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Finding a Technical Co-founder

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Lunch & Learn talk about finding and attracting a technical co-founder.

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Finding a Technical Co-founder

  1. 1. Finding a Technical Co-FounderRob Forman | Technology Architectrob@robforman.com
  2. 2. “How do I find an attractive spouse wholoves Nascar and fly fishing?”
  3. 3. “How do I find a smart engineer who knowsLinux and Objective-C?”
  4. 4. Are you sure you need one?
  5. 5. Forces at work Against For• Compelling opportunities • Can bounce back from failure• Have own ideas • Looking for other big ideas• Currently building something • Building a business is hard• Know how to code • Don’t want it to go to waste
  6. 6. Finding versus Attracting
  7. 7. A Practical Guide Attracting Engineers Bring your A-game.
  8. 8. 1. Learn their language.. and to code.
  9. 9. Learn• Codecademy.com (learn to code)• Stackoverflow.com (find programming answers)• Lean Startup (Eric Reis)
  10. 10. 2. Go to them.
  11. 11. Go• Meetup.com• LinkedIn.com• Hacker News (https://news.ycombinator.com/)• Atlanta Lean Startup Group (Midtown)• Twitter (alternatives to LinkedIn / Email)
  12. 12. 3. Always be doing.
  13. 13. Doing• Balsamiq.com (wireframes)• Lean Canvas.com (lean startup methology)
  14. 14. 4. Give it time.
  15. 15. I found one!
  16. 16. What’s next?• Vet• Validate• Vest
  17. 17. In the mean time...
  18. 18. Just keep building. Get creative.• Local resources (students, part-time)• Outsourced development (oDesk.com)• Get involved in incubators (ATDC, FlashPoint)• Development partnerships (godsofPROTOTYPING.com)
  19. 19. Questions? Rob Formanemail: rob@robforman.com twitter: @rob4manhere

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