I just replied to an email thusly -
> You may fit, or know someone who does,
> the profile of my search for a cofounder.
> [lots of “ideas” snipped]
I wrote a blog post a while back that you should read:
As far as I’m concerned, good ideas are a dime a dozen, and I find requiring any kind of NDA before talking about them to be mildly offensive. As someone who can execute on software, I have people looking to “partner” all the time, and I find very few of them have anything to offer other than an “idea”. If I’m going to partner with anyone they’re going to have to pony up some tangibles up-front – an existing customer-base, money so that I can feed my family while working on their idea, deep domain knowledge of the target market, a complementary skill (such as graphic design), etc.
Also, I find software patents to be extremely offensive, and will not work with anyone associated with them. Thus, I’m betting our personalities and motivations aren’t a good fit.
Finally, you should read this post by Guy Kawasaki:
Your proposal had at least a few of these.
Sorry to be so harsh, but I’m just not impressed. To be constructive, here are three suggestions:
1. Stop worrying about ideas so much, and instead focus on building tangibles you can use to make them a reality – skills, money, etc.
2. Embrace the open source mentality, starting with learning why software patents are an awful idea, and then staying far, far away from them.
3. Don’t publish things in Word format. It’s a complete turn-off to any geek worth his salt.
Was I too harsh? Are other people getting “offers” like the one I’m sure you can extrapolate from this email? How do you reply?