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I have a great APP idea.
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So i have been working on this great idea, but im worried about it being stolen away.. My health is failing as is my fathers, crohns desease..

Im not sure how i would approach someone with an idea without being completely ripped off..

My goal is just to set my dad up so he can be comfortable.

Lets say i had the idea for uber, but only 2500$..
What can i do?
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I was trying to save for a lawyer for a while, but my health is degrading..

Patents and the like are expensive and im rather ignorant in the matter.
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Just an idea is almost useless these days. You could try hiring a programmer by the hour but get a non disclosure agreement yada yada. Once you have a working product, you might be able to sell it. Not just an idea though. It will get stolen.
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(01-12-2019, 01:32 AM)DeadpoolLovesYou Wrote: Just an idea is almost useless these days.  You could try hiring a programmer by the hour but get a non disclosure agreement yada yada.   Once you have a working product, you might be able to sell it.   Not just an idea though.  It will get stolen.

Yes. Thats what im thinking.
Im ignorant in all that legal stuff..
I'm a thinker, and i got an idea that might take off.

Should i approach a developer? Who is to say they wont steal it?
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(01-12-2019, 01:24 AM)Mearek (deleted?) Wrote: So i have been working on this great idea, but im worried about it being stolen away.. My health is failing as is my fathers, crohns desease..

Im not sure how i would approach someone with an idea without being completely ripped off..

My goal is just to set my dad up so he can be comfortable.

Lets say i had the idea for uber, but only 2500$..
What can i do?

Get a good NDA and don't talk to anyone who won't sign it. Be sure it's witnessed. Be careful that your conversation and any drawings aren't recorded or copied if/when visiting a prospective investor.

If you're in the US, you can't partner with a Patent Attorney, thanks to Bill Clinton who changed that law. If outside the US, look into the possibility. The biggest problem with keeping your idea is being able to defend it legally. It's not cheap and you should partner with someone who can defend your idea in court.

Many, with propriety ideas, just hide them from competitors. But, yours likely will go public if it's a good one.

Hope that helps. I've been through the patent thing a couple of times. I just hide most stuff now.

Good luck, mg
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(01-12-2019, 01:32 AM)DeadpoolLovesYou Wrote: Just an idea is almost useless these days.  You could try hiring a programmer by the hour but get a non disclosure agreement yada yada.   Once you have a working product, you might be able to sell it.   Not just an idea though.  It will get stolen.

It will get stolen !

I've seen it happen to products I've been involved with (Sil Valley). They will knock you down and go through your pockets. Be careful.

And, if the Chinese get ahold of it, kiss it good by. There is nothing you can do. I've had this happen to me. Just forget about it, it's gone.
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#7
Lmao
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#8
hey op.

somebody is going to steal your idea once you put it out in the open. somebody is going to steal it once your app has been released. it's the way things work. will the developer steal your idea? no. because the developer knows that creating a highly sophisticated application costs tons of money (more than 2.5k - you pay -one- developer at -least- $140 per hour if you want to have it done right - and you're going to have to involve designers too because developers aren't designers and an app with bad user experience is worthless nowadays) and he doesn't want to take that risk and he simply can't steal the source code he wrote for you (if you set up your contracts right).
another thing you should consider is that your app always does more than the things you see on the screen. dunno what you're aiming for op but you should also consider what it costs to run your app until you have a good customer base.
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another thing you could do to keep development costs low is to give the developers shares in your company or pay them royalties. but most devs won't accept such a job if your idea is shit. 1dunno1
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oh btw there's a nice book that explains the software development cycle in laymen's terms. it's called "don't hire a software developer until you read this book" by k. n. kukoyi.
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