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An acquaintance came to me with an idea last night. It's something he's been sitting on for a few years now. It's a good idea, and I think worth something... maybe a lot. He doesn't have the know-how to make it happen, but I do, or I know the people who do. He says he can get seed money for it. He wants me to be his partner.

So now, for the first time in my life, I'm presented with what I believe is a truly novel thing -- something that could fundamentally change a large market, a new way of thinking about an old problem. It's what every aspiring nerd hopes to come across, and... I don't know where to start. Patents, incorporation, development, marketing, exit strategy: I know what all these things are, but have no experience starting or running a business, and neither does he.

I need help. I think I need to read a book. Can anyone recommend a place to start here? We have some napkin scribbles that I believe are worth some effort. Before I up and quit my day job, I need a clearer sense of how to proceed.

I'm posting this here because I think this board has a lot of successful people who do have experience with these things, and I'm hoping something here resonates enough to point me in the right direction. Thanks!
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