How to build a founding team


I am working on a startup idea, and currently I am taking it solo. I would very much like to have 1-2 other people to work on it with me. I am a programmer, and I would like a 2nd programmer, and maybe a business type person as well.

Does anyone have any tips on how to find people to be co-founders?

Co-Founder Founders Team

asked Feb 15 '11 at 14:11
Zachary K
208 points
  • finding partners is like finding a wife, if you force it, it will be a tough relationship. You can put yourself out there, get more exposure, but the key is to understand the type of characteristics you value, and those that add value to your business so that you can scout winners. My advice, do it on your own, hire the help. In the long run there is A LOT less risk of conflict, drama, and stress. – Frank 13 years ago

4 Answers


It's a very difficult question infact :) You can try these things:

1) Interact with lots and lots of people in the market.

2) Go to barcamp, and other seminars where you can interact with lots of other like-minded people.

3) Look in your network. See if anybody is interested in your idea or product and explain the benifits to them.

For every startup the most important thing is to market yourself, and make sure that you don't forget your friends. Also, participate in many startup seminars, like barcamp.

answered Feb 15 '11 at 18:10
Bhanu Prasad
209 points
  • I will look around my network, I have no idea if there is a barcamp here in Israel - Edit no there is not – Zachary K 13 years ago
  • if not barcamp there will be many other start up camps right? :) – Bhanu Prasad 13 years ago


If you are an iPhone/iPad/Mac developer, then consider attending NSCoder Night. It's on weekly basis in the larger cities around the world. In Denmark there is a NSCoder Night in Copenhagen every Wednesday and between 4 and 8 people show up. Dunno if there is a NSCoder Night in Israel. It's a great way to get a network.

answered Feb 21 '11 at 06:46
111 points


You could try TechCofounder? I've never used it personally but it looks like an interesting website.

answered Feb 21 '11 at 08:36
Andy Cook
2,309 points


In Silicon Valley and Austin, I organize the Co-Founders Meetup.

I also just launched LetsLunch. com, which forces you to go out and meet other entrepreneurs over lunch. So far it's been a huge success.

Bottom line: meet as many people as you can, and don't be shy to talk about what you are working on. If you don't tell me, then how will I ever know? It could be of interest to me.

answered Feb 21 '11 at 10:16
Alain Raynaud
10,927 points

Your Answer

  • Bold
  • Italic
  • • Bullets
  • 1. Numbers
  • Quote
Not the answer you're looking for? Ask your own question or browse other questions in these topics:

Co-Founder Founders Team