Who is really willing to bring on an absolute stranger to their early-stage startup and heap a bunch of responsibility (and equity) on them? It seems a random individual from the internet would be very likely worse than no partner at all, considering you're pretty well locked together and you have no idea how that person handles conflict or pressure or really anything.
And why would one be interested in joining a random early stage startup if the existing founder can't recruit a cofounder from their network? Doesn't that tell you something right there?
For immigrants like me, who didn't grow up in the US, the "existing network" is largely absent / non-existent. So we always have difficulty trying to find co-founders as the people you can trust the most in your network are your "butt buddies" (in hindi we call them Chaddi-dost) and they are not here.
And most engineers, esp. technical engineers are introverts and do not like going to networking events.
My Hindi is far too limited to be sure, but I don't think that translation has the same connotation at all. Just fyi!
That said, just because I grew up in US and my butt buddies are here doesn’t mean they’re good cofounders. I’m regularly the only entrepreneurial person in my various friend groups.
Or, I suppose, 'BFF', but perhaps not even teenage girls can bring themselves to use that seriously today (I suspect it's 'so last year').
Not every engineer is an introvert, and cofounders need to wear multiple hats, so you're better getting a 75% engineer who is more versatile.
Attached at the hip is more like it. These are guys you grow up with and know their darkest secrets :)
There are INCREDIBLE talented people out there that for several reasons never start a company.
Some of those reasons could be the lack of opportunities or because they just didn't have the chance of working on something cool or with the right people.
Why would anyone join? Basically for the same reason, in our case, we are a little ahead in terms of funding and customers, but as someone said: " 'A players' like to play with 'A players'".
(yes I am looking, I have a small product ready for customers built with the exit intention of selling the product to another company at a later time. Basically the idea was to make a small business focused infrastructure toolbox. The logging product is working. I think chat and filesharing could be real easy wins. Slyops dot net. Contact link there works.)
but as someone who effectively has been working alone as a freelancer for most of my adult life i simply don't have any coworkers or work friends.
and don't get me started on networking. i wasted lots of time at so called networking events, to the point that when i moved to a smaller city the lack of events felt like a relief.
therefore my only chance to find partners has been random connections.
so far the results were not good. the biggest obstacle being lack of funds.
i can't afford to work for equity only if i join someone else, and i can't afford to pay someone if they were to join me.
no choice but to keep trying
most startups fail. the likelyhood that the earned equity will be enough to kickstart my own project years later is to small to be worth the risk.
if i join someone for equity, then it has to be a project that i am actually interested in enough that i'd start it on my own if i had the opportunity.
so it's not my project vs your project but it is my interests vs your interests. if our interests align, i'll join you, even for equity only.
however at the end of the day i still have to put food on the table, so if you are looking for 100% commitment, i simply can't afford that.
i was part of a startup based on that premise. it failed because noone could put in enough time, and the founder rejected the idea to finance ourselves with consulting work believing that if we did that we'd never get to work on the startup because we'd be busy building up a consulting firm.
i don't believe that's true, because somehow i manage to make a living from consulting and still have time to work on my project.
it's all about priorities.
My cofounder and I didn't know each other at the outset we worked together for 6 months before deciding to commit full time and draw up paperwork, etc.
Maybe you want to find someone who's a good culture fit with you, and do a small project together. If it goes well, keep going, if not, stop there. So it really is more like dating than marrying.
But really, are we all not just 'absolute strangers', 'random individuals from the internet', with a 'random early stage startup'... until we're not?
Our incredibly finite networks only form one way—by meeting new people—which has to happen somehow. Clearly there is a mutual vetting process before agreeing to work together; and extending beyond one's current network doesn't necessarily represent a failure of one (or one's current network) to satisfy each relationship. See also Joy's Law https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joy's_law_(management)
A random person with the right skillset could create a wonderful parnership not possible unless you have a big network.
But what does it explain if founder has a small network or is unlucky that good candidates are currently busy?
I'm considering bringing in a CEO-like role to lead https://hackclub.com/bank/, which we launched a few months ago on HN (https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19257241).
The product has started to come into its own, crossing $600K in transactions a couple weeks ago. I want to bring in someone who can come in with a founder-like role and work with me to flesh out the vision, strategy, and lead the charge to get us to $6M in transactions over the next 12 months. The potential isn't just high school hackathons: it's every US nonprofit with an annual budget of under ~$300K (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiscal_sponsorship).
