There are very few truly new ideas. Most ideas are an improvement or a different take on an existing idea. Regardless of how much is new, the chances are that if you have thought of it, others have as well. This is one reason venture capitalists will not sign nondisclosure agreements — many times the same ideas come to light, independent of each other, at the same time. What makes your idea different is you: the approach, the technology and the resources that you bring to the idea. The search engine idea wasn’t new when Google was founded. What made Google different from and better than the search engines that came before it (like OpenText, Magellan, Infoseek and Snap) was that its creators simply had a different approach and a different set of competencies.