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Amazing Mom Inventors

A former advertising executive, Vicki Esralew of Chicago decided to switch gears after she became a mom. Her brainchild? A software game called Jack's House (named after her firstborn), which she delivered to vendors from the front seat of her Jeep. Ten years later, she now oversees Vickilew Inc., a multimillion-dollar business that specializes in CD-ROMs, music, and videos.

Esralew is just one of a new generation of moms inventors who are discovering ways to capitalize on their newfound  -- and favorite  -- talent: parenting. Some left jobs for the home front but took their skills with them; others were new to the market but used their mom smarts to brainstorm products. In the end, all have one thing in common: They love what they do.


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