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. Three co-founders is acceptable, but anything beyond that the chances of success of the company may actually decrease. Having the right co-founder is perhaps the single most valuable thing in a startup.

Blitzscaling: Silicon Valley’s Harmful Idea of Success

Austin Startup

Blitzscaling: Silicon Valley’s Harmful Idea of Success I sometimes struggle to figure out the best way to convey something that is important to me to others. Are there amazing Silicon Valley VCs out there with whom entrepreneurs should work to partner?

3 Secrets For Hiring On Wall Street Versus Silicon Valley


by Eliot Burdett, co-founder and CEO of Peak Sales Recruiting. With only eight states and less than 3,000 miles between Wall Street and Silicon Valley, there is a remarkable contrast in business cultures between these two global business hubs.

Is Silicon Valley Really Coming to an End?

Both Sides of the Table

By now you probably know that David Sacks , co-founder of PayPal and founder of both Geni & Yammer made some observations on Facebook that Silicon Valley “as we know it” was coming to an end.

Applying Lean Startup Beyond Silicon Valley

Startup Lessons Learned

Entrepreneurs beyond Silicon Valley, including those working abroad, often have to retool Lean Startup methods to apply them in places with very different business cultures. Two years ago I moved to Beijing, where, as the founder of, I take calls from all over the world, talking entrepreneurship and innovation with people in 30-minute intervals. Those conversations can often circle around the difficulties of entrepreneurship outside Silicon Valley.

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. Finding a high-tech co-founder in the middle of Kansas may be a long search.

Can You Really Build a Great Tech Firm Outside Silicon Valley?

Both Sides of the Table

Last year I was on Sand Hill Road in Silicon Valley meeting with one of the most prominent venture capital firms in the country. And this Silicon Valley bias isn’t limited to any single meeting – it has been a recurring theme in my time as a VC.

Amsterdam-based Rockstart Accelerator’s first graduates head to Silicon Valley

The Next Web

In all seriousness, the Q&A panel session will include European entrepreneurs like Guillaume Decugis, who sold Musiwave for $125 million and is currently co-founder and CEO of, and Unity Technologies co-founder and CEO David Helgason (read our interview with him ).

The Co-Founder Mythology

Both Sides of the Table

I 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. Either you’re not technical and you think you need a technical co-founder or vice-versa. It is increasingly popular to have “founder dating&# or “startup weekend hackathons&# of some variety or the other. Hire your co-founder.

Starting (Up) in the Big Sky: Fund Raising Outside Silicon Valley


FitzGerald is the co-founder and CEO of Submittable , a cloud-based submission platform used by thousands of publishers for accepting and curating digital content. But we did eventually raise capital outside Silicon Valley.

Finding Your Co-Founders

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. To be blunt, find a way to move to Silicon Valley.

Exploiting Silicon Valley For Profit (and Maybe Fun)

Diego Basch

I believe that Silicon Valley is like Las Vegas, except they make you pass a number of tests before they let you gamble. The purpose of this post is to analyze the folowing problem: Joe Founder comes to Silicon Valley with a laptop full of dreams, but no money.

In Silicon Valley, Founders Fight for Control

Theres a power struggle underway in Silicon Valley. Andreessen Horowitz is telling entrepreneurs it prefers situations where the founders have controlling stakes, reckoning that theyll be better able to resist outside distraction and focus on making great products. Facebook.

Student and itching to do a startup? How’d you like to spend the summer in Silicon Valley?

The Next Web

If you’re a student and aspiring startup founder, you’re going to want to pay close attention to the following. founder Tony Conrad and Rap Genius co-founder Mahbod Moghabad are already on board for the next one.

Scaling Up the Next Silicon Valley

Reid Hoffman

Silicon Valley has a remarkable track record of producing valuable technology companies. Of the 13 high-tech companies in the world that are worth over $100 billion, six of them hail from Silicon Valley. So the question on many minds is, “Where is the next Silicon Valley?”. When Linda started Endeavor with co-founder Pete Kellner, there literally wasn’t a word for “entrepreneur” in Spanish.

The pioneers of Silicon Valley’s fast culture on how to grow quickly, not recklessly

Reid Hoffman

The founder of early internet startup Freeloader (acquired for $38 million in 1996) and anti-spam company Brightmail (acquired for $370 million in 2004), Paul went on to pioneer the ride-hailing space. I [Reid] remember when Airbnb co-founder Brian Chesky told me about the offer.).

