No one stole my app idea from 2014
And no one will steal your idea either
On May 29, 2014, I tweeted out this app idea…
This tweet was part of a 100-day project, called Daily Tech Idea, where I tweeted an idea for a tech product every day for 100 days. I then compiled all the ideas on this website, and explicitly told visitors of the site to “borrow from this list”.
And yet, no one borrowed the idea for “audiobook speed-listening software”.
Two years later (on April 22, 2016), I launched my speed-listening app Rightspeed, accompanied by a long Medium post with the full story:
Then, TechCrunch picked up the story.
And since, downloads have been climbing steadily.
For two years, this “good” idea was sitting on the internet (asking to be taken). I talked to dozens of people about the idea, iterated and improved on the idea based on feedback, and found customers before I ever launched.
And yet, as much as I paraded the idea around, it was never “stolen”. Instead, the idea just got better.
Share your idea. It’s worth it.