Friday, August 28, 2015

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Can home based hydro-electric power work? Calculate for yourself!

I've been sick at home this weekend noodling over whatever can distract me from feeling sick and did an interesting Virtual proof of concept. I invite you to do the math with me and tell me if my thinking is wrong or not but I think it is possible for many of us to have our own hydro electric power scheme!

Why would I want one? It's not about generating power... its about storing it... even if you have a 4kWh solar panel setup you can still only run it during the day. The point of using stored water is that it can be used like a battery. But unlike a battery a water tank and water turbine has no dangerous chemicals and is much easier to maintain than a bank of batteries. Tesla recently announced a solution in this field but even at 15-20k I still worry about having all those batteries stored in the garage... so here goes the math.

Hydro power (watts) = the mass of the stored water (kg or litres) x the water flow (litres per second) x the distance the water drops (metres) x gravity (9.8 metres per second squared) x the efficiency of the turbine (larger turbines are 90% efficient)

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To put this in perspective an average Australian home uses 18.1 kilowatt hours of electricity.
One kilowatt hour is equal to 1,000 watts being used up over an hour. To put this in every day terms 18.1 kilowatt hours is the same amount of energy as running 10 old 100 watt light bulbs for 18.1 hours a day.. that's how much we use on average each day.

So to supply the same amount of electricity from a hydro scheme we would need a minimum of 18,100 watts of power delivered over 24 hours which is 750 watts per hour. So here goes the calculation.

If we have 1000 litres of water (1,000kg) and drop it 1 metre at a rate of 1 litre a second with gravity and a 90% efficiency then we would generate 1000L*1M*1 Lpsec*9.8*0.9 watts or 8,820 watts!

OK so we need 18,100 watts over 24 hours so we need the power/ water to run 24 hours and the 2.5 times the power we are generating above. The water above would last 1000 seconds.. and there are 24X60x60 seconds in a day... 86,400! mmmmmmm

So if we increase the stored water to 10,000 litres and reduce the flow from 1 litre per second to 210 milliliters of  water per second then the figures look like this:

energy in watts (target 18,100) = 10,000*0.21*1*9.8*0.9 = 17,640

And the water would flow at the rate of 210ml per second which is 13.2 hours ooops.. we need 24 hours so back to the drawing board.

To make 10,000 litres last 24 hours the flow rate is a maximum of 115ml per second so if we make the drop 3 metres we should have it... lets do the calc.

energy = 10,000 * 0.115*3*9.8*0.9

Wow that 30,429 watts so lets dial back to 2m drop

energy = 10,000 * 0.115*2*9.8*0.9
ok we now have 20,286 watts

So that's it... I think!
a 10,000 litre tank with a hose that allows a 115ml flow per second dropping 2 metres with a turbine that is 90% efficient should supply the power for a normal household for 1 day.

So how do we get the water into the tank in the first place?
Solar, wind turbine or wind pump (see Amazingly some windpumps can consistently pump 6400 litres of water per hour in a 24km/h wind so even a medium breeze for 3-4 hours a day may keep the tank topped up...!

Maybe the killer idea is to run the power mains to a pump to keep the main tank filled and only use mains when solar, wind or windpumps don't cover the lost power.... mmm am I not calculating this right?

Tell me what you think... maybe Im not thinking this through properly... Please comment below or on Facebook.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Open Letter to Sir Richard Branson

Sir Richard,

Ever since I first read your book "Losing my Virginity" I have been fascinated by your simple approaches to complex processes and your personal productivity. Thank you so much for sharing what are obviously private thoughts. Thank you.

