Keith Schacht co-founded Inventables, a hothouse for innovation. More recently he's brought us the JobCoin listings board, the Freshwater Venture entrepreneur map, and Facebook's Grow-a-Gift.

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Keith Schacht founded Inventables in 2002 with co-founder Zach Kaplan. The firm seeks out new materials, and new uses for new materials, bringing fresh ideas for business products and the world's most amazing toys. Schacht has recently left Inventables to start a few new ventures, including the JobCoin listings service and Facebook's Grow-a-Gift.

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Trendables — 6 products that can

March 13, 2009

-able, everyone’s favorite “can-do” adjective suffix, is enjoying a revival. 20-some years since its heyday, we’ve found it stitched to no less than six modern product names, deriving for them a certain adroitness that a lonesome noun mightn’t have provided. And two of these products, as it happens, have been demoed at TED. 1. Siftables: […]

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Toys from the future: The Inventables guys on

October 30, 2008

The Inventables guys, co-founders Zach Kaplan and Keith Schacht, demo some amazing new materials and how we might use them. Look for squishy magnets, odor-detecting ink, “dry” liquid and a very surprising 10-foot pole. (Recorded February 2005 in Monterey, California. Duration: 15:46.)   Watch Zach Kaplan and Keith Schacht’s 2005 demo on, where you […]

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