month 1: how not to find a co-founder

12.01.22

experimenting with different ways to meet ambitious, and likeminded people only to find so far what does not work.


who you work with is more important than what you work on.

vinod mentions this is the difference between a $B and a $M company.

and as i start the search for a potential co-founder for my next build, i realized:

1. the yc startup matching platform is like a dating app, it may work for some, but it's not a pleasant experience because all connections lack context.

2. working on a traditional recruitment path for progression of conversations doesn't build repoire or test commitment. talking space is easy. working together is harder.

3. environments like university or previous teams create relationships where people already test #2 and can move forward in discussing #1. there aren't enough of these kind of environments to test to work with each other post college campus.

what i plan to do next: i will treat team building like a sport.

i'll make the field for tryouts (think hackathons, workshops, and discussions)

treat everything as a scrimmage (every chance is a chance to try out working together and commitment)

and those that are left standing at the end of the journey, are one's to then figure out how to shape the team.

^ this is inspired by social entrepreneur who did this in university to go 0 to prototype with a team of 6 in 4 months. every night from 7-10p he required people who said they were interested to work together. eleven people started, and six people stayed until the end.

he's still working with the same co-founder.

i'm surprised more is not written on this nor is there more support for making this happen. one guide i found helpful to start was the ramen mafia co founder dating, as it outlines actionable steps to try things out.


if have more resources to share, send me a note.


made with 🖤 in sf.