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A Remarkable Entrepreneur

Thursday, August 25, 2022 | 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Ken Johnson, Inventor, Entrepreneur & Motivational Speaker

Ken Johnson grew up in Detroit. In 1977, at the young age of 18, he started working at Ford Motor Company’s River Rouge Plant as a welder. One year later, he starting a game manufacturing company in his parents’ basement, producing games he invented. His fi rst big success came in 1982, when he invented the well-known Phase 10 card game. Five years later, Ken licensed the manufacturing and distribution rights of Phase 10 and began receiving royalties from the worldwide sales. Today, Phase 10 is produced by Mattel, sold in over 30 countries and remains the second best selling card game in the world. In 2012, he was nominated for a TAGIE Award — the Oscar Award of the toy and game industry. In 2013, he founded “The Inventors Academy.” The Academy is a free online community designed to provide simple education, resources and community to both new and experienced inventors. He is author of The Simple Plan: Six Easy Ways to Make Millions From Your Ideas. 

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