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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 16 2013: Hi,
      One of the earlier comments mentioned the same issue. I am sure there could be a way of protecting intellectual property if this idea were to be implemented.
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      Feb 18 2013: What if it is not protected? People have good ideias everytime but if it is only an ideia, it won't go anywhere.

      Sometimes you just don't won't to do it or you just don't have the opportunities, the time or the right tools. What if someone who have it, grab the ideia and make it happen?

      What is worst anyway: a protected good ideia that none is working at or an unprotected good ideia that someone stole and made it happen?

      Ideas are to make happen, not to have protect. They must be spread.

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