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By J.D. Houvener
Patent Attorney and Founder

Hi, I’m J.D. Houvener, and I’m the host of the Bold Today Show, where you, the inventor and entrepreneur, get your daily dose of inspiration to make the world a better place. Alright, so we’re doing a two-part series on one of my favorite inspirations today, Elon Musk. Yesterday, we talked about SpaceX and his Falcon X and the huge rocket that just went up a couple of weeks ago. Now, let’s talk about his other little company he calls Tesla. Okay, you all probably heard about Tesla, right? Seeing the cars on the road. One of the newest models they’re coming out with is the Model 3. If you haven’t checked it out, go online, check out Model 3. They’ve got this car, unbelievably, it’s gonna go 220 miles on a battery charge, and it’s only $35,000. That’s insane, right? I mean, how much did you just spend on your most recent vehicle? So, that’s your challenge today. If you could actually make it work with your budget, would you be willing to make the switch to an electric car? Yes? No? Why? Why not? Put your comments below; I want to hear about it.

Now, Tesla, Elon Musk is not necessarily related to Nikola Tesla, the inventor, but I want to talk about Nikola Tesla. He’s the inventor of over a hundred patents. I had a heck of a time looking at all of his patents and thinking about which one I want to talk about today. This one right here is actually his last invention, not necessarily the greatest, but I was like, “Wow, this actually has some cool linkages to what we just talked about last week.” This is his invention; it’s in the 1 million number, filed in the 1800s. It is an aerial apparatus for vertical takeoff and horizontal travel. If you look closely at this drawing, you’ll get the idea that it works as a helicopter to launch vertically, and then once you’re airborne, the pilot flips over and is able to go horizontal. I mean, that’s pretty amazing, right? So, Tesla was this brilliant mind, and all of his inventions, most of his inventions were in the electrical domain, but he obviously thought out of the box, basically a modern-day Leonardo da Vinci.

What’s important about Tesla and these types of inventions is that, as an inventor, as an innovator, you can start out in one industry and slowly transform and transcend into other industries. What you’ve become is an innovator of sorts beyond your original technology. Initially, you might just be talking about mechanics and gears, linkages, and cogs, but eventually, you could be talking about underwater applications and many different things that can come up as other inventors also bring the technology to the market. Your inventions have new applications, so always keep your mind open for that kind of thing.

Alright, well again, I want you to consider electric cars, so I want you to think about Tesla, appreciate the innovations he’s given. Share this video with a friend to help them get inspired to innovate and invent in the market. Have a great day, everyone. I’m your host J.D. Houvener, the Bold Today Show. Go big, go bold.

About the Author
J.D. Houvener is a Registered USPTO Patent Attorney who has a strong interest in helping entrepreneurs and businesses thrive. J.D. leverages his technical background in engineering and experience in the aerospace industry to provide businesses with a unique perspective on their patent needs. He works with clients who are serious about investing in their intellectual assets and provides counsel on how to capitalize their patents in the market. If you have any questions regarding this article or patents in general, consider contacting J.D. at