Entries by Quirky

The Key To Your Brilliant Idea: Find That Special Someone

We’re all the world’s poorest billionaires, just letting our game-changing ideas rot away in our Notes app because for a multitude of reasons we can’t get past “I’ve got this great idea…” We’ve got jobs. We’ve got kids. I’ve got a dog who lets himself out of my apartment. The idea is the easy part […]

The ABC’s of inventing your dreams

If you want to make it in the world of invention, you’ve got to know and talk the lingo to communicate with the right people to prove you’ve done your homework and are ready for the big time.  The invention process may seem daunting and even confusing, but it doesn’t have to be.  In addition […]

Get a little Quirky and invent something great!

You were one of the lucky ones…. Woken from a deep sleep with the best idea you’ve ever had, you manage to scribble down your brilliant invention concept onto the blank notepad lying in wait on your bedside table.  This act alone is a notable achievement, since so many ideas – good, bad and ugly […]

What’s Stopping You From Pursuing Your Idea?

By Gina Waldhorn, President of Quirky I Asked a Room Full of Women: What’s Stopping You From Pursuing Your Idea? Quirky launched #InventHer, an initiative dedicated to creating a more inclusive invention ecosystem. We started small, hosting a breakfast to have a conversation about the issue (women file only 8% of all patents in the […]

The Epic Showdown – Dogs vs. Toothbrushes

Toothbrushes are invading the mouths of dogs everywhere. Dogs aren’t having it and they’re doing anything and everything to fight back. Video credit: CrazyFunnyStuffCFS As funny and entertaining as it is to watch dogs dance, juke, bark, nip, play or anything else but get their teeth brushed, keeping your dog’s mouth clean is critical to their […]

Meet inventor Sam Cheng

Meet Sam. He’s a computer science major at Rice University and inventor of the Portable Surround Sound, which has been renamed, Air by Quirky. Air is a portable speaker that detaches into 3-5 smaller speaker segments and can be used to create a premium, wireless surround sound experience in or outside the home. “I wanted […]

We shit-zu not – we should talk!

Hello Hello! Thanks for coming. You rock! “If you can dream it you can do it” – Walt Disney (we’re fans)… We are Quirky, a consumer products company that makes products invented by real people like you, and we’re working with Arm & Hammer on a super awesome project to improve pet owner’s care of […]

OMG I’m so thirsty!

Written by Gina Waldhorn, President of Quirky  OMG I’m soooo thirsty!! I’ve said it a thousand times. I’ll probably say it a thousand more. But I’ll never say it again without recognizing I have no clue what it feels like to be truly thirsty. I’ll never know the pain of having to walk 6 hours […]

The Home and Housewares Show: A Brief Quirky History

The International Home and Housewares Show, hosted at Chicago’s McCormick Place, is the largest housewares-only show in the world. The show attracts 2,200 vendors featuring their incredible products and more than 60,000 attendees looking for what’s new in the world of housewares. Kitchen was a huge focus of this year’s show. Natural-themed products and fun-infused […]

Women Won’t Hold As Many Patents as Men Until The Year 2092

That’s according to The Atlantic, which means “when we reach patent gender parity I’ll most likely be dead, or at least wearing a new “sleeve” Altered Carbon style, says Gina Waldhorn, President of Quirky. Less than 8% of all patents filed name a woman as the lead inventor. 81% of patents filed DON’T NAME A SINGLE […]

Quirky Makes an Appearance at the New York Toy Fair

Each year nearly 1,000 global media representatives flock to Toy Fair to report on the hottest trends in toys and games. From exhibitors to manufacturers, attendee companies presenting at the Toy Fair account for approximately 90% of the annual U.S. domestic toy market totaling $26B. This year Quirky joined thousands of other registered play professionals […]

Meet Quirky Inventor: Paulette Blankenship

Meet our featured Inventress, Paulette Blankenship! Paulette has had aspirations of becoming an inventor since childhood. With so many innovative ideas in mind, she began searching for a way to make it happen. And then it did! Paulette came across Quirky several years ago during a televised broadcast and shortly after decided to give Quirky […]

Quirky and Syracuse Partner to Make Invention Accessible

Students kicked off their spring semester with a 2-week invention challenge hosted by Quirky. The community-led invention platform Quirky in partnership with Syracuse College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) partnered to deliver a one-of-a-kind invention experience for students coming back from winter break. When students arrived to start their spring semester at VPA, they […]

The best inventions we found at CES 2018

This year, CES, the country’s biggest consumer electronics show in the world, featured nearly 3,900 exhibitors covering more than 2.75 million square feet, making it the biggest floor in the show’s history. Team Quirky represented products invented by real people like you at the show across two booths. Among the Quirky inventions which were featured: – […]

