Everyday, I see a lot of people who have come up with these amazing ideas but who can sometimes make a simple but eventually huge mistake: telling too many people/the wrong people too much about it.
I think this topic is important for everyone out there who is at the beginning of their journey in innovation. I’d like to start a discussion on this, maybe with examples from history or from the modern day, maybe from your own experiences, and with our do’s and don’ts when it comes to sharing an idea.
Looking forward to what all of you think about this.
I’ve heard of many cases where people would see TV commercials of companies that allegedly helped inventors develop their ideas, which turned out to be total scams. And I’m talking hundreds of thousands of dollars.
It was a bit of a shocker to me when I first heard about this because I assumed that if it’s a TV commercial it HAS to be real, right?
I guess the the lesson is research, research, research! Go by recommendations from people you trust. Search for client feedback on anything: patent lawyers, companies that offer to help you, anything.
There are so many ways to get scammed nowadays, it’s insane. It even becomes interesting to see how creative some people can get with their scams. I think it’s important to point out that you can get scammed at pretty much every step of the process, from getting tricked by patent lawyers into patenting a weak invention, to getting your idea stolen, or to paying huge amounts of money to companies that do “market research” for you. Of course, these are just a few of the most obvious examples.
You’re all right. One thing I should add is that you also have to be aware of what isn’t a scam. Usually your gut feeling helps but you have to make sure what it tells you is in fact correct. It takes time and effort to find out which companies/people are scammers and which aren’t.