reply to post by spoor
clearly you don't understand how things work in the real world. when you sell the idea and designs, they no longer belongs to you. in any part.
They took a product, created improvements, and sold it all to ford thinking that their product was going to be used. Wouldn't you take a new car, and
the equivalent of $200k in 2010 dollars, plus the potential for some on the backend, for a product that you thought would improve the lives of your
countrymen? If you thought it would make a real difference? I know I would.
Additionally, you act like setting up a factory and starting production is some easy thing for a couple of country boys without a college education
between them. Hell it's even out of the reach of most folks now.
I could start building carburetors in my garage but without a factory to mass produce, what good is it? You can't easily meet a break even without
significant investment and resources, both of which weren't available. And then there is the fact that a distribution network would have to be set up,
and advertising, and promotional demonstrations, and then you have to manage your supply chain and quality control. overwhelmed with the intricacies
of running a real world business yet?
All of which was a bit out of reach for most low to middle class folks back then, especially folk who had to work 40+ hours a week to put food on a
table and a roof over their families heads.
As to your assertion that they never built their own or marketed it, what do you think ford bought? a sweet story or a hypothesis? no, they only pay
Gramps took the good carb, took a standard one, examined and compared them, modded the standard carb to his improved design, (which is the"making
their own" that you're missing). they drove back to detroit from el paso, and showed ford the two carbs. this is the "marketing" that you seem to be
You don't need a million customers. Just a millionaire customer.
edit on 22-10-2011 by greygary because: pronouns