Re: [Orlando-iOS-Developer-Group] Orlando Startup Weekend event

From: Jeff H.
Sent on: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 12:16 AM
I fail to see the rationale behind criticizing these folks for filing a patent application for this game. As a fellow developer I hate non-practicing entities (ie. patent trolls) as much as anyone however these hopeful entrepreneurs bear no resemblance to patent trolls or anyone else trying to abuse the broken patent system. They're just trying to protect their ideas from being stolen. How many Facebook games became popular before a company such as Zynga took notice and copied the game practically verbatim? At least several that I can think of off the top of my head. If these local entrepreneurs do develop their unique concept into a product and it does become popular then a patent may be a necessary measure to defend themselves against the Zyngas of the world. They deserve a lot more credit than you're giving them.

- Jeff



On Apr 30, 2013, at 11:26 PM, Peter Wright <[address removed]> wrote:

I do see your point but there are two very important words from her IndieGogo pitch that are being missed...

"Patent Pending"

I don't believe an altruistic community should provide any kind of input because of those two words. Best best best case, you make someone's life long intellectual handcuffs very valuable, worse case you become a litigation target if you do anything even remotely similar at any point in your career because its recorded and noted that you fed into this particular patent based application at some point. 

Were this a completed product and we were giving feedback on it, sure. Marketing feedback as they ramp up to go to market? Absolutely. Hints and tips for navigating the App Store - right up our alley, feedback on a patent pending undeveloped idea? Landmine.

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On Apr 30, 2013, at 11:14 PM, BC <[address removed]> wrote:

Guys
I kind of agree with Rodney. I think the larger issue here that's being missed is using the power of the community for the greater good of all. In the young lady's case, the community members could provide valuable feedback as sort of a pre-launch test marketing to see if her project is even worthy of going into development. In other cases, the community could help promote someone else's ongoing project, or assist with funding, or publicity, or beta-testing or any number of other ways that could help. The mentality of "You build it first then I'll give you my opinion if I think it's special" is not really the definition of what a community should be, in my opinion. Lord knows, the app stores are full of projects that were probably a waste of time and money. The very first thing you do once you have an idea for an app is to determine if there is a market for it. A community that gives informative suggestions and advice about what might help a project succeed seems like the better course to take than criticizing how a person chooses to manage it.

 


From: Rodney.Degracia <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Tuesday, April 30,[masked]:01 PM
Subject: [Orlando-iOS-Developer-Group] Orlando Startup Weekend event


Everyone,

I attended the previous Orlando Startup Weekend in Nov 2012 and I had a great time. Unfortunately I missed the recent April 12 Orlando Startupweekend.

Has anyone in the Orlando iOS Developer Group attended the Orlando Startup Weekend on the April 12 at Heathrow?

If so, what did you think?  Were the majority of the ideas based on the web or mobile-apps ?


 
Rodney Degracia







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