Now to the purposes of this letter. If by a great stroke of luck (and your forbearance) you do see this letter, I would love to know some of the answers to these burning questions I have asked over the years. I'm sorry if you have answered them in other places but I haven't been able to find satisfactory explanations. So here goes:

About the Virgin Group ?
  • Lots of Aussies, what qualities attracted you to have them on your Group team?
  • How does Virgin Group keep cash flow if equity is the main goal of the business?
  • Is there any equity sharing with the team in Virgin Group?
  • Is Virgin Group cashed by bank loans, or was there initially investors that were then bought out?
About building new Venture Teams?
  • There seems to be a practice of scalping talent from other Virgin companies. How do you do this without causing partners in in the scalped companies (the company you scalped the talent from) from getting upset? For example if you take management from Virgin Atlantic how would you pacify Singapore airlines concerns about scalping talent?
  • Is your model to bootstrap with Virgin Group (to get equity) then to find a partner for finance and operational experience?
About Personal System (Note Books and Lists)
  • Where do you keep them if you travel so much? (I presume in your mezzanine library at Necker?)
  • Have you considered digitizing them? (ie: scanning) 
  • Have you had pressure to hand them over to lawyers for discovery in court cases? (I have had to and they were ruined)
  • Do you keep daily “to do” lists in your notebook?
  • How many do you go through in a month?
What is your support system? (ie: how do you delegate?)
  • How involved are your assistants in running your life? For Example: Do you dictate messages for them to send as emails for you?
  • How do you remember who is to do what….and when?
  • How are your assistants organized? By company or by location, or both?
When interacting with Key people?
  • Out of the time you spend with them, how much is face to face? (in terms of % of total hours)
  • How much is social?
  • How much on the phone?
  • How much sending emails?
  • Do you use dictation recorders?
  • s there a difference between how time is spent during Startup? Market entry? Maturation?
  • It has been reported that Rupert Murdoch used to do four yearly cycles, travelling to his his key offices.
  • What is your routine?
  • Or are you the seat of the pants?
Mr Branson, if you do get to read this then I would presume that some of these questions could only be answered confidentially to avoid 3rd parties using the information for unintended purposes. I will gladly contribute $10,000 to a cause of your choice to pick your brain privately.

Thank you so much for visiting. It’s a real honour.
Thank you kind sir :-)

Ric Richardson
ricricho at gmail dot com

Ewingsdale Road Peak Traffic Congestion Plan

Typically I wouldn't get involved with local problems as I really try to apply myself to solving problems for Industries and everyday general users of technology. But the problem in my hometown of Byron Bay is getting so chronic that I thought I'd throw my hat in the ring.

The problem: To enable emergency vehicles and selected public transport, such as the sports ground to CBD shuttle, to have direct and uninterrupted access to the full length of Ewingsdale Road. Note, this is not an ongoing solution but simply a recommendation for the busiest parts of the year namely the last week of the year going into Jan and during big peak periods such as Bluesfest.

The solution: To temporarily on an “as needed” basis, or at a reasonable time table, stop the outbound traffic from the CBD so that the outgoing lane can be used (temporarily for 10 minutes or so) for incoming emergency or shuttle traffic. To do this by placing traffic lights that face the outgoing traffic and asks them to stop and pull to the side of the road for 10 minutes so that emergency or buses can get access to the Byron CBD.

Here is an example scenario: The happy bus leaves the sports field on the hour between 8am and 7pm on peak days. The bus driver has a remote trigger for a series of red lights that are spaced from the roundabout in front of the Byron Police Station to the OziGo intersection on the way out of Byron. Each red light has a sign that says "On red light please pull to the side of the road until a green light is shown". As the bus driver goes past each red light the driver sets the light to green to allow traffic to start behind him or her as he proceeds towards town.

  • Ambulances police and emergency vehicles do not have to run the gauntlet of oncoming traffic.
  • It will strongly encourage the use of the CBD bus service. Image the PR value of having a bus pass you in the line when you have been sitting there for 40 minutes!
  • By the way free bus passes for locals would be good!
  • Have the police use it from time to time to catch abusers!
Survey:Just below I have included a survey of visitors to the site to see what the consensus is... its OK if you decide to "Tell me I'm dreaming :-)" but its better to know one way or the other. Please note this is not a political activity, just an exercise in common sense that if supported may be put to council.

(See more details below) If you want to support this initiative there is provision to add your email to the proposal in a form below.. thanks for visiting.

