Trust me on this: No one wants to steal your idea.
Originally Posted by apples723
Developers have enough ideas of their own, and precious little time to devote to their personal projects. They're not lurking around the crackberry forums just waiting for the "next big thing" to get handed to them from a naive new user.
I've mentioned this before
If you read anything from that thread, make sure it's user Peter9474's brilliant comment (snipped):
Keeping your idea a closely guarded secret is a recipe for failure:
What I think is really hard to come by can pretty much be summed up in two words: good requirements.
If your "idea" can be described in 25 words or less... great, you've done a nice job translating your thoughts into a concise form. That's the "elevator pitch", but that only barely starts the conversation.
If you've got your idea described in 2500 words or more, along with some diagrams, sketches, a mockup or two, storyboards, etc, and ready answers to the next 100 questions about the details.... now you're talking.
Why you shouldn't keep your startup idea secret
(NYT) Got a Great Idea? Tell Everyone!
(Forbes) Five Lessons Learned From A Day I Spent With 1000 Women Entrepreneurs (Lesson #1 – Don’t fear and share; no one wants to steal your idea.)
If your idea is truly original, you'll have to ram it down people's throats to even get them to take it seriously. Trust me, no one is or will ever be as enthusiastic about your idea as you are.
Chances are Your idea isn’t good enough to keep secret. Of course, how will you know if you don't share it with other people?
Besides, once you release your app, your idea is out there for the whole world to steal and improve upon. Being first to market is rarely a good thing, you know. Apple has made a fortune by not being first to market, but by coming in late with a product that (presumably) improves on competing products.
No that that's out of the way:
1) If you need some technical help, ask away. We've got developers here familiar with just about every tool RIM offers and they're always willing to help.
2) If you're looking to hire a developer, tell them about the project and what kind of compensation you're offering. That'll answer all the questions they're likely to have: "can I do this", "do I want to do this", and "will it be worth my time".
Venture capitalists don't sign NDAs for a good reason. Naive developers have been known to, but even the least experienced contractor knows that that's best reserved for established businesses with a good history of paying on-time -- never for start-ups or other hopefuls.