Emphasis on "good"
February 23, 2009 6:36 PM Subscribe
How do I find a good technical co-founder for my startup? (I am not the worthless ideas-only guy!)
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm trying to put together a database-driven web application in Rails that I can sell access to. I've managed to get development to the prototype stage using contractors, but the more I envision what the next year or two will look like the more I realize that I need a technical person to be fully on board. I'm tech savvy but I'm not a coder, and I'll be needed for the non-technical stuff (mainly gathering up, normalizing, and making useful the data going into the database). I'm more than willing to give up a substantial partnership interest to this hypothetical person.
Where can I find a dailywtf.com-reading, standards- and best-practices-loving, revision-control-using, commenting-addicted developer to co-found this? I really don't even have the foggiest notion where to being looking, how to persuade someone to jump on (other than sharing the business plan and hoping he or she really likes it), or how to tell a good techie from a bad one.
I'm in Toronto, in case any advice is city- or country-specific. I also don't work in a tech-related field, so I don't meet tech workers on a regular basis.
Finally, just to keep this thread from being a sea of "Oh, so you have a BRILLIANT idea and you want someone to do 100 per cent of the work for 50 per cent of the company!", the model is to market to a particular industry in which I'm an expert. I've also invested thousands of my own dollars and hundreds of hours (on market research, plan drafting, contractor wrangling, and IP issues) so far.