It’s a tricky thing, trying to profit (or at least break even) from an idea born in the classroom. But that’s what I’m trying to do. It is a challenge because my professional life overlaps with my new business, and I don’t want to be seen as one who takes advantage of those overlaps. A good example: I am the webmaster for our state math organization (check out atomicmath.org). If any one of our members invented and produced a new kind of protractor, I’d be the first one to post a story about it. But since I did it, I feel like I can’t. And if I talk about them too much on Twitter or LinkedIn, I’m labeled a spammer. (I’m permanently banned from a physics forum…)
But I want to talk about them! They are a good idea! That’s why I invested in their production – I saw them work, and I know they’d work even better if introduced earlier. I want all kids to have that chance, and I want to help teachers explain what can be very hard to grasp.
So, to help dispel the myth that I’m just some heartless corporate mogul, I’d like to give you a rare peek into the ProRadian Protractor World Headquarters.
So, that’s it! When you buy ProRadian protractors, you’re really helping your students. The fact that you’re also helping me pay back my home equity loan before my second son starts college is just a bonus. Thanks for your support.