Entries by Mark Ward

Idaho tests help new technology ‘wow’ billionaire investors

By Scott Stark for INL Communications When local small businessman and entrepreneur Mark Melni designed a new way to make repairs to broken underground electric lines that was more than six times faster than existing methods, he was pretty sure he had an industry-changing invention on his hands. In normal situations, restoring power that much faster is just […]

Melni Connectors Jumps into the Shark Tank

by Patricia Staino on April 20, 2015 Idaho-based Melni Connectors was started by an inventor who designed a connector based on a children’s toy. Last week he found himself on the television hit Shark Tank, pitching the idea to potential investors. Inventor Mark Melni didn’t know a children’s toy would leave him swimming with the sharks. Although […]