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Amelia Vieira Rosado ๐Ÿฃโœจ

Here's my horror story! ๐Ÿ˜…

Have you ever experienced someone taking your project idea, a part of your code that was not licensed for profit, your original blog article or other intellectual property, and made a profit out of it?

Well, I think the best answer here is "kinda" as opposed to a straight "yes" or "no". Here's what happened.

For some time, I had been working with some folks on what we envisioned to be a local community that would drive innovation on the island (referring to Curacao, where I'm currently based). What brought upon this idea, was an event that we had organized together in the past.

Our opinions did differ here and there, though that was not a problem for me. However, after a while, things came to a stand still. At the time I was going through a rough patch in my life, so I was less involved with the ideation of this project. I figured that was alright since the project was pretty much stuck and on stand by.

Then, one day while I browsed my LinkedIn feed, I saw a post from one certain folk proclaiming how he and one of my peers had just launched this "amazing community". I was furious, not gonna lie. It is not cool to blindside people like that, even less to not give credit to those who were involved in the early days of the "movement".

Basically this fella I was previously "working" with, blindsided me and the others and just took off with the idea all by himself. Needless to say, I burned that bridge. I simply can't bring myself to trust a person like that ever again.

Long story short, yes I experienced something similar to what you described in your question. No, they are not profiting of the thing as far as I'm concerned.

Moral of the story: Trust no one (JK).
Actual moral of the story: Be careful who you associate yourself with. And don't stick around people who don't give you the credit you deserve.

Over and out.

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Madza Author

Be careful who you associate yourself with. And don't stick around people who don't give you the credit you deserve.

Agree on all ๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ‘
Thanks for sharing this experience, a lesson learned for all of us ๐Ÿ˜‰