How to Invent a Product with Michael Mazzocco, USMA ‘93

Sep 12, 2017 | USMA

“I’ve always had the bug to invent and I’ve always rattled around ideas. I didn’t want to be the guy with regret, saying I had all these ideas and I never did anything about them.” -Mike Mazzocco, USMA ‘93

Mike Mazzocco graduated from West Point in 1993 and is the Founder of the MazzTech Group. The MazzTech Group is comprised of creative engineers and personnel that invent innovative products to solve common problems. They develop functional products and bring them to market using a repeatable and scalable manufacturing process. One of their latest inventions is the Stake Rake, a rake with innovative technology that deploys a stake with the flick of a wrist and effortlessly stands the rake upright. The Stake Rake decreases back strain and significantly reduces the risk of losing, tripping or stepping on the rake by not having to bend over to pick it up.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How to patent your idea
  • How to find a manufacturer for your product idea
  • How to know when to invest in your idea and when to walk away
  • Networks you can join to connect with other inventors

Resources Mentioned

Words of Wisdom

Mike ordered his first 5000 rakes only after getting lots of positive feedback at trade shows and from potential customers about his product idea.  He also chose a manufacturer and ordered the right quantity of rakes that allowed him to buy the rakes at a lower price-point so he could sell them profitably.

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Special thanks to Mike for joining me this week.  Until next time!

-Scott Mackes, USNA ’01

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