Today’s question comes from Dylan. I’m an iOS developer and I’ve always been interested in the startup scene but don’t know where to start. I’d like to meet someone who is passionate about their own idea and has experience on the business side – is there a place where a tech founder can find a good co-founder?
If you are in this situation and it’s your first time joining a startup, then you don’t want to be the technical founder/lead right away. If the non-technical co-founders have had some success, then it’s not necessarily a bad situation, but if I had an opportunity to work for a small startup that has other developers then I’d choose that. It will help you understand how startups work and how development is done at a startup and essentially just help you get your feet wet. It’s easier to learn how startups work when you’re not the only technical person on staff. You also don’t want to be responsible for the hiring if you don’t have experience with that.
It’s easier to take that step into startups by finding where other entrepreneurs are gathering. Go to startup events and entrepreneur events and begin to network. You can meet a lot of people at those events but you have to get comfortable with the fact that there are some of those people you actually don’t want to know. Avoid the startup groupies who just want to hang around or take advantage of you. Make sure the people you network with can add value for you and those you can add value to. Not everyone who wants to offer you advice has your best interests in mind.
Be open, honest, and transparent. Be honest about what you’re trying to get out of these events or what you want to get out of joining a startup. Being clear with you intentions will make it easier to meet the right people. Don’t wear yourself out by just going to events – pace yourself.Avoid the startup groupies who just want to hang around or take advantage of you. Make sure the people you network with can add value for you and those you can add value to. Click To Tweet
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