【雙語】尋找合適的創業夥伴,就像尋找終身伴侶

【雙語】尋找合適的創業夥伴,就像尋找終身伴侶

【本文以中英雙語刊出/編譯:黃維德】

成功創業的關鍵有三:
1. 團隊
2. 執行
3. 想法

而我最喜歡的創業部落客 Mark Suster 總是說,「團隊」或許是最重要的關鍵之一

我有了創立 FindEssence 的想法之後,就開始在網路上搜索找尋「共同創辦人」的方法,也試過幾個創業者的社群網站。但沒過多久之後,我就發現透過網路尋找創業夥者根本不合理,就算你運氣好、能找到身處同一座城市的人選,風險還是太大。

因此,我改從朋友圈下手,開始接觸學過機器學習的朋友;可惜的是,大多數人擔心自己經驗不足,或是不想過那種瘋狂的創業生活……是的,我知道有很多人真的是因為找不到合適的創業夥伴,最終只能選擇放棄。

有一天,我突然想到,我的好朋友 Andre 是非常合適的人選──他曾在巴西最知名的電腦科學大學攻讀機器學習。我決定問他願不願意加入,幸運的是,他認同我的想法,也相信視覺產品搜尋市場的潛力。

想知道對方是不是合適人選,得注意下列幾個關鍵:
1. 熱情──當你試圖說服某人加入之時,如果你們無法感受到對方的熱情,那這個人就不是合適人選。這就和戀人交往一樣,如果你們無法感受到對方的愛和熱情,這段關係實在走不遠。創業極為艱難,無法認清那代表諸多犧牲和努力工作,或許永遠不會有成功的一天。

了解你們為何會選擇對方,而不是選擇其他人或其他新創企業。我相信,大多數人都知道為什麼他們會選擇另一半作為自己的終生伴侶。

2. 溝通──伴侶之間必須要有良好的溝通,讓對方知道自己想要什麼、不想要什麼。共同創業亦是如此,成員必須開誠佈公地溝通才行;你們得尊重對方,才能打造優秀的團隊。

你們相信對方嗎?你們會支持對方嗎?挑戰來臨之時,你們會相互激勵嗎?你知道自己的長處和短處、優勢和弱點嗎?你們知道如何幫助對方嗎?你們知道怎麼在對方心情低落之時鼓勵對方嗎?伴侶間亦得面對這些問題,也唯有在兩人能相互扶持鼓勵的情況下,這段關係才能長長久久。

我記得,有次參加科技聚會之時,一位德國著名創投的共同創辦人說道,在德國,工作夥伴關係常會比婚姻更為長久。

確實,那就像是「穩定交往中」;你得找到和你擁有同樣熱情、了解創業是怎麼一回事的人。創業需要投注大量心力,與尋找終生伴侶並無二致──兩人都得做出承諾並全心貢獻。此外,你們也得用同樣的方式看待世界,當然,你們不必事事都有共識,意見相左可以讓人思考和成長,但你們絕對需要了解對方、互補對方的不足,例如,Andre 非常注重細節,我則是比較重視解決方案和目標。最後,你們在創業頭幾年得花費大量時間一同工作,如果你們無法享受對方的陪伴,遲早會有人退出。這些事情,全都和戀人交往一模一樣。

如果你還沒找到合適的創業夥伴,試著更努力、向更多人推銷你的點子吧。如果你連一個喜歡你的點子、願意加入的人都找不到,或許那根本不是個好點子。

祝各位都能找到自己的真命天子/天女。

【以下為作者 Irene Yu 撰寫之原文】

Find a compatible co-founder is exactly like find a life partner

For a successful startup you are made of 3 key factors.

1. Team
2. Executive
3. Idea

My favourite entrepreneurship blogger Mark Suster mentions all the time ‘’Team’’ is probably one of the most important factor.

When I had an idea of birth of FindEssence, I was looking online to check how can I find a co-founder, I had tried several founder community website, but soon I realised it does not make any sense to find someone online, even though you are lucky enough to find someone in the same city still too risky.

Therefore, I started to go through my friend list, I started to approach some friends who did learn machine learning, there was no luck, most of people were worried they are lack of experiences or they do not want to have crazy startup founder life…Yes, I know there are actually a lot of people could not make it to find compatible co-founder, thus, they had to quit.

One day, I suddenly thought of my good friend- Andre, would be the great match. He was learning ML in the most prestigious university of Computer Science in Brazil. Hence, I asked him to join on board, fortunately, he also believes the idea and the potential of the visual product search market.

1. The most significant points to check if he/she could be good fit Passion- When you try to persuade someone on board, if you cannot feel passion from each other, then he/she is not right one. The same like in a relationship, if you don't feel love and passion from each other, this relationship is going to the end. Being entrepreneur is extremely touch job, if any of you cannot understand it means a lot of sacrifice and hard work, you might never be there.

Understand why did you choose each other instead of someone else or some other startup? I believe, most of people do know why did they choose each other to be life partner.

2. Communication- You need to have great communication between each other, you need to communicate what do you want and what you don't? For start a startup together, it is the same, if you cannot openly communicate with each other, the more you can respect each other, the better team you can build.

Do you trust each other? Will you support each other? When some difficulties happen, will you motivate each other or not? You know what you are good and bad at? Advantages? Disadvantages? You know how to help each other out? If someone is down, do you know how to motivate the other? It also occurs common in a committed relationship, but the relationship will only last when you both can bolster and motivate each other.

Once I was at Tech open air event, I remember a founding partner of one famous VC in Germany said business partnership tends to be longer than marriage in Germany.

Indeed, it is similar like "in a relationship" you need to find someone who has same passion as you, who understands being in a startup, it needs a lot of commitment, exactly like finding a life partner, you both need to commit and dedicate yourself. You also need to see the world in the way, you certainly do not need to agree with each other of everything, disagreement also make you think and grow, yet, you absolutely have to understand each other, also being complement for each other. As an illustration, Andre is super detail-oriented, I am more solution and goal oriented. The last, since you will have to work large amount of time for first couple of years, if you cannot enjoy each other’s companionship, then soon someone would quit and leave. All above are just exactly like be in a relationship.

If you have not found your co-founder(s) yet, try to pitch as many people as you can, if you cannot even find someone who would like your idea and join, then maybe it is just never gonna be a good idea.

Good luck with finding your Mr. / Ms. RIGHT.

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