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。
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。
【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.
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.