Its not me, it you.
> . . . working on a side project centered around activities and experiences off and on for quite some time now.
Here is the thing. I am a technical founder, and all kinds of red flags are going off here.
There are a 1000 non-technical founders in waiting, all that have a big idea, with no traction, and no execution. You need to pull yourself out of that group if you ever want to get someone worth working with, to want to work with you.
The technical founder knows what they can and cannot build, what they do not know is that if they build what you propose, will it work. I know you are convinced it will, and perhaps you believe that your cofounder should believe in it to.
but I disagree. The value you bring to the relationship is an idea which has some vetting in the market place. depending on your idea, this could be done with little or sometimes even no coding.
So get that done! And note, there are usually *so* many ways to test an idea, by doing something related w little coding needed. do this anyway you can... it does not need to be done w. your co-founder. it can be done w. someone remote, if you are paying from your pocket, I would recommend finding a random polish dev... there are fewer trickers there, and the quality/price is still pretty good.
the prototype will not impress your tech co-founder, but your market traction will -- and that is mostly the only thing that will impress them.
final point: it is very hard to really move the ball, when you are doing something as a side project.
Still jumping in full time when it is not proven can be painful. the solution is to do the things that prove jumping in full time is a smart thing, and then do it. Get a mentor who has exited a company, and read Steven Blank if you have not yet.
> Find a way to build an MVP and start selling. Traction builds your credibility with potential co-founders.