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I have ideas You have the skills lets make lots of money

01-14-2009, 02:13 PM
#1
Joined: Jan 2009
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I have ideas You have the skills lets make lots of money

who do you contact when you have an Idea for a few apps, but don't have programming experience? Can you partner with someone and have a partner ship without getting screwed out of your idea?

I have some simple, unique, and some other more fleshed out apps that I think could do pretty well but I'm not up to speed enough to make them happen.

Whats a fair revenue split on these kind of deals and has anyone done anything like this?
01-14-2009, 02:29 PM
#2
Joined: Dec 2008
Posts: 336
To be honest having an idea is not enough. Watch Dragon's Den, ideas are worth nothing until they are realised.

I doubt you will get much money/revenue split for just coming up with an idea. After all, if you could, patent applications wouldn't be so complex (you actually have to provide a "blueprint" that someone could take and implement the idea for themselves)

EDIT:

To re-iterate my point, its the effort (programming) that brings home the money. And rightly so.

01-14-2009, 02:38 PM
#3
Agreed. However if you have the ability to flesh out your idea into a solid design document, there would be tangible value to your contribution.
01-14-2009, 02:45 PM
#4
Joined: Dec 2008
Location: Seattle, Wa
Posts: 278
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Originally Posted by Dorfdad View Post
Whats a fair revenue split on these kind of deals and has anyone done anything like this?
Okay.. You gotta have something skill wise to bring to the table on this one. You can't just ask if someones willing to develop your idea.
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Agreed. However if you have the ability to flesh out your idea into a solid design document, there would be tangible value to your contribution.
If you can provide at minimum, concept design knowledge of what your idea would look like. I'd listen as well.
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ideas are worth nothing until they are realized. I doubt you will get much money/revenue split for just coming up with an idea. And rightly so.
ouch.

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01-14-2009, 02:59 PM
#5
Joined: Sep 2008
Location: Colorado
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(1 skill)=(1,000,000,000,000 ideas)

And that ratio is about you could expect to make.
01-14-2009, 03:22 PM
#6
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Originally Posted by Dorfdad View Post
Whats a fair revenue split on these kind of deals and has anyone done anything like this?
"Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration." So a 1/99 split seems fair. Otherwise you'll have to pay up-front for programmers to do work-for-hire, keeping in mind that $100+/hr isn't uncommon.

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01-14-2009, 04:28 PM
#7
Joined: Jan 2009
Posts: 136
Understood, I simply was asking as I do have some fleshed out ideas, and I do have some ability to program but it will require some more time and effort on my side, which is the way to go it seems.

I could add that 1000 programmers with crappy apps couldn't equal 1 great idea. Not pointed at anyone but I'm saying it takes both. So many programs have a basic idea but no depth that it ruins the project.
01-14-2009, 06:46 PM
#8
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Originally Posted by Dorfdad View Post
I could add that 1000 programmers with crappy apps couldn't equal 1 great idea.
Only if that idea becomes something... if it stays an idea it is worthless. I have this great idea for super quantum traveling but I can't find the people to make it, 1000 cars is still much better ;-D
01-14-2009, 06:51 PM
#9
Im sure certain dev groups might be able to work something out if the idea just hasn't been done before but you would be getting a very low percentage. If you did get 10% which I think is high on a 99c app. You would make 7c a sale (after apple takes their share). You would have to sell a lot for that to add up.

Unless your not in it for the money and just want to get your name on something. Most developers have tons of their own ideas that they would like to flesh out first.
01-14-2009, 07:02 PM
#10
Joined: Dec 2008
Posts: 336
As a programmer, I would accept a fair revenue split from someone who not only has an idea, but also willing to do the art, marketing, secretary for Company matters, accounting, etc...

Alternatively, you could pay a programmer a fixed amount to implement an idea, this could end up being much less costly than a revenue split depending on how good the idea is.