While I first ventured out to invent Viewham as a startup idea, I had one fear, or rather something that created a lot of turmoil in my head. There was confusion and at the same time a lot of paranoia that someone might steal my business idea if I told them about it.
Although I knew it is not that simple, and people would obviously find it hard to pull something off that I had envisioned, I still had to fight the demons in my head to get in terms of the fact that sharing ideas with others was OK!
In this blog, I have highlighted a few myths/misconceptions that I had in mind while I started off and the realities that I dug up to nullify the ripples it could have caused.
Myth #1: “Someone might steal my Idea”
Reality: Sharing ideas online, on a platform with like-minded people has always proven to be a wise choice. When you share ideas online or information on a platform where people can see, it often turns out to be a playground of sharing business ideas. People often will have constructive feedback or an opinion about the idea shared, which can be looked at by the inventor himself.
At some point in the development process, one has to share the knowledge of the idea with the other. One has to teach sales reps of the company on how to sell the product or the service. The CEO and other executive heads will meet many people, investors, shareholders to invest and scale their businesses and therefore are expected to have a lot of knowledge about the product. Screwing up at that point in time might result in great losses. Therefore, starting early by pitching ideas on platforms where people can contribute with opinions and additional ideas might actually be a healthy option.
This will help you know what is to be told and how is it important and what can one actually expect out of all this.
Let’s say, someone did steal something that you had, how far can they actually get away with it?
As a creator, you know a lot of things about the plan, development involved, stages and everything that can be and cannot be done. So why fear?
Myth #2: “Others may make money out of it!”
Reality: They can’t! or they won’t be able to!
Your product might not be the first of its kind in the market. Many people might have tried getting their hands dirty on a similar product before. They know how the market works and where the product can actually optimize. But they wouldn’t know the best practices you can bring in as the CEO.
You are someone who came up with the idea originally. You hold a vision in your mind. At the end of the day, you would know what would work and what wouldn’t for the product in the best possible way.
What the others took 5 years to do, will take you 5 months to do it! All we’re trying to say is, you will know better about a product being its sole creator. You would know better solutions for the same problems.
Therefore, building the best team of people around you with a focus would help you a lot in the long run.
Myth #3: “My idea is not yet ready”
Reality: It never will be!
This is something I realized quite a bit late relative to the other myths I was used to listening. I honestly believed that this myth was true for a while. Time and again, days after days, I had this mindset which said, “when I’m fully ready with my idea, I will start telling people about it.” It never worked well!
In the end, I was frustrated and realized that I had to do something to change this. I began telling people about the idea and guess what? They had more to add! They never told me about anything that can create a distraction, or I never felt like they could steal my business idea. All I got in return was positive views and creative ideas both online and offline.
So there; I picked three myths and realities to counter them for you to understand what I faced while building Viewham.
Additionally, I thought its best to give budding entrepreneurs this opportunity to share their creative ideas or business ideas on the Idea Zone part of our platform. New business ideas can seek many creative leads while trying to be great. Viewham does just that!
We build together teams and groups who are problem solvers.
Experience this powerful tool on Viewham today!