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Where do I find a technical cofounder?

If you’re a creative person, and by creative I mean not necessarily a person who is engaged in the creative arts, you may from time to time have ideas. These could range from apps to websites to Kickstarter campaigns to fine woodworking, the sky’s the limit. 

If you do not possess the exact skills that you need to develop your creative idea, it is very likely that you will become frustrated, annoyed and depressed. It’s happened to me, it’s not fun  – it either motivates you or forces you to grab a beer. Having money sometimes mitigates this depression, after all you could PAY someone to build your idea, but here’s the problem: 

Let’s say you’re interested in building an iOS application to do x, y or z. You have an  idea, you may have even sketched it out, you may even be at the point where you have designed it using Photoshop or some similar program. If you pay someone to build it, either on eLance, oDesk or other, if you pay someone to build the app for you, here is what will inevitably happen. They will build it to the specifications, they will make sure to collect the agreed upon money, they will make sure to deliver the product, and then they will leave. In fact – they will vanish entirely. Why? Because they’re likely moving on to something better and quicker paying. Freelancers need to move on to the next project, that’s what they do. 

The problem is that apps and businesses need to evolve and evolve constantly. In the tech world, this is called iteration, which is a word derived from agile methodology. Building a product is a marathon, not a sprint, and you need a partner who is in it for the long haul to be successful. 

This is where a co-founder comes in, so where do you find one? 

  • Firstly, create a profile on Angel.co.
  • Secondly, attend a tech or startup meetup in your area on Meetup.com
  • Thirdly, find a local technology incubator and hang out there.
  • Fourthly, find a local tech or design talk and attend it. 
  • Fifthly, post about your search on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and the like. 

If the above doesn’t work, if you can’t find technical cofounder after following the above steps, then guess what? You need to learn how to do it yourself. Enjoy!