What do you think of Ric's Traffic solution?
Definately need something like this
Give it a go Ric. It may just work
Nice try but not realistic
Tell him he's dreaming
facebook poll

Implimentation: To do the above I imagine that there will need to be temporary traffic lights and instructions to pull to the side of the road at these locations:

  • Just before the roundabout at Lawson street on the way out of town just past the railway tracks.
  • In front of the Caltex/ Woolworths Petrol station
  • At the Sunrise side road
  • At the OziGo intersection
The ability to remotely control the traffic lights is assumed but not a big deal if not currently available as I can see exactly what's needed.

Depending on the results of the poll I will know whether or not to formally follow up on the idea so tell me what you think and thanks for visiting. If you vote please check back as I will be wanting to get your help to push this through if enough people are interested.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The secret way to get stuff from the US - from SMH

I tried to talk my brother who lives in California into running a business like this 3 years ago but he never got excited about it. These Aussies are doing $1mill per year with the same idea...

Since then I have been toying with the idea of a town consolidation model... ie pickup locations where larger multi-person shipments are shipped from the US to an address in a local town (ie Byron Bay) and people who wanted cheap shipping group together to get one consolidated package shipped...

For it to work the goods must be non deteriorating and the recipients must be happy to wait for the full order by weight to be completed before the shipment can go off... so a person wanting a pack of batteries must wait until 80 kg of other orders are made to have the goods shipped.. but that way they may be only paying 1-$5 per kg shipped.

From SMH:

MySmallBusiness is running a selection of readers' favourite stories from 2014 over summer. This is one of them.
What do a life-size collectable ET toy, a statue of Medusa, a toilet for a caravan and a plane fuselage have in common? Well, nothing, apart from that they are some of the unusual items that Australians have requested from the United States.
Australians want to purchase some items in the US because they can be up to 80 per cent cheaper.
Cheap American goods have proven a boon for Sarah Madigan and her partner, who started the company US to OZ three years ago.

A study by Deutsche Bank in 2013, when comparing Australian prices with US prices, shows we pay twice as much for a pair of Levis, up to 30 per cent more for an iPhone, more than 40 per cent extra for a packet of cigarettes, and cars and hotel rooms are often double the price.

Cheap American goods have proven a boon for Sarah Madigan and her partner, who started the company US to OZ three years ago.

"Essentially, we are a freight forwarder," Madigan says. "If a US retailer won't ship goods outside of the US, our customers utilise our US address for the delivery. We then reship direct to the customer in Australia for a small fee. We enjoy high-volume discounts with most of the carriers, keeping the shipping costs as low as possible for our customers. Over 12 months ago, we expanded our offering to include sea freight, which is an economical option for large and heavy items."

Of course, US to OZ is not the only freight delivery service and companies like Amazon have been delivering products to our door in Australia, albeit, very slowly, for some time. However, US to OZ differentiates itself through price.

"We try to provide a cheaper shipping option," Madigan says. "Amazon's international shipping rates can be quite expensive, and if you purchase multiple items, they may ship in multiple shipments. Our advantage is that often shipping is free within the US, and we can consolidate all of the customer's items into a single package, making the overall cost cheaper for the customer. Amazon is also prohibited from shipping many brands outside of the US.

