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Looking for a co-founder? Here are some places to begin your search

Finding a co-founder isn’t easy. Luckily, there are several sites that can help connect you with the perfect co-founder for your startup.

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Getting your company started

Looking for a co-founder to help you establish your startup? Choosing the right cofounder may be the most important business decision you can make. Meeting other talented and enthusiastic entrepreneurs is easy in startup hub Austin, Texas.

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The meetup.com group Austin Co-Founders, started by Tech^map is a great place to plug in and find out about events where you can meet other potential co-founders face to face, or can join in on an early-stage startup. The group welcomes developers, designers, executives, students, and angel investors, and it’s a lot like matchmaking for people starting businesses.

Match.com + LinkedIn for entrepreneurs

For those located outside of the Silicon Hills, there are a number of online resources for finding a co-founder. Founder2be describes itself as “Match.com meets LinkedIn for entrepreneurs,” and can be used to find a co-founder, or to scout other talent, such as developers, web designers, and marketers.

The site allows you to find potential partners online, and also lists events for startups. The site also encourages users to start local chapters for even more face to face contact.

Cofounderlab is a huge network

A similar site, cofounderlab.com, can be used to search for potential cofounders who want to join your project, or to find other startup projects that you may want to join.

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The site boasts that it is the “largest group of entrepreneurs ever assembled,” with membership of over 40,000 confounders, advertisers, and interns. The matchmaking service seeks to pair cofounders with complementary skills, personalities, goals, and values.

And how to know who gets what equity

If you’ve already been working with one or more cofounders, you may want to check out the Startup Equity Calculator at https://foundrs.com. The calculator asks you to answer a number of questions regarding the contributions each co-founder makes to the project.

For example, “which founders are coding most of the site?” or “if this founder left it would it would severely impact your chances or raising funding.” The site then calculates the equity each co-founder deserves.

Your dream cofounder is out there, just waiting to be found.

#FindACofounder

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Ellen Vessels, a Staff Writer at The American Genius, is respected for their wide range of work, with a focus on generational marketing and business trends. Ellen is also a performance artist when not writing, and has a passion for sustainability, social justice, and the arts.

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