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What is the best way to approach the search for a co-founder with experience in mobile development?

I know, this question has been asked a hundred times on every start-up forum.

However, after screening all the major co-founder dating sites, LinkedIn, and industry specific websites, I am not sure what is the best way to approach this search.

To give you more details, we are looking for a co-founder with the technical skills to bring our mobile app prototype to the next level.

As you understand, this is a process where time is critical, as we want to bring our product to the market as soon as possible.

Yet, the search for a co-founder is a process that can take some time and should not be rushed.

So how would you approach this? Would you go for external development to move forward until you find the co-founder of your dream? Or would wait and concentrate all your effort in networking to find the Holy Grail?

FYI: we are a young company in the vibrant city of Berlin evolving in the sexiest industry after porn: SPORT.

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Eyal Feingersch
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Eyal Feingersch Entrepreneur
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The best you can do here is to filter search results for techs who are unoccupied or open for suggestions.

From my own experience, a potential early stage (pre poc/mvp) tech cofounder that is not in a startup already, is likely to have a full time job already. So building your prototype ASAP is not likely.

I, for example, can work after the kids fall asleep and during some weekends at most.
The development pace is critically hindered.
Vangelis Trikoupis
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Co-Founder at Eden of Apps
Hi Leo,

If there's no hurry in getting your product on the market I would recommend that you wait. Picking a co-founder is not much different to picking a spouse, and the only reason you make them move for either, it's cause you're certain! At the last seminar of a founders club I participate in, someone shared that the best way to network and find the right people was to attend conferences relating to that person.
I would say Tech, Startup, VC, entrepreneurship conferences are your best bets.

Best of luck in finding your unicorn co-founder!
Michael Brill
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Michael Brill Entrepreneur
Technology startup exec focused on AI-driven products
Stop worrying.
Find $5K.
Find a friend or a friend of a friend mobile developer.
Write a spec for your app
Have the friend review and edit it
Post it on Upwork et al
Have the friend review responses and select a developer
Implement
Have the friend review status and accept app
Buy your friend some beer or give them a little equity or a David Hasselhoff CD

A month from now you have a functioning app. Yes, it will break but I guarantee you that when you have users and your app breaks that you will find a way to fix it asap.

By all means, keep your search on for your tech lead but a solid MVP of almost anything can be built for $5K if you have a competent developer overseeing the project.

But whatever you do, don't wait around while you're looking for a skill set.

Let the downvoting begin. ;-)
Marius Krasauskas
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Marius Krasauskas Entrepreneur
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Michael Brill:
I'm from a technical background and I can say your solution is really good and it actually works, upvote! :-)
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