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I thought people had an idea first before leaving!?!

If you did have an idea before leaving it'd still be wise to "have" the idea after you left, out of an overabundance of legal caution.

Good point - I wouldn't be too worried about Google's lawyercats (unless you do something egregious) but for other companies this may be really important.

not necessarily. sometimes people just need a break to sit around and think/relax before diving in again. plus, if you have the money sitting around to chill for a while, this is an appealing option.

Plus if Gabor doesn't come up with another successful idea before he needs money (which I doubt), he can always get a day job again to pay the rent.

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