A failure to communicate
Starting a competitor to your employer while on the clock using employer resources seems like a pretty good way to destroy your career before it starts.
An old mentor of mine gave me a job. After dissatisfaction at my (then) current place, he promised challenges and warned against having side projects. I was happy to accept.
After perpetually failing to communicate, I often felt like I had little to do at work. After a month or two, what did I do? Started working on side projects. And, when I (thought I) had nothing to do, I even worked on my project at work. I assumed this was ok because I am a good developer and that if there was important work to do, I’d be given it to work on. (There were only two other developers.)
My side project was a consulting service, with which I had hoped to gain the time and money to make my way through the rest of my undergraduate degree. It has yet to take off. One of the services I mentioned offering once online was digital signage – which was my company’s primary line of business.
This doesn’t seem like an evil person. What could have been going on in his mind that would make him think this could be OK?