Am I worth anything or just an “idea guy”?

For the last few months I've been working on creating a MVP for a tech platform that I think would do really well. Initially I had planned on doing all the development myself but I only have a few years experience with programming and am well aware there's some developers which are just leagues ahead of me. I was always going to have to pay out of pocket for the visual design elements of the project too. Also it's obviously important that the product launches with highest quality possible. So I changed my tune from wanting to own the entire company to wanting funding.

The platform serves a growing niche. I've noticed when I explain my idea to people familiar with this niche they instantly get it. People outside of it generally struggle to understand it let alone think it's a good idea. There is one prominent figure in this area that is very wealthy and I really want to / think would be interested in helping fund it. I would like them to ideally fund a very small team for 1 year initially and would be willing to give up a substantial amount of the company to them as they would also bring a ton of value to it.

My concern is that although it is my idea, I have created the MVP and have put a lot of thought into the design and roadmap for the company, I could be easily replaced. This is especially true as, to have a chance at funding, I think I would need to be fully transparent about all my ideas for the future of the product. I don't have experience running a business so I find it hard to believe (let's believe it is, in fact, a great idea) that they would not be better off just taking the idea and hiring some to replace me. The idea itself isn't completely original – you could compare it to a local taxi firm's app -> uber. It's right place, right time sorta situation and that time is now.

I could still help with development but I would (hopefully) become the worst developer in the room. I'm just afraid that I'm an "ideas guy".

Do I have value? Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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Startups – Rapid Growth and Innovation is in Our Very Nature!

Sunday’s Success Stories – Celebrate Your Successes From the Past Week: Anything goes, none too small!

Welcome to this week’s Sunday’s Success Stories Thread.

A lot of us get way too hung up on the destination and the fact that we are not there yet.

It is important to take a moment to reflect on a great quote from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., “The steps you take don’t need to be big, they just need to take you in the right direction”- Jemma Simmons

This is extremely relevant to all of us in this community. We should all be more aware of the successes we achieve every day that carry us closer to our goals.

Celebrating these successes, no matter how small they are, allow us to stay motivated, focused, and happy while we struggle to achieve dreams of various sizes.

The purpose of this thread is to share our successes from the week with one another and have something to celebrate together.

So, let us know what successes you have achieved this week! Nothing is too small or insignificant!

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