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Invent Boston designs and develops original products to add science + whimsy to  every day tasks at home.   Our first product is a Two Minute timer, Two Minute Turtle, a visual timer. The Two Minute Turtle helps children and adults focus on two minute tasks such as brushing teeth, physical therapy, taking a shower and speaking (practicing a presentation or learning a language).

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Invent Boston designs the Two Minute Turtle Timer.  The Two Minute Turtle Timer, helps make toothbrushing more fun. Focused brushing on the flipper corresponding to the corner of the mouth. It’s a quadrant toothbrush timer and the Two Minute Turtle Timer makes other two minute tasks more fun, like holding poses, transitions, showers, toilet training, and speaking in meetings. Kids with autism appreciate the visual cues.

It will Consume You!

Virginia Berman

I was at an inventor’s meeting recently. I ran into one of the success stories—the guys who “made it”—have a product widely available on the market and appear to be profitable. Always excited to learn from those further down the road from me, I asked his advice on whether to mass produce. That’s the step we have in front of us. I appreciate honesty but even this may have been more honesty than I was prepared for…

“It (the business) will eat you up. You’ll be on the phone at 1:00 AM working, and then for the rest of the day. And you’ll be trying to make pay-roll every single week. And all I wanted to do was make things. And the large stores will order 20,000 and then change their mind. And then an order will be stuck at the harbor when there’s a Longshoreman Strike. And you’ll miss the main selling season. And you’ll be expected to pay for orders that a big store sends back to you. And you’ll wish you licensed your product. Why would you start a business?!”

Or as my wise nephew said, “those who succeed at start-ups, eat nails for breakfast.” I feel like I’m eating my nails for breakfast. And it’s OK. It’s what I signed up for. I’m in the right place. Let’s keep moving forward. Like our motto, slow, steady, forward.