big idea, but where do I go from here?

So I have this big idea, even have a buyer in my target market - sample is due on their desk the first week of February 2009 (I almost feel like Gates selling DOS without having the OS built yet *snicker*). Currently there is nothing in the market that addresses what my niche product does, an idea that I've been developing since April of this year - with medical science on my side and 20 years of research to back it up. There is also another party interested in my product idea for their employees (second target market), so I want to strike while the iron's hot, eventually going global.

Not looking to launch a formal business because purchasing might be made through an existing B2B relationship, so hopefully that will not be an issue. Everything else looks promising except no capital to get it off the ground: soft patent, copyright, supplemental facts and FDA requirements, plus bulk purchase of co-mingled product, package printing, shipping - and the lawyer to seal the deal.

I am a designer/programmer for print and web but know nothing about the business of inventing or trusting investors with my big idea.

Where do I find trusted investors and how do you suggest I make that February deadline? 

LinkedIn meets Tinder in this mindful networking app

Swipe right to make the connections that could change your career.

Getty Images
Swipe right. Match. Meet over coffee or set up a call.

No, we aren't talking about Tinder. Introducing Shapr, a free app that helps people with synergistic professional goals and skill sets easily meet and collaborate.

Keep reading Show less

26 ultra-rich people own as much as the world's 3.8 billion poorest

The Oxfam report prompted Anand Giridharadas to tweet: "Don't be Pinkered into everything's-getting-better complacency."

Getty Images and Wikimedia Commons
Politics & Current Affairs
  • A new report by Oxfam argues that wealth inequality is causing poverty and misery around the world.
  • In the last year, the world's billionaires saw their wealth increase by 12%, while the poorest 3.8 billion people on the planet lost 11% of their wealth.
  • The report prompted Anand Giridharadas to tweet: "Don't be Pinkered into everything's-getting-better complacency." We explain what Steven Pinker's got to do with it.
Keep reading Show less

People who constantly complain are harmful to your health

Moans, groans, and gripes release stress hormones in the brain.

Photo credit: Getty Images / Stringer

Could you give up complaining for a whole month? That's the crux of this interesting piece by Jessica Hullinger over at Fast Company. Hullinger explores the reasons why humans are so predisposed to griping and why, despite these predispositions, we should all try to complain less. As for no complaining for a month, that was the goal for people enrolled in the Complaint Restraint project.

Participants sought to go the entirety of February without so much as a moan, groan, or bellyache.

Keep reading Show less
  • Facebook and Google began as companies with supposedly noble purposes.
  • Creating a more connected world and indexing the world's information: what could be better than that?
  • But pressure to return value to shareholders came at the expense of their own users.
Keep reading Show less