"Recently, we shipped out 19 pairs of children's shoes for a customer in Sydney. We removed all of the individual packaging free of charge and her total shipping costs came in at $5.88 per pair. She posted on our Facebook page that she saved 'between $600 and $1000 on that shipment alone'. All of the shoes, except one pair, retail between $70.99 and $79.98 in Australia. She paid anything between $14.99 and $32 a pair."
Madigan's business grew through the frustration of wanting to mail items back to Australia after returning to the US in 2010.
She decided that she could make a business out of it and at the end of her third year, the business has turned over more than $1 million this financial year.
"Shortly after launching the business, I sent my husband off to Target in the middle of a snowstorm to collect a doll for a customer's young daughter who was about to celebrate a birthday," Madigan says. "He wasn't thrilled about making the drive in the dangerous conditions in over a foot of snow, but we didn't want the customer to miss out on the item that wasn't available for purchase online.
"I sent my customer a photo of my husband shovelling the snow off the driveway and she was so thrilled with the level of service she posted about it on a forum called OzBargain. That was back in February 2012, and we have received so much business from that glowing review and the subsequent others that people have posted on a variety of different sites."
With the Australian dollar falling, US to OZ may suffer as a result, but Madigan, who hails from Perth and had a career in finance winning awards for "banking salesperson of the year" with Macquarie Bank, is a step ahead of the game.
"After an increased amount of interest from non-Australian customers, we decided to set up a secondary business, Freight it Forward, to assist non-Australian customers," she says.
"Despite the new expansion, we remain 100 per cent committed to US to OZ and our Australian customers."
Madigan says it is a big advantage being an Australian-owned company, as Australians like to deal with their own.
They also like "good old-fashioned customer service", a lesson Australian retail shops should learn in a hurry if they want to remain viable.

Read more:

The secret way to get stuff from the US:

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Monday, December 29, 2014

Smart locks: the next smart-home winner?

via Gigaom

One Reason The Apple Watch Will Succeed When All Other Smart Watches Have Failed

The 'simple life' manifesto and how it could save us

2014 in Computing: Breakthroughs in Artificial Intelligence

20 of the Most Amazing Swimming Pools in the World

You only need a camera (and luck) to copy someone's fingerprints

How to Use Evernote to Overcome the Biggest Challenge in Achieving Your Goals

Revealed: the encryption tools spies can (and can't) crack

With the experience I have had over the years of having my privacy breached by lawyers in "discovery" for court cases I have been made keenly aware of how personal information can be inappropriately used and abused.

Some make sweeping statements about not having anything to hide, but its amazing how information can be twisted and abused.

In the Microsoft case I had two highly paid Microsoft lawyers grill me about what they thought was some damning evidence that turned out to be an amplifier design for hall that I was doing volunteer work at. Its not about having things to hide. Its about how information can be twisted to serve any purpose an intruder wants.

On the other hand we want to live in a civil just society so there is argument for both sides but I for one like to have some say over when and where people get access to my personal information. This article is an eye opener.

Revealed: the encryption tools spies can (and can't) crack:
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Jeremy Howard: The wonderful and terrifying implications of computers that can learn

I've had a few people tell me that this video is disturbing but I find it fascinating... its is really worth the investment of time to have a look at this to understand machine learning (also called Deep Machine Learning) and its impeding impact on modern life.

'via Blog this'

Jeremy Howard: The wonderful and terrifying implications of computers that can learn | Talk Video |

Friday, December 26, 2014

Apple Pay works in Australia, if you have the right card

Interesting to see the reality of what happens in trying to role out a ubiquitous solution for something as complicated as merchant services.. Make me think that Quickpay (a project I am working on at the moment) has a solid chance of becoming a large scale solution.

Apple Pay works in Australia, if you have the right card:

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Amphibious HexH2o drone shoots both aerial and underwater video

Sir Richard Branson Proves the mighty power of the lowly notebook

I'm a chapter or two into Sir Richard Branson's latest book and seeing yet again how powerful his simple practise is of keeping a notebook for all his meetings, ideas, lists and life. This practise continues to serve him well and yet again I am forced to concede the simple practicality of his system.

Ever since I read "Losing my Virginity" his first book, I have been trying to work out how to achieve his success with notebooks with firstly a Palm Treo then my iPhone... but the fact is that the organic immediacy and handiness of a notebook trumps all...

Over the years I have cycled in and out of periods using notebooks for a number of reasons...

What really stands out in this latest book is his discipline in writing down notes after meetings and also some thing he alluded to in this latest book... he talks about how he recalls details from months ago to use in meetings so he must practise the use of carrying the last 2 or 3 notebooks with him at any given time as a reference...

