• Bart Claeys, over 7 years ago

    Sean needs to learn a couple of things:

    1. You can't patent ideas.
    2. Ideas are worthless, it's all about the execution.
    3. NDAs are worthless and not common in the tech/startup industry.
    4. Don't pitch an obvious idea to a potential executor.
    5. Be careful with accusations. Foursquare didn't steal anything.
    91 points
  • Aubrey JohnsonAubrey Johnson, over 7 years ago

    Haha this guy is funny. 4 years to do wireframes and a landing page? C'mon dude.

    You could've learned Objective C at a high level and some modern web stacks and had it built and shipped BY YOURSELF in 4 years.

    24 points
  • Kelvin GomesKelvin Gomes, over 7 years ago

    This is definitely one of the funniest post i've read this year. Wake up Sean, Ideas are just "ideas". You either grab it or dismiss it. You didn't have “cojones” to go through with it, you sold your domain and now you complain that Foursquare stole it from you.? C'mon!!!

    6 points
  • Poyi ChenPoyi Chen, over 7 years ago

    Based on Foursquare's blog post, people are already using Foursquare to do things that can be accomplished on this "new Swarm app". Therefore the Swarm from Foursquare is not exactly a new idea but just a new brand.

    If anything, Foursquare saw the branding potential of the name "Swarm" so they decided to buy it. The OP didn't seem to be deeply attached to the name and sold it without knowing why.

    6 points
  • Daniel FoscoDaniel Fosco, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    He took 4+ years to get his product ready and is complaining that the leading company in the same space "stole" his idea.

    They seem to have stolen the domain, sure. Well, though luck, get a new one.

    6 points
  • Robin RaszkaRobin Raszka, over 7 years ago

    I don't see any stealing here.

    4 points
  • Jon GoldJon Gold, over 7 years ago

    People are responding to this as if the guy had an original idea with the usual "ideas are cheap, execution is everything" lines.

    Yes, but from the wireframes it looks like he designed foursquare. I can't tell what's different. At all. To top it all off he used a word which is heavily associated with the Foursquare experience.


    3 points
  • Catalin CimpanuCatalin Cimpanu, over 7 years ago

    I keep forgetting to tell everyone I invented sliced bread... silly me

    2 points
  • Bilal MohammedBilal Mohammed, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )


    2 points
  • Rolando MurilloRolando Murillo, over 7 years ago

    Didn't they just launch a Kickstarter project for the same idea? https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/734008586/swarm-a-new-way-to-gather-your-friends

    2 points
  • Jim SilvermanJim Silverman, over 7 years ago

    the landing page, created November 20, 2012, links to a Facebook page created April 14th, 2014.

    2 points
  • Moeed MohammadMoeed Mohammad, over 7 years ago


    1 point
  • Evan DinsmoreEvan Dinsmore, over 7 years ago

    Nothing stolen. They paid him fair and square for the domain. If he had confidence in his idea, he would have kept that. Good names, and especially good names with a reasonable domain name are hard to come by. Plus, they didn't sign an NDA, and you can't patent an idea, so if he disclosed anything it was his own fault.

    0 points
    • Josh ClementJosh Clement, over 7 years ago

      I think the best outcome for this dude would be to squeeze a little more money for the domains, that's about it.

      1 point
    • Joseph BarrientosJoseph Barrientos, over 7 years ago

      unless he was "tricked" and they bought the domain for cheap then go and make millions he MIGHT have a case

      0 points
      • Bart Claeys, over 7 years ago

        If you sell something for what you think it's worth, than you don't have any reason to complain when your buyer values it much more than what you sold it for. You got what you want for it, which should make you happy. Foursquare did not "trick" anyone in this case. And it's not the domain name that makes Foursquare millions, that's only a little part of their overall business. The real value of a domain name is about $15. All higher values are subjective. The value of the Mona Liza painting is the cost of its paint and canvas to some, but millions to someone else. There is no right or wrong here.

        1 point