Before you talk with potential partners, you should always get a “Silicon handshake” – or a non-disclosure agreement – first. We just posted a template of a mutual non-disclosure agreement for you in our Startup Toolkit. VCs won’t sign it and neither will most angel investors, but you should always get one before talking to a potential strategic partner so they don’t steal your business plan, customer lists, etc. Please visit my Crowley on Venture site to sign up for access to the Startup Toolkit.
As always, consult a lawyer before using legal documents.