First Rule of Fight Club Does NOT Apply

jonrossi

The first rule of fight club is you do not talk about fight club.

Well that might be the case with regards to any fight club but it’s certainly not the case when it comes to your idea about a project, website, or startup you want to work on. One of the first things I learned in the startup community is that if you think you are the only one in the world working on this “Top Secret” project, then you are not giving proper credit to the other 5 people that have the same idea and are working on it.

The one thing that does matter and separates you from the other 5 people, is how you execute your idea. It is important to discuss your idea to anyone that will listen and give you feedback. After listening to Co-Founder and CEO Alex White of NBS (Next Big Sound) talk at an event in early November at the Techstars Bunker, he had this amazing idea about what he wanted to do but was afraid that if he shared his idea about NBS then people would take it and run with it. He kept his project under lock and key for 3 years while trying to decide how to move on it and in what direction he would take. He finally approaced some local friendly contacts at the University he was attending and decided to ask them for their input. As it turned out the 2 people he talked with in the beginning ended up becoming Co-Founders of NBS. Alex mentioned to the group that he wished he had been more open about sharing the idea because he would have been 3 years ahead of where NBS is today.

I mention this because if you think that you can’t share your idea unless you have someone sign an NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement) then be prepared to sit and wait a long time until someone takes you seriously. If you have an idea and your not really sure who to talk to about it or your immediate network of friends are not familiar with the startup industry, then here are some possible resources for you to use: reach out to your friend’s networks, use LinkedIn to connect with people, attend local events by searching Meetup , or even consider attending on of the StartupWeekend events. Remember an idea is only an idea unless you do something with it.


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