Ethics Question on startup?

I had an idea about 6 months ago. Shared with some of my friends. Months later I found a lead for a job. They said they would need an NDA however did not provide one (no NDA signed)

Once I spoke with them (no NDA) they had an idea that was very similar to my original idea. This spun up my excitement about it. I created about 80% of the MVP. Had a meeting with them to show progress and realized they are not going to pay. They are not technical (its a technical item) I am the tech guy. Did the development, did the prototype. Its almost ready to go live.

I don't think they understood the cost it would be and now I think they will stall out.

Ethically if I proceed am I in the wrong? I know legally (US) I am ok. The idea isn't super unique I am just the hustler that implemented it. I just saw last night they were saying we don't want to take any money out as it grows but they have put nothing in.

I guess I am conflicted in the US.

TLDR;

No NDA, heard idea from person. I had very similar idea. Rushed and built idea, they are squishy on my rate to pay me for work. Is it a rat bastard thing for me to just move forward on it without them.

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