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Carolin Maney

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A forum for people to drop their business ideas that others, seeking to start businesses can then develop

There are business ideas that hit us like lightning bolts from time to time. When I get some of those ideas, I think, " If I weren't in school, I would have loved to start that as a business but given my the limits of time, networking and financial resources, I can't. But, just because I don't have the time or resources or the will to pitch the idea formally to an affluent group of people, should a potentially innovative idea go to waste?
I think it would be great if TED could start an IDEA BANK as a branch-website where individuals who have no qualms about intellectual property rights can drop there ideas as an open source that others can then develop. It could function in a way similar to a blood bank or a sperm bank. Entrepreneurs in search of ideas could use the idea bank as a resource from which they can borrow ideas to create, improve, or innovate their businesses. There could even be a way of keeping track of which ideas have been adopted, and which ones have been partially adopted and so on.

A lot of great, creative, business ideas that are out there never get realized. There are also a large number of individuals who have the time and the resources to start new and creative businesses.If the individuals who have these great ideas are not going to pursue or develop their ideas, then why not let someone else realize it, and make the world a slightly better and creative place to be?

If any of you is aware of such a website, please do let me know. If you'd like to build a website, I would love to be part of the endeavor in terms of fleshing out the details of this project.

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  • Feb 14 2013: I think that is a great idea! My only concern would be how individuals would be capable of protecting their think tank idea once it has progressed to a solid business plan. What is going to stop any reader from taking the efforts of the collaboration and starting their own venture using these ideas? There are a lot of great resources out there for connecting with others and their business ideas. I frequently read several sites and keep an eye out for new technologies and start up ideas. Entrepreneur Magazine is a cool resource but can be simple in regards to some of the valuable content one would like to see associate with start up ideas. A few sites I like to read, that are also top rate start up blogs, include upandrunning.entrepreneur.com, thisisgoingtobebig.com, and askthevcs.com.

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