The product is revenue generating, we're a well-funded growing nonprofit that recently won the $1M Frank Foundation grant (https://grant.frank.ly/), and we have two major partnerships for HC Bank close to closing, but we need the right person to make them happen. These two partnerships would add an additional $4M in transactions over the next 12 months alone.
Interested? I'm firstname.lastname@example.org. Best person for this role is obsessive, product-minded, deeply technical, and wants to be a CEO, not a product manager.
I'm interested in working on a lifestyle business rather than chasing a unicorn. I have the classic spreadsheet of ideas tucked away, but I'm certainly open to others ideas.
Strong preference for B2B. No experience in blockchain or ai.
In my previous attempt at putting together a business, I felt pain from a lack experience talking to customers so I spent a few years in a customer facing role as a senior success and support engineer for a fairly well known startup. I now love working with sales & marketing, grinding customer development for ideas, but still keep my coding chops sharp.
My email is in my profile.
Then: add an App Store built in, all together as a sort of operating system layer that lets you build many types of apps incredibly easily.
Finally: apps in a shared workspace all can communicate with each other using typed APIs. Read gmail messages, write to a Postgres database. All config shared between your team.
Trying to do for intranet systems what Slack did to chat. Make it wonderfully easy and powerful.
Cool part is it’s far along (multiple years in), I’ve already raised money on good terms from Founders Fund and it’s just me. I’d love to find one truly great developer to join and help out and shower with equity.
Statistics Ph.D., Caltech BSCS, 10 year Microsoft (Windows Server dev then Senior Quantitative Manager). I teach University of Washington's intro Statistical Software class (R, Python, SAS, etc.)
Specialties within stats/machine learning: finanical risk (I'm a CFA and was on the FRM committee); bioinformatics (thesis and publications on statistical genetics); forecasting/optimization (current consulting work on long term adaptive capacity planning). Very into Bayesian computing and MCMC methods.
Consulting page: RedmondAnalytics.com Resume: https://sergeredmondanalytics.github.io/ra-public/Serge.pdf
I'd be interested in:
- If you're doing a data science, fintech, or bioinformatics startup, talk to me to see if I can help.
- I have a few small conventional web/mobile app concepts that I'd love to seed-fund and provide technical guidance for (but I wouldn't have much hands-on coding/marketing time myself). I'm always on the lookout for someone to partner with on these - either a coder type or a hustler/marketer type...
looking for interesting projects to cofound/work for equity
leisenming AT protonmail DOT com
What we do: With just ONE line of code, we make any website to load in one second or less on mobile.
I'm a software engineer looking for a business-oriented co-founder.
We just got accepted into a tech startup accelerator and we have 100+ paying customers.
You can learn more about us here: https://dallasinnovates.com/rockwall-startup-helping-make-we...
My email is email@example.com
Disclaimer: I created it and that's how I found my cofounder.
need help with finding clients for web development projects
can help with software development, managing developers, qualifying tech job candidates, mentoring developers, training programmers
and then i get a match that says:
Can help with: Product Design
Needs help with: B2B Marketing
that's not a match at all.
Instant group chat for nearby loosely affiliated people (who don’t necessarily know each other).
Unlocks value and solves problems of current options. Maintains some privacy, keeps out randos (no, isn’t one of those been done million times, who is around you app just based on GPS).
The magic happens in the backend, looking for someone who will focus on development of all server-side logic, definition and maintenance of the central database. You can make mobile apps that can handle lots of concurrent chats/chatrooms, thousands of users.
An MVP could be made in 8 weeks.
Quick blog with more details (much still omitted, lets talk), why it’s worth your talent and time, me, and more:
The app solves this problem*
Instantly attendees get access to a group chat. No one has to set it up, no one has to add others. Only people who are/did attending get access, no random unaffiliated people.
It "just works" solution.
Current solutions are sub optimal and they involves virtual schlep and so people don't use them.
*this is one use case, but there are broader uses cases where you would use it every single day.
If you know a person/people with skills who might be interested, pls let me know, thanks!
Job-tech. I'm finding very strong market signals, and I've identified what in my experience (helped dozens of businesses improve their business prospects) is a sane path to profitability with minimal investment. I'm currently moving forward alone, but quite frankly I'd love to have a partner or two to do the technical parts so I can focus on fund raising (if needed), marketing, and sales instead.
