I have a new startup and posted that I was open to a cofounder. I was contacted by an individual who, has a lot of the items that I would want in a partner, on paper, and our hour long initial conversation went very well. We seem to have similar goals, sense of humor, etc. There is much more to learn about this individual but my specific question is, as I start down this road, what should I expect from him in terms of effort to show his interest. For example, there will of course be phone calls, meetings etc. but is it realistic to expect him to start asking to be more involved, provide any advisor skills he has, provide networking opportunities, etc. I am moving forward solo and in my mind he needs to jump on the train to show his interest, commitment, loyalty, etc. For an employee, I would be comfortable with a CV, interviews and some conversation, but for a cofounder, I do expect him to roll up his sleeves and show he really wants to be part of the team. Is that expecting too much and if not, what specifically should be doing to convince me of his interest?
Side note, I have 5 advisors representing the following areas: VC, design company, cofounder of a dev company, former startup founder and a consultant in the space. CPA and attorney are on board and I am about to go out for seed funding. Do I even need a cofounder or should I move forward with these partnerships and hire later. My gaps are funding and marketing, and this individual does have experience in both.
Thank you very much for your advice and opinions.
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