I currently work for a small technology company (<100 employees) and I am leading the development of a new product with a team of 2-3 coworkers. It's a niche product, and I am aware of 2-4 direct competitors in this market.
In my free time, I found a job I liked with the market leader (and much larger company). Is it ethical to apply for this job? I feel that everyone would assume I'm breaking an NDA.
I do not have a non-compete agreement. I obviously plan to stand by any NDAs I've signed.
This has been my only job and I have a close relationship with team members and owners. Is there any way to avoid burning bridges other than just saying money was the difference, as in this question