build a better mousetrap


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build a better mousetrap

To invent something that improves upon an existing object or concept. You don't have to try so hard to build a better mousetrap—just design what interests you and see what happens.
See also: better, build, mousetrap

build a better mousetrap

to develop or invent something superior to a device that is widely used. (From the old saying, "If you build a better mousetrap, the world will beat a path to your door.") Harry thought he could build a better mousetrap, but everything he "invented" had already been thought of.
See also: better, build, mousetrap
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You've heard the adage: "If you build a better mousetrap, the world will beat a path to your door.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said that if you build a better mousetrap, the world will beat a path to your door.
Part of the problem is that the development industry suffers from what I call the "better mousetrap syndrome", the belief that if you build a better mousetrap the world will beat a path to your door.
The only way to create value is to take risk, but you have to build a better mousetrap as well," says Primo.
If you can build a better mousetrap, it won't matter whether you're black or white, people will buy it.