How to Select an Ideal Startup Co-Founder

Startup Professionals Musings

If you are a first-time entrepreneur, I often recommend that you team with a co-founder with experiences, connections, and a skill set that complements, but doesn’t duplicate yours. Move to Silicon Valley. Co-founder is a long-term relationship.

PayPal Co-Founder Peter Thiel On Facebook, Bubbles, And Innovation


In this exclusive Caplinked interview with Peter Thiel – co-founder of PayPal and managing partner of Founders Fund – discusses why he invested in Facebook, the differences between Wall Street and Silicon Valley, and why he would not start PayPal today knowing what he now knows.

Silicon Valley Uber Alles? I think so… Some of their Secret Weapons.

Scalable Startup

[contact-form] Can any other region “catch up” to Silicon Valley, or be the next Silicon Valley? These towns are setting their expectations way too high while the real Silicon Valley giggles at the sight. Silicon – Uh, yeah, that word?

Startup Communities – Building Regional Clusters

Steve Blank

Brad Feld’s new book Startup Communities joins the two other “must reads,” ( Regional Advantage and Startup Nation ) and one “must view” ( The Secret History of Silicon Valley ) for anyone trying to understand the components of a regional cluster.

A Google Docs interview with Richard Simms, co-founder of Tech Talent South

Jeff Hilimire

My name is Richard Simms and, I am a Cofounder of Tech Talent South. My Cofounder, Betsy Idilbi , and I started working on TTS about a year and a half ago and have been going a million miles an hour since then.


Scalable Startup

Describing this other person variously as a co-founder, partner, CTO, and collaborator, the focus has been on someone with the right combination of technical experience/excellence, mutual chemistry, plus the right timing and inclination in their lives to do this. In looking for a co-founder, I’m searching for the combination that will allow us to build a long term growth company, scalable and adaptable over several years. I’m going to keep looking for a cofounder.

More TV For Entrepreneurs | Hollywood Calls Silicon Valley

Campus Entrepreneurship

’s Bravo television network is launching a reality show based on the lives of little-known Silicon Valley entrepreneurs this year. co-founder Steve Jobs are in the works. Michael Lewis, author of popular nonfiction works like “Moneyball,” may write a TV pilot about Silicon Valley, according to people he has spoken to about it. Regular readers know we love TV for entrepreneurs.

What to See in Silicon Valley – Tech and non-Tech

Scalable Startup

I’ve worked and lived in Silicon Valley off and on for over 30 years (really!) >> Drive the hills between Silicon Valley and the coast, go to the Half Moon Bay for dinner on the pier. >> If you do some of the above, I guarantee your trip to Silicon Valley will be much better. For the technical visit list, my favorite was assembled by Steve Blank… A Visitors Guide to Silicon Valley | Steve Blank.

[Review] Startup Communities


“We need to be like Silicon Valley,” we hear many a startup community organizer around the world intone. You may just build the next Silicon Valley yet.

14 Interesting Findings From The Startup Genome Project


This week Blackbox , founded by entrepreneurs Bjoern Lasse Herrmann and Max Marmer, released its first Startup Genome Report — a 67-page in depth analysis on what makes Silicon Valley startups successful based on profiling over 650 startups. Founders that learn are more successful.

Introducing an earlier investment: Volley, a friendly place for helping others

Version One Ventures

What’s exciting about Volley is that they are capturing the essence of Silicon Valley’s “pay it forward” culture and replicating it on a grand scale. Volley offers the chance to open this Silicon Valley dynamic to community after community after community.

Jobs, Zuckerberg Share Brand Equity W/Obama at Silicon Valley Dinner, Great Pics

Campus Entrepreneurship

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg got one of the prime seats next to Obama at a private Silicon Valley dinner convened to discuss the economy and job growth. Larry Ellison, co-founder and CEO, Oracle. Steve Westly, managing partner and founder, Westly Group.

Inconsistency And Premature Scaling Main Cause For Startup Failure: Blackbox


Blackbox , founded by entrepreneurs Bjoern Lasse Herrmann and Max Marmer, in June released its first Startup Genome Report — a 67-page in depth analysis on what makes Silicon Valley startups successful based on profiling over 650 startups.

