There has been a flurry of articles in the mainstream tech blogosphere about start-ups that are ruthlessly imitating other successful start-ups. Tech blog gurus have been pressing the “panic button” on their computers, cranking out posts after posts of cautionary tales of how no dear child of Silicon Valley is safe because there are always “bad guys” lurking behind the corner, ready to jump on his/her idea and steal it. I started reading some of those articles for pure amusement but soon became convinced that the “start-up cloning” topic is getting out of proportion. So I decided to write my opinion, hoping to put things in perspective (which I dare say has been lacking from most posts on the topic that I’ve read so far). Continue reading
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