People don’t steal ideas. I mean, a small fraction of people do, but it’s rare. Even if it is stolen, it’s next to impossible for most people to implement. Go secure all your IP (domain name and business stuff) and start recruiting away.
An idea is nothing more than an idea. You don’t need to disclose exactly how you’re going to make it work, but you can hint at a few things. All you need to do is have other people buy into you and your vision. If they buy into you and your vision, they will follow.
I’ve told a lot of people about a lot of ideas. Some I tried. Some I haven’t. I’ve had a few people say my idea was stupid, however I haven’t had anyone steal my idea from under me. I mean, what is the smarter thing to do, work with someone who has done all the research and has domain knowledge, or to spend six months figuring it all out on your own because you want 100% of the equity yourself?
Anyway, it’s always best to have a team. Doing things yourself is next to impossible. So start building out your team.
Originally posted on Quora.
Leonard Kim consults startups and writes books like