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a better mousetrap

Something that improves upon an existing object or concept. Typically used in the phrase "build a better mousetrap." You don't have to try so hard to build a better mousetrap—just design what interests you and see what happens.
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a better mousetrap

an improved version of a well-known article.
This expression comes from an observation attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson in 1889 , though also claimed by Elbert Hubbard : ‘If a man write a better book, preach a better sermon, or make a better mousetrap than his neighbour, tho' he build his house in the woods, the world will make a beaten path to his door’.
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Critique: Beautifully and profusely illustrated throughout, "Inventing a Better Mousetrap: 200 Years of American History in the Amazing World of Patent Models" is highly recommended, especially to the attention of do-it-yourself enthusiasts from 8 to 80.
In the post mortem, President Obama said, "There is a tendency sometimes for me to start thinking: As long as I get the policy right, then that's what should matter." He elaborated that "one thing that I do need to constantly remind myself and my team of is it's not enough just to build the better mousetrap. People don't automatically come beating to your door.
He is the author of The Better Mousetrap: Brand Invention in a Media Democracy and remember to Breathe, a novel.
The Better Mousetrap: Brand Invention in a Media Democracy uses branding and advertising strategies from some of the world's top companies to consider how brands are conceived, promoted and expanded in a media democracy setting, and is a recommendation for any business collection.
For those who are comfortable wearing foam inserts, I think the passive, in-ear headset is simply a better mousetrap.
And though there is an old saying, "Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door," that would only be the world of exterminators.
Speaking to (http://seattletimes.com/html/technologybrierdudleysblog/2019376473_qa_nintendo_boss_on_wii_u_appl.html) The Seattle Times , Fils-Aime said that TVii would be a "better mousetrap" for consumers:
Until we build a better mousetrap for distributing annuity products, this product will not be resurrected.
The pension world is full of predictive models, but Pfizer wanted something more integrated and customized, so it built its own better mousetrap at a cost of over 500 man-hours.
You've heard the adage: "If you build a better mousetrap, the world will beat a path to your door." Widely employed as a metaphor for invention and innovation, the mousetrap grabs hold of the truth.
"He's always looking to build a better mousetrap." Brad Dahleen added.
According to Gartner, rather than building a better mousetrap to do the same with less, CIOs should look for ways to 'disrupt the mouse cycle so they don't ever have to catch mice again'.
"If a man write a better book, preach a better sermon, or make a better mousetrap than his neighbor, though he build his house in the woods, the world will make a beaten path to his door." --Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803--1882)
The process of thinking up a better mousetrap may be rewarding in its own right, but fairing to bring the idea to life leaves much of its value unrealized.
But with the growing importance of the Internet, venture capitalists and unhappy Cisco customers sunk money into the idea of forming a start-up to build a better mousetrap, specifically for service providers.