I am a software developer and I have an idea which I want to work on. I have shared that idea with my colleagues and some friends. Everyone feels that the idea is good enough and I can go ahead. But I need one or two non-technical co-founders and I want to search them in this website. How should I do that? Should I approach random people who match the criteria I am looking for and share idea with them? I have no idea how this website or even this co-founder searching procedure works. Any help please?
Ideas are 5% and execution 95%
Its a matter of trust and dedication. No one can just steal an idea. Everyone wanted to start a ride sharing app but there is just one Uber. An idea never sells, what sells is your differentiators or USP. So don't worry on sharing your idea but tweak it a bit and e vague. You do not need to share in depth details. all the best on your idea and remember that even even basic interviews can delver gems that can take your organization to the next level.
Can your idea be patented?
Ideas can be patented if they are new, non-obivious, and useful - in US at least. (Seek lawyer for professional advice.)
Patents only give monopoly for 20 years. So, is it even worth applying for one?
Apple patented the swipe to unlock feature for the iPhone in 2007. Just 10 years later, 2017, iPhones no longer need to swipe to unlock, just need fingerprint. Consider the iPad, just 7 years after launch, unit sales per year is already declining.
The cycles are getting so short that you wont be able to apply the patents you have. In fact, lawsuits take so long that the entire product category may be irrelevant by the time settlements come.
Local Meetup.com events near you may help.
From my experience, I find that people just appears in your inbox when you are doing interesting things.
I personnally would be careful who Id get to be co-founder or share info with. Just a fair warning, depending on who it is then they could take your idea and run with it without you being on board. As far as how this website works, I have no idea. Be careful
There is reason most VC's wont fund ideas is because they also wan't an edge others can't copy. Therefore look for someone with a strong background and previous experience, I am sure that type of person would't risk their reputation.
I am against patenting an idea, because I can take the same idea and make it much better, and you do not have the right to stop me, but if it is a product you want to patent then it is okay. It is like you are stopping people of thinking of new solutions, let say you have an idea of building a spaceship that can reach the moon in 1 week, but I took the same idea and changed some techniques and I make the trip less than 1 day, Do you think you have the right to stop me of doing that?
I was searching in the US Patent database and I found many ideas that I can change it and make it much better. I even found someone has a patent for commercial procedure that been used by many people.
It depends on the idea itself. Is it a product? If yes, then you can patent it. Is it a service? Then, it will be difficult.
Idea yes. Secret sauce, no.
Anonymous, as a non-technical co-founder, I advise you to make people sign a NDA before you share your idea with them. gaenlandaticlouddotcom