YodaCategory: OtherIt seems like you’ve met co-founders in a number of different ways? How did you think about finding co-founders for your newest startup and how did your past experiences inform that process? @gaganbiyani

Kyle Treige ( @Kyle ) Staff asked 9 months ago

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It seems like you’ve met co-founders in a number of different ways? How did you think about finding co-founders for your newest startup and how did your past experiences inform that process? @gaganbiyani

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Gagan Biyani ( @gaganbiyani ) asked 9 months ago


Sourcing: I have an extremely liberal approach with information. I will tell everyone I know my idea and pitch it often (after it is formed). The number of people you can reach has grown exponentially with the Build in Public movement on Twitter. Many founders are way too concerned about someone stealing their idea, but in reality they are just scared to look bad. Don’t play scared – instead play offense: get out there, tell everyone, and you will be amazed at the connections you find.
 
Interviewing: I love the First Round co-founder questionnaire for understanding fit and setting expectations around culture up-front. It doesn’t talk at all about evaluating skills, though, and for that I believe in a three step process: 1) working together on projects or on a 1-2 month trial period, 2) having advisors or investors interview them thoroughly, 3) extraordinarily detailed reference checks with at least 7-10 close associates, at least half of whom are back-channel.