In the network section, I can find and contact each individual potential co-founder, but not many are responsive. Have you guys had any luck finding a co-founder here? Either tech or non-tech.
Also, what is your strategy on finding your partner?
Dear Bastian, don't let you down. I assume in lots of cases the initial info provided with the contact request is to vague / has to little details or is truly no fit.
I do get requests from time to time but many are that unspecific that I do not consider them with real in depth interest towards me individually. All the best, Joerg
You can see how interactive each person is on the CoFoundersLab platform. Gravitate to the one's that are responsive for higher engagement.
I can't speak for all of us, but personally I don't respond to many.
I've had nearly half a dozen "startups" where I was offered sweat equity, put in my measure of sweat, and watched them fail to obtain funding or market themselves properly.
You can't swing a cat without finding a "business guy" with an idea for the Next Big Thing™ but no ability to deliver. Most of the ideas are ridiculous and doomed to failure such as the last one someone pitched to me: "A social network for pets." I'm no longer willing to apply 30 years of IT operations and development experience on questionable ideas cooked up by dubious characters to end up owning 25% of nothing.
I hate to be a Debbie Downer, but that's how a lot of us feel.
Thanks for your replies guys. I wonder if I can reply to each of you here individually without sending private message?
@Joerg and anonymous. I assume that you have tremendous experiences. That is why you have a lot of requests sent your ways. I wonder what kind of request would get your attention? For me, I usually keep my initial contact vague and more about my experiences than about the idea itself. Firstly, because I can't fully disclose all the information about the business until we have some levels of understanding. Secondly, if you are curious enough to reply to my vague request, we would have a better chance of working together.
What is your thought on that?
Maybe join some local groups, Linkedin?
I have found two so far.
Your response to anonymous is an example of not seeing things from another's point of view. If you can't do that, you can't sell and it's likely that your product intuitions are completely wrong.
I'm not looking these days, so I only see 100 new companies a year. Those companies come with specifics. Anyone can send "vague" and a lot of people do, and they're all a waste of time.
As to " can't fully disclose all the information", that's a red flag, the only question is which one.
Odds are I've seen at least three other companies claiming to do the same thing. The important thing is why you're going to succeed.
Yes, some information should be confidential, but that's almost always "how", not "what". Moreover, if you can't distinguish what should be confidential from what should be public....