We have partnered with VentureRate, a scrumptiously simple site that allows founders to rate each others business ideas. The ineffable Alex Capecelatro is the brain behind VentureRate, and here’s a wonderful post from his blog. This should give you a good idea about how VentureRate works…
And for this reason, VentureRate was born. The goal of VentureRate is to give entrepreneurs a platform to share their ideas and to get feedback. In today’s ultra-connected world, why not leverage the direct and immediate feedback potential from other entrepreneurs, potential customers, and seasoned investors? These people have been around the block before, and are willing to help make your product even better! What’s more? They are doing it for free!
But what if someone steals my idea? Good question. You definitely need to understand the risks of putting your ideas out there. Here’s a list of some of the consequences you might realize by posting your ideas to VentureRate:
1. You’ll reach potential customers.
2. You’ll get the attention of investors.
3. You’ll get constructive feedback on your idea.
4. You’ll be informed of competition and potential issues.
5. You’ll reach other entrepreneurs and possibly partner.
6. You’ll perfect your pitch.
7. You’ll drive traffic to your site and/or product.
8. You’ll reach other entrepreneurs possibly looking to join your team.
9. You’ll join a community of like-minded self starters.
10. You’ll find resources you never knew existed.
In all seriousness, YES it is possible that someone will steal your idea, but it is very unlikely. Entrepreneurship is about passion, and most people lack the passion to work on YOUR IDEAS. In addition, it’s the execution, not the idea, that makes for a successful startup. Posting an idea tells the what, not the how, of your ingenious idea. As a new startup, your problem is going to be getting eyeballs, and each one helps.
So join VentureRate – a place for entrepreneurs to share their ideas and rate other’s!