A relationship with the right business partner can be just as meaningful — if not more so — than a dating partner.
Right on point! The two points that resonated most with me here are 1. Find a cofounder who is willing and able to put in the same level of effort as you are; and 2. don’t let the excitement blind you to red flags.
I’ve seen founders thrown and disillusioned when they are putting their hearts and souls into a business while their cofounder is more stopping by to do some work. Of course you must take into account people’s economic realities: if she needs to keep her day job until you’ve got some level of funding, figure out if a full partnership is really viable. It may not be. And it may take a few months until it is. Go in with eyes wide open. Answer the questions raised below.
And the red flags…just like in dating. If something bugs you now (or is a niggling doubt), it will only grow. People are never better behaved than they are at the beginning of a relationship. N E V E R. Play the field a little. Have discussions with the successful co founders you know to see how they make it work.
As with all big decisions, best to dip your toe in before you dive.