Does My Idea Already Exist?
How to Find out if Your Idea, Product, or Service is Original or the First-to-Market
If you're searching to find out whether your idea, product or startup idea is original or potentially the first-to-market, read this article. Whether you are a founder, entrepreneur or CEO, there are many important considerations in your search and hunt to determine originality.
I think you have to wonder if it's already been built are you going to do something different with that to make it so monumentally better than the next group of people. It has to be revolutionary.
If you want to find out whether it's been built there are tools. You can clearly go to Google and search for a general concept of what you're trying to build. That might lead you to the USPTO, the United States Patent and Trademark Office, to see whether or not your idea, or you product could be patented. Proprietary stuff is important. Beyond Google and the USPTO you can also search great sites like ProductHunt, or TechCrunch, Mashable, VentureBeat, those are other great sites. Business Insider, you can search for the general idea, and find whether the press have talked about it.
Beyond that though, I'll say more likely than not it has been done before. It's incumbent upon you if you want to do it better, and do it in a way that no one's done before, you've got to build a great team. You've got to have a product that is much more efficient on a different scale than any other before, and you've got to be willing to execute in a different way. Check out those online tools to know whether they'll be legal obstacles, or if there will be people that will bother you while you're creating them. Focus more on building something that can still sell, and a product that can make you and your investors a lot of money.
Find out if your idea is original and how to make the right decisions for your startup: