I just found OnStartups and I'm looking forward to sharing insights with you guys. My startup is currently in "concept" stage, and I was wondering where to begin my journey. I have a great idea, created a few business plans, and some mockups. Here's some questions I have:
1) Right now I am the only one on my team of course. I am not a programmer or anything. I want to use a web company to do my graphic design, programming, logo, etc. They're a great one stop shop and I met with them for about an hour and a half recently. Although they are expensive, I want to use them because I will not have to worry about someone quitting my team or getting caught up with other things. What are the cons to this? Will investors care? I will obviously hire programmers down the road.
2) What should I do in terms of funding? Right now I have some seed investors that I want to consider and they said they fund concepts. Should I try pitching this early?
3) Do I need a lawyer this early in the process If I want to speak to investors? Do I need to trademark/patent anything?
TL;DR I have a new concept for a startup. I'm new and early in the process so where should I begin?
Thanks in advance for feedback!