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Hi all, How can I find co-founders for my startup.I have tried "network" but nobody answer me!

ashley elhami, PMP Looking for ambitious web developer to join me as a co-founder

Last updated on June 6th, 2018

Most of the co-founder lab members, already have had their own idea or company! They aren't interested to my message.

Paul Garcia marketing exec & business coach

June 7th, 2018

The idea of networking is usually screwed up. Going into a networking scenario with the intent of finding someone who can help you is typically a recipe for failure. Networking in general is not a quick fix. The real value in networking is in asking questions. If you spend 90% of your time networking asking other people what they're doing, why they're doing it, and looking for ways that you can add value to their interaction with you, you build up social credit.


Networking schemes are NOT dating. They're really more like the tavern in the town square, meant to be a place where knowledge and news are exchanged, and where you can be exposed to things you wouldn't otherwise be exposed to in your isolation, off doing whatever it is you do yourself.


If you haven't used the CoFoundersLab search tools to identify people that may be in the same idea space as you, give it a try. There's a section for people who want to work on someone else's idea. But remember that your approach should be much more about what the benefits of an opportunity are for the person you are approaching and not about what you want. If you can't make your idea relevant to the person you approach, they will have no interest in learning more. If all you want to do is get help working on your plan, hire someone, don't search for a co-founder.


If your issue is that you can't afford to hire someone so you think a co-founder who is investing their time in place of receiving money, this is not a good reason for someone to join you or even stop to listen to your pitch. They could join anyone or do anything else for no money. It's your job to describe how your opportunity meets the other person's IMMEDIATE needs, not just sell them on a rosy forecast of the future that may never arrive.


Your idea needs to be equally relevant to your future customers. If you're having difficulty attracting anyone else's interest when you describe what you're working on, how are you going to sell to customers? Maybe it's your approach, maybe it's your idea. I don't know. But I suspect it is most likely that you are too focused on the benefits to yourself and not enough focused on the IMMEDIATE benefits to someone who would have to drop what they're doing to join you.

Yan Yi Seow Software Team Lead @ Xfers

June 8th, 2018

I’ve worked in the startup scene in Silicon Valley, Singapore and Indonesia - both as a software team lead and in product development.


We can segment where to find startup cofounders by the degrees of our network.


First degree would be from our immediate circle of friends. You shouldn’t have any difficulty contacting them! The common problem I see here is friends not understanding your pitch in the first place. This is a good place to start honing how you pitch you startup to others. Make sure that at the very least, people who know you understand what you are doing.


Second degree would be colleagues. Colleagues are actually a common source of co-founders / early employees. These are people you’ve had a working relationship with before (which might not be true for startups). And it is also easier to separate the relationships lines here. I say this because I’ve seen group dynamics become dysfunctional when boyfriends / girlfriends / best friends work together.


Third degree would be from networking events, hackathons and recommendations from the first two degrees. You have to be extra careful of vetting people from this segment because of your relative lack of interaction with them. Make sure you don’t jump the gun and actually take the time to properly understand each other.


As people often say, a startup partner is like a marriage partner.

Make sure

1) You can trust them

2) You like working with them

3) They can deliver results

4) You guys have complementary skillsets


If you’re interested to know more about finding the right startup partner for you, I’ve complied a concise list of questions that you can use.



Mike Glover Optimistic, resourceful and persistent individual who has successfully built businesses before

June 7th, 2018

Ashraf - I have the same experience so far. It is a pity that we are in such different geographical locations - there is overlap in target market sector

Kristian Pedersen Business minded CTO/Product/Ops looking to start or join new company

June 7th, 2018

Ashraf, I just took a quick look at your profile an I am unsure about what kind of company you are attempting to build?