Being Copied

This is a great, short article by Paul Graham on why being copied isn’t nearly as big a deal as people think.

But I have at least one additional positive – if people are copying your idea, it means that it has merit. If your competitors start doing interesting things with the idea, you can see what they are doing, in addition to all of your existing ideas on how to make it better. If your competitor is a large company, now you have a sales pitch for every large competitor of theirs – “XYZ co has duplicated this concept, and are currently deploying it to market in preparation to steal away your customers. However, you can license my technology/idea/system and you’ll be up and running in just a few weeks.”

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