Reasons to not disclose your idea?


It doesn't appear that this site looks at it as spam. Is there a strong fear of having it stolen? It just seems like the feedback would be improved.

Are people this protective in the real world?


asked Mar 16 '10 at 00:01
Jeff O
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Some of the main reasons would be:

  1. As you say, the idea may be stolen. But that actually counts for less than people think. Take a look at this thread. It's the execution that has real value.
  2. (definitely true in my case) The person may still be a newbie and/or may not have fleshed out the idea enough to defend it or make convincing arguments about its value. So he/she might be reticient about publicizing it.

As for the real world, people are definitely more open. I was at the Silicon Valley Co-Founders Meetup last Thursday (hosted by Alain Raynaud ). There was a LOT of frank and open discussion about ideas, because the raison d'etre of the Meetup is to be able to locate Co-Founders for your startup.

answered Mar 16 '10 at 06:48
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  • I would think you would be more open with a rough idea in this forum then when you are looking for co-founders in person. – Jeff O 14 years ago

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