Over the past 2 years I have been developing my own business. Recently we have gotten some traction and are moving forward--code is being written and things are falling into place. I feel very strongly about the problem we are trying to solve and want very much for my business to succeed.
About 2 months ago while at a conference I ran into the VP of Sales and Marketing for a VC backed startup. We had a good conversation about the market and their software. This company is a direct competitor of my business.
Now they are recruiting me. I've told them my situation with my own company (that is just getting started). My partner knows about the situation as well. I haven't given away any IP and have been very guarded with my conversations.
This competing company wants me to use the knowledge and expertise that I would have used to develop my own business and use it to develop theirs as Director of Product Development.
I'm torn. I love my startup and I've been working very hard to see this dream become a reality. At the same time, all of this hard work that I've been putting into developing my own business makes me the perfect candidate for this other job opportunity.
I'm interested in your thoughts and opinions--especially about intellectual property. What happens if I put my business on hold and go work for them for 1-2 years. Can I come out of a competing company and start my business back up? What should I do to protect myself? One day I still want to pursue my dream, but their offer may be too good to pass up.