Required if you reach out: Python, Scrapy, and experience with ML.
Side note: This thread should be part of the monthly HN whoishiring IMO.
We're building a platform for knowledge workers to capture what they've learn and a framework to prevent forgetting important material.
We have about 5k VERY passionate and active users. They've uploaded about 130GB of content so far. Zero effective churn... They definitely like the product and are willing to pay.
Not profitable yet as we have to focus on growth.
Looking for someone really strong in web design/UI+react or product/growth who has built out a large startup in the past.
burton ... at getpolarized
(I'll let you figure out the email so I don't get spammed)
1.if helpful i did write a paper a while back on how to find a co founder / let me know what you think: https://www.techstars.com/content/uncategorized/how-to-find-...
2. I’m looking for a co-founder to join a crypto based lottery that is legally not a lottery (style is gaming) MVP is done but need some polishing (C++ / cross platform / background in game could be interesting) : Franck nouyrigat
But I am pretty weak at frontend development and pitching/presentations.
Building a VR exercise & fitness platform.
Exercising at home is currently too boring for some of us to bother (even though we know more exercise would be good for our health) and simply watching videos gives no control of pace or any sense of progressing towards our goals.
VR content can be so engaging and while Beat Saber shows exercise can be ludicrously fun, it's also repetitive for the arms and doesn't teach you much about your body and how to avoid injury.
I'm currently part of a new Antler.co investment program cohort in London (hope that's ok to mention here :) ) - looking for 1 or 2 co-founders, ideally within the coming four weeks or so.
Would be interested to find another technical founder who can collaborate with me on early content development (mostly working with Unity and wrangling mocap data), and/or someone with marketing experience and an interest in helping build an inclusive community around the project.
Please get in touch via robert at sixbynine.org and let's chat
(~15yr graphics, Linux sytems programming and machine learning + comp. vision experience, C/C++, git, all the things :), Intel nearly 10yrs + 2 startups)
I’m a designer and developer with one successful small company built in the past. Looking to do it again.
I can execute a mobile / web product which scales on Amazon AWS. Think local scale (millions of users) not internet scale (billions). Like a lifestyle business.
I have my own ideas but open to any new idea. Anything works which can be executed by a few people. I’m interested in a 6-7 figure business instead of the usual unicorn.
I'm Full Stack Developer, just launched the BETA version of
With the mission to become the best Cheap Flights Finder Service, The ideal co-founder can be either another Technical person or a marketer/product.
Contact me at the email on my profile and I will share more details on how I'm already ahead of the competitors on Search Results and user experience.
With this launch I kind of closed a phase in this project, so I'm also open to hear about any other interesting idea to partner on.
Local accounting-ish startup is looking into expansion, altough going global would be very hard (accounting is very different in Mexico), the whole country is a very big market. We are profitable and the business is growing.
Looking for a sales/PR cofounder.
Our killer feature is 1-click orders for electronic parts. We have a strong open source ethos and are building our company to help support open source hardware and software developers.
The best way to get involved remotely right now is to join Findcollabs  or our other public chat .
Legitlist is a friend-sourcing photo app for food and travel recommendations. Think Yelp with an Instagram interface, but with geo-functionalities (sort feed by real time distance) and food emoji filters, and with only your friends or people who's taste you trust (instead of anonymous elite reviewers).
We believe that your friends are your most credible source of experiences and we use all your food photos on your phone to create a collective food brain repo with your friends.
We are always trying to answer "What's the closest legit thing to me that my friends have done?" any where in the world.
Imagine a map of every Anthony Bourdain restaurant from his shows on your phone. Or every legit ramen restaurant your friend raved about from his last Tokyo trip.
We've built an IOS MVP and are currently private beta testing. But need an android dev or preferably a Flutter dev. Launching Fall this year.
Please feel free to reach out - firstname.lastname@example.org
or ask for a beta link :)
Reach me on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/roy-moran-a8b42b9b/
My Background: ML/Data Science/Research + Business / Strategy
Its a good idea that can grow very fast.
I have angel funding.
I did a short landing page trial and got a few paid users.
I am doing the back-end development.
The front-end portion is very important, and will grow into a team very quickly. Probably single digit % equity.
email in profile.
and I'm looking for something interesting to do next.
