Co-founder chemistry is a beautiful thing. You know it when you have.
Call it bromance or just good fortune, but the right co-founder makes all the difference in the world. When you and your business partner can finish each other’s sentences, you’ve got the foundation for a company that is going places.
If you’re blessed with a founding team that makes you feel invincible, thank your lucky stars. Startups fail for a variety of reasons. The right co-founder relationship will empower you to start again, and hopefully make it work on the second pass–or the third. Having the wrong co-founder is a surefire ticket to slow death.
How do you know if you’ve found the right co-founder? The Finding Cofounders Quora community has a lot of collective wisdom.
Before I took a full-time writing position with The Next Web I was working on a datamining project with two amazing co-founders, a husband and wife team. As a team I felt we were unstoppable. Each day was invigorating. We weren’t friends before we met, but I would go to battle with them any time. In fact, I can’t wait till we get to work on another project together.
Today there are more ways than ever to find a co-founder for your startup. Websites like Founder Dating and Techcofounder add a little OKCupid to the company formation process, and will help you find your ideal business partner. And if matchmaking sites aren’t your thing, you can go straight to Facebook, like Yotta.io founder Daniel Vitiello, who hacked lean content to recruit a technical cofounder for his startup.
Starting a successful business is hard. Doing it by yourself is nearly impossible–though some go onto create amazing things. The Tim Ferriss’s of the world are rare, and they’ve got help. For the rest of us, some form of partnership is essential. If it’s not a teammate, develop a support network of your peers, and you’ll be amazed how far you can go.
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