I work in a tech company and we recently joined an incubator along with many other companies. We use slack for communication purposes.
I shared a link from an article in Bloomberg's website in the #random channel.
After that a coworker approached to me very upset and told me that I should not share links from Bloomberg because that is one of our sources for news and this could give information about how our company works, which would basically give information to our competitors (for competitors he meant the rest of the companies in the incubator).
I argued that Bloomberg is a public website that most business people already know and have access to and the link I shared did not contain any information relevant to our business model nor our operational scheme.
This person then argued that other companies in the incubator could create a "profile" (like a psychological profile) of our company, that they can now know the way we think and that they could hurt us. Then this person told me that given that we use to go to Bloomberg's website to read news this website is like an official "supplier" to us and that I cannot share information about our suppliers.
Bloomberg.com is a website that some of us access to read news about business and economics. It is not a company policy to do so, we use it if we want. We don't use Bloomberg for anything else, we use it to read news, that's it, the same way we visit The New York Times to read news or CNN to watch them.
We do not have any business relationship with Bloomberg.
We do not use Bloomberg's terminal for anything.
This person discovered Bloomberg some months ago and for him was like the most revolutionary thing in business history.
I asked this person to provide evidence to support his claims but he refuses and he tells me that "he has his reasons", "you don't understand me now", and "only time will tell if I was right".
This person studied psychology but dropped. So he's not a psychologist.
This person doesn't know anything about the stock market, neither the rest of the team. Our business model has nothing to do with the stock market either.
He tells me that knowing that Bloomberg exists and reading news from there is a competitive advantage for us.
He tells me that if we read news from Bloomberg's website that makes Bloomberg our source and supplier of information.
He tells me that nobody should know any of us read Bloomberg.com or any other similar website.
Is he right? Could another company hurt us in any way if they discover that we read business news at Bloomberg.com or any other similar website?
My personal opinion
I think this person is overreacting, I'm not sharing absolutely anything related to our business or operations (and certainly Elon Musk doesn't work here).
After sharing this link I got a positive response from others. People approached to me and a we ended up sharing thoughts about this topic and others. I think I'm building good business relationships with other companies and with the incubator's staff. I think that sharing common interests can build business opportunities and help us to stay relevant.
What do you think?