Stop Looking For A Technical Co-founder


Editor’s Note:Alexey Komissarouk is a CS senior at the University of Pennsylvania and founder of the PennApps Hackathon. This article is based on an earlier talk to the Wharton MBA Entrepreneurship Club.

“How many of you want to start a company?” David Tisch asked. All hundred hands went up. That’s why we were there, crowded into a Wharton classroom to seek startup advice from an industry luminary.

“Keep your hand up if you are technical.” Five hands remained. Maybe six.

“Keep your hand up if you are looking for co-founders.” The only remaining hand belonged to a CS freshman in the corner.

Most quality software engineers today have offers of amazing work environments and 6-figure salaries from the likes of Google and Facebook. Few are crazy enough to say no to that. Those that do typically have their own ideas, aren’t sure they need you, and…

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