The evolution of Web 2.0 has created a countless number of new opportunities for people across the world. From online dating to finding a job that solely consists of working from a computer, you can find it on the internet. I met my wife online and currently work solely from a computer in the comfort of my condo. Another rising trend, and something I have also experienced first hand is the rise of entrepreneurial ventures that begin and grow based on online connections and relationships.
Thanks to technology and the uncertainty of the job market, becoming an entrepreneur is not only an option, but a preferred choice among millions of people. This surge, that will continue at a rapid pace has resulted in businesses that specialize in facilitating entrepreneurial ventures and linking future business partners with each other. This article focuses on my personal story and how you can find a co-founder online.
Online Resources to Find a Co-Founder
CoFoundersLab: CoFoundersLab offers a free matchmaking service that allows you to search through the listings of other entrepreneurial minded people that are either looking for startups to join, or are looking to recruit others to join their project.
Founder2be: Founder2be is a platform that allows users to search for specific people to work with, ideas, and startups that are currently operating.
FounderDating: FounderDating screens their community to balance by skill sets and boasts having 50% engineers, which are often lacking on other networks dealing with entrepreneurial minded people. There is a fee to apply.
Collaborizm: Is a community of entrepreneurial minded people that allows groups to form and find each other and work together on a single platform. They are accepting applications for a private beta test.
As an opportunist, I am rarely satisfied with the projects I am currently working on and am constantly looking for the next thing to occupy my time and please my nagging entrepreneurial hunger. Although I work for a nonprofit dedicated to entrepreneurship, I somehow was unfamiliar with all four of the entrepreneur matchmaking sites listed above just several months ago.
The day I found out about CoFoundersLab I was compelled to check it out. I was very impressed with the layout and interface. The very top post stuck out to me and I decided to contact them for more information. The next day I met with Jay Ponnada, CEO of Dibbee, and within a week we were working on a contract to work together.
Dibbee is a solution to school and nonprofit fundraising that offers a unique in-person and online solution to fundraisers instead of requiring the sales of unwanted goods, which is a common problem with school fundraising. I accepted a role as the Director of Marketing and am working on expanding and strengthening the brand while acquiring customers.
I understand that my situation is an exception and is probably not common, but the simple fact that these connections can be made is very exciting and surely the reason that several similar companies have launched aimed at solving a similar problem.
I have yet to recruit talent for a venture through one of these platforms, but being on the other side of the transaction was pleasant and encouraging. If you are looking for an opportunity and are passionate about working on a startup, I would strongly encourage you to search through these platforms and carefully select an opportunity only if it looks like a near perfect fit. I was lucky, but there definitely are a lot of opportunities out there.
How can you find a co-founder?
Start looking now, hire slowly and fire quickly if someone is not a good fit. Best of luck in your entrepreneurial endeavors and thanks for reading.