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Solo Co-founders

K9 Ventures

Conventional wisdom in the startup world dictates that two founders are ideal for a startup. There are lots of famous pairs of duo co-founders: Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Jerry Yang and David Filo, Hewlett and Packard, Bill Gates and Paul Allen. Having the right co-founder is perhaps the single most valuable thing in a startup.

Why Every Entrepreneur Needs A Startup Co-Founder

Startup Professionals Musings

Thus, unless the visionary highlights a cofounder who can take the vision and execute, I assume the worst. Visionaries tend to get bored easily.

How to Find a Co-Founder

How to Change the World

After the fact, people may recognize one founder as the innovator, but it takes a team to make a new venture work. Do not rush.

How Much Founder Stock Should You Offer Co-Founders?

Startup Professionals Musings

Two heads are better than one, so the first task in many startups is finding a co-founder or two. Now comes the reality check.

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8 Keys To Attracting The Right Technical Co-Founder

Startup Professionals Musings

Start with existing co-founders, extend the request to advisors and investors, and finally to existing team members. Are you there?

50/50 Cofounders

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Mark Suster has been writing and speaking out about the challenges of a 50/50 partnership between two cofounders. But these two experiences have taught me that a 50/50 partnership, like a marriage, forces the two founders to come together on all the key decisions and can lead to better decision making. They were even co-CEOs.

10 Steps To Finding The Right Startup Co-Founder

Startup Professionals Musings

The right answer is to find a co-founder with complementary skills. Network to find co-founders just as you network to find investors.

How To Find the Right Co-Founders?

Steve Blank

How do you figure out what’s the right mix of skills for the co-founders of your startup? Are We Missing A Founder? tenacity?

Single Founders or Co-Founders?

Instigator Blog

Conventional wisdom says that startups should have two or three founders. Some investors won’t even invest in single founders at all–so understandably for entrepreneurs this is a big issue. Of the investments I’ve made to-date, six have 2 founders, one has 3 founders, and three have 1 founder.

The Emotional Co-Founder

Seeing Both Sides

There is a bias against solo founders in Startup Land. But if you find yourself a solo founder, don't despair.

How We Fight – Cofounders in Love and War

Steve Blank

I often get asked about finding cofounders and I usually give the standard list of characteristics of what I look for in a founder.

3 Tricks to Resolving Conflicts Between Startup Co-Founders

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Conflicts between co-workers can make the workplace challenging to navigate. Trick #1: Understand your co-founder’s conflict style.

Avoid the 50/50 co-founder model - here's why

joel.is

I recently received an email asking some advice about co-founders, specifically about whether a 50/50 ownership split makes sense for a startup.

The Co-Founder Mythology

Both Sides of the Table

covered what I call “the co-founder mythology.&# So embedded is this conventional wisdom in Silicon Valley that it feels like heresy to even question it. It’s Either you’re not technical and you think you need a technical co-founder or vice-versa. Hire your co-founder. Even 40%. Nobody.

A Minimum Viable Team is more important than a Minimum Viable Product

Grasshopper Herder

Why wouldn't you want a co-founder who's in love with your idea? Entrepreneurship Finding Co-Founders Human Resources cofounder cofounder dating finding a co-founderThe pursuit of someone who is "committed to the idea" is insidious because it's less obviously flawed.

Punch & Pie: How Should Co-Founders Divide Equity?

Agile VC

I like to say that “there are only co-founders” — it’s extraordinarily rare for a successful business to have just a sole founder.

You Don't Need a Co-Founder

This is going to be BIG.

I've heard a lot of VCs tell founders they need co-founders--and that they wouldn't look at a business at a very early stage without a co-founder. A lot of accelerators treat solo founders the same way--making it an implied requirement to participate. but you do need a team.

Can't Find a Technical Co-Founder? Do It Yourself

Vinicius Vacanti

This is the first part of a series on becoming your own technical co-founder. In 2008, we couldn’t find a technical co-founder for Yipit.  I’m writing about how I became our technical co-founder. Disclaimer: If you know a great technical co-founder that wants to work with you, join them.

