Widely recognized for her inventions, Yvette Kendall is building a reputation for creating market-disrupting products. She has successfully created more than 30 patent-pending products that span several industries, ranging from scientific and technical to futuristic and recreational.
What are you working on right now?
Currently, I am working on a new mobile application, a new type of coffee beverage, a terrific pure water product and a DUI simple proof product.
Where did the idea for InventHer Solutions come from?
I have been doing product developments since 1998. Most recently, I have been developing products under my Shevinci brand. I was introduced to a young lady that really liked my products and saw a huge potential for them. She thought it would be best to start a corporation to organize multiple products that I had patent applications for and monetize them.
Now we are being sought after for the patents that are under our umbrella. Now, I am able to systematically create and bring products to market in a more realistic time frame.
What does your typical day look like?
A typical day for me includes constant surveillance of everything. Once I have zoned in on that particular thing, then it generates a fantasy for me and that in-turn creates an idea. I watch television, look out the window, talk to my daughter, listen to the radio and scan the Internet. Eventually things will pop out and identify themselves as things that need to be developed, much like the Bradley Cooper movie Limitless.
How do you bring ideas to life?
Once I have a product in my head, it generally takes but a few moments to go from thought to the prep for physical creation; it happens that fast. It’s almost like chemistry; if 2 or more things are meant to be together, they will let you know it.
Research and quality assurance testing still has to be done with professionals in their respective fields to verify what I have conjured up. Additionally, I must confirm that the way I perceived and created the product was the only sensible ways it could be done.
After that, my time is spent finding out how to get prototypes created and calling manufacturers to collaborate with to give the invented soul a body.
What’s one trend that really excites you?
Fantasy movies, television shows and even comics about particular super-human heroes! I am enamored by this genre because all of the powers and possibilities they represent are scientifically possible on so many levels. The average person does not see the magic that we have in our minds and the power of words. The meaning of the word “abracadabra” is “through my speech, I have created or create as I say,” which is why it is used in magic.
What was the worst job you ever had and what did you learn from it?
All of them…..the whole concept of working for others to assist in bringing their dreams and financial empires to fruition is the worst. I have had very good jobs in the past and this reasoning was the acidic common thread with them all.
If you were to start again, what would you do differently?
I would have learned to be more politically correct and have more patience.
As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?
I would surround myself with people smarter than me, make sure that they are spiritually grounded and have good motives.
What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?
Cleencups, this product is one of my first born and is very unique to me. Cleencups are the world’s first anti-bacterial drinking cups. They are designed with a food-safe anti-bacterial coating that can kill 99.999% of germs, diseases and viruses after you handle the cups.
Tell us a secret.
I rarely sleep because I am constantly thinking of products to develop.
What are your three favorite online tools and what do you love about them?
- The Internet in its totality because the whole world is at your fingertips.
- Facebook because I work so much, sometimes I have to live vicariously through it (lol).
- Any art program, this is how my products start to breathe. It all has to have an image first.
What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.
What’s on your playlist?
I am a 70’s Queen and R&B enthusiast. Earth, Wind and Fire, Sam Cooke, Dobie Gray, James Taylor and Chicago.
If you weren’t working on Inventions what would you be doing?
I would be a lawyer or a physician.
Three people we should follow on Twitter and why?
- Shevinci because she is me. She is the alter-ego that I invent under.
- InventHer Solutions is our new intellectual property development company.
- Anything revolving around cake and cupcake decorating (my guilty pleasure) lol.
When was the last time you laughed out loud? What caused it?
About 3 weeks ago I decided to watch The Simpsons and someone in Ireland called Homer a terrible name. I laugh even today!
Who is your hero?
God….the inventor of everything.
Why is being a “female inventor” so important to you?
I feel like an advocate for all the women who have something to offer this world. Those who really wants to contribute but have been hindered by their sex, race, education, finances or just not knowing the right people.
You really do feel invisible to the masses. You are either too much of this or not enough of that or in the wrong package all together. There is a whole universe that needs to be traveled between one’s development and the store shelves. There are so many things that people don’t know.
I want to pave smooth asphalt and clear directions to the goals of regular women. Women from the public school system that make minimum wage and who’s peers are average Joe’s because they too can be the next Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg.
What is your passion outside of inventing?
Hands down, it is cooking! Not just cooking for fun, the world is missing love in its food and I don’t care what food it is….hamburgers to bouillabaisse. Love equals flavor, time and attention. It evokes and creates memories.