You can find me here:
Or reach me out at roberto@flySuperCheap.com
I believe I have something that can compete on Amazon's level on the consumer goods side.
The idea is to build a web/mobile application where customers are able to order refillable, reusable consumer goods such as groceries and shampoos. Once they are used up, we pick it up clean it and have it ready for refill.
Vision for the future: Your in house AI that orders all your daily essentials not on a subscription basis but based on your beliefs and behaviors, providing you the power over companies competing for your attention.
Competitors already in it:
The milkman model is not a new idea but I know I have the correct perspective to make this work. Let me know if you are interested in hearing more.
In 2017 I built and launched a job board of Tech Jobs that sponsor work visa - Think H1-B in US, EU Blue Card in europe, Startup Visas in Netherlands, Germany etc.
Traffic: 3,000 to 5000 visitors /month
Applicants: about 3,000 so far who applied through my board.
Users: Mostly from India, China, Ukraine and some from Europe.
I'm based in San Francisco, US. Since I didn't grow up here, I have no network and could not trust anyone, so I was "going it alone" for all these years. But I've hit a wall now and need a co-founder or someone who can take an active role in helping the site grow and monetize.
I'm having difficulty in the marketing area and in getting paid listing from startups. I did some blogging on Quora and am an authority on H1-B visa questions. I'm willing and able to put 5 to 7K USD into any work you think might help fix the problem areas.
I'm looking for a growth hacking / marketing co-founder (or any other role / title experienced in growth marketing) who can review the current state of the site and figure out what needs to be fixed and how to move forward in order to get paid listing, and to service existing users. I'm getting a lot of requests to list non-tech jobs.
I have results from survey question on how to improve it, and I can share that with you.
Also, I posted a question on hiring a designer (cos the theme feels ugly and outdated) and got a lot of feedback from HN community on not focusing on that. Discussion here => https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=14431770
Lastly, please write to me only if you are passionate about this topic i.e. immigration and work visas.
shiva (at) visaok.in
theblogdoctor (at) gmail.com
- consolidated sales and marketing solution that solves the problem of silos caused by multiple tools used in different phases of marketing (leave alone sales). Think of analytics, retargeting, lead gen, email marketing. All different tools with siloed reporting.
- Same problem but with a focus on Real estate
- SaaS based property management for folks that have 3-4 properties (causual landlords)
We provide transcription for events like conferences that delivers high quality results that are SEO optimized and time tagged to source content. We have a technical MVP that works, and after a couple more features plan to launch and start charging for it. Currently spending my time focusing on finding more potential clients to interview. Historical interviews and demos have resulted in a high level of interest from people.
Competitors include https://www.edgar.live/ and others.
Email my username at gmail.
Looking for a technical co-founder to build upon concepts from tools like Framer X and http://sketch.systems. Also open to co-founding something completely different if anyone has a need for design / prototyping in a cofounder
You see a wifi say 100-flyingYoga and would like to know more about this Flying yoga. So you join the wifi and are taken to the Flying Yoga company web pages where you get the info. Then you see 100-MikesBurgers. You join it and read up on makes these Burgers the talk of the town.
The product is developed and tested. We need help with product fit and marketing. Looking for people with experience in B2B and working with retail stores.
Hope it makes sense.
Building a LinkedIn alternative for programmers. Users can earn skills on their profiles through code challenges, write blog posts and find jobs. Looking for a technical co-founder with strong Python/Django experience. Have built most of the MVP already but need someone to share the load and help engage with the developer community.
But I've decided not to register myself with Able, since GitHub registration asks for the following, which I don't agree:
> Able by RhettTrickett
> wants to access your account
> Personal user data
> Full access
> This application will be able to read and write all user data. This includes the following:
> Private email addresses
> Private profile information
Also, (full?) access to my primary organization. Hard pass. Why full access?
We are very close to launch our location based AR game. Please watch trailer here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRHG4vdPsqg
Looking for a business partner who can help me with marketing. Gaming background preferred but not required.
Email is in the profile. Thanks.
My profile on producthunt (I like startups) - https://www.producthunt.com/@andr_andron
I made a mobile football game - http://whoscoredthegoal.com
I am currently working on a mobile application. A push notification service for friends and business.
Email me email@example.com
Im working on a social audio app, an app with a lot of generated voice changing filter for podcast/audiobook/storytelling!
