TRIZ is scarce on success stories. Invention of a new kind of engine shaft at Volswagen (allegedly with the help of TRIZ) does not impress anyone. But bringing up an oligarch by teaching him TRIZ does !
Only I of all TRIZniks can boast such a feat. I brought up an oligarch !
It all began in the mid-1970s when Altshuller received a letter from the capital of Georgia Tbilisi from a person named Bendukidze Kaha Avtandilovich. He and his friends wished to study TRIZ by correspondence.
Altshuller gave me the letter and told: "There is a strange group in Tbilisi consisting of young Georgian males and Russian girls. Take them and see what will happen."
I took the group and thoroughly taught them TRIZ until they went underground.
Recently I learned that my lessons were not in vain. Mr. Bendukidze became the Russian oligarch !
The story will have the happy ending, though, when I receive a return on my investment. Hey, Mr. Bendukidze ! Have you forgotten your mentor ?