Asking for Faster Horses: Why Big Brands Are Struggling

This week the WSJ published an article detailing Unilever’s struggle to maintain market share as independent and local startups continue to usurp the once all-powerful market leaders. The Journal details how they’ve tried everything from corporate restructuring, to hiring “game changers”, and full on copycat tactics, all to little avail. Outside of what the article mentions, Unilever […]

Standing Up to the #CESSoMale Fail

Last week CES was exposed for the obnoxious lack of diversity on their Keynote Stage. Not one single female speaker, and almost 100% white men. After getting bombarded with blogs and tweets from major tech influencers, diversity advocates, and Fortune 1000 corporations calling for change, they issued the world’s worst excuse. In a nutshell, they […]

Quirky’s Invention Process Explained

If you have an idea for a product or enjoy product design and helping others with their invention projects, Quirky is for you! Inventing on the Quirky platform is simple and it’s easy to track your invention from beginning to end. With Quirky’s invention platform, there are (5) five stages, or steps your invention goes […]

QUIRKY, HSN, and Randi Zuckerberg to Host Invention Search in NYC

Calling all inventors and entrepreneurs in the greater New York City area. We want to hear your brilliant ideas! Quirky and leading entertainment and lifestyle retailer, HSN, are hosting an open call to inventors and entrepreneurs to pitch their product ideas “Shark Tank” style at Randi Zuckerberg’s Sue’s Tech Kitchen in New York City on December 9th 2017. […]

Quirky, Ace Hardware Select Two Inventions for Hurricane Recovery

In August and September, something terrible happened. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria raged havoc. Millions of people were affected: their homes and cars destroyed, access to power lost and food scarce. Billions of dollars in damages piled up across multiple US cities and Caribbean countries. Many stood by, hoping and praying for the people affected. […]

What We Should be Thankful for this Thanksgiving

We often talk about the inventions that have changed our lives for the better – and hey, they are pretty incredible, but what if instead of celebrating things, we celebrated the brilliant minds behind those inventions we love so much. Take the microwave for example, invented in 1945 by a man named Percy Spencer. Spencer, […]

What NOT Making the “Most Inventive” List Should Be Telling You

  Every year, some of the top magazines release their top inventions lists, touting some of the coolest and most innovative inventions to be released. The most recent list to be published was Time. The list was rather comprehensive, with inventions coming from all sorts of verticals including Sports & Fitness, CPG, Apparel, Beauty, Auto, […]

Join The Product Journey

Today we launched our new pipeline pages, a content series where you can keep up with the progress of inventions which have been selected for development. Check out Helix here, and Sound Track here. What does it mean if your submission is selected for Development? First of all it means you should celebrate, brag to […]

8 Insanely Clever Storage Ideas

Most of us don’t live in sprawling Jay & Bey style mansions. We live in “charming” homes that support our lifestyle and life stage. But whether you live in a stylish studio in the big city, or are creating a home in the ‘burbs for a growing family, every bit of space counts. These unique storage ideas were hand-picked by […]

Welcome (Back) to Quirky

Today Quirky looks different. What you are seeing is the first piece of a multi-phase rollout of important and necessary updates and enhancements to quirky.com. What’s New: First, we updated our homepage. As Quirky’s business model has evolved, so has our process for invention evaluation and development. Our new homepage is designed to educate new […]

Setting the Record Straight on Quirky’s Royalty Structure

We’re the first ones to admit our royalty structure (which is called Influence on quirky.com) isn’t a simple one. That’s because what we’re doing isn’t simple – it’s groundbreaking. From the technology that divides – in real time – millions of fractions of royalties, to the community control of those royalties, we’re not your typical […]

On the Road(map) to Invention

July was a big month for Quirky. We selected our first new toy invention off of the platform to move into production – a plush toy invented by community member Debbie Schwartz called Tiger Tunes. We decided to do this a bit under the radar by posting a plush toy challenge to our forum members […]

New Partners, New Shop

Two big announcements this week! First, we’re thrilled to announce our partnership with Viatek Consumer Products Group. Viatek is a world leader in the development of innovative products for both their brand, as well as renowned licensees. They utilize a strong global infrastructure for product development and currently distribute products in 40 countries spanning 5 continents. […]

June Update: What’s Going On

Summer has well and truly arrived here in NYC, and we’re embracing all of the work that’s keeping us inside with the AC! Here is a snapshot into some of the projects we’ve been tackling over the past few weeks: Licensing Expo Las Vegas: At the end of May the Quirky team hopped a flight […]

Quirky’s Had Some Work Done

Something’s different, we’re glad you noticed! We’ve had some work done. Nothing crazy, a few cosmetic tweaks to update the aesthetic of the website. Over the next couple of months you’ll see quite a few changes being rolled out to the Quirky platform, starting with our homepage and logo change today. Why did we make […]