63: Melissa Knaus – Innovation Within Reach

Melissa Knaus joins us for an Uphill Conversation on making innovation and technology approachable – especially for women and female entrepreneurs.

Melissa Knaus is an entrepreneur, patent expert, and business coach with a passion for helping women create the businesses they dream of leading. When she traded in her full-time office job to start a company and patent her first product, there was a lot she didn’t know. But what she did know was much more powerful – that she needed a massive lifestyle change. Full bio here.

Show Notes

  • How an eye infection launched Melissa into her path toward innovation
  • Meaningful coincidences in discovering + launching new ideas
  • Misconceptions around patents and design requirements
  • Importance of questions + research at the front end of any idea or project
  • Overcoming fear + uncertainty through knowledge
  • Tendency to get overwhelmed by your own thoughts and overthinking
  • Utilize a journal to collect, collate + navigate thoughts
  • Find a mentor who can help you avoid pitfalls
  • Women can be overly competitive, but are incredibly effective when they work together
  • Disparity in number of women holding patents compared to men
  • Just because you can’t do it all at once, doesn’t mean you can’t have it all and go after your dreams
  • There are always trade offs when seeking balance
  • Shifting your perspective from “I have to” to “I get to” can have tremendous positive impact in our lives
  • Love is a remedy
  • Embrace the time that you’re given and live intentionally
  • “The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Melissa’s desire to inspire girls to be leaders and innovative, especially in math and science

Connect with Melissa

Resources

INTRO AND OUTRO MUSIC (Used by permission):
Dreams Groove (© 2017 Tim Pecoraro)
Straight Drive (© 2017 Tim Pecoraro)
Uphill Conversations is an Uphill Strategies, LLC production
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