The Myth of Stolen Ideas

The Myth of Stolen Ideas

You have an idea. Should you discuss it out loud, or keep it to yourself so that no one steals it?

Paloma M. Vazquez
  • 16 november 2010

The Social Network‘ has provided us with a wide platform (and plenty of ammunition) to argue the notion of whether ideas are ever truly stolen – or whether he/she that executes it, owns it. We stumbled onto an interesting anecdote to the debate on Pek Pongpaet’s blog – Pongpaet is the VP of Technology and Product at SpotOn Inc. Pongpaet admits that he’s learned to place little weight on ideas – not necessarily because he thinks little of others’ opinions in comparison to his own, but because nearly everyone has one. What makes an idea valuable is when there’s an execution plan attached to it. A vision and action plan for what to do in order to create or produce that idea is imperative to ‘owning’ it.

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