I have this idea that will change education and hopefully generate a lot of money, but there is absolutely no way I can develop it without the help of a certain company. Is there a way to bring it to them, and protect my IP at the same time? I don't want them to steal it. I suppose I could apply for a patent...
closed as off topic by Karl Bielefeldt, gnat, ChrisF♦ Mar 2 '12 at 13:10
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I am sure someone has given the same idea to Bill Gates, but bill gates didn't do anything about that idea, because he figured out that there is no money in it!
Sorry for the sarcasm. But i just saw myself in the mirror 10 years back when you said this.
Great ideas take a lot to cultivate. And even more to get user adoption. Till such time people shouldn't even think about How much money can be made on that - because you never really know.
However, this is not to put cold water it is most essential that you first flourish that idea rather than worrying about getting it stolen. Talk to effectively people who are end users rather people who can also develop it themselves. Once you have feed back from end users and if some of them vouch for working with you - talk to some investors. Investors' or end users don't steal idea.
You really need to read this:
I am not trying to be cynical - and only trying to put this so that you remove this fear of "someone will steal my idea". Go out and make relentless execution! That's about it.
another road to take:
chances are, you will no longer be bringing your idea to another corporation since you've realized that it's better to run your own.
The way you think is not actually how it works. An idea is worthless unless shown to be of value; people will not invest into your idea unless you can show them that it actually works, or you provide some evidence of serious commitment on your part.
Two roads to success:
This approach has two consequences: