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Sep 21, 2020

Is it ever too late to find and follow your passion? According to Connie Inukai, passion has no expiration date. At age 72, she calls herself a "Grandmapreneur.”

After retiring from her teaching career at the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University, Connie invented a product called Tip ‘n Split, a handheld device with magnifier, light, tip calculator, and bill splitter. Her book, "How I Got My Product on QVC, The Today Show, The View, and Retirement" has helped inventors get publicity for their inventions. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she has used the time in lockdown to chronicle her life story for her grandchildren, and now helps others write their stories through her latest project, "Write Your Selfie."

During this episode, you will hear Connie talk about:

  • The story behind the creation of the Tip 'n Split
  • How she learned about inventing, and the challenges she faced with manufacturing
  • How she got on QVC’s radar before she even had a prototype of the Tip ‘n Split
  • Her family connection to a major historical event, and how she discovered she wasn't the only inventor in the family
  • Why she believes that everyone should be able to tell their story

To find out more about Connie and her work, you can check out her website and the websites for Tip ‘n Split and Write Your Selfie. Follow her on Instagram at @grandmapreneurinventor and she will follow you back!

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