So with the lessons learned under my belt i am going to try to fine tune my take on the Branson Notebook system by doing the following:
  • Keep up to 3 months of notebooks with me all the time. 
  • Make a point to do detailed notes and action items from each meeting or important phone call 
  • Try not to use my notebooks for roughing and planning so much as documenting and defining... 
Looking back at my notebooks, the pages are full of half drawn patent drawings, random and never finished to do lists and rough scrawls of numbers or words that have no context or "meat" to them.

Let's see how far I get with this system.... with a tip-o-the-hat to the brilliant Sir Richard Branson..

Thursday, December 25, 2014

8 Weeks work cycle life hacking: 7 weeks work + 1 week off

Back in 2007 I conducted an experiment in trying to optimise the length of sustained work over a limited period of time... I started by looking at the traditional quarterly work cycle.. 4 cycles per year with evaluation and planning at the end of each cycle.

But i found that cycle to be too long.... people lose focus and momentum when delivery dates are months away... but the other extreme doesn't work either... in my experimentation I found that less than a month doesn't give you enough room to get major projects achieved... so I settled on an 8 week cycle where the 7th week is used for relaxing and recalibrating and the eighth week is used for planning the next 8 week cycle.

Well Ill never forget the feeling of successfully completing my first 8 week cycle! 6 weeks of intense activity felt like a lifetime but was just short enough for me to push hard with the knowledge that if I achieved my goals i would have a reward week at the end... I went on a 10 day RV trip with my girls as a result and spend the most of week eight planning for the next 6 weeks...

Well life got in the way and I didn't get to consolidate the things learned but sitting here today I realise what a powerful thing it is to know you have a break coming up and the chance to relax and plan, but a real impetus to push through and make things happen within the first 6 weeks of the 8 week cycle.

Well its on again. I'm going to give the concept another try. The technique works like this:

  • Print up 10 pages with 7 days across and 8 weeks down the page.
  • Order the pages in themes: personal/ income/ project 1/ project 2 etc
  • Then devise specific milestones and goals for each theme or project with the intent of getting key target milestones complete as part of the basis for the reward of a week off in week 7.
My pages for the next 8 weeks will be: 1. Master; 2. Theo, 3. Income, 4: Haven, 5: Motion Log on, 6: Quickpay,  7: IdeaMachine,... and two or three others.

Why am I doing this?
Because Inventing is so proactive and draining that its easy to feel overwhelmed and put things off until tomorrow.. but when there is a reasonable deadline and a reward to look forward to (ie the week off at the end of the initial 6 weeks) you can see the light at the end of the tunnel and can push on even if its painful to do so... the joy of doing something constructive on your break and being reinvigorated for the next cycle could be a powerful routine if it can be achieved.

It will be interesting to revisit this post in 8 weeks and report how successful the project was.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Court Case Win in East Texas

Yesterday I arrived home from Texas on a 17 hour Qantas direct flight. The day started with the first day of Jury deliberations for the case of Uniloc vs Electronic Arts... the day ended with a verdict in favour of Uniloc and a dash to Dallas airport to get back home.

I came to Tyler for the case as a witness. It was my first time in court representing myself as the inventor of the 216 patent and it was a real eye opener.

Top things learned was how great it is that an Australian can go to Tyler in Texas and ask the American people for justice from a worldwide respected Judge (The Honourable Judge Leonard Davis) and eight patient and long suffering jurors. I never got to meet the jurors but I did get to say hello to the Judge. After 5 long days it was a real honour to meet such a well respected and even handed member of the judiciary.

The first thing that hits you in court is just how solemn and serious the law process is. Judge Davis has a coat and tie rule so there is a rack of coats by the court entrance. Everyone working in the building has a deep respect for the Judge and even though there is lots of lively argument and counter argument the strong presence of the Judge and the deep respect that he demands for the law and the court overrides any tactics on any side of the issue at hand.

I so often read people off handedly spouting off about East Texas and it's reputation for patent cases but I can tell you the pressure on both the plaintiff and the defendant to make a reasonable, clear and understandable case is mind numbing.

