Prolific inventor

August 6, 2007

Without giving much away, the pitch by one prolific inventor in the season 2 definitely got my attention. This entrepreneur/inventor has invented so many things that is just simply hard to believe unless you see it. So here is a picture of some of the inventions that he bought to his pitch.

I thought hard about this entrepreneur’s approach. And the image of James Dyson keeps coming up in my head. In case you don’t know, James is the inventor of the Dyson vacuum cleaner. It took James 4.5 years and 5,127 prototypes until he got his vacuum cleaner right. It fascinates me to see this Dragons’ Den entrepreneur’s approach in contrast with the approach by Dyson. If we look hard, I think there are something to learn here.

By the way, for the aspiring Dragons’ Den inventors/entrepreneurs out there, I highly recommend James’ insightful book “Against the Odds: An Autobiography”. James is not only a first class designer and inventor, he is also a good businessman who can execute his vision and strategy.

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From 166 to 70 in Season 2

August 2, 2007

Dragons’ Den fans, today is your lucky day. My insider (lets call her/him “DeepDragon” (smile)) has kindly shared some interesting and neat inside info with me.

For season 2, there were a total of 166 pitches to the Dragons. Obviously, because of limited airtime, not all of these pitches will make the show. At the moment, looks like approximately 70 of them will appear over the 10 episodes in season 2. This is a lot more pitches than last year and great news for us Dragons’ Den fans.

At the moment episodes number 1, 2, and 3 are being rough cut. And from my good source, we are going to have some new music that will make things smoother and easier on the ears. This is great news if you remember my review of season 1 episode 2 where I felt the “special moment” between Maya (Aqua Blanket) and Robert could have been better handled without some heavy-handed music.

Unofficially (note: full details to be decided & announced later), the final season 2 episode will be mostly comprised of a $50,000 viewers choice prize (thanks to Concrete Equities) that is awarded to one of the Dragons’ Den entrepreneurs. Remember, this is unofficial news, so consider yourself warned. (smile)

Now, have I got you excited about the new season?