There are many startups in stealth mode because founders are convinced that their ideas are so brilliant that as soon as they share it, someone else will steal it. Regardless of how brilliant your idea actually is, chances are most people you meet won’t think it’s brilliant, and the ones that do think it’s brilliant don’t have the time and resource to even get started on stealing it (people are completely preoccupied with their own jobs, family, and they only have 24 hours in a day after all).
The benefit of sharing your ideas is, by comparison, massive. Almost every ultimately-successful idea has been iterated a countless number of times from people’s feedback. Sharing ideas with people you come across early on is an essential part of this feedback-gathering process and without it, you’ll only be going down a path that makes sense in your head but does not solve anyone else’s problems.
Contributors: Steve Long from The Travel Brief