I'm reaching out for some advice regarding getting a technical co-founder on board. I have an idea, done the research and would like to get cracking on an MVP. Any solid tips on what I should be asking them? What I should be looking out for? Red flags? Is it possible to 'trial' a working relationship to see if we are a good match?
Overall, I'm looking for someone who has very similar intentions as me... build a great product that solves a problem.
This is my first time doing this, so any advice would be much appreciated!
There are software development companies like mine who would love to be a part of an idea that solves problems.
If you want to trial a software development company or a tech person, make sure your MVP IS minimum viable product.
I've seen MVPs that are far from minimum with so many features which can be added as the project progressed. The bigger the MVP - the more risk you take partnering up with someone.
Also, do NOT agree fees on hourly basis - make sure the MVP is clear to understand and make an agreement for fixed amount of money AND a deadline. Make sure you have terms clearly defined and your partner (co founder or a development company) ticks every box.
Since everything is really a human problem more than a technical problem focus on their passion. Folks that are heavy engineers tend to be introverts so finding one that is not is hard. There is nothing wrong with an introvert though so don't hold that against someone. Focus more on do they connect with the problem your business is going to solve. Can you feel a fire in their spirit per-say.
The most important thing is the human connection to the problem as well as similarities in some areas and different opinions in other. The worst thing you could do is bring someone on board that continues to be in the group think mentality. You need some diversity in thoughts or at least someone who is willing to play devil's advocate from time to time.
Ask the individual behavioral questions about previous experiences that might align to your business's solution or problem area and how they solved it as well as how they dealt with failures. Failures are important. You will have a lot of them in the early days of a startup.
Hope this helps. I know I spewed a bunch of things here.
Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org - I am a technical person and might be able to help you out.
In any business/start up? The team is the most important. The best way to get a very good technical cofounder is through connection. I mean maybe friend of your friends, that solves the trust issue a bit and it also depends on the person. If he or she is hardworking or lazy. If the person gas the same drive as you or not. Well there a lot of things to consider so becareul
Ask for a trial run.
Though suggestion can be to go along with someone whom you mutually know. There can be an initial trust you can build upon.
Ask them about the projects they have done. How dedicated are they to technology? Why are they the only option you should go with?
All the best to find your perfect partner.
Let me know if I can be one.
A tech guy and a designer