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How Do I Choose a Partner for My Invention?

I have all the research needed to start but no funds, so I'm having a hard time choosing a company to partner with that already has the technology needed for my invention. Or should I seek out an investor and hire the help needed?
Tim Berry answered February 22, 2011
URL: http://www.entrepreneur.com/answer/222257
I'm sorry to be discouraging, but I am very skeptical about the possibility of selling an invention to a manufacturer. That rarely happens. The value in an invention materializes when somebody uses it to build a product and figures out how to market and sell that product and make a profit.

In very rare cases, an invention is so compelling, and its patent protection so strong, that inventors can make deals with manufacturers. That's one in a million or so. Use it to build a business, then you have value. Otherwise you're probably wasting your time and effort.
Tim Berry is the president of Palo Alto Software Inc., based in Eugene, Ore., which produces business planning software. He is also the author of 3 Weeks to Startup and The Plan-As-You-Go Business Plan, published by Entrepreneur Press.