In Memorium: Entrepreneurs Who Died in 2009

Courtesy Lil' Orbits
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Edward Anderson, Founder of Lil' Orbits

A classic serial entrepreneur, Anderson had a healthy list of failed ventures under his belt before he found success. He paid for his tuition at Gettysburg College by repairing the school’s furniture and building do-it-yourself paddle kits for fraternities. He met with less success with his early water slide invention, his idea for a trampoline park, and a wolf whistling pantyhose dispenser. His breakthrough came when he invented a Rube Goldberg device that created mini-doughnuts. The contraption became popular among mom-and-pop stores by adding pomp and circumstance to the process of doughnut production. The 13-employee company now sells in 76 countries.