Finding a co-founder is insanely hard especially when you have a solid idea, proof of work, and some leverage. There will be more noise and less signal!
Here are some actionable steps that worked for me on how to find a co-founder and how to pick one ☝️
1/ Do the groundwork:
If you have an idea, launch a landing page using any no-code tool, do a soft launch, and validate it before going to the next level. You are also signaling that you're not waiting for someone to kick-start things.
More on this here: https://twitter.com/5harath/status/1301551641628487685
2/ Grow your waitlist:
Use Twitter or other distribution channels to soft-launch the LP and get as many people as you can on the waitlist. This way you are building credibility and helps your co-founder to make a decision as there is a community waiting to use your product.
3/ Ship a functional MVP:
Do not rely on anyone to ship an MVP. There are so many no-code tools that will help you take your idea from zero to one. By making this move you are showing that you are action-biased and at the same time showcasing the potential of an idea.
4/ Put a bat signal on Twitter:
If you think your MVP is not delivering the promised value to people and you can’t scale it then put a bat signal out by pitching why people should care about you or your idea.
I did this with Shoutout: https://twitter.com/5harath/status/1321171017822277634
5/ Pick people based on proof of work and leverage:
If you get enough leads, start choosing people on what they did in the past, how much leverage they bring to the table, and how aligned they are to your needs(design, #buildinpublic, ship-first mentality, long-term player, etc)
6/ Set expectations:
When you get a chance to meet 1-1, talk specifically about what you are expecting from them and what they are expecting from you. Is it equity, cash, no. of hours they can spend, ship rate, etc
This sets a tone for the long term play and brings transparency!
7/ Do a test run:
This is a game-changer move! Once you agree on everything else, do a test run. Give a module to build with a specific time target. This shows how action-biased they are, how fast they can get things done, how creative and pro-active they can get in delivery.
8/ Worry about mental stack more than tech stack:
Forget about what tech stack they use, focus on what mental stack they are carrying!
Dive deeper into their vision, work ethic, give-first mentality, value-driven attitude, community building, ship-first cadence, etc.
If anyone met the above criteria and then you have a winner 🏆
That’s it! Hope this helps and if you are like me who found a tech co-founder, add tips/hacks to this thread so that others can get value out of it 💯
Thanks for reading 🙏