On May 25, 2017

Thinker Spaces to improve your sights and sounds

Thinker Ventures now is helping commercial customers create unique audio, visual and electronics solutions for boardrooms, conference and presentation rooms. Spaces at Thinker Ventures is a full-service integrator, providing on-site consultation, system design services and software configuration and component installation. We’ve been helping companies launch, grow and run better through website development, marketing, branding, media consulting,
On May 16, 2017

How to avoid this booming business

Talk about a growth industry. According to the FBI, the amount of ransomware payments exploded from $24 million in 2015 to more than $1 billion in 2016. Ransomware has been hammered into everyone’s consciousness this week because of the massive malware attack known as WannaCry that locked files on more than 200,000 computers across the
On May 8, 2017

Failure can be a greater teacher than success

This is a quick trip down memory lane, but eventually it will morph into a blog post about business. When I was a sophomore baseball player, I was battling a friend for a starting position at shortstop. The coach kept bouncing back and forth between us. Finally, one day I made a snarky comment in
On April 28, 2017

U.S. inventors get annual shot to sell directly to Walmart

Walmart, the massive retail giant with annual revenues of nearly $490 billion, for the fifth straight year is giving entrpreneurs across the country the chance to pitch their products directly to the company’s buyers in Arkansas on June 28. If you want to take a shot at getting your product on Walmart shelves, either regionally
On April 27, 2017

Welcome to Thinker, Doug Campbell

Doug Campbell has spent 40 years in the audio/visual industry, starting in 1977, a year before the first Sony Walkman prototype was created so that co-chairman Masaru Ibuka could listen to opera music while flying abroad. So he’s seen and studied about every innovation that has come along since. For the past eight years, Doug
On April 13, 2017

Key to surviving today’s manufacturing world – innovate

In today’s increasingly automated manufacturing world, it is difficult to keep up with the accelerating breakthrough technologies such as CAD/CAM/CAE, robotics, 3D printing and artificial intelligence. Major multi-national manufacturers have budgets that allow them to keep up with these changes and in fact lead many of the changes. Small- and medium-sized manufacturers (SMEs) have tougher
On April 3, 2017

Welcome to Thinker, Jaclyn Kolodziej

If you have ever worked out at Crossfit SuperCell, you may have met Jaclyn. She is one of the trainers, and she’s a master at getting you to push to levels you didn’t believe you could reach. That’s a transferable skill and if you come in to Thinker you’ll likely see Jaclyn (pictured below with her
On March 7, 2017

30-year entrepreneur tip – do your research before making the leap

After painting more than 6,000 houses and businesses, Paul Iverson still remembers his first job – a home on Superior Avenue in Machesney Park, Illinois. He remembers the early mistakes he made as a business owner almost as much. “I had 10 years of management experience when I got into this, but I didn’t have