Part of a continuing series of inventor portraits.
Inventor: Tony Pagoto
Invention: Personal Computer Wire Management System
Patent: No. 7,247,798
Brand Name: WireMate
Tony invented a system that keeps the overwhelming mess of unruly wires under your desk tidy.
Tony’s a photogenic guy, but so is his living room. Even though it’s not related to his invention, I couldn’t resist setting up another photo:
While some people his age are heading into retirement, Tony and his partners, all over 60, are just getting their company off the ground. In his own words:
“Dreams and determination aren’t only for the young. My partners and I are ‘older guys.’ I am 64 and my partners Don and John are 64 and 68. I am President and do operations, Don does marketing/sales and John is our patent attorney/treasurer. We have known each other for over 50 years. They say never to go into business with friends and relatives, but we have done that and have benefited greatly from it. My Uncle Anthony and Cousin Stephen manufacture the WireMate for us here in the US. They also handle product inventory and order fulfillment for us. My uncle is 81 and has been an inspiration to me in terms of his vitality, support and belief in what we are doing. My son-in-law Eben is our webmaster. My neighbor Maria is our graphic artist and my neighbors David and Lorraine are our focus group. It has been an interesting trip. I have no doubt that the WireMate will sell millions of units/year as it finds its way into more and more homes and corporations.”
WireMate website: www.wiremate.com