The Hook Background 

Harold A. Meyer, III is Chairman of The Hook Appropriate Technology and is recognized as an innovation and marketing expert. As a performance based marketing agent, he deals in all forms of technology transfer, licensing and new product development for clients throughout the world, with a base of operations in New Milford CT, USA. TheHookTek invention website was launched around September 1996.

A self-described "compulsive entrepreneur," he is an honors graduate of Brown University and a successful inventor himself. Meyer's own inventions have appeared in dozens of magazines including: Aviation Week & Space Technology, Design News, Motor and Popular Mechanics. In June 1996 he was awarded a $10,000 New Energy Technology grant from the State of Connecticut for his innovative IC engine combustion technology.

As a natural technology transfer complement to his experience as an inventor, Meyer has a broker background as a former licensed real estate broker, giving him excellent insight into issues of fiduciary responsibility and client representation. His current marketing forte is in making successful technology marriages implementing the latest hardware/ software and business strategies. He has exhibitted at trade shows including The Yankee Invention Expo.

Writing frequently for national magazines such as Inventors' Digest magazine and American Venture magazine, his focus is on innovation issues, invention marketing and inventors rights. He has been quoted in publications such as IEEEs Institute magazine (12/96), the Hartford Courant (10/29/99), and other newspapers. In the course of business, he regularly works to assist, direct and advocate for independent inventors and others in the technology transfer business.

Meyer is highly praised by invention authorities and clients alike. Active in many industry events, he was a featured speaker at Norwalk Community Technical College's November 1997 Small Business Expo in Norwalk, CT. Meyer has spoken about inventing as a guest speaker at Brown University, served as a student mentor and business plan judge for the Brown Entrepreneurship Program (April 26, 2000), and was a chat host at Patent Cafe. Meyer has also spoken at a number of inventor clubs on licensing and strategies for invention commercialization, including: The Innovators Guild (Danbury, CT), Inventors Association of CT (Westport, CT), Inventors' Resource Network (Springfield, MA) and Inventors Association of New England (Cambridge, CA  --coming June 12, 2000)

Meyer, 36, was also President of The Innovators Guild in Danbury, CT for three years (Spring 1996-99), a non-profit organization dedicated to helping inventors, entrepreneurs and small business people. Meyer was commended by TIG founder Jack Lander for the outstanding guest speakers Meyer procured.

Among his proud affiliations is membership in the Alliance for American Innovation and a life membership in the Boy Scout offshoot the National Eagle Scout Association.

The derivation of the logo for The Hook is an interesting historical anecdote.

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