The myth of the "stolen startup idea" somehow continues to live on, despite an insane lack of proof to the contrary. The thinking goes that if someone else hears our idea, they will simply take it and create a billion dollar business from it.
On paper (and in movies) that can happen. In reality, it's basically a Sasquatch myth.
Just having an "idea" for something accounts for nothing. Great companies aren't built because someone had an idea for something that no one else thought of — we all have novel ideas.
Great companies are built through an insane amount of dedication and execution that (rarely) leads to a big outcome.
By the way, plenty of people had the idea for a social network — and built them — before Facebook was ever "stolen."...