10 Steps To Finding The Right Startup Co-Founder

Startup Professionals Musings

The right answer is to find a co-founder with complementary skills. Yet from my own years of experience in the startup community, here are 10 common steps that have worked for other entrepreneurs: Write a "job description" for that ideal partner.

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. Most “business-focused” single founders are told right from the get go that they need to find a technical co-founder. Of the investments I’ve made to-date, six have 2 founders, one has 3 founders, and three have 1 founder.

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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. Hopefully, I’ll encourage other entrepreneurs with a dream but no technical co-founder options to take their destiny into their own hands. Disclaimer: If you know a great technical co-founder that wants to work with you, join them.

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? VC Cafe took a look at the most promising sources for finding co-founders, both in the “real world” and online. . Who are the co-founders and what have they previously done?

Guide to Finding a Technical Co-Founder

Vinicius Vacanti

Steve Job's Technical Co-Founder. I just need to find a technical co-founder.&# I write this post to put you out of your miserable technical co-founder search and give you some realistic options. The Challenge of Finding a Technical Co-Founder. To find a great technical co-founder, you need to convince them of the following: Your idea is better than all of their ideas. College Roommate or Co-Worker.

Success = Co-founder vs. Failure = "Early Employee"

Allen's Blog

Have you ever noticed, that, after the fact, successful companies have many "co-founders", while failed startups have only "early employees". As these startups began to pitch the VC community, a number of them came through my firm. I began to notice that anyone who had worked at PayPal in the first year of its existence identified themselves as a "Co-founder". It doesn't help, and can harm, your chances of getting financed by falsely claiming co-founder statu

Design Staff ? Does your startup need a designer co?founder?

Design Staff

Does your startup need a designer cofounder? If you’re the stereotypical “technical” or “business” founder of a startup, partnering with a designer co-founder can give you an important advantage and help you achieve early success.

Founder2be Helps You Find Co-Founders

YoungUpstarts

The folks over at Founder2be ( www.founder2be.com ) believe that finding the right co-founders for your fledgling company is actually the most difficult yet crucial in determining the ultimate success of your venture.

Finding Your Co-Founders

techcrunch.com

The number one question you all asked after reading my last blog post about starting a business from scratch was “how do I find my co-founders?&# And therein lies the problem in finding co-founders for that startup you’re dying to launch. It’s most comfortable to hang out with people like ourselves, but those are exactly the folks you probably don’t want to co-found a startup with. Finding Your Co-Founders [.]

Success and Failure — San Diego Startup Community

Market by Numbers

With Brad Feld coming to town this week, I think it’s a good time to evaluate the state of San Diego’s Startup Community. He is an entrepreneur turned investor, a co-founder of the TechStars accelerator program, a prolific author and a community builder.

Finding A Co-Founder: Making It A Snap

UC Berkeley

Thanks to guest blogger Orion Parrott (EMBA ’14), Founder & CEO of Lendsnap . I’ve applied many of these same principles to one of the most painful and time-consuming parts of founding a company—finding a co-founder. Over the course of the past year, I’ve had in-depth, lengthy discussions with 10+ potential co-founders, both from referrals and other sources.

10 Ways Great Leaders Build Amazing Communities

Inc Startups

If you can''t find a smart, interesting, supportive community of entrepreneurs, the solution is to build one yourself. One the best ways to combat that is to engage with a supportive community. Here are 10 key things he and other leaders do to develop thriving communities.

How Lean Startup Helped Serve Communities in Kenya

Startup Lessons Learned

Guest Post by Jennifer Maerz, Contributing Editor of Lean Startup Co., First up in our speaker spotlight series is an edited transcript of our Q&A with Rocio Perez-Ochoa , co-founder of Bidhaa Sasa , a non-profit working to distribute beneficial goods to rural communities in Kenya. The Lean Startup method helped Rocio and her co-founder get their idea off the ground, and to continue to grow this important business.

