Finding cofounders

How to detect a co-founder that just talk

Thiago Maia Programmer looking for a co founder social manager to join OpTwoo

Last updated on June 26th, 2020

So, I have been in a search of a co-founder for my application, I have been developing and during this time around 4 people joined and I have to ask then to step out as they just keep talking but doesn't get things done, I can clearly see that they love the idea of doing, but not actually doing, where I spend my nights and weekends working on the app MVP.

So, I'm the search of this person to take care of the marketing and social media, the problem is, how can I detect those red flags before waste time with one more co founder?

Thank you

David M

June 26th, 2020

Contracts. If someone does not ask for a contract upfront, or is unwilling to provide one I never take it serious. There are a lot of people on CoFounder's lab playing entrepreneur so you are smart to pose this question. Feel free to connect. Happy to be a sounding board for the process.

Jesse Tayler App Store Inventor, Startup Entrepreneur

June 30th, 2020

A cofounder is a person who 'does already' and therefore you are looking for the person who steps up and doesn't just talk but simply prefers to take action. I love software but I'd prefer to make something out of it, than to talk about it.

I would find folks in the channel of business you are in and show your idea to those who are best at doing to attract them to your cause.

It is basically the old adage,

if you want something done give it to a busy person.

Some folks talk, some folks do. I always look for those who step up and just 'do' and when you find that, then you figure how to attract this person to your cause.

If someone hesitates? If they want guarantees, contracts and promises before they prove themselves as a cofounder who can 'do' ? then move on, they are not a cofounder.

One of the hardest things for me to realize as a young entrepreneur?


I could not understand anyone who had a chance to join a startup and give it all they have got to give, it just didn't occur to me.

I thought (still think) it should be immediately obvious to anyone that what we are doing was worthy and important. And it was/is.

For me? That simple truth was hard to believe or imagine. It's true that we are the strange ones, they are the normal folks and they will not stop their lives to cofound a startup with you, but they are happy to talk.

Good luck!

Damilola Adeyanju Co-founder of Bridge

July 2nd, 2020

I can completely relate to this. Going from idea to implementation requires many hours and people who are ready to go the extra mile.

Shuang Li Director of Operations, Business Analyst

June 26th, 2020

Hi Thiago,

the same situation does happen in regular hiring process. One thought would be to ask for samples of their previous works as well as reference checks—- if there’s proof they managed similar projects before, a better chance they can do it for you.

all the best wishes!


Max Tech, infosec, risk mgmt. Need a GTM partner - assisted contract negotiations and RFP fulfillment.

June 28th, 2020

Verifiable experience & prior projects. Ability to clearly explain, after learning about your environment and needs, how they would approach their task and how long it would take. Some polite, reasonable, knowledgeable disagreement with your own ideas about social marketing.