m not saying that your idea has to appeal to every person on the planet, but the potential market (number of people that might want, or need your product) has to be large enough, that a company will be interested in licensing it.


 If you decide to manufacture, the market must be large enough to sustain a simple business model. So, if you haven’t already done it, do some Internet searches to find out the actual size of your market. It’s in your own best interest NOT to pay someone else to do this research for you. You'll learn more about the market and come across valuable information that you'll otherwise miss, if you don’t do it yourself. You'll also come across companies that will want to charge you for basic statistics on your market.  I advise against using them.  

You do not need to pay for it! Keep looking, because all the information is out there for free if you dig deep and keep refining your search.


The smallest market I have ever competed in was the carpenter’s level market, which boasted $150 million per year worldwide. To some, that might sound big, but on a global scale, it is quite small. I had half a dozen ideas in different areas, but I chose the level market because it was large enough to sustain a growing business and small enough to compete in, without getting stepped on, or attacked by much larger companies. Furthermore, there were few new innovations in that field when I entered it. With one patent and a prototype (the segmented carpenter’s level, called “The LEVELUTION System”), I wrote a business plan, raised money, and launched a small manufacturing company, in Hailey Idaho (USA).  FYI: there are details throughout this book that will guide you in each of these phases. 


I grew the business, “LEVELUTION L.L.C.” for nine years, and filed nine more patents, while selling product to Home Depot, LOWES, ACE Hardware, SEARS, True Value, STAFDA accounts, and distributors in Europe and Australia. 

I ultimately sold the company to Newell-Rubbermaid, a fortune 200 company, for a large amount of money upfront (seven figures+) and a royalty structure based on ever increasing minimums. After the sale, they hired me as a new product consultant. I filed eighteen new patents the following year, seventeen of which, they licensed.  


Ok, you’ve done a fair amount of market research and it’s time to make a new list based on the size of the markets. Your idea with the largest market share should be at the top, working down to the idea with the smallest market share at the bottom. This may not be the final order of the list, because, as you saw in the story on LEVELUTION, it was a small market with big potential. So, your final list needs to combine the size of the market, with what you feel most comfortable with, and where your life experience might lend a hand. I started with a level company, because I had worked on construction sites, and had extensive building knowledge. That said, I should also tell you that besides the business and manufacturing experience I gained with LEVELUTION, the only experience I had with toys, before I launched my toy company, was playing with construction toys, because I really love to build. Point being, you need to factor passion in, as well. 

There’s an amazing commencement speech given by Jim Carey (the actor) in 2014, at the Maharishi University of Management. This speech is not political, it’s about life choices. In it he talks about how his hero (his dad) was a creative and wickedly funny guy, but in order to take care of his family, he played it safe and sold insurance, nine to five. Please take a moment now to put down this book, and do a search for that speech, then watch it beginning to end. Just in case, here’s the address: https://www.mum.edu/whats-happening/graduation-2014/full-jim-carrey-address-video-and-transcript/

So, to recap:

“DO WHAT YOU LOVE!”

And while you are doing what you love, keep this in mind as well:

"If you trust in yourself. . .and believe in your dreams. . .and follow your star. . . you'll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren't so lazy." -Terry Pratchett – 

Ha! You’ve gotta love a quote that builds you up, only to kick you in the groin (for your own good). 

Once your list is finished, relax, then get ready: this next chapter is all about "Avoiding landmines, on your road to success!"

I did it, and you can too!

I grew the business, “LEVELUTION L.L.C.” for nine years, and filed nine more patents, while selling product to Home Depot, LOWES, ACE Hardware, SEARS, True Value, STAFDA accounts, and distributors in Europe and Australia. 

I ultimately sold the company to Newell-Rubbermaid, a fortune 200 company, for a large amount of money upfront (seven figures+) and a royalty structure based on ever increasing minimums. After the sale, they hired me as a new product consultant. I filed eighteen new patents the following year, seventeen of which, they licensed.