Post #134: On Selling Ideas

There is only one way in which a person acquires a new idea: by the combination or association of two or more ideas he already has into a new juxtaposition in such a manner as to discover a relationship among them of which he was not previously aware. - Francis A. Cartier

Dear Alice,

“I feel like we should all profit from each others’ ideas… yet, why just give them away when you can profit on them? You still gotta eat, right?”

Now that I’ve got my own business, I get these programming ideas at work, and I think, “Yeah, that’d be a great product. I’d buy it.” However, I get the ideas from other people inspiring me, and the question of ownership becomes a big deal to me. (i.e. I might be the mother of the idea, bringing the product to life, but does the father get to profit? Who’s the real father anyway?)

The movie, “The Social Network”, really plays off the idea of someone “stealing” an idea and making it their own. If I were to take my analogy and run with it, it seems that (with enough evidence, and a good laywer!) the father can always make a case and profit from the child later. Plus, the mother can afford to pay for it in the end anyways.

Is it dirty? At first sight, I think it is. Why hog all the “glory” anyways, “mom”? Then again, what did the father do? He just tossed up the idea. As Zuckerberg says to the Winklevii in the film, “If you wanted to build Facebook, you would have built Facebook.” If you wanted to profit from it, then you should either have protected it better, or learned to work nicely with others. If you wanted the world to have it, then let the world have it.

I gotta eat, but the world sometimes seems to be starving.

Duh. It’s filled with people “screaming whatever’s on their mind”, and nobody’s listening. Or so it appears. People just don’t know how to give good feedback to screamers.

“I’m afraid I’ll hurt them because I don’t agree with their perspective.” Lol…
“I don’t think I have anything constructive to say!” Lol….

Thank you Adam, Sasha, and Mark. I really appreciate your comments. REALLY really really do. All of them. We shall hang out soon. With Mark the soonest, however, because he picked up on one of my references, and bassically, we’ve got work to do. ;)

David =B~)

P.S. What’s going on in the middle east is amazing. Terrifying. Let’s brace ourselves for what may come our way.

One Response to “Post #134: On Selling Ideas”

  1. Adam Says:

    Here’s hoping what is happening in the middle east produces some real changes. All too often in history the revolutionaries go back to work, and nothing really changes. I remain optimistic, however.

    And we will definitely hang out whenever we are on the same continent next. ;)

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