How to Validate Your New Product Idea

Many entrepreneurs have so much confidence in their product idea, and are so sure that it will be a success, that they skip one of the most critical steps when bringing a product to market. That step is to first validate the product idea.

First, you need to make sure that there’s a market for your idea. Then, you need to verify that those people will pay money for your product.

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Introduction to Battery Chargers (Part 2 of 2)

In this second part on battery chargers we’re going to be looking at the BQ24092 and the BQ24703 chargers from Texas Instruments.

If you are not familiar with lithium battery chargers I highly recommend you first read part 1 where I explain some of the fundamental concepts.

In Part 1 of this series, we looked at a relatively simple charger, the Microchip MCP73831. Here’s a quick review of the MCP73831:

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Introduction to Battery Chargers (Part 1 of 2)

One of the most common types of electronic circuits used in modern portable electronic products are battery chargers, specifically those for recharging lithium-ion and lithium-polymer batteries.

This two-part series will review three common battery chargers.

Part 1 reviews the Microchip MCP73831, which is simple to use and a great first battery charger to review.

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Do You Have What It Takes to Succeed as a Hardware Entrepreneur?

How do you know if you have what it takes to succeed with your product?

Developing a new product is no simple feat, and neither is getting it reliably manufactured. And, perhaps most challenging of all is figuring out how to get the word out about your product.

As you can imagine there are a wide variety of skills required to make all of this happen. Before you dive in and start spending big money, you should first evaluate if you have what it takes to make your product a success.

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Why You Need an Audience and How to Build One for Your New Product

I can’t stress enough how critical it is to have an audience for your product.

Having an audience helps you gather feedback on what features you should include in your product, and it is critical whenever you run a crowd funding campaign or begin selling your product.

The biggest mistake I see entrepreneurs and startups make is they wait until they complete product development before they give any serious thought to marketing or sales.

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