Haven’t blogged in a long time…. 🙂
Have had multiple ideas for projects in the back of my mind for years, and rarely get the chance to work on them (or force myself to when I have the time).
As with many ideas, you struggle to even explain them to someone, or you find there’s dozens of options already out there. Yet we push on…
I meet a fair number of people in the tech world, and many people want to discuss ideas, but often want NDAs. I don’t often sign them, often because they’re one-sided, or very more one-sided, or even extremely one-sided. And long. 5 years after we stop talking, or ‘in perpetuity’. I’ve wanted something a bit more lightweight, and fast, to act as a sign of good-faith while not tying either party to something which will present problems later. Lastly, I wanted a place to keep track of these sorts of docs (and eventually others) – an NDA has date/timelimits on it, and I often forget where mine are.
So… mutualndas.com was put together. This gives you the ability to send over a mutual NDA with a definable length of enforcement, definable jurisdiction, and allows for basic electronic signature. I can send out an NDA, and the other person can sign it (on desktop or mobile device) and send it back, and we each get a PDF emailed to us, all in about 2 minutes (longer if the other party wants to read the whole thing, of course!)
There’s precisely one NDA – a boilerplate – which I’m going to change a bit (and have an attorney give me some input based on those changes), and eventually offer a few options on this. Again, this is mostly for myself, and lots of small things that could be added, but I’m putting it out there now just to see what sort of feedback I get. Would like to charge for this service at some point (unlimited docs, alerts before “end of first year”, etc), and potentially some area to document specific “confidential” items. Often these sorts of NDAs indicate that you have to keep “confidential” info confidential, but the term can be nebulous. In a mutual NDA, if you were to document certain items you consider confidential (up front or during the course of the engagement) it would serve as a third party record.
In any event, give it a shot and tell me what you think 🙂