Accelerators and Co-Founder Divorces

The Startup Lawyer

The Problem In a disgruntled co-founder situation, … Continue reading → Startup Issues

Advice on choosing co-founders

The Equity Kicker

Quoted on a Profit Guide post, Build a team of founders investors will love.). Having a plan to address problems. Startup general interest

Why Investors Want Co-founders

Diego Basch

Paul Graham says: You can certainly start a business without a cofounder. Well, it’s always hard to start a business that gets really big regardless of the number of founders. Paul doesn’t address the implied question: how much harder would it be for a single founder? But I digress).

How to Find Startup Co-Founders Online and in the Real World

VC Cafe

So how do you go about finding co-founders and early members of your startup? Who are the co-founders and what have they previously done?

The Yin and Yang of a great co-founder relationship

joel.is

It’s fascinating to me how co-founders need to be different in many ways and at the same time have shared values they are aligned on.

AskBob: Where do I find developer cofounder?

47 Hats

And if it’s a question that other startup founders are asking, look for it as a post here.). Ideas, Cofounders and Belief. AskBob

How my co-founder and I structure ourselves as CEO and COO

joel.is

How do you structure how you work with your co-founder or business partners? I’d love to hear any thoughts, questions or advice you have!

The Secret to a Killer LinkedIn Profile--According to Its Co-Founder

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman describes the biggest mistakes he sees LinkedIn users making, and how to correct them

How my co-founder and I structure ourselves as CEO and COO

joel.is

How do you structure how you work with your co-founder or business partners? I’d love to hear any thoughts, questions or advice you have!

Guide to Finding a Technical Co-Founder

Vinicius Vacanti

Steve Job's Technical Co-Founder. just need to find a technical co-founder.&# Ugh. I’ve heard that too many times over the last few years and it almost always ends badly. I was in this situation and we barely escaped. The Challenge of Finding a Technical Co-Founder. College Roommate or Co-Worker.

7 Co-Founder Strategies That Can Be Very Painful

Startup Professionals Musings

In a moment of crisis, you may be tempted to take on the first person expressing interest as a co-founder. Marty Zwilling.

How and where to find a co-founder for your startup

The Next Web

In many cases, these entrepreneurs are on the hunt for co-founders to help them build their businesses. The problem? Where to look?

The Trouble With Non-tech Cofounders | TechCrunch

techcrunch.com

The Trouble With Non-tech Cofounders. This is a guest post by Scott Allison, CEO and founder of Teamly.com. want to reflect on my experience as a non-technical founder and reassess my original decision – almost two years ago – to stick to what I’m good at, and not waste time learning to code. Startups. Mobile. Video.

How losing a co-founder and most of our team saved our company

The Next Web

Entrepreneur co-founder startup storiesThere we were, $1.1 We were lucky enough to secure funding early on in our journey, raising $1.1

Why LinkedIn's Co-Founder Is Taking on Donald Trump

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman is willing to spend $5 million of his own money to see Donald Trump's tax returns.

Why Cofounders Matter

Rob Go

Every now and then, I get a big reminder of just how helpful it is for entrepreneurs to have co-founders. Of course, having the wrong co-founders is really damaging. Also, there are many successful founders who have done great without a meaningful co-founder. There are lots of reasons for this.

The Right Time to Search for a Co-founder

Kevin Dewalt

The Co-founder Question: A False Dichotomy. Mark Suster, The Co-Founder Mythology. Option 1 – Get a Co-Founder.

How Much Equity a Technical Cofounder Should Get - Nathan Hurst's Blog

Nathan Hurst

The graphic below balances the risks cofounders take with their relative contributions to help answer this question. Jul 19, 2010 Mircea said.

8 Issues You Need to Discuss with Your Startup Co-Founder

Early Growth Financial Services

Originally published on CoFounders Lab. Co-founding a company is like getting married; the early days are the honeymoon period.

Everything you always wanted to know about cofounders

Up and Running

Do I need a co-founder? Do I need a co-founder? How many co-founders should I have? Can I fire a co-founder?

How a Mental Illness Helped the Co-Founder of Kayak Start His Business

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Kayak co-founder Paul English reveals how mental illness boosted his creativity and productivity--at a cost

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How to Be the Intern Who Becomes the Co-Founder

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Al Goldstein, co-founder of Avant, describes the traits that make an intern stand out