I realized I have too many business ideas and simply can’t iterate on all of them (especially since my first priority is Aviary). After speaking with MSG, he suggested I post my ideas publicly whenever I have them.
My first instinct was to protect my idea, as is the first instinct for almost all entrepreneurs. After all, they are my ideas, right? If I post them, can’t anyone just take it and run?
After thinking about it, three good points made me feel otherwise:
- If I don’t have time to execute on them and I don’t share them with the world they will never have a chance of being seen through fruition with a chance to share in credit for the concept.
- Odds are pretty good that someone else out there is already working on something similar. There’s nothing new under the sun. Really.
- Sharing my thoughts in this manner will help introduce me to other tech people that I do want to know and give people a good insight into my approach to business. Whether that will help me in future endeavors, who knows. But it certainly can’t hurt.
So given that: A) I continue to have interesting ideas all the time, and; B) that my first priority is to Aviary prevents me from executing on them, and that; C) thinking through them is an excellent thought exercise in general, and D) if I don’t post them, someone will eventually do something similar anyway or worse, the idea will never blossom at all; I have decided to share my ideas with the world.
Of course, should you adopt one of these ideas and pursue them I will be your biggest proponent in the world - and would like to be an advisor to your company.
I will help with introductions, guidance, funding, promotion and team building, from now and until you go public.
Updated listing of my Open Sourced Ideas