I became part of a team that was sincerely trying to get justice. We had a war room near the curt and the conviction in that room made me feel like a spectator. Every person was giving 100% and totally engaged and the epitome of professionalism. I will do another blog a bit later to thank them all individually but I must say that it made me feel deeply privileged to have been part of that team.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Helped Adam with his Augmented reality patent

This project was really interesting... Augmented reality has been either a military app or an entertainment app.. Adam is using it for a vital real world purpose.. good on him glad to help.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Now know your strengths... the single biggest change to business thinking

If any of you know me will know that I quote this book as being the biggest influence on my business life. It was the instrument that got me to focus on my strengths and manage weaknesses. It was also illuminating given that most Aussies aren't to big on knowing their strengths... it took this book for me to realize what I'm good at...!

Click on it to go to the download for the book if you are interested...

Traction.. a book for people who get product but think execution is a mystery.

Just started reading this... its a bit technical but it works.. really works... this book is a real eye opener to all of us who think that building a better widget will automatically get people to come.

This is just the thing for all the inventors I know... really great book so far.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Help for Rob regarding patentability of an app and how to get the development done cheaply

7/9/14 Rob. W

Helped Rob work out what may be patentable for his app on Android and how to go about reducing the cost of development... he was quoted $100k for his app but I showed him how to use Filemaker as a prototyping tool and to get a working model before getting quotes... Rob is a happy camper.

Click here if you think Ric could help

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

A young fellow I helped hits the news

From the Northern Star 2nd September 2014 Congrats Jacob Link to original article A SIMPLE idea for a portable hard drive to back up photos is proving a winner for teen inventor Jacob Clarke. The 17-year old student took out the innovation award at Ric Richardson's Innovation Pipeline event last week, beating five adult local inventors.

The invention, Picstor, is a portable battery-powered hard drive to back up photographs and video. A keen nature photographer, Jacob came up with the idea while on a trip to Tasmania when he ran out of space on his SD cards.

"At the moment all hard drives need a computer, so if you are in the wilderness there's no way you can backup your photos," Jacob explained.

"This is the first portable hard drive with its own power source."

Winning the prize means Jacob has the chance to patent and prepare his invention for manufacturing, with mentoring by seasoned professionals along the way.  "I think one of the reasons I won was there's a ready market for my design," he said.

Yesterday a provisional patent for the invention was filed with help from Ric Richardson, famous for taking on Microsoft in a nine-figure patent infringement case - and winning. "He's pretty amazing, he devoted heaps of time to educate me on all the legal language of patenting," Jacob said.

"I think I'm officially an inventor now," he laughed.

"By the end of this year we're trying to get a prototype made and then we'll start a Kickstart campaign to go towards raising the money for full-scale production of it." Already an accomplished photographer, Jacob said he couldn't wait to get his hands on the prototype of his own invention.

He's won several competitions for his photography and on the weekend did a photo shoot for the social media sensations and singers No Frills Twins for Teen Vogue.

Kimmaree Thompson, CEO of local Regional Development Australia who sponsored the event, said the Innovation Pipeline brought a huge amount of specialised knowledge and business opportunity to the region. "We had close to 50 inventors and innovators from outside the region, and were able to connect dozens of national entrepreneurs with local creative businesses," Ms Thompson said.

Patent Pending in 24 hours

This is the book that I used to learn how to write provisional patents and I highly recommend it. The most important feature of the book is that about a third of it is examples showing the provisional and full patents for the same invention side by side so you can see how much less work is involved with a provisional patent... an excellent tool. If you think it will help you please download it now by clicking on the image

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Visit to Google Today

After demoing the Google Glass privacy shutter at Sydstart today, I built up enough confidence to bite the bullet and just go over to Google Australia and find someone to show the invention to. Luckily on the way out of the event I ran into Murray Hurps from Fishburners and he reminded me of the key people who have interacted with the Fishburners crew from Google. His advice "Talk to Alan Noble (Google Australia GM), but if you get the chance talk to Sally-Ann Williams first".

