Many in the orbit of Y Combinator know a curious fact: 100 best companies who came out of the famous startup school and the accelerator, only four had solo founders.
This is a solid argument for attaching to a co-founder. Now YC itself is trying to help you do it, in the most Silicon Valley way: with an online tool. It’s the archetypal YC, a no-frills affair simply called Co-founder Matching.
Soloists – with or without a real business idea – can create a free profile on YC’s Startup School portal, then add preferences about a co-founder, such as location and skills. They will be shown potential matches that match those preferences, and given the ability to connect. YC says he’s already made over 9,000 games.
“We met the day after our match, and the day after, and the day after,” wrote Vrinda Gupta and Mark Thomas, who are now CEOs and CTOs of Sequin Financial Women’s Credit, in a testimonial on the promotional page. for the corresponding site.
Oddly enough, YC founder Paul Graham himself tweeted “Meeting the co-founders is a bad idea,” and said the founders should be friends first – perhaps in the model of some of the very first companies to go through the now famous startup accelerator, like Reddit. and Airbnb. (Graham moved away from YC in 2014.)
But YC Startup School principal Kyle Corbitt says the matching tool is particularly useful in the now very virtual and less Silicon Valley-centric startup ecosystem. He said Protocol: “We realized that this is a problem that a lot of founders face, especially internationally. I think it’s less of a problem if you’ve been to Stanford or if you live in San Francisco where it exists. a stronger established network that makes it easier to find people, but our community is all over the world. We have startup founders in 190 countries. ”
For those who find matches, YC even suggests using this model agreement to set expectations and ownership – much like a pre-nup startup.
If you’re wondering if a co-founder is a good fit, or if you want one, here are some other resources from Inc. who can help you:
Dozens of questions to ask a potential startup co-founder
A startup veteran shares the long list of questions she used to court potential partners.
Will you and your co-founder work together?
Can you endure crazy hours and incredible stress when in the trenches? Ask these questions to find out.
50 ways to find a co-founder
It sounds a bit like a Paul Simon song. But the chronicler of Inc. Bill Murphy has compiled a long list of logical places to look.