Re: Product or Service matters
@jries921, I suspect I misspoke and you are exactly right. For me, it is likely confidentiality. Not so sure about metalurgists, I'll have to ask next week. I know our top guy, a PHD, would be a huge boost to any competitor he joined. Don't think you can "confidential" away his tremendous knowledge and experience making what we make. But I will ask.
I ran into this non compete when I was consulting. Signed clause, which is very common, that I could not work for any clients directly or go private and take them with me for 1 (might be longer, can't remember) year. Even when this company went out of biz after Y2K I still had to get a release from them to go private and continue to service my 3 steady clients.
I kind of get that, seems like consulting company needs some protection from people poaching clients to launch their own biz. Or take to competitor. Not sure if this relates to what author discussing or not.