My question/concern is: most of the time when I see "seeking cofounder" posts, sites or apps it's a non-technical person seeking a technical person. Only they dont have the budget to pay full wage so the offer is as cofounder. I'm not knocking it, you go with what you've got.
But aren't most technical folks in this arena working on their own idea(s)? Will you have technical folks as featured who are looking for sales or marketing etc? My business is 100% B2B lead gen and biz dev for SAAS and digital companies and its never occurred to me to confound even the best idea; I'm working on (and getting paid plenty) for my own. Good luck to Travis finding someone, will be interested to see if he has success here.
As to his idea, I would pay for this right now. I love podcasts but the experience on android is garbage (or maybe I'm just used to apple). I have no idea how to download my favorite pods and play them later and find discovery to suck compared to iTunes.
That said, I dont know how viable this is as a business. Music is evergreen whereas many (most?) Podcasts are not. People can also consume a lot more individual pieces/tracks of music than individual podcasts due to duration. You'd learn more about me by seeing an hours worth of my spotify plays compared to seeing that i listened to a one hour podcast about basketball. Best of luck.
I wrote a blog post* about this a while back. If you're technical and have the risk profile to start a start-up it just seems so unlikely you would do this with someone you saw online. Compared to working on your own idea or on something with a colleague/friend.
Thanks for the compliments, made my day :)
>> Music is evergreen whereas many (most?) Podcasts are not
Good feedback and something I have given quite a bit of thought too. I agree to some extinct however I would take the other side and say that the majority of podcasts are evergreen (or at least have a long shelf life) such as story or research shows like This American Life, RadioLab or interview types like The Tim Ferriss Show, Joe Rogan Experiment. The minority of podcasts that are not evergreen would be current affair or political types of shows - which I agree may not be a good fit for this.
>> You'd learn more about me by seeing an hours worth of my spotify plays compared to seeing that i listened to a one hour podcast about basketball
This is where Repod is trying to come in. I don't see myself wanting to see an hours worth of tracks that you listened, I may play one of two of your songs but it would likely end at that. In fact that would inundate my feed if I am following multiple users who also listened to the same amount of tracks. Rather, if you listen to 3x podcasts a week then that would be much easier to scroll through in a feed of many users that you follow.
Podcast episodes offer much more depth as well. Being a basketball fan I would want to know if your basketball podcast was worth the 1 hour long listen, or have a conversation with you about it (i.e. if the episode compared MJ vs Lebron then I might comment on your feed with my own thoughts - or see what you thought about it), or if I really liked it then I tend to share episodes via text with my group of friends/family.
I was playing with it and it seems like a good way to get an mvp up and running.
Much like Tinder, I suspect mostly what you will get from this is good conversation and if you're lucky, an all night hacking session.
But you probably won't find a long term relationship.
I'm curious because I would only consider starting a company with someone I knew personally and was quite sure I could work with.
Still, I realize I'm risk-averse in some ways and willing to admit maybe I'm being a bit stodgy here.
The reason I am trying this approach is that I don't have a big (or any) connections to an app co-founder so I have been looking for alternatives to finding one and this is one option Jeremy suggested. We'll see how it goes!
I'm in the other boat - I have a pretty good experience base to start a company, but am waiting for the right subject-matter expert to come along with the idea, passion, and background to make the other half of the startup.
I've subscribed to the (sometimes interesting) Opps Daily, but this seems like a more direct mechanism.
I created Featured Founder to add transparency to the cofounder search process so people can stop searching and focus on building their product.
"What are you going to do?"
"I have the great idea."
I also created https://findkismet.com (which introduces two random HN users to each other every day or week), so maybe I'll fold the two together.