Investor don’t want to sign NDAs

Investor bros won’t sign NDAs

Not a problem….but always ask in writing for them to sign an NDA….why?

What investors do not realise yet is that consultancies and investors who move from company to company cross pollinating ideas will increasingly find themselves the wrong side of trade secret misappropriation cases. But that is not for you to worry about yet.

So if they will not sign your NDA that you have asked for in writing (proof that you valued your IP enough to seek signatures on an NDA), then only tell them the non-sensitive information and do not get carried away in your reveal………

Please bear in mind that most of us are actually designed and evolved to share information and secrets (‘what’s the gossip’?!)

So spend the time listing out in order of value your most valuable secrets and be certain that you will reveal so much but not beyond that ‘red line’.

The investor can know the value of your trade secret but not the mechanics – eg no one in their right mind would reveal their ‘Google search algorithm’ to anyone, never mind an investor without an NDA! and that is even if they were promising to double their investment. ……But you can explain what it does for the business and how it differentiates the offer etc.

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JOHN PRYOR: I am John Pryor, I am a strategy consultant focussed on intellectual property and dedicated to supporting people and business to make the best use of all available IP to compete and win in the marketplace. My aims are to maximise people’s understanding and to help develop their skills, so that they can deploy IP in their business successfully and cost effectively, to help achieve a higher valuation.

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