Thanks for the A2A!
A few flags went up for me in this question – namely, I was not sure of your Market positioning.
If you are a service provider, your goal will be to meet the customer’s needs and requirements.
If you are a supplier, your goal is to distribute products to vendors and end users.
If you are a vendor, your goal is to sell products.
(Notice that only one of those has the word “sell.”)
From what I can see, you have firmly positioned yourself as a supplier (I will give you this thing I was going to make anyway because you said it sounded like a good idea….) The only way to make money as a supplier is to land sales of product.
As you are able to create products, however, you may want to hop over to service provider. Instead of creating things you want, do the same thing for other people’s ideas. Get them to their MVP and charge them at milestones, With an advance deposit.
As you will be providing what they want and meeting their needs, you won’t have people backing out.
Originally Posted: https://www.quora.com/Ive-had-two-startups-where-I-presold-the-product-I-wanted-to-develop-and-the-payment-was-that-the-customer-promised-connections-into-the-marketplace-and-eventual-payment-and-both-customers-eventually-shied-away-when-I-asked-them-to-fulfill-their-end-What-am-I-doing-wrong
Originally Posted On: 2015-07-02