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Told with verve, this delightful tale of a restless, curious inventor and entrepreneur is packed with practical advice for creative endeavors. Kanbar's 36 successful inventions (from various medical devices to Skyy vodka and the D-Fuzz-It Sweater and Fabric CombR) all started with difficulties anyone might encounter: hangovers, accidents with hypodermic needles, fuzzballs on sweaters. In each case, Kanbar knew nothing about the problem he set out to solve. Unlike many inventors, who hand off their ideas at an early stage through licensing agreements, Kanbar has often set up businesses to market his products and stayed involved in every detail along the way. He takes the reader on engaging journeys from initial conception to research, implementation, testing, refinement, legal protection, packaging, distribution and marketing. General readers will enjoy these unaffected stories of a straightforward, successful guy. Would-be inventors and anyone engaged in independent creative activity will benefit from the distilled aphorisms ("Thou Shalt Not Bullshit Thyself") and no-nonsense information. It's a rare author who can end his foreword with "I look forward to reveling in your success" and make the reader believe it. With the help of a $50,000 marketing campaign, Kanbar (the publisher of Council Oaks books) is supporting this book with the same care that he's brought to marketing his other products. While none of his inventions, except for Skyy vodka, are household names, would-be inventors will find both inspiration and beneficial tips in his affable guide. (Jan.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
"...of great help to everyone who has ever wanted to invent. It's a thoughtful, extremely well written book...Fascinating reading." -- Richard Nelson Bolles, Author of What Color Is Your Parachute?
"Every inventor or hopeful entrepreneur should read this insightful and fascinating book by one of our generation's true inventive entrepreneurs." -- Leonard Stern, Chairman and CEO of The Hartz Group
"I wish I'd had this book when I first invented the Baby Jogger!...closer to an action-adventure movie than a dry how-to manual." -- Phil Baechler, Inventor of the Baby Jogger --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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This book inspired the creation of Libre Rum & Cola® - and I had the pleasure of meeting Mr Kanbar while in San Francisco... Read more
Great book with a lot of information...he tells his story...I really love this bookPublished 9 months ago by maliante007
Secrets from an Inventor's Notebook reads well and provides many good examples of the thought and 'bringing to creation' process of a product. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Bradley Apling
I have known Maurice Kanbar for 3 decades or more. We had the same patent attorney, Legendary Michael Ebert. Read morePublished on May 16, 2013 by Franklin G. Reick
I like the story of how he developed and produced the vodka, but that's only about a third of the book. The rest of it is just sort of so-so.Published on March 1, 2013 by JP
This book is a well-written, easy to read, and useful analysis of what it takes to create and launch a product in market. Read morePublished on July 23, 2012 by Magic
This book is a refreshing and crisp read brimming with solid, practical, and note-worthy information. Mr. Read morePublished on June 13, 2005 by R.Guzman
I had no idea who Maurice Kanbar was when I picked up this book. I was browsing in my local bookstore, saw "Secrets... Read morePublished on December 2, 2002 by Andy Orrock