If I Build It, Will They Come?

Hello! I have a startup that introduces a new way to pursue knowledge and know-how at home. I've tested out numerous iterations of the product, from a Wizard-of-Oz-like no-budget simulation to a public beta to, now, a redesigned interface that's technologically more sound and scalable. It's a consumer-facing brand, free for users, that is a vehicle for content creators, brands, and retailers to engage with their audience in a novel way.Like many in my position, I've been super focused on the product. Now, I have to go out, validate, and hone the product. I could really benefit from candid conversations with marketing, strategy, and partnership folks in the food, beverage, beauty, retail, and cookware industries. I'd really love to know what challenges you're facing, what you're currently doing to address those challenges, what you look for in partnerships, and how you structure those partnerships financially. (I come from an academic background, and am lacking in this body of information.)If you, or someone you know, is a kick-ass marketer or strategist with a desire to impart some knowledge, I'd love to connect with you and set up a 15 minute conversation. This would help me ENORMOUSLY.