Starting a new business or startup is hard. Really hard. There are few decisions in business that are more important than deciding whether you’ll “go it alone” or team up with a co-founder that you may, or may not, already know. Overall, there seem to be more pros than cons in regards to pairing up with a co-founder to take on some of the load. When thinking of how to go about your hiring search, keep in mind the below tips for finding the right fit. Check out the full article by Martin Zwilling originally featured in Entrepreneur, 10 Steps to Finding the Right Co-Founder.
A couple takeaways from the article:
- Network to find co-founders just as you network to find investors (use your social networks).
- Consider joining an online “matchmaking” site for business partners (sites such as StartupWeekend, StartupAgents and CoFoundersLab).
- Look for a partner from a different background, many startup infrastructures are flush with smart people from all cultures who can provide different perspectives.
- Explore candidate common interests outside of work, just like any long-term relationship chemistry is important.
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