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MAKE Asks: is a weekly column where we ask you, our readers, for responses to maker-related questions. We hope the column sparks interesting conversation and is a way for us to get to know more about each other.

This week’s question: Sometimes we have ideas or build prototypes that might be suitable for the consumer market. Be it bootstrapping, crowdsourcing, or VC funding, how would you go about turning your project into a product? And if you’re a reader who has done this, please talk about your experience.

I have a couple of ideas that I’d like to put to market, and I think the best way to raise money and get the word out would be a crowdsourcing campaign through Kickstarter. I have a network of tech-savvy folks who could contribute and help spread the word, plus if my product is good enough, the Kickstarter campaign could gain attention through outside media outlets.

Post your responses in the comments section.

Michael Colombo

In addition to being an online editor for MAKE Magazine, Michael Colombo works in fabrication, electronics, sound design, music production and performance (Yes. All that.) In the past he has also been a childrens’ educator and entertainer, and holds a Masters degree from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.


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