My take here is that being a solo founder will be a very lonely journey on what it is an emotional roller coaster of ups and downs.
Note that being a solo founder will also send negative signals as it will show how you were not able to recruit someone onboard early on. This opens the door to interpretation and people may think that you are lacking sales skills.
Startups are all about storytelling and showing a clear path to on how you intend to execute your vision, especially early on. If you are not able to recruit a cofounder, people will think you will have in the future the same issue with recruiting team members as well as investors.
Keeping the above in mind, angels as well as VCs will see being a solo founder as an added risk to potentially seeing returns or their money back so my recommendation here would be to avoid at all cost going at it alone.
I've started 7 companies, 6 as a solo and never had a problem. My investors though, weren't your typical Silicon Valley VC's, but people who believed in the missions and in my capacity to execute them....
While I was living in SV, if found that many people will wait until they find someone they can found with in order to take action... in my experience this is wrong.
If you have the skills and an idea on how to get to your goal, why not start today? You can always find amazing people and investors along the way!
Depends on who you ask. Your research should indicate whether-or-not the target investor(s) prefer co-Founders. While the climate may be different now, I've had a number of successes funding sole Founders - who all had stellar Advisory Boards (including myself - also currently pursuing that path).
I have been a co-founder of a successful business. It was with a friend and slowly it began putting more strain on our friendship. In that one I was the less experienced and it helped to leverage his background. But the difficulty became when the business began to be modelled more and more around his thinking and less around a mutual model. Ultimately when sold he received the lions share of the profit.
I have started 2 other business now with great experience as a leader and certainly feel that I will build the business solely in my direction. I have also brought in staff quickly to do things to grow the business. A well experienced sales man is definitely worthwhile to help mould things. I also use a blend of advice from independent advisors, staff, family and interested parties.
Anyone is welcome to get in touch for how I could share my experience