I live on a ranch in East Texas. It's about 50miles to the nearest city (Austin, TX). Schlepping my butt to town just for a lunch or coffee meeting would seem a huge waste. In reality, it is those lunches and coffees (and sometimes beers) I have with friends that help to congeal my best ideas into much, much better ones.
The reason is simple. Innovation rarely strikes in a vacuum. It can't really. Who would buy it, care about it, or even THINK it is innovative if it only stays in your head or in your personal lab. (yes I have a lab at my home :) )
Anyways, what I've found is that taking the time to TELL someone about your ideas, reveals its complexity, its holes, and hopefully its value. Many Engineers, myself included, worry about people stealing our ideas. It's down-right silly. To get from your brief description of an idea to a business is a LONG road, one that few people are willing to take. So share, learn, and innovate.
By the way, in a future post, I'll explain how to patent protect your best ideas for less than $200 (total). Then you REALLY don't have to worry about talking to people about it, right?
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