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Thomas Edison Pioneered Team-based Innovation

The very notion of “innovation” traces back to when Edison perfected his invention factory, later to morph into commercial R&D labs, team-based problem solving—a seismic and permanent worldwide economic shift .

Edison enjoying a meal with one of his teams at his legendary West Orange Labs.

Edison enjoying a meal with one of his teams at his legendary West Orange Labs.

Of all he invented, this was his most significant achievement. Before Edison died in 1931, every major corporation adopted this powerful innovation tool; and it remains fundamental to this day, whether a company does it in their own labs or joins in alliance with other labs.

R&D labs gave birth to legions of project managers who today manage and lead new product development teams all over the world-a process that creates jobs and whole new industries, and continually disrupts the status quo, the very heart beat of capitalism. It has been said of Edison that his life’s work has probably been responsible for one-fourth of all the jobs on planet Earth today; as well as account for 10% of the annual world economy … about $6 trillion.

Teams like this developed many of the new innovations at West Orange

Teams like this developed many of the new innovations at West Orange

General Electric had a powerful slogan back in the 1950s-“Progress is our most important product”. Edison is the fellow, in 1887, who unified progress with team-based innovation-exactly what we teach our children in school in STEM classes today. Thanks Tom!

Thomas Edison said, “I never perfected an invention that I did not think about in terms of the service it might give others… I find out what the world needs, then I proceed to invent …”

Left: Intel-Edison module now available world-wide for developers. Right: The “Tommy” award given by the Edison Innovation Foundation.

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Thomas Edison Intellectual Property Can Work for You

Edison on the Walk of Fame

Edison on the Walk of Fame

Would you be interested in advertising just how entrepreneurial your company is, linking it to the most famous inventor/entrepreneur of all time; someone whose light bulb invention itself is the very symbol of a bright new idea? You can use Thomas Edison images to turbo-charge your sales and advertising. You can afford to do this.

Edison on a Chick-fil-A Commercial

Edison on a Chick-fil-A Commercial

Edison Intellectual Property [ “I.P.” ] has been licensed and used all over the world. It has promoted many things, including the popular educational paradigm known as STEM. Thomas Edison is perceived as “smart” and “entrepreneurial” so his name is selected for marketing innovative and disruptive new products. The world’s greatest inventor lives on not only in his inspiration to future generations, but also in his linkage to popular culture and advertising.

Edison IP has been most recently used by the world’s premier electronic company, Intel. Their microchip designed to facilitate rapid prototyping by budding entrepreneurs has been named the Intel-Edison compute chip; and can be seen at the end of this post.

Other examples of I.P. use include:

  • International car manufacturers, both for gasoline and electric vehicles
  • Korean electronic maker; and an industrial company
  • Japanese Patent Office
  • Wall Street Brokerage
  • Edison Nation
  • European pharmaceutical company
  • Large software company
  • Commercial for a personal hygiene product
  • Electric lighting product company

They all licensed Thomas Edison’s name and image for use in advertising their products and services.

“Edison’s Desk“ is a trademark and a symbol of innovation for licensing

“Edison’s Desk“ is a trademark and a symbol of innovation for licensing

The cost for an I.P. license is dependent on numerous factors including Geography (national or worldwide), Time Period (6 months to a year or more), Media (print, TV or Internet) and Size of Audience (“eyeballs”).

To learn more, check us out at Thomasedison.org/licensing, and for assistance in learning how you can use Edison I.P. , contact:

John P. Keegan
Chairman & President
Charles Edison Fund / Edison Innovation Foundation
973-648-0500
Info@thomasedison.org

Thomas Edison said, “If we all did the things we are really capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves …”

Left: Intel-Edison module now available world-wide for developers. Right: The “Tommy” award given by the Edison Innovation Foundation.

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Thomas Edison – On the Road Again

Between 1914 and 1924, American giants explored the woods and rural byways of America, in then Model T type vehicles. Some say they started the recreational camping craze that persists today.

Their arrival may first have been witnessed as a dusty caravan, jostling along some unpaved country road; or perhaps you and your horse stumbled upon their encampment, under aromatic balsam and fir trees-dinner al fresco tantalizing your nose.

The vagabonds-Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, John Burroughs, and Harvey Firestone

The vagabonds-Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, John Burroughs, and Harvey Firestone

Thomas Edison usually navigated the entourage in the lead vehicle with his trusty compass. Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone and famed environmentalist and prolific nature author John Burroughs in tow-all at a time when car travel over long distances was fraught with many hardships. Not to worry though, America’s preeminent mechanic, Henry Ford, was at the ready to keep the caravan rolling; and of course they rode on Firestone tires. Mr. Burroughs regaled the gang with his nature stories and keen observations.

It is all nicely told and interpreted at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFOOEShDEpo

Check this one out too:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzuVsCfuHRg

It was these trips that got the Edison juices flowing for using native plants as a feedstock for artificial rubber-Tom’s last great research project.

Fine dining under the balsam and fir tree canopy

Fine dining under the balsam and fir tree canopy

In later years, the wives accompanied them on their eclectic sojourns, unstructured on purpose to promote relaxation, discussion and a re-connecting with nature. Ford even designed for their convenience two motorized “chuck wagons” to accompany the vagabond adventures.

The motor car decentralized the railroad, much like cell phones did to hard-wired telephone exchanges and other forms of traditional communications like “watching TV”. These men had changed the world and were exploring how it brought rural America into focus, and accessible. Perhaps it brings back memories and the excitement of the summer camps of your youth! Kind of reminds me of Willie Nelson’s iconic song … ”On the Road Again”. The vagabonds had their own kind of generational music.

Rise and shine lads!

Rise and shine lads!

Thomas Edison said, “The world owes nothing to any man, but every man owes something to the world.”

Left: Intel-Edison module now available world-wide for developers. Right: The “Tommy” award given by the Edison Innovation Foundation.

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