Note: I posted this question on ProductHunt Discussion forum too. Not a lot of discussion, but it drove traffic. Good for business, but hasn't served the intended purpose :-) I am hoping will find some direction here at IH.
I have been building LightCat.io for Product Teams.
What I have found really amusing is that many competitors, having raised millions of dollars, have features that are not hard to build, and sometimes even improve upon.
For example, LightCat has a Feature Prioritisation scheme which is better than most of the competition out there, BUT is inspired from ProductBoard.
And it's available for $0 or $9 instead of $49 to $199 per user.
This pricing is possible for me because a large company has many overhead costs , and I just have my family.
There is no legal issue here because feature concepts aren't copyrighted. Additionally, all of LightCat is built around Product Documentation (PMs love to write) unlike ANY competition out there.
But I do have an ethical dilemma of sorts. I can sure think up feature UX from scratch - but that takes time.
On the other hand, I can sort of "leech" upon the hard work others have done, even if they are competitors, and likely make it better (read simpler) to use.
Maybe I am nitpicking here - but I have built products for 10 years now, and haven't ever picked up a UI element idea from a competitor (instead, built from scratch or taken inspiration from unrelated products).
What do you think?