The word prototype originated from the Greek term protypon. Protos means “first” while typos refers to a “mold” or “pattern.” So a prototype is literally “the first of its kind.” It’s a working model of a machine or a process that is built to demonstrate how an idea works.

Businesses, especially startups, create prototypes of their products to test them in actual conditions. They also show prototypes to their stakeholders, potential partners, and prospective customers so they can get a look at and a feel of the product.

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