Collaborate on a trust-only basis, or why it’s a good idea to go against traditional business wisdom

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I wrote a little thing on the role of trust-based collaborations (as opposed to setting up formal organizations and getting the lawyers involved at or even before the start) over on Medium.

In startup land, as in most traditional business contexts where intellectual property counts as an asset, we’re usually told to guard our ideas, our prototypes, our processes. Here’s a rallying cry to go the opposite direction: To share ideas, to openly collaborate before getting the lawyers involved. To iterate not just on a product, but on the the very nature of our business relationships, our collaborations, our organizations.

Full text here.