How can I bring on the help I need to start my business while protecting my idea?
I have an idea which needs to be developed by smart and trusted IT engineers using algorithms. I have researched my idea in depth and believe it could end up being a huge business enterprise. How do I get the help I need while protecting my idea?
https://www.ycombinator.com/apply/ or similar acceleratorswill help you with IP.
You can tell people what it does but not how you will do it, Get a signed NDA be sure to include the words TRADE SECRETS better protection than a patent.
Check out techie angel investors. See an Intellectual Property lawyer for protection.
Ravi: First, good luck on the development. I suggest that you talk to a very competent IP lawyer about your internal documentation, then periodic reporting to the attorney so that it can be determined when to begin filing for patents/copyrights. Next, sound employment contracts, non-compete agreements and confidentiality agreements should become part of your employment package. If you are really paranoid, divide your development into independent segments which will be later consolidated (only by you or a very trusted senior engineer) to achieve the functional system. Protect the code so that no employee will be able to assemble a functional system independently. Your IP protection should be built sequentially so that the wall gets too high to climb. Finally, test as you progress to continue to confirm your original market assumptions.