* DO NOT START A COMPANY BY YOURSELF *
I always thought it was BS and stupid that PG would put so much emphasis on looking for co-founders, but I've learned the hard way, that he's not saying this because he's biased but it's because he has experience. Starting a business is hard and I've found the more talented you are, the worst off you'll be. If you are capable of doing everything, you'll try to do everything and it's just going to spread you too thin.
If I had to do it over again, I would start a company with 2 other co-founders, where each co-founder had one or more of the following skills:
- Very good programming skills
- Very good ux/design skills
- Very good marketing/business skills
Knowing what I know now, I should have spent at least a year looking for a co-founder and stayed at my cushy 6 figure job. And only start my company when I found somebody that could function close at or above my level.
I figure there are a lot of people on HN that have above average skills/intelligence and the worst mistake they can make is believing they can do it on their own. You can certainly succeed on your own, but it's going to take a VERY heavy toll.
It seems like you have to live in Silicon Valley, or some Californian suburb, to even attempt to answer these types of requests. I love UX design and development, I'm working on some insanely cool stuff involving automation and industrial wireless, but the audience around here don't even know what they want, let alone wanting to spend a pretty penny on something they haven't had 10 years to "prove it works".
+1 for anyone living on the other side of the railroad tracks. Train for the hardest situations, so when the real ones pop up you can manage them with confidence.