Great question. Your friends and family are right; get a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) as soon as you can! I think it’s important to note that when you eventually approach the developer with your agreement, you should extend the duration of the agreement to include conversations that happened up to this point as who knows what he has learned thus far. In terms of drafting an NDA, I want to caution you on the standard templates you find online. They often are way too much of a boiler plate to truly make a difference for your company. As such, you run the risk of leaving out important clauses or terms in your agreement that are particular to your specific industry. That’s why consulting with an attorney is always advisable regardless of the legal issue – because they know what to look out for and how to protect you.
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