So I jumped in the taxi and headed of to Google in Ultimo... went to reception and was greeted by a friendly young guy in a snazzy suit, with an ivy backdrop, cool looking rusted Google logo and a misting device putting a calming scent into the air. I asked him if they made him wear the suit, but he said Google lets you wear whatever you want.. he just thought that his dressing up was appropriate for his job.

He subsequently did the rounds trying to get in contact with SallyAnn and amazingly she agreed to see me in about an hours time... I had some lunch and went over to meet her at the Fairfax building. Again I was greeted by a wacky train carriage entry area, scooters and other transport paraphernalia and ten minutes later a smiling SallyAnn. 

I am not going to go into what happened but safe to say it was as positive as I could expect. How many places do you know of where you can call in unannounced and have someone fit you into their schedule on no notice?
Especially someone with Sally Ann's level of experience and responsibility. I hate the idea of ever working for someone but if I had to my first choice would be Google.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Inventor training and advice.. Go Brett

Brett 30th August

Brett wanted advice on how to select the best idea from many & focus on developing patents, prototypes and business plans cheaply and well. We discussed getting basic skills such as patent provisional writing and discussed the book Patent Pending in 24 hours... hes a dedicated inventor in training.. good on him

Click here if you think Ric could help

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Is our tech patentable?

28/8 Simon

After a lot of work on a killer technology Simon had no idea if there was a patent hidden in their project... sometimes you cant see the forest for the trees.. within a few seconds Ric knew they had a pretty strong technology going and set them in the right direction... One of the founders also had doubts about patents because the ability to fight infringers needs big bucks. Ric helped them to see that its not the small business that needs to fight patent infringement... its the big company that buys your company that wants to fight infringers...

Cool stuff.

Click here if you think Ric could help

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Byron event teaches how to make the most of crowdfunding

CHECK IT OUT: Inventor Ric Richardson will be one of the speakers at the conference.

CROWDFUNDING - the Reality Check will inspire all ambitious innovators looking to get the most out of their crowd-funding campaigns by teaching them the skills necessary to start their dream projects.

The two-day conference, which is part two of the Innovation Pipeline Series, will provide the tools for local inventors to learn how to use crowd-funding campaigns to test the market and fund their ideas.

The series for up-and-coming inventors was created by one of Australia's most high-profile inventors, Ric Richardson, famous for taking on Microsoft and winning a multi-million dollar settlement for breach of his software patent.

Speakers at the conference will include Richardson and event co-creators Ted Esdaile-Watts and Braden Wilson from Industrial Design.

The founders of Zeoform, a start-up that invented an innovative ecomaterial made from cellulose fibres will share the lessons learned from their crowd-funding campaign while Marcus Schappi from Geek Ammo who attracted backing of $573,760 having asked for $25,000 will also speak.

The first Innovation Pipeline event held in Byron Bay last year was a sellout and numbers are restricted to ensure participants have a chance to mingle with speakers.

Byron Theatre on Thursday, August 28 and Friday, August 29. Early bird tickets $35. Standard tickets $80

Friday, May 2, 2014

Great advice from Richard Branson

--Business Stripped Bare, page 259

Entrepreneurs versus managers

As a small-business person, you must immerse yourself 100 percent in everything and learn about the ins and outs of every single department. . . . And as the business gets bigger, you will have to decide if you’re a manager or an entrepreneur. If you’re a manager, you can stay with that business and help it grow. If you’re an entrepreneur, you need to find a manager. Then you should move on, enjoy yourself and then set up your next enterprise.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Microsoft patent victor Ric Richardson working on no-password security breakthrough |

This is the first article about the password replacement technology I'm working on. 

A couple of mistakes but I shouldn't not pick. It's starting to get exciting. 

View down Main Street Fort Worth Texas

I'm here as a witness in a court case but enjoying the city. No graffiti anywhere and all the buildings seem newly rebuilt. 

Asked a local about living standards and he told me the average wage was 60-80k but you can buy a house for 100k! This is not Sydney! 

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