App development · Marketplaces

How do you find CTO cofounder?

chiraz bensemmane Founder & CEO @PitchWorldFast, sales & negotiation crazy, world citizen, nomad

September 30th, 2019

I'm currently working on a second start up and have been involved on all aspect of the company as it is my project but I do know that on the long run it would be great to share this adventure and have a cofounder who will be the CTO of the company and on the long term have his own team in the company.

i've arleady started working on the technical side of the website/plateform.

How would you recommend me going about finding a cofounder?

Paul Garcia marketing exec & business advisor

October 1st, 2019

This question has been asked about 50 times on Discuss. I recommend you search for some of the previous asks about technical founders. I would urge you NOT to assign the CTO title to anyone when you're a startup. Title inflation causes problems down the road. You are probably not a CEO either, though you may be the owner or founder. The C-level titles mean something specific, but they do not mean first to do the job.

When searching for a technical partner for your enterprise, instead make a list of the requirements, things you actually need to accomplish. Yes, you have already started some technical effort, but what you probably need is a lead developer. Attracting technical talent can be challenging because there are probably more opportunities for technically skilled people to choose from than there are technically skilled people willing to work in a startup environment.

The best thing you can do is to conduct your research, validate your marketing strategy, and let those things inform development, not the other way around. Your goal is to reduce risks for anyone who might consider joining your company. The lower the risk, the more likely talent will be willing to accompany you on your journey. Good luck.

Anuj B. Gopal Seasoned Entrepreneur who grew a bootstrapped AIoT startup to clock $15M revenue. Seeking co-founder

October 1st, 2019

HI Chiraz,

To find a co-founder, you may:

  • post an advertisement on startup community forum like here, at , , etc.
  • post it on startup community group/page at LinkedIn/Facebook/Twitter/Quora
  • use LinkedIn sales navigator(for faster response) or general account to find prospects
  • visit some startup/hackathon/codefest events at your local community to pitch individuals

Similarly, you may approach investor, advisor and other team mates, easily.



ade omomo Cofounder and Tech specialist

September 30th, 2019

Hi Chiraz

I answered a similar question for Aron Kaufman

Try immersing yourself in the startup ecosystem - but ensure that you have a clear pitch.

The person that you meet may not be able to help you but they may know someone who can.

A clear pitch allows your idea to be communicated clearly by others when you are networking

I hope this helps


chiraz bensemmane Founder & CEO @PitchWorldFast, sales & negotiation crazy, world citizen, nomad

October 4th, 2019

thank you all for your input!

Shams LARBI Manager

September 30th, 2019

Just spread the word on LinkedIn or during tech events

Egor Litvinenko Software Architect, Engineer

October 6th, 2019

I think that the best CTO, eventually, is who worked with you on the technical side from the start, building the product and team, and who wants to continue.