A co-founder relationship is very important, and my willingness to join you on this venture has less to do with your idea and more to do with you. Specifically:
- Who are you, and what have you done?
- What is your professional and personal experience, and what does it bring to the table in a general sense of running a startup, and in a specific sense, this idea of yours.
- Why you? I need to be able to trust my co-founder pretty much absolutely and unquestionably. What is your character and who can vouch for it?
Funnily enough, your idea and the fact that you have a prototype is a fairly minor signal compared to the above.
You must admit that the unusual nature of such an anonymous request makes it likely that people are going to dig into it, just for the sport of it.
It wasn't until AFTER you guys posted this that I went back and looked at it.
Either way, he clearly went out of his way to be anonymous, so it should be in the HN ethos to respect those wishes.
Also, there's no possible way that amazon pays the same terms as normal customers, is there?