CTO Mentoring · Finding cofounders

How can I find cofounders to partner with as a CTO?

Waleed N Building Digital

March 8th, 2018

I am a CTO looking to partner up with a cofounder on part comp/ part equity. Any pointers on how to find one? What's there to discuss in a partnership like this?

Don Rector One More Time

March 9th, 2018

Hi Waleed,

This all my opinion, only. Your technical capabilities are secondary to how you and your cofounder get along. I’m looking for a CTO. I know I have a big and sometimes overwhelming personality. I need someone that can stand up to that and bluntly say bull shit. Be willing and able argue your position.

The next important item item is when things go very badly or very side ways, will your cofounder stick with you.


Linda W. Kwok CoFounder of FinTech that's a cross between Yelp and Facebook

March 9th, 2018

Is there a particular industry you are interested in, fintech, edtech, wearable, etc. etc.? You can go to their tech start up events and start networking and see who you meet. Go to some pitch events and see what you like. Sometimes schools run entrepreneurial challenges where people come together and literally "date". I know NYU holds one. Good luck!

Ziad Talge Co-Founder of Mazix Creations, Creator and CEO of Conquerors of The Realm

March 9th, 2018

You're looking to join a startup or you have a startup and looking for a cofounder?

Kris Harikrishnan Product Manager

March 8th, 2018

I'd go to networking events/meetups in the area you are looking to found a company, meet few people with similar interests and see where the conversation heads. If you get along well with them (good chemistry) and if they complement your skills then I'd suggest discussing your desire of seeking a co-founder. My recommendation is to figure out if there is a mutual interest and then work on the formal structure - equity, compensation, titles, etc.