Which planet are you from? On Earth, this is basically 'the way it is'.
Ah, but years ago it was not the way it WAS. Societal order has changed. When the lads at Fairchild went off and founded the firm, they broke a unwritten rule; one did not leave THE FIRM and go off and found a competitor. One remained with the firm in some capacity for life until retirement. This was the old way of doing things.,
Now, we laugh at non compete agreements (they are not legally enforceable) and go off and work for other firms, including all we brought with us in our memories from the old firm. Knowledge stealing and back stabbing are now the norm, and loyalty- both up and downhill- is a pleasant distant memory of a more naive age.
Shucks, I want to use RBP to build an entry level home computer product. This can be the model T of computing and surfing the web. If successful, will this have a positive effect on millions?
U BETTA U ASS.
Will this cut into the trade of more expensive product lines, possibly laying off some people? Yeppers; Tough noogies.
This would reduce business for a number of more pricy firms, laying off some people as market share migrates to a more affordable product. Do I care? Blessed little; they can be ingenious and come up with a new better model T computer and may the best beast win- and the other fall by the wayside. That's just how things are, says Dr Darwin.
Welcome to the jungle.