Tesla loved ideas too much to care about the ownership of them - just wanted more of them! (Maybe that’a what Edison took advantage of…)
Relevant to a good conversation I had today with a chronic wantrepreneur friend of mine. Trying to explain that those who thrive in this economy realize that with such a public forum in today’s market, it is much better to share and collaborare ideas (i.e. kickstarter) than it is to hoard them and not complete them.
Tesla was in a disadvantageous point in history, because he did not have the privilege of the internet, time stamps, recorded correspondence, etc. The use of patents/copyrighting was the biggest downfall of the inventor—it created a false scarcity of ideas, and also created a very secretive environment around the implementation of them… In doing so, innovation was stalled and it gave idea thieves more incentive to take the ideas from the original thinkers! Imagine someone trying to do that today and being able to get away with it, if someone had been recording the process of his idea publicly for months/years…
Anyways. Rambling. It’s late. Blah. I LOVE YOU TESLA.