Ditch The Secrecy When Vetting Ideas

So you're sitting on an idea you consider to be a gold mine, but you're hesitant to share for fear that someone will run off with your gem. Here's why you shouldn't be overly concerned about having your intellectual property stolen.

Photo by James Bowe.

Slashdot asked its readers to chime in with ways to successfully share an idea with a third party without them stealing it from you.

One reader, who identified himself as the CEO of a tech start-up, said that you shouldn't worry about your ideas being stolen.

Share your great ideas promiscuously as possible to attract collaborators, even in highly specialised science and engineering fields. Otherwise your ideas will never gain traction and actually happen, and you will always be a dreamer. In the unlikely event that someone steals your idea, take it as a compliment and move on to the next great idea.

Another reader echoed this sentiment by adding that "we live in a world of employees and middlemen, most of whom are perfectly uninterested in ideas. With or without your idea, they'll continue on their merry way to be successful by paying for ideas from someone and turning them into products."

The lesson, then, is that if you're overly concerned with secrecy, you won't be able to (Apple, aside) move the idea ahead. Not entirely convinced? Then check out our previous post in which video blogger Ze Frank explains the importance of getting ideas out there quickly—even if they suck.

How to Vet Clever Ideas Without Giving Them Away [Slashdot]


Comments

    Hah. This wouldn't work in Hollywood. The hyper-nepotistic people who run the biz steal everything and use piles of money to fight off lawsuits and the help of their relatives running the news media to keep this out of the news. I've been a victim of idea (screenplay theft) as have many others here. It depends on who you work with, where you are working, etc. Certain types and groups of people simply cannot be trusted to not steal your work or ideas. They see it as their right. No joke.

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