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From co-founder to ousted CEO of 500px: Trials, errors, and lessons learned

The Next Web

Started in the early 2000s as a community on the LiveJournal blogging platform, 500px has become one of the most popular places in the internet to store professional and amateur photos, with more than 50 million images in its archives.

Women 2.0 » FounderDating: How I Found My Co-Founder

www.women2.org

female founders. founder friday. Lessons learned from female founders and women entrepreneurs. Startup Quote: Wendy Tan White on Building a Successful Startup » FounderDating: How I Found My Co-Founder. Tweet By Elizabeth Knopf (Co-Founder & CEO, Sorced).

The secret about building a community

Start Up Blog

It’s building the community I’ve always wanted to be part of. At last I’ve got a micro-community of city-dwelling surfers to organise sessions, share surf stories and follow pro surfing with and of course, talk about surfing in all its forms.

Success = Co-founder vs. Failure = "Early Employee"

Allen's Blog

Have you ever noticed, that, after the fact, successful companies have many "co-founders", while failed startups have only "early employees". As these startups began to pitch the VC community, a number of them came through my firm. I began to notice that anyone who had worked at PayPal in the first year of its existence identified themselves as a "Co-founder".

Guide to Finding a Technical Co-Founder | Vinicius Vacanti

Vinicius Vacanti

Home About Contact Me How To Make It as a First-Time Entrepreneur Vinicius Vacanti Guide to Finding a Technical Co-Founder September 7, 2010 | View Comments Steve Job's Technical Co-Founder “I’ve got this HUGE idea.

Six Words Of Advice From Our Small Biz Community

crowdSPRING Blog

Each week, we ask small business founders and owners to distill their advice to new entrepreneurs into six words, as part of our Small Business Spotlight series. Founder, Allen Burt, of EpicThrills. Founder, Jamie Beckland, of BookTurtle. Founder, Liz Fanning, of CorpsAfrica.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Boston Tech Community – August 2012

Rob Go

There is a wealth of resources that are unique to this town and a vibrant community of hackers, business people, and investors at various stages in their career. Mobile Mondays : Boston chapter of the world’s largest Mobile professional community. Another year, another guide.

Excerpt from "Do More Faster" - Avoid Co-Founder Conflict by Dharmesh Shah

ReadWriteStart

Do More Faster: TechStars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup is the new book by David Cohen , founder and CEO of TechStars, and Brad Feld , managing director of Foundry Group. Below is his chapter, Avoid Co-Founder Conflict. Yes, that's right--even co-founders can be terminated.

Flipboard Launches Resources, Community for Marketers

Inc Startups

The powers that be at the company have noticed, and this morning launched a community and bevy of resources to help marketers, businesses, public relation folks and others to share best practices and figure out how to best use the platform.

How the Owner of an Ice Cream Chain Leads With the Community in Mind

Inc Startups

Amy Simmons, co-founder of Amy's Ice Creams, explains one of the big drawbacks of top-down organizations

You Don't Need a Co-Founder

Inc Startups

Entrepreneurs say starting a company without a co-founder can be an isolating experience. David Karp was technically the only founder of Tumblr, although he had early help from employees like Marco Arment. He was also a solo founder. Launching a start-up on your own?

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What coworking spaces can do for you, your company, and your community

The Next Web

Adam Benzion is the founder of Entirely —a Seattle startup focused on social innovation, keen on connecting more people in more places to create special things together. . Benefit your local community. But the best thing about The Fueled Collective is its founder, Rameet Chawla.

Trying to copy tech hubs is the worst thing small startup communities can do

The Next Web

Paul Orlando is an entrepreneur, co-founder and director of AcceleratorHK, a mobile startup accelerator. I co-founded and ran a startup accelerator in Hong Kong, a city which was recently called the number one tech capital to watch by Forbes.

How To Work Better with Your Co-Founder

ReadWriteStart

It's also challenging to attract and retain a loyal community of customers and users. This is one of the reasons that it's so important to have a good co-founder. In this post, I'll focus on a few keys to helping co-founders work together to build a better product.

