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What are some experiences where someone found a co-founder for their startup without having had a prior relationship?

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JASON LEMKIN

I’ve had 3 co-founder experiences:

  • #1: Knew for many years and worked together previously.
  • #2: Knew a little and worked together briefly.
  • #3: Didn’t really know, warm referral.

All 3 worked, which is probably the uber-lesson.

But interestingly, for me at least, the second scenario was the most successful, and fruitful.

We already knew each other a little, for 6 months or so, and knew were enjoyed working together and had mutual respect.

But we didn’t know each other so well that our baggage and preconceptions clouded the best ways to achieve success going forward.

My advice: consider reaching out for coffee to folks you’ve met in the past and respect, and had multiple interactions with, even if you don’t know each other that well. See what happens.

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Published on April 19, 2017
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