The human capacity for invention is amazing. It’s what has moved the world forward, helping us take leaps that make life better. Some of these are big, like space travel and the Internet.
Some of these solve everyday pains, like Gutter Sense. Inventor Robert Segal imagined an easier, safer way to clean gutters from the ground — without ladders. In 2002, he developed the prototype that became Gutter Sense. Nearly 20 years later, thousands of homeowners use it to make the essential task of gutter cleaning easier, faster, and safer.
Ultimately, the story of Gutter Sense is bigger than the invention of a single tool. It’s about the spark of creativity that drives invention, the excitement of entrepreneurship, and the promise of small business. Growing up in a family business, I saw early on how small businesses could bring big ideas to life.
Now I’m passing the spirit of entrepreneurship on to the next generation, recruiting my daughter Paige first to be a Gutter Sense seller and now to run the company with me. I also teach entrepreneurship in a local school district, helping high school students learn how to develop interesting products that solve real-world problems. Necessity may be the mother of invention, but small business is the catalyst that can make an idea a reality.
– Mike & Paige