People in tech speak a completely different language. To avoid confusion and miscommunication it’s a good idea to learn some tech basics. Take a short course and upskill so that when it comes to the nitty gritty you can talk the talk.
Following industry experts can help you work out key players in the field. While these experts might not want to be a startup co-founder, they may have connections that do. Engage with online content and social channels to show your interest, and reach out to the experts that align with your niche.
LinkedIn is a great place to find the exact person you need. Use keywords and filters to narrow your search and message good prospects using InMail.
Posting to your network can also help get you in touch with someone that one of your connections might know. ShanShan Wang, founder and CEO of Roam Technologies, used the social network to find her team.
As the saying goes, it’s all about who you know. You might be surprised by the connections you already have in your personal life that could lead you to finding the right fit for your business. Gaby Howard, co-founder and CEO of Flaunter, found her tech co-founder through her school connections.
Startup co-working spaces, such as Space&Co., are prime spots for partnerships to form. When you set up in a co-working space make sure you socialise. Ben Levi and his tech co-founder Pete Neill met sitting next to each other in a shared office. That connection led to them starting Code Camp which continues to grow across Australia.
There are platforms online dedicated to helping entrepreneurs get their idea off the ground. Rare Birds connects entrepreneurs through its Ambassador events programs throughout Australia, where entrepreneurs can meet and learn from leading entrepreneurs. FounderDating is also a site that connects likeminded entrepreneurs. There is a specific co-founder network and you can apply for membership.
Pitching events can be hugely beneficial for entrepreneurs. Not only is it an opportunity for you to practice selling your big idea, the attendees at these events are also interested in startups, meaning your future tech co-founder could be watching. If you pique someone’s interest with your pitch then they will come to you.
Tech enthusiasts are likely to hang out at tech meetups. These networking events are a great place to find potential co-founders or to even strengthen your elevator pitch. Tank Stream Labs, a Sydney startup community, frequently host meetups. Go in armed with the right information and questions to suss out the crowd.
Choosing a co-founder is a big decision, so set up a meeting to see if you will be compatible as a team. Be open about your startup idea, upfront about your own strengths and weaknesses and clear about what you are looking for in a co-founder.
Time might be of the essence but take a minute to review the people you think might be best suited to your business. You want a co-founder that will compliment you, offer expertise and perspective, and be committed to your business. It’s an important decision so don’t rush it.
Even if you don’t find the perfect tech co-founder you can still create a successful business on your own. Be bold like Lauren Silvers. She launched GlamazonApp without having a tech background, but learnt as she went along. Sometimes it’s better to get started with what you’ve got than to wait around for the “perfect” opportunity.