Notebook

A bunch of short items on my current obsessions.

Copy

Crowdsourced-invention platform Quirky accused household gadget-maker Oxo of copying one of their products last week, specifically “appropriating a feature from a product called the Broom Groomer, which was submitted to their community in 2009 by an independent inventor and launched in 2010. Their product includes ‘rubber ‘teeth’ on the back of the dustpan [that] … quickly and easily comb out dust bunnies,’” report Oxo executives on their blog. 

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Are you on the wrong road? Turn back!

Early this month, Caterina Fake, co-founder of Flickr, Hunch and Findery, advised her followers on LinkedIn:

No matter how far you’ve gone down the wrong road, turn back.

“Are you two years into the law degree you know is a mistake? Turn back. Know in your heart of hearts you took that job in accounting to please your parents, when you really wanted to be a coach?

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