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Inventions, Product Design, Product Development, and Podcasting

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Tom Hazzard is an inventor with 37 patents and an unprecedented 86% success rate for consumer product designs. He is the Co-host of the Forbes-featured, fast-growth WTFFF?! 3D Printing Podcast, as well as two other podcasts, Feed Your Brand and Product Launch Hazzards. They were born out of his core business for many years, Hazz Design, where he designed and developed over 250 products that generated $2 billion in revenue for retail and e-commerce clients.

Tom is also the CTO of Podetize, a podcast hosting platform used by thousands of podcasters to produce and distribute their podcasts.

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • How Tom Hazzard has been designing and developing products for years
  • What Tom has learned about creating successful products
  • How decision-making process has changed for manufacturers
  • Tom shares a story of how a retailer’s demands dictated product development and production and what he learned from the experience
  • What inspired Tom to start a podcast and how his business has evolved because of podcasting
  • How Tom used his product design skills to develop Podetize
  • Where to learn more and get in touch with Tom Hazzard

In this episode…

As much as inventors may feel enthusiastic about how they want to design and develop their products, there are some key things they need to address for successful product creation. The main thing to consider should be at the forefront of your product: satisfying the needs of the customers. But, that isn’t to say that other elements of product creation should be ignored. There are also manufacturing constraints, the final products, as well as the economics of pricing.

For new inventors, having a second set of professional eyes to review or test the finished product isn’t just important — it’s essential. Why? Because having someone bring a fresh perspective helps inventors create commercially viable products that will help solve people’s needs and help the company achieve their business goals. It will also help prevent mistakes and possible lawsuits in the future.

In this week’s episode of the Innovations and Breakthroughs Podcast, Rich Goldstein sits down with Tom Hazzard, an inventor and podcaster, to talk about inventions, product design, and product development. They also discuss the lessons Tom has learned from working with inventors, manufacturers, and retailers, as well as how Tom got started with podcasting.

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Sponsor for this episode…

This episode is brought to you by Goldstein Patent Law, a firm that helps protect inventors’ ideas and products. They have advised and obtained patents for thousands of companies over the past 25 years. So if you’re a company that has a software, product, or design you want protected, you can go to They have amazing free resources for learning more about the patent process.

You can email their team at to explore if it’s a match to work together. Rich Goldstein has also written a book for the American Bar Association that explains in plain English how patents work, which is called ‘The ABA Consumer Guide to Obtaining a Patent.’

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