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Why YouTube's Co-Founder Steve Chen Wants to Get Into Your Kitchen

Inc Startups

Live video startup Nom wants to build an online community around watching people cook in real time from their home kitchens

16 key red flags for startup investors

The Next Web

I recently a read a good book called The Art of Startup Fundraising written by Alejandro Cremades, a serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Onevest, a venture investing community platform.

A letter to the BoS Community from a first time attendee

Business of Software Blog

A BIG thank you to the BoS community. This is my letter of thanks to Mark Littlewood and all the organisers, John Knox, Peldi from Balsamiq, Dave Collins and the entire BoS community for a fantastic three days. To everyone involved with BoS… Every couple of months, my co-founder Alex and I meet two English gentlemen and regular BoS attendees (Simon Hook and Matt Duckhouse) in a Cuban coffee shop in Royal Leamington Spa. Founder & CEO.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Boston Tech Community, Sept 2011

Rob Go

There is a wealth of resources that are unique to this town and a vibrant community of hackers, business people, and investors at various stages in their career. Large Tech Meetups: Web Innovators Group : Quarterly Demo-Style meetup in Cambridge draws over 1000 members of the startup community each time. Mobile Mondays : Boston chapter of the world’s largest Mobile professional community. The next one is TechProm , organized by Dave Balter, the founder of BzzAgent.

Startup Insights From Paul English, Co-Founder of Kayak

OnStartups

One of the sessions at the conference was an interview with Paul English, founder and CTO of Kayak. Interesting side note: In my recent travels and interactions with entrepreneurs, I’m finding that an increasing number of founders have a design/UI/UX background.

A Conversation with David Franklin, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Houston Health Ventures

Startup Houston

We sat down with co-founder David Franklin to find out about the big plans for HHV’s future. SH: How did you end up co-founding Houston Healthcare Ventures?

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How to Land a Celebrity Co-founder

Inc Startups

The founders of celebrity-backed businesses like Shoedazzle and BeachMint share their secrets for landing a celebrity co-founder. A few weeks ago, Sameer Mehta met with one of his co-founders in a peculiar place: backstage at a rap concert.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Boston Tech Community (Fall 2013 Edition)

Rob Go

There is a wealth of resources that are unique to this town and a vibrant community of hackers, product designers, business people, and investors at various stages in their career. So without further delay: Large Tech Meetups: Web Innovators Group : Quarterly Demo-Style meetup in Cambridge draws over 1000 members of the startup community each time. Mobile Mondays : Boston chapter of the world’s largest Mobile professional community. Labor Day is over, time to get to work!

4 Ways to Tie Your Online Community to Actual Business Objectives

Inc Startups

4 Ways to Tie Your Online Community to Actual Business Objectives: Rosemary O'Neill, Co-Founder of Social Strata, shares how to utilize your online community to contribute value to your organization

Key Players Of Latvian Startup Community Unite

ArcticStartup

Startups with similar tech, industry and business model work together in co-working spaces – and Latvian government launched Labs of Latvia startup community platform last year to promote Latvian startup ecosystem. Founding members include the co-founder of Infogr.am

Finding a Technical Cofounder

startupbaltimore.org

Finding a Technical Cofounder by Mike Subelsky on September 17, 2010 Advice View Comments Over the past 18 months I’ve had the same conversation with about ten entrepreneurs looking to start a software-based business. Find a Cofounder Event Got a cool idea for a Bmore App?

Government Shouldn’t Be In The Accelerator Business

Feld Thoughts

I talk more about this and lots of other topics in my recent book Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City. . As a co-founder of TechStars , I’m a huge believer in the mentor-driven accelerator model. Startup Communities accelerator global accelerator network government startup communities TechStars

Take your Professional Development to the Crowd

crowdSPRING Blog

At crowdSPRING, a community of over 190,000 creatives collaborates with businesses around the world to help them stand out with quality designs and copywriting on a daily basis. Launch: #Launch is a place to collaborate, discuss new products, find work, get feedback, or even find a co-founder.