I’m looking for help in understanding how to start a possible business. I have a pretty interesting idea that I can’t patent due to financial constraints but was wondering if anyone has had experience with Kickstarter or what not and if they’ve ever been funded for a project.

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Pretty sure you’ll need to convert the provisional patent into a full patent within a year. Worth checking on that first.

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Does this idea have a product-market fit? Are you sure it’s patentable? How much funds do you need to patent it?

Patent comes after validating. Also provisional patent first which is like $60.

Research product market fit and lean startup and get some cheap validation before you even think of spending time making a provisional patent or a full patent. -patent pending holder that wrote my own provisional which isn't hard and then filed a non provisional and wish I hadn't wasted the money...

If your idea is a good fit for Kickstarter, then that's a good way to validate market interest and bootstrap the necessary funds to develop the product, explore patenting, etc. But be warned that running a good Kickstarter campaign often isn't as cheap as people think (e.g. video production costs).

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