To NDA or not to NDA?

Growthink Blog

This blog post was written by Mary Juetten, founder of, a site that provides inventors, creators, and small businesses with integrated software tools to identify and protect intellectual property. What is a NDA?

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Things to Avoid When Recruiting Co-founders

Don’t Even Ask for an NDA This just makes me laugh. UPDATE: It is of course perfectly reasonable to ask for an NDA before giving away the super secret sauce. As a corollary, cold call a VC and try and get them to sign an NDA before your first meeting.

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How To Find A Technical Cofounder For Your Online Business Idea

Home ▶ Businesses ▶ Startup Business Advice ▶ Current Page How To Find A Technical Cofounder For Your Online Business Idea. This article should also serve as a starting guide for programmers who are approached about becoming technical co-founders.


Thinking About a Non-Compete Agreement with Your Co-Founder? Then Find a Different Co-Founder

Inc Startups

I do not need an NDA with someone I trust, and conversely, if I thought I needed an NDA to coerce silence, I would be really careful about what I shared.


Forget your idea, it’s the team…


So often I meet entrepreneurs who won’t tell me what they’re doing unless I sign an NDA. When you have the pedigree that Slack founder Stewart has (ex Flickr co-founder) you can assemble an amazing team from day 1.

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Going to Raise VC? Here’s a Primer on Process, People, Deck

Both Sides of the Table

Will a VC sign an NDA (non-disclosure agreement)? It can be a good strategy to bring just the CEO because 1-on-1 rapport is easier to build but if you have equally strong co-founders bring them.

Why Co-Founders Are a Startup's Biggest Liability | The Startup Lawyer

He obviously never launched a startup and got shafted by a co-founder. Instead of worrying solely about some 3rd-party stealing your business idea or a “slip and fall,&# your startup company’s top legal priority should be the reduction of its internal legal threats: co-founder disputes. You can start by examining every aspect of the co-founder relationship. I wrote a previous blog article regarding startup co-founders. [.]

Why you shouldn’t keep your startup idea secret

A note about NDAs: 1) almost no experienced entrepreneurs/VCs will sign them (in fact, you asking them too is widely considered a sign of inexperience), 2) It’s not clear they have any real value – are you really going to spend years suing someone who signed an NDA? Finding cofounders is a biggy, and because 99.9% Have any candidate sign an NDA. Dividing equity between founders » Home. - chris dixons blog. Follow @cdixon. About me.

The Ultimate Inventor’s Guide to Inventing Things

Up and Running

See Also: Got “Founder Fit”? If you want to explain your idea to someone in-depth and are worried potential theft, you can get them to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA)—a legal document that states both parties intent to keep information confidential.

San Francisco's Real Start-up Secret Sauce

Inc Startups

Putting a sharper point on that second one: In New York City they ask you to sign NDA''s, and in San Francisco we don''t. Within one week you will most likely have another job or will have found another co-founder, and be back in business.

Inside Clinkle: A Stanford Kid Got $30 Million and Then Everything Blew Up

Inc Startups

A payment app co-created by Duplan, it has been in "stealth" mode for more than three years, its unique selling proposition a closely-held secret. Duplan, a first-time founder who was barely of legal drinking age, seemed full of promise.

Founder Agreements – Vesting, Vesting and more Vesting

High Contrast

Some time ago Sim Simeonov asked me to write a guest post on the subject of founder agreements. In part this is because I broke my leg skiing and in part it is because the number of founders walking through our doors these days seems to be on the rise.

First Rule of Fight Club Does NOT Apply

Our Start Up Story

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. As it turned out the 2 people he talked with in the beginning ended up becoming Co-Founders of NBS. The first rule of fight club is you do not talk about fight club.

How to Find Great Freelancers on Upwork (Formerly oDesk)

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The biggest tip I can give when hiring on oDesk or Elance is: a phone call, or short Skype session goes a long way,” says Cody McGraw, founder of SCOUT Military Discounts. “I’ve

How to Start a Startup

And since a startup thatsucceeds ordinarily makes its founders rich, that implies gettingrich is doable too. A lot ofwould-be startup founders think the key to the whole process is theinitial idea, and from that point all you have to do is execute.Venture capitalists know better. The market price is less than the inconvenience of signing an NDA. Ideally you want between two and four founders. Do the founders of a startup have to include business people?

Presentation Hacks

Venture Hacks

Adeo Rossi recently invited me to speak at the Silicon Valley Founder Institute. <pat self on back> And I don’t mind saying that this was the highest rated talk this at the Silicon Valley Founder Institute this semester. </pat Nava l: So, Rashmi mentioned the information asymmetry that exists between investors and entrepreneurs, and at this point I’ve been lucky enough to have been involved with a large number of startups as a founder, advisor, and investor.

Someone Stole My Startup Idea – Part 2: They Raised Money With My.

Steve Blank

Disbelief, Anger, Resignation and Acceptance My cofounders and I went through the stages of disbelief, anger, resignation and acceptance. We consciously didn’t ask potential customers to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA). And we figured that unless litigation was going to be our business strategy, NDA’s would have inhibited the back-and-forth that made us smarter.

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5 Reasons Why I-Bankers Make Bad Tech Entrepreneurs | Vinicius Vacanti

Vinicius Vacanti

You’ll need those skills, not just an idea, to attract a technical co-founder. You have to talk to you friends about what you are working on without making them sign an NDA (sorry to the people I did this to). blog comments powered by Disqus Vinicius Vacanti is co-founder of Yipit , a service that finds you great local deals by learning your tastes.


Crazy! 189 Answers To The Top Startup Questions On Your Mind

Whats is the best way to find a co-founder for your startup? Should I require and NDA? However, one of my co-founders doesn’t seem to be as motivated as the rest of us. Dan, how did you meet your co-founders at each of your startups?

Stealth Mode Startup

If youve read my Cult of the NDA article (which, by the way, remains one of the most-read articles on this blog), then you know that I think good luck and good execution are far more important to success in a startup than a Really Big Idea. They didnt even offer to sign an NDA. One of the cofounders has been active on a mailing list for Asterisk , an open-source Linux-based PBX. "The more I find out, the less I know.". Browse archives by date. Weather at the Frozen North.

Paul Kenny, no friend of Frank, on hard wiring sales into your organisation. BoS 2010 video & transcript.

Business of Software Blog

If you are a founder, can you just stand up a minute. If you are a founder of a… Wow. A round of applause for the founders. Paul Kenny : If you’re not a founder, but you’re thinking you might be one day, you don’t have to stand up because your boss may see the video. What he really said was that we hadn’t worked out a model for selling yet for this new generation of software founders and owners, and I think he’s absolutely right.

How To Bootstrap Your Startup

But when done well it can really help get a company going fast, professionally and without the founders having to give up much (if any) equity - or bankrupting themselves. The founders may believe they are onto such a good idea that they don’t want to give up any equity. Or the founders have taken on a small amount of seed financing, just enough to get them into the market. is outsourcing bootstrapping if you have founders with the skills to do this part?

Startup Lessons for the Proto-Founder

Home About Contact Home About Contact The Metamorphosis Becoming an Entrepreneur, by Matt Mireles Startup Lessons for the Proto-Founder I started SpeakerText in October 2008 during the financial apocalypse. While I’m still mostly a clueless hack, there are a few things I learned along the way that I think founders and proto-founders reading this blog might find useful. You need a Co-Founder, not an Engineering Bitch. link] Matt Mireles NDA for pitching?!?