I'm not exactly sure where this question would belong, but would love to hear some opinions about it.
Long story short, I came up with a way to integrate open-source Platform A with open-source Platform B (and other things, but the main point was the integration). I spoke to a company that has helped me to perform the integrations. They are specialists in Platform A, but had not used Platform B before.
The other day they contacted me to let me know that they are now offering a Version 2 of their own offerings which integrated Platform A to Platform B and would I like to purchase the use of it?
Then today I received an email from them in which another idea I talked to them about (and have been building) is now being incorporated into their V2 offer (and would I like to buy it at a discount).
So, what are your thoughts on this? I didn't set up an NDA with them, so they have not done anything illegal. However, it hasn't sat well with me. My thoughts on this are that they are taking my ideas, building them into their own products, and then offering to sell them back to me, while at the same time reducing my competitive advantage by commodifying my ideas for anyone to purchase.
Anyone have any thoughts?