August 22nd, 2016 6:30PM IASCK Monthly Meeting
Learn What It Takes To Be Successful In Marketing Your Inventions
by Ralph Lagergren
Ralph Lagergren grew up in a small town, Lincoln, in central Kansas. He graduated from Kansas State in marketing and then spent 15 years working in corporate ranging from marketing research, to sales, to management. His first major step out into the world of inventing and entrepreneurship was the development of a new combine of which the patent and technology rights were sold to John Deere in a multi-million dollar deal. A book, Dream Reaper, highlights all the ups and downs of this development before success was attained. Since then he has developed several projects with successes and failures and truly understands what it takes to be successful and has adjusted his approach to hedge his bets on having more successes than failures.
When asked what he does Ralph used to respond that he develops new products, but when people didn't understand what that entailed Ralph lays out exactly what he does: #1) he is 1/4 inventor, #2) he his 1/4 instigator . . . meaning when he works with other people he pulls out all the different ways to make this new invention, #3) he is a big picture person understanding very likely what will happen down the road, and #4) he is 1/4 a combination of PR man, financier, manager of projects, key decision maker, and the negotiator on deals.
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