10 Keys To Finding That Perfect-Fit Business Partner

Startup Professionals Musings

In my experience, the initial idea for a new product usually comes from a single entrepreneur, but the implementation plan for a new business requires a team, or at least a co-founder. I realize now that these two were near-perfect co-founders, with Bill having the technical passion, and Steve bringing the business experience from his prior stint at Procter and Gamble. Network to find co-founders as you network to find investors.

Dear elizy: How should I split equity with my co-founders?  And how will that affect raising a seed round?


Dear elizy : I started a company in school with two co-founders. Although there are no set numbers, your professor should be considered as an active advisor or a co-founder who has left rather than a full-time co-founder. Standard vesting practices in the Silicon Valley at this time of writing are 4 year vesting with a 1 year cliff. Let’s call them Ada and Bob.

Walker Twitter Highlights: October 17th – 30th

Scott Edward Walker

Cheers, Scott Top 5 Tweets Quora: “What makes someone an awesome co-founder CTO?” v8dvUP “I was on Wall Street two weeks ago, and I’ve been in Silicon Valley this past week. tWbGDf “It’s surprising how many…who apply [to YC] have a co-founder who’s not willing to quit his or her job.” Twitter Highlights co-founder entrepreneurs HN quora raising capital silicon valley startup YC

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The Trouble With Non-tech Cofounders | TechCrunch

The Trouble With Non-tech Cofounders. This is a guest post by Scott Allison, CEO and founder of I 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. The problem with non-technical founders is that they don’t know what they don’t know, until they’re in way too deep. Startups. Mobile. Gadgets. Europe. Video.

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

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).

For a Startup, Two Heads are Always Better Than One

Startup Professionals Musings

If you are a first-time entrepreneur, I recommend that you team with a co-founder with experiences, connections, and a skill set that complements, but doesn’t duplicate yours. Co-founder is a long-term relationship. entrepreneur startup co-founder partner business

Why a 50/50 Split is Almost Never Right for Co-Founders by @DaveParkerSEA

Globalizing Silicon Valley - See the Worldwide Schedule - Lead a Local Chapter. -->. Our vision is to Globalize Silicon Valley by creating and fostering local startup ecosystems in promising markets across the globe. Founder Feedback.

Venture Capitalists at Work – Part 3

Scott Edward Walker

Many thanks, Scott KEVIN HARTZ, Co-founder and CEO of Eventbrite “So, when you asked me where to focus on identifying promising startups, I would definitely say it’s always the function of team dynamics, the founding team, and the team built around the founding team as an extension of the core DNA.

For a Startup, Two Heads are Always Better Than One


If you are a first-time entrepreneur, I recommend that you team with a co-founder with experiences, connections, and a skill set that complements, but doesn’t duplicate yours. Co-founder is a long-term relationship. Sergey Bin and Larry Page image via Wikipedia for Google.

Ten Steps in Choosing the Right Startup Partner

Startup Professionals Musings

If you are a first-time entrepreneur, I often recommend that you team with a co-founder with experiences, connections, and a skill set that complements, but doesn’t duplicate yours. Co-founder is a long-term relationship.

Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed: Naval Ravikant (Fundraising)

Scott Edward Walker

This week, we are sharing a bonus video: the first keynote address at the 7th Founder Showcase in San Francisco entitled “The Anatomy of a Fundable Startup,” presented by Naval Ravikant. Naval is a very smart entrepreneur and investor, and the co-founder of Venture Hacks and AngelList.

Finding a Technical Cofounder

If you’re a non-technical entrepreneur in Silicon Valley that’s out of college now, it can be tough to find a technical cofounder. While it might be easier to find a cofounder in college, there are some ways you can increase your chances post-college as well.

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Taking Silicon Valley’s Innovation Message to Washington: A Special Event on Cyber Security at the National Press Club June 25th Sponsored by the Security Innovation Network

Pascal's View

Managing Director and Co-Founder. Bob Ackerman, Managing Director & Co-Founder, Allegis Capital. Co-Chair, Committee on Assessing the Impacts of Changes in the.

The Greenshoe = how to repay all those that helped along the way.

Scalable Startup

Imagine if you’re in Silicon Valley right now with no equity in a tech startup, but associated with several people getting six figure “bonuses” because they somehow wound up with some stock in one. startup venture Scalability early stage startup CEO Revenue Growth founder Angel Investor Tom Nora Hawaii CEO CEOing first revenue venture capital angel investor tom nora CoFounder The Next Level Cash Flow Silicon Valley Entrepreneur

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