Where can we find a partner to build a startup?


I am interested to build a startup. But I need a partner, most probably someone that has the skills that I don't have. I have technical backgrounds in web development and scrum project management. Now it would be great to have someone that can fill in the gaps that I don't have, because I can never be great in everything and because currently I am still working fulltime at a company. Does anybody know a forum that accommodates this?


asked Oct 17 '09 at 19:13
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4 Answers



  1. Check out FairSoftware.net - you'll find people there looking for startup partners.
  2. Meetups are an excellent way of finding partners - but somewhat random. I'd suggest that you ask on your blog - and if you don't have a blog, you should.
  3. Try tweeting, but think carefully about how you phrase it. Keywords like rails and SaaS will help, but so will being descriptive about what complementary skills you need.
answered Oct 18 '09 at 00:11
Bob Walsh
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  • Thanks for the advice Bob. I will try that. :-) – Jpartogi 14 years ago


I see you're in Sydney, Australia. Why don't you attend some of these meetups? You should be able to meet a lot of interesting folks that might be your cofounder.

http://www.meetup.com/open-coffee-sydney/ http://www.growthtown.com/ Mailing list: http://siliconbeachaustralia.org/ http://rubyonrails.com.au/ We (tech entrepreneurs) usually have drinks every Friday 6 pm at Grace Hotel (York St). Bar 77. It's an ad-hoc process. Just come and usually there are >10 people there.

answered Oct 17 '09 at 22:02
Hendro Wijaya
1,408 points
  • Thanks that was valuable. I should come sometime. Where are you originally from? – Jpartogi 14 years ago
  • Indonesia. But, have spent the past 6 years in Australia – Hendro Wijaya 14 years ago


Some great resources for this include:

http://startupplays.com/blog/finding-a-technical-co-founder/ - List of Resources for finding a technical co-founder

http://www.cofounderslab.com/ - Matchmaking service for entrepreneurs

answered May 8 '12 at 02:06
Mike Mason
21 points


A web based SaaS or social networking using Rails that potentially can bring lots of users.

You're going to need to tighten that up first. Before looking for a co-founder you really need to sit down and figure out what it is you want to do. "doing a startup" is like "painting a picture" You have to have some idea of what the end is supposed to look like before you start.
answered Oct 17 '09 at 22:28
880 points
  • Well, I already know what I want. I just don't want to expose it here yet. ;) – Jpartogi 14 years ago

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