Part of the premise of this blog is that when we think we have a great idea, we are probably not the only ones, and maybe not the first, to have it. We shouldn’t keep all of our ideas secret in the hope no one will capitalize on them before we do. If they are that good, someone else probably will.
This classic piece by Malcolm Gladwell shows that big ideas often occur to multiple people around the same time (Gray and Bell, Leibniz and Newton, Darwin and Wallace), and that the occurance can be cultivated (Intellectual Ventures). This implies a surplus of sorts, one that the scientists usually shared with the public, and that the Intellectual Ventures team is patenting and monetizing. Not Stealth, though not dealing in world-changing inventions, per se, was set up with the former in mind.