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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

The grandfather of invention


Leighton Makoto Ige knew a good idea when he saw one.

The recent graduate of Olin College in Needham was home in Hawaii over break when his grandfather showed him a chair he had created to keep his back straight for meditation, the International Herald Tribune reports.

They sold the design to Gaiam, one of America's largest distributors of yoga-related products.

To manufacture the chairs, Ige and his business partners looked globally. They looked for manufacturers in China, and soon after graduating, Ige moved to Hong Kong.

He says he would not have been as successful had he stayed in the United States.

"There's so much I've learned since I've come out here, to actually be in the factories, to work with them face to face," he said.

-- Erica Tochin

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