I'm looking at starting my own SaaS side gig project. It would be a developer productivity tool.
What I'm trying to figure out is whether I should try to introduce the tool to my team at the real job? I wouldn't charge them, they would get a 100% free license forever. Dogfooding the tool with them would be pretty invaluable for its product development. And I think the tool would help our team too. (that was a big inspiration for me writing it!)
The tool is in a totally separate category from the company's product so it doesn't compete at all. It's a California company so I think I am safe from them potentially claiming ownership as long as I'm careful to develop it on my own time and own hardware. (although if the team is testing/dogfooding it, maybe that counts as development..)
It seems like a few choices are:
Any advice, have you had experience navigating this? Thanks!