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Hi,
I've always had an idea for a product or a business. The problem is I've had difficulty getting it done as well. I can only act at some aspects of the product, idea -I lack some skills/knowledge in some aspects. So I come to consider collaborating with some one-giving my idea to him for the product in return. So my worry is that this person may be untrustworthy. I need to get the idea out there, i lack some skills, i need someone, i worry about that someone, what should i do? What is the best way to get the idea implemented? THANK YOU!

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Hi Heni,

You are in a common position to many other inventors out there in the world. It's rare that ONE PERSON has all the necessary skills to take an idea from mind to market. What I would suggest is doing some research to see if there are any local inventor groups that you can attend. Most cities have some sort of 'maker space' where inventors and tinkerers meet. If you do find a group like this, attend a few of their meetings. Talk to people, get to know them and let them get to know you. Only interaction and conversation fosters trust. Let them know what type of skills you are needing. You may end up meeting one of your future partners there. :)

Another great thing to do is to read every article and every book you can about inventing, market validation, non-disclosure agreements, prototyping and commercialization. This will not only be a very valuable use of your free time, but you will learn a ton! And with increased knowledge comes increased confidence. Let your brain get addicted to learning about your passion. I promise, you will be much happier and experience greater success.

Let me know if you have questions along the way.

Happy inventing!

Cheers,
Marty McCrea

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Commercialization of an idea is truly an art form and I'm really good at letting people borrow my paintbrush. Although, it's important to note that you are your own artist, I can't paint what you see in your mind, only you can do that. But I can help. I can answer questions about honing your idea and helping it to become more real in your mind, your research, and within your speaking. I can answer questions about market research, validation, and where to go to make your first contact. My expertise is in answering the large questions that you have into more manageable pieces. I can also assist you in finding the source of the data that you can use to prove and pitch your idea if that's the path that you're on.

Experience

In my opinion, the current way to invent is inherently flawed. Regular people like us normally get “eaten up” by the proverbial sharks in the water. (corporations, invention submission companies, lawyers, etc)

We can not stand for this any longer; you feel this too, yes?


Experience:

I have helped people think and re-think their ideas for years. Nobel Prize Winner Albert von Szent-Gyorgyi once said that "Discovery consists of seeing what everybody else has seen, and thinking what no one has thought." I agree with this truth with all of my heart. Now let's talk about your question, your passion, and how I can help your idea gain momentum if it is ready. If your idea is not ready for the market yet, I'll help you determine how you can get ready.

Education/Credentials
Bachelors of Arts in Organizational Communication from the University of Northern Iowa Masters of Science in Technology Commercialization from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin

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