âGood artists copy, great artists stealâ
This quote is often attributed to Pablo Picasso but did you know that he actually âstoleâÂ it from a host of writers and authors before him? Steve Jobs then credited the quote to Picasso and the cycle of plagiarism continued.
Why do I care about copying in the startup world? Well Iâm writing this post as a disgruntled victim of a daylight robbery. Itâs an article Iâve wanted to write for a long time. As a founder in the tech world, Iâve witnessed a growing trend of rip-off merchants. Iâm talking about the type of founders who literally copy your idea, brand and business model wholesale. The deplorable copycats of our industry.
Itâs never been easier to start a tech business. That also means thereâs never been as many copycats in the tech world. If youâre reading this and youâre thinking of starting your own company, please take note.
Earlier this year, my co-founder Aidan and I launched Retro Patents to marry our two passions of tech patents and minimalist art. We announced this on Product Hunt which has become the de facto platform to launch a tech business. Everything was going smoothly until we read the following tweet from a supporter of ours.
â â¨ Joey Tawadrous â¨ (@joeytawadrous) July 18, 2017
To our amazement, we found that a clone had sprung up with the exact same type of website and product concept. They even launched on Product Hunt like we had with the same marketing copy to rub salt into the wounds.
It was depressing as weâd spent months building up a loyal following and a solid niche in the market. Thankfully the good folks of Twitter called this out for what it really is, blatant plagiarism. A complete lack of originality.
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