Mostly focusing on UGC/PGC, is a heavy operation/tech/design.
Im looking for a co-founder/backend engineer. personally I'm working on a product design and on a tech side I'm taking care of machine learning/ native IOS.
If you're interested working on a new and challenging project shoot me an email. firstname.lastname@example.org
I also have a couple ideas that might be interesting to MVP, for example:
Looking for a technical co-founder who can do iOS and backend to help me launch a dating app that will kill Tinder/Bumble/Hinge and change the way people date for decades. No more swiping.
I want a 50/50 partner, no bullshit you get 5% deal.
strykerguides at gmail dot com
I feel confident in the tech and the product sides of things, but looking for someone who can help with sales/pricing/operations stuff.
In NYC for now, considering LA too.
jared AT nillium DOT com
jared at nillium dot com
Full stack developer, designer, and entrepreneur seeking collaborators. Start small to build relationship, escalate into passive income strategy or full blown startup. Spaces of interest include ML/AI, biotech, video games, education, and real estate.
Doing real estate + full-stack consulting and once I get some more passive income, am going to transition fully to making ed tech products
Would love to chat with you. I visit Chicago every once in a while
Building an automated financial planning app targeting those early in their careers and underserved by traditional financial advisors (<£100k assets).
Me: CS background, 3.5 years working in Trading @ $tn Asset Manager. Product-focused with Python/Data exp.
Looking for another technical co-founder, ideally with FinTech background and experience with Open Banking API's.
Email in profile
- One application is an information portal that will feature B2C ads from financial institutions. This application is built.
- The other idea is an application that would help people give to charity.
Expertise that would be helpful is interfacing with institutions and SEO/marketing to drive users.
Contact info is in my profile... partisanyc at gmail.
Indoor farm monitoring using cameras and ML
Pre-revenue. I have a prototype in use in a couple local farms. I have a couple more farms ready to get started.
I can handle the software/hardware/product. I am looking for someone who knows the agtech industry and can help grow the company.
Email is in profile. Let me know if you have any good ideas on how to find farmers!
A fundraising tool for great causes. Find someone from your community(church, school, other) 1) Rideshare your commute 2) Rider gas money goes to a charity (easily can get to $1000-$2000 a year) 3. Save the planet.
Have executed/built/shipped 5 things in the last 2 years solo. Looking for someone with different ideas than mine that may stick better. I like solving b2b problems, but b2c is cool too. Oh and I love making things that started as spreadsheets. Preferably your spreadsheets.
Email is hn@josh[dot]mn
If you are interested in writing tooling for fellow engineers and improving the devops and infosec landscape, drop me a line.
I am currently working on a product in the News field and looking for someone who is excited about disrupting how people consume news online.
The product is in it's early stage and I am developing it in my free time. I plan to launch within 2-3 months for the Indian Market ( Go global later ).
Email in my profile.
I have productivity and integration platform for one specific SaaS ERP(SAP). I have customers that are using it daily and looking to scale out and find more customers.
Ideally the person would have knowledge in ERP and located in EU.
My email is on my profile
Techincal/strong coder. Looking for someone to collaborate with on startup ideas / projects. I have a few ideas of my own but open to other ideas as well. email: email@example.com
We just won the startup weekend!
Free.Beer gives members a free beer
Bars give customers a Free Beer in the hopes that they buy more.
I can do the tech - need help with law and sales
EDIT: Removed link as it may reduce the karma to 0
- Looking for very technical and developer-centric business analyst to do partnership and provide high level roadmap to Big corp
- An advocate for all-around-developers-ecosystem.
Contact: neduma (at) gmail (dot) com
I am a full stack developer looking for other technical people who are interested in building on the Libra blockchain.
Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Low-code for developers https://docs.hofstadter.io currently,
expanding to low-code for all in the enterprise.
Seeking a non-technical cofounder to assist in major ways. Experience in early stage startups, with developer focused and/or enterprise b2b products desired.
Our MVP is up, working on the MSP (sellable) and the customer pipelines and leads.
tony _at_ hofstadter.io
Working on scheduling and tracking for construction workers. We are a team of 4 currently, 2 engineers, a product designer, and founder. We have a few pilot customers that have used our app.
What we are looking for is a senior engineer who can both scope out and takes control of a project end to end.
Or, a sales/operations person that can help sell, market, and grow the business.
If you are interested feel free to email me at email@example.com