Inventors Must Improvise to be Successful

Turning Vision into Value

If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area, or if you’re visiting, please invite your friends and colleagues and join us for the Silicon Valley Innovation Institute’s Innovation Society 2010 Series…

SVII “First Wednesday” Innovation Society Meeting
March 3rd, 2010
6:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Program: Improvising Inventors: A Moderated Panel Discussion


Ed Austin — Flings

SVII member Ed Austin developed the pop-up recycling and trash containers known as Flings. An inventive way to make recycling easier, Flings are now available at Safeways across the country. More information can be found here.

Joy Mountford — QuickTime

During her time at Apple Computer, Joy Mountford managed the Human Interface Group; the group that developed QuickTime, AppleSearch, and Macintosh Finder, among other software programs. She was also the founder of Apple’s International Interface Design Project. An interview with Joy Mountford can be found here.

Barbara Carey — Hairagami

Barbara Carey has brought over 100 products to the market including the popular hair accessory Hairagami, launched seven companies, and is the author of The Carey Formula. Additional information can be found at her website.

Todd Basche — Wordlock

As CEO of Wordlock, Inc., Todd Basche invented the Wordlock padlock because he could never remember number combinations. Prior to developing Wordlock, Todd was VP of Software Applications at Apple, responsible for creating iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, and iDVD. Information about Wordlock can be found here.

Program Description

As most inventors and entrepreneurs discover early in their careers, reality generally throws a few curve balls at them. Decisions usually need to be made without complete knowledge of the technology or of the marketplace. Perhaps this is why only a fraction of inventions achieve any form of success.

This event will feature an open panel discussion with local inventors that focuses on the relationship between improvisation and invention. Often, successful activities do not turn out as anticipated; adapting and improvising are core competencies for innovators. The program will bring together several inventors for a discussion concerning the types of improvisation they have utilized to achieve progress and become successful. Bring your questions to our panel of distinguished inventors who against all odds have managed to get their inventions out into the world.

Program Schedule

6:00 Arrival and networking
6:45 Community buffet dinner
7:15 SVII Business: Howard Richard Lieberman Chairman
7:30 Feature Presentation: Improvising Inventors — Panel Discussion
8:30 Follow-up discussion: Showing Up as an Innovation Advocate.
9:30 Closing

Event fee: $35 drop-ins, and $25 members.

Drinks are available on a no-host basis.

Please be sure to RSVP at We are collecting questions for the panelists in advance, so please email your questions ahead of time, if possible.

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Memberships have recently become available and can also be purchased using the same secure PayPal cart below.

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Need to reach us at the last minute? Call: 650-712-8100.


Bay Cafe, Bayshore Ballroom
1875 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto

Embarcadero East, past Ming’s, turn left into the Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course; from the parking lot, walk up the wide path toward the golf course buildings; the restaurant will be on the right.

Archives and Outlook

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SVII “First Wednesday”
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