If I was building a system like this I would allow people to post an ad about the company they are starting, their location, the people currently involved, something about the vision of the company (without giving away too much), the expectations of how much work is involved, are the other people full time, equity on offer, the skills, experience and qualifications of the other co-counders, does location matter, do you need to be in the same city etc etc etc.
Instead this odd site assumes that searching for cofounders is about placing job ads. A bit strange.
It's possible that the first several postings along the lines of "Smart programmer wanted as co-founder for new social networking concept (that also shortens urls)", but it has since been noticed by recruiters as a "free job board" and thus is filled with "Programmer/Analyst III with J2EE" positions.
Perhaps they need to work on the tech a bit to discourage the job postings and encourage the actual entrepreneurial stuff.
Techcofounder.com is not a job site. It's meant to help entrepreneurs find technical people who are interested in doing a startup. Engineers create profiles listing skills, experience, etc. They aren't posting job ads.
Great execution. I know it's supposed to be anonymous, but I wouldn't require that. Have optional fields for a website, blog, GitHub (or Google Code or whatever the hell) public code repository, and projects they've worked on. I noticed a number of people have links to one or more of these in the Short Answers section; that to me shows that the site's focus on anonymous communication may not be the right choice for everyone.
Well done. IMO, there are three things that matter when scanning through a list of potential co-founders. Skills (which you have well covered), markets/areas that you love/hate (some people won't touch the enterprise, others would never do a Twitter app), and availability (some people can't afford to go without a salary and some can).
The anonymity angle is interesting, but I don't think it's critical. In fact, it probably hurts. If I can't read their blog, check out their tweets, or scan their LinkedIn profile, there's generally a lot less for someone to get excited about. There will be a lot of "toad kissing" to find a prince.
Possibly. I'm a programmer, software engineer, developer, coder, or anything else anybody wants to call me. For some reason, different terms mean different things to people who do hiring, so you need to be flexible in your definition.
All it means is "somebody who programs computers". Translate it in your head and move on.
This site seems to assume that only coders are valid cofounders. I would have thought that the site would allow people of any area of expertise (business, designers, finance, marketing, tech) to seek people to cofound companies with. Why are coders the only valid cofounders?
Umm...there's a hell of a lot more than "guy with the vision" necessary for a startup in my opinion. But I guess that's from the perspective of someone who spent days trying to learn contract law for his own startup until realizing it would be better to bring in a qualified lawyer as small equity partner to do it.
The purpose of the site isn't to discount non-technical cofounders. Being a product guy myself, I recognize the important of product vision, strategy, as well as other non-technical expertise like contract law, etc etc. That said, from my personal experience I've had a lot more people ping me about intros to good coders than to non-technical folks who want to start a company. After evaluating the other tools/services out there to meet interested parties I decided to build techcofounder.com b/c I felt it served the greatest void in this area.
Have you considered letting the non-tech users post profiles of some sort as well? I can certainly see some difficulties, but it could be useful if you found a way to make it work.
Particularly, I'm thinking of people with specialized expertise or connections in a specific domain--people who know a niche, and could build a business, but need technology to make it happen and don't have the resources to just go hire a team to make it happen. Advertising to such an ill-defined demographic would be awkward at best, though.
As someone who is, for most purposes, a pure technologist, my ideal in a hypothetical cofounder (given basic things like "being able to work toegether") would be someone older, deeply familiar with some business domain populated by companies that are a bit behind the technological curve. Tech startups drive innovation in markets that tech people care about--but there's a lot of markets that get ignored, when a tech startup-style approach could seriously shake things up.
I'm troubled by this idea, since I imagine that any decent programmer with an entrepreneurial drive would already have his own startup. That programmer would possibly need a site like this to meet business-side co-founders, but then any good businessman with an entrepreneurial drive would already have his own startup.
Since all the good minds on either side of the equation would already be locked into their own thing, I can't see how any of them would show up on a site like this (or its natural counterpart, BizCofounder.com).
As a result, all that's left is a pool of developers who either don't have any good ideas, or have been to afraid to make the leap on their own. Neither of those qualities are ones you'd look for in a potential co-founder.
I like the idea, but the execution can definitely be improved. It lacks too many features to be interesting for me. Such as being able to login and edit my profile, international support (why not do this from the start??), ability to provide some links and stuff.
but its a good start! Iterate your way to the top ;)
This is really great. It gives me a lot of the information I like to see in a clear and concise manner. A link to twitter+blog would be nice. Also questions that are similar to what you see on the YC app would be cool ie- "tell us about the time you successfully hacked a non-computer system".
Nice work. How about having all skills that registrants list accessible in the 'Browse by Skill' box? I would expect the 'View All' link to show me all skills people had tagged themselves with, e.g. 'C++', 'Python', etc.