We are X-Tirp Inc., a startup company with a mission: extirpate invasive species. There are two of us, Phil Doberenz, Inventor and Chief Technical Wizard, and Jim Newcomer, President, Sales Czar and social media explorer.
Phil Doberenz set out to invent tools to reverse the spread of invasive species – all kinds.
He started by noticing that the English ivy in his own back yard represented a world-wide problem, and so he began work on the Ivy Ripper. That was in 2015, after he had left Intel, where he had amassed ten patents in circuit board design.
Since then he has also been selected as a Runner Up in the contest sponsored by the Michigan Department of Fish and Wildlife for a sonic device to prevent Asian Carp from invading the Great Lakes.
Phil lives in Tigard, Oregon, a suburb of Portland, where we make the Ivy-Ripper.
Now, after 13 versions of the Ivy Ripper that have grown progressively more complex, he has radically simplified its design and is producing the Ivy Ripper v. 14.2, fabricating it part by part, some sheet metal, some 3-D printed, some molded fiberglass. As of October 19, 2018, he filed for a patent on Ivy-Ripper version 14.2. I
As we were testing the Ivy Ripper, a staff member of the Portland No Ivy League discovered that it also works on Himalayan blackberries and other invasive species. Its advantage is that the operator can tear out stems and roots without reaching into the thorns and getting scratched.
We have begun posting photos of our tool, and we are working on videos that show it in operation. We invite people near us (in the Pacific Northwest) who have signed up through our Contact Us page to test it on their own sites.
Jim Newcomer started as Phil’s business coach until Phil asked him to serve as President of X-Tirp Inc., and do marketing and sales. Jim has been a business coach, a serial entrepreneur, an international trade consultant, a professor of international relations, and a Foreign Service Officer in the State Department. He lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon, where he is learning to create websites with considerable help from his daughter Ann, who is really good at it.
An Added Note:
The company is not yet complete. We are interested in filling in our executive team and in engaging potential investors. If you are interested in this quest and you live near Portland, go to our Contact Page and let us know who you are and what you could add to the combination.