How To Network With Startups And Find A Co-Founder
The most asked question in the entrepreneur and startup community is where and how to find a technical co-founder. Many passionate and talented entrepreneurs want to make it big in the startup world, but do not have the necessary programming skills. There are also many talented coders out there that can’t find a strong business partner as well. Luckily, in the recent years, there has been a numerous amount of meetup groups designed to help startups build and connect with each other. Let’s take a look at a few ways startups and entrepreneurs can benefit from these groups.
CoFounderLab started with the goal of connecting startups and entrepreneurs together. CoFounderLabs allow startups to connect with each other based on their skills and needs. On their platform, you can create your own customize profile, displaying your skills and what type of co founder your looking for. They also offer events and meetups for entrepreneurs to gather and share ideas. CoFounderLab is free to sign up, but they also have premium packages that include startup consulting and skills defining. As of now, CoFounderLab has a huge database of users seeking for new startups to work with everyday.
Startup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable. On average, half of Startup Weekend’s attendees have technical or design backgrounds, the other half have business backgrounds.
Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and building a minimal viable product. On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.
In a way startup weekend is similar to a very fast paced incubator program. No excuse to not succeed, most of their startups are still going strong and startup weekend is a bootcamp style jumpstart to any startup. The good thing about startup weekend is that they have meets all over the USA. You can find a list of their events using their map function on their site. http://startupweekend.org/events/
Meetup.com is one of the best place for you to connect with anyone not just startups. Meetup has daily events in almost every big city in the USA. Most of the big startup connection meetups could be found on meetup.com Some of these events such as “Hackathons” or “Toastmasters” have over 500 attendees everyday. The key to success is to network as much as you can. Meetup.com makes it extremely easy for you to do so. Note though, some events are paid events so make sure that you double check the information tab. Simply head on over to the site and type a search for startups within your city’s limit. Create an account and your set.
Founderdating is a social network for entrepreneurs to connect with each other. Founderdating is more strict and is more of a private community compared to CoFounderLab. Members are carefully screened to ensure high quality. The network includes founders or early employees from: Zynga, Stackmob, Google, Gilt & Box just to name a few. FounderDating tries their best to keep co-founder and roles sorted out between different career fields. Engineering, design, business development, members span a variety of key skill sets but our community is made up of 50% engineers. FounderDating has been featured on sites like INC. and businessweek and is currently in most major cities. Some of their featured members in the network include CTO of living social and cofounders of stack mob.
To request an invite, fill out an application here: http://members.founderdating.com/connect/
In addition to these, there are local startup office places that you can attend to find your co-founder. Check out places such as HackerDojo and hackathon meets in your local area.