ideas

How can I pitch an idea to Apple?

Apple Headquarters

Episode 1442

Chris from Hemitt, CA

Chris has an idea for a product and would like to pitch it to Apple. Leo says simply put — he can't. It's likely that he won't get anywhere with an unsolicited pitch for a product. The protocol is usually to refuse such things with a legal rejection letter. That's because patent trolls will sue a company for ideas and if they come out with a similar product a few months or a year after they'd pitch to them, they could sue them. Google is more open though. He could try raising money on Kickstarter for his idea.

How can I go about hiring someone to design and build a product I thought up?

Episode 896

Fred from Los Angeles, CA

Leo says that really, the easiest part is the idea. The next thing to do is create a prototype with a local designer to create it. Then, he'll have to find a manufacturer in China to make a production run. He'll then have to try and get a vendor. All that can be difficult and costly.