Please help me deal with a flaky business co-founder.
January 23, 2012 3:24 AM Subscribe
Please help me deal with a flaky business co-founder. Details inside.
posted by heartofglass to Work & Money (14 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I am starting a business and have invited someone to be a co-founder - this person, whom I met about a year ago after several online interactions, has skills that are complementary to mine that would be quite valuable to this new venture. We discussed the idea and she was very excited about it and I was also thrilled about her coming on board.
My concerns come from the following: first, she has had business partnerships that did not succeed, apparently because she was the only one doing the work and her fellow partners did not agree with her supposed perfectionist nature. Second, she has posed a list of potential challenges about our/my venture (which relies heavily on the collaboration of a network of people). Third, she has some other projects going on, which are doing very well.
We have met last Wednesday to discuss next steps and she wants to continue doing proofs of concept to confirm that the business is worth pursuing, which is mostly fine by me, but we agreed to do a few things, and it is Monday and she hasn't done her bit yet - probably because she is busy with her other projects. Perhaps is worth mentioning that her projects and our/my idea have a lot of synergies - basically all these things could work on the same platform.
While I am ready to put a lot of time and energy into this venture *right now*, she seems to be stalling it by proposing to do X to get to Y but not really doing her bit. The idea is mine, she seemed to be keen to get on board at first, but she takes so long to actually act on things...and I am starting to get the idea that she is not all that passionate about the project.
I feel a bit like a teenager waiting to get a phone call from a would-be boyfriend, which is rather stupid when I have plenty to get on with. Am I getting a bit anal about this or is it time to jump ship before I waste my time trying to work with this person? In case of the latter, how do I go about telling her what I mentioned above in a nice way without coming across as a patronizing bitch?