Awesome Ideas · Entrepreneurship

Are entrepreneurs willing to work on someone else's idea?

Julian Colina Director of Engineering (Startup Growth Specialist)

April 13th, 2018

As a developer, I found that the majority of entrepreneurs that reach out to me are more interested in convincing me about their idea than they are in even hearing mine.

I've built several great products. They are validated in the market, built, and ready to sell. Most of them had great revenue potential too.

The problem is that it gets tough being a one man show (dev + sales + marketing), especially when you have a full-time job. This leads me to my question. When I post on sites like this, I often find entrepreneurs looking for a "technical founder to help build their mvp". They are more interested in getting me on board with their idea that has not been validated, built, or ready to sell than working with me on mine.

Are entrepreneurs willing to work on someone else's idea?

Bill Lennan Red Rope Social - everyone is an influencer.

April 15th, 2018

They absolutely are - and like everything it takes work to make it happen.

After multiple attempts to get startups going with partners - I've finally found 2 partners to work with on a project we all see as valuable.

I've found that being able to pitch an idea ( just like you would to a VC ) is the best way to get a potential partner excited. This doesn't guarantee they will work out but it is the necessary first step.

Best of luck :-)

Jenny Kwan Co-Founder and Technical Lead of Woodlamp Technologies

April 13th, 2018

I'm open to building someone else's product. But it's based on perceived economic and social impact. My personal idea is something that I believe allows small businesses access to the same information and analytical advantages as the Amazons and Walmarts of the world. I'm on a personal crusade to make that happen.

If you're approaching me with your idea, I need to perceive the same kind of economic and social impact to delay mine to work on yours.

Also, even though 100% of nothing is nothing, the mere fact that I would not have a controlling majority in your product company reduces my enthusiasm.

Realistically, I will work on my idea for sweat equity. I won't work on yours. You have to pay me at least something. It doesn't have to be a full market wage, but something to reduce my risk to make it psychologically worthwhile.

Dan Hubbard Founder, www.FocusedAgility.Solutions/

April 13th, 2018

This is an easy one!

There are a ton of people that would jump at the opportunity to help with a winning idea.

You do however have to ask them, and make clear what roles you're looking to fill, and be open to various ways for them to get something out of it.

Dane Madsen Organizational and Operational Strategy Consultant

April 13th, 2018

It sort of depends on what you mean by "entrepreneur". If you mean "employee" then, sure, if you have the resources. If you mean "Co-Founder" as decoration but is not a partner in the vision, mission, and ambition, unlikely. If you mean someone to be in a trench with you when the battle gets very wicked, yes. However, it has to worth it to them long term. It does not necessarily have to be cash, but do not expect a partner who has a small, vesting interest to get excited about walking away from their thing to have a minor upside with major expectation in yours.

Chris Ramos Founder and CEO @ Simple Concepts LLC

April 13th, 2018

I will always work on a winner. Whether it's my idea or somebody else's I just want it to succeed. I can't speak for others but of the many people have talked to they all have the next best thing that's not even built yet. I completely agree that R&D, manufacturering and advertising is we exhausting by yourself.

MR. JAY Founder & CEO PHATO'S Inc. (Auto critic expert & dealer)

April 13th, 2018

Probably you should try connecting with an investor that has appropriate skill you require for your product.

Jeff Hronchek Industry Expert (Transportation) & Strategist

April 13th, 2018

I think the answer to this question lies in who the entrepreneurs are. If an entrepreneur was in sales and marketing they would probably do well working on your idea. But if they were an industry expert in some other field with no sales or technical experience, what could they offer to your team? Many entrepreneurs want to work on their idea because they feel insecure about working on something outside of their area of expertise. They don't know what to offer

Jonathan Berger Alleged Entity is a software development boutique. See us at

April 14th, 2018

I’m sure a book can be written to answer your question. :) This is not an easy question to answer. There are several variables here that need to sync. First, you need to find people who’d want to work on your gig. They’d likely need to be persuaded that your endeavour is worthwhile. They may come from different viewpoints and may have different expectations. For instance, a wealthy person may have different expectations compared to someone who’s not wealthy (and my definition of wealthy is likely to be different than another person’s def of wealthy). Another variable is your gig and all the typical startup questions concerning whether to invest time, sweat and possibly money in your gig. (E.g., strength of IP). That inquiry about you alone involves many layers. At the end of the day, I think it’s like dating. You need to find the right person, and that right person needs to find you. Good luck.

Ami Vider Content Writer / Editor at Satellite / Hardware startup

April 15th, 2018

All the answers here can be summed up as personal perspectives and overall tell the story of innovation, satisfaction and taking risks. If someone understands you and what you are doing. If they believe you can get something done that will become useful. If you let them do their work and contribute to the overall effort (marketing, sales, promotion, customer management)... all these people writing here say essentially the same thing. If you can technically solve a problem and bring a solution to someone, a marketer/salesman will jump into the boat with you in a minute. But... and it's a big BUT! you need to find someone who is willing to work with you and understands what you are doing. The search to find the right fit is the name of the game. So here we are, you are getting started!!!

Shinjni Sharma Looking for Technical Co-founder with AI expertise

April 15th, 2018


I think there definitely are people out there that are willing work on someone's idea, but you have to more specific in terms of what you are looking for. I'd be interested if it was a Co-founder or VP of Development sort of opportunity that would enable me to work with you rather than for you.

In terms of your interactions with people, make it clear what you're looking for, so that both of your time is not wasted.

Reach out if you are interested in continuing the conversation regarding your venture, I'm curious!