...be a 'TANK' : plod slowly through everything in your way...
Main Battle Tank: Courtesy of Abiogenesis on deviantArt: http://abiogenisis.deviantart.com/art/Main-Battle-Tank-431323082
The concept of a Think Tank can be interpreted in two (2) distinct ways:
Ideally, any decent "Think Tank" worth this label should incorporate both aspects of this concept - both flexible and immutable: a yin-yang thing - pursuing the highest ideals of progress and social improvement.
Unfortunately most sell out, or rather that has been the case for the better part of humanity's technological progress, while those that do not, well, these unfortunate souls usually end up in some agency's 'little black book' of distasteful individuals.
Concept Design & Development are the same; although the Designing of the Concept is pretty straight-forward, the Development phase can hit a few bumps along the way, while the Deployment and Launch of said Concept might never be achieved.
Once the Design has been tweaked, various prototypes modeled and rejected and the general stage of Development sets in, most inventors start thinking about production and deployment.
This is the tricky part - the make or break factor - of the whole process.
The obstacles are numerous and treacherous. Most of these obstacles are blatant ,but its the subtle ones, the 50-50 odds that you should be wary of.
Blatant obstacles are Legal issues concerning Patenting and of course the production itself is a rolling gauntlet of pitfalls & fraudsters & con-artists. IP (Intellectual Property) Rights are also under constant bombardment by the manufacturers who will try to produce cheap knock-offs of your grand idea if they get hold of all the working parts or can reverse engineer the device or gadget or product.
Cutting corners is another obstacle in Concept Deployment, but this is more like shooting yourself in the foot. Don't expect to make a billion over night and do a rush job without needing to fake a limp at some point (the limp might actually not be fake), so create and stick to a policy along the lines of "Honesty - Integrity - Tenacity" -this will help you in the long run, both as Developer/Inventor/Entrepreneur but more importantly as a decent human being.
Be a "Tank": plod slowly through everything in your way. Take detours for expediency if not for economy -but don't cut corners which will relegate your Concept to a second rate idea - be true to your ideal and any spin-off's the main concept can always be fully realized in other projects.
Don't try stack too much on the concept because new ideas are like weeds -they're all competing for the spotlight - and you may end up with a barren garden in spite of the promise of a good crop early on.
Over the next few articles. I'll be exploring the various steps regarding the process of Concept Deployment: from blueprinting, to the design - architecture - modelling phase, patents & Intellectual Property Rights, finding OEM's (original electronic manufacturers), outsourcing work, Crowd Funding Campaigns and of course, Think Tanks.
Remember: this is a Free world, there's no need to sell your soul for success -you can make your own!