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How to Find a Technical Cofounder - Michael Why Does Your Company Deserve 2 days ago   05:23

Y Combinator
Michael Seibel on how to find a technical cofounder.

Michael is CEO and a Partner at YC. He was the co-founder and CEO of Justin.tv and Socialcam.


Learn more about YC and apply for funding here: https://www.ycombinator.com/apply/

Comments 46 Comments

Adeel Khan
This is a pretty awesome video. I'll watch this video a couple of times, with the core intent being : listen/observe and apply.
henri nyakarundi
One thing I would add if you have worked with contractors sometime you worked with great software contractor that are interested in what you doing. Worth also looking at.
elias valdez
I’m starting an e-commerce business (silicon valley , Ca ) and have $2500 a month for a good marketing agency to drive traffic. Increase of monthly retainer based on performance and even % of sales . Drop Emails
Tanner Meade
A problem with working to find a technical cofounder is a lot of NDA's have non compete clauses that say that coworkers can't do a startup together. Correct me if I'm wrong.
George Leyva
Get a job? Really? Come on, this is not good advice
I'm a recent grad in a startup unpaid atm but the guy is a friend of friend and gun React/Rails Developer and he's offering to pay us once he gets traction. It's really hard to find good people to work for!
Bassel Matta
How can we get to work with Y combinator?
We have a new patented technology in the Virtual Desktop space that's allowing us to be priced close to half of our competition in the market while providing more features!
I like it so much. Great advice
Christopher Thomas
Thanks for the great advice, Michael!
Spencer Fraise
#1 tip should be DON'T go looking for a technical co-founder. If you're really serious about your idea then go learn how to code yourself!
Ahmed Hakeem
"how do I find someone to do all the actual work" - the pitch: "I'll give you a minority stake in the company and maybe a salary eventually - trust me it will be a brilliant idea and will make you billions of dollars"
Vladimir Georgiev
I have a big network with friends from Bulgaria, being in software development for about 10 years. I am also open for business opportunities as a cofounder. The perfect cofounder for me is some business development or sales guy.
Dan T
BECOME the technical cofounder boooiiiiss
idono huaim
Is there a specific reason why you didn't mention the Internet?
Paul Deuchar
How to Find a Technical Cofounder?
go to Serbia.
I wish I had watched this video 6 months ago! So many wishy-washy conversations just to see how my friends/coworkers felt about potentially working with me. I should have made offers. Damn.
Grace Livingston Official
become a technical person yourself. you'll attract serious cofounders too surprisingly
Steven Espaniola
Awesome stuff!!!
Vishal Rao
A word of advice: stop lowballing top notch engineers. You better be ready to offer a minimum 30% pre-seed equity and co-founder status (not "employee #1") if you want to land a good CTO/Chief Architect. 80% of us are taking home between 250K and 600K USD all in (salary + bonus + RSUs) from big companies while working on reasonably interesting projects and having lots of responsibility and decision making power. Make it worthwhile for us to leave, or don't bother contacting us. Thanks. Also, don't use a recruiter. Contact us directly on LinkedIn or via our website.
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Why Does Your Company Deserve How to Find a Technical Cofounder - Michael 2 days ago   08:37

Michael Seibel is a partner and the CEO of YC. He cofounded Justin.tv, which was in the winter 2007 batch and Socialcam, which was in the winter 2012 batch. https://twitter.com/mwseibel

In this video Michael comments on his essay Why Does Your Company Deserve More Money? https://blog.ycombinator.com/why-does-your-company-deserve-more-money/

The YC podcast is hosted by Craig Cannon - https://twitter.com/craigcannon



00:00 - Why Does Your Company Deserve More Money

1:00 - A team, a product, and an office are all just a means to an end

2:00 - If you don’t really deserve money, what is an alternate path to create leverage?

3:45 - Breaking even at Justin.tv was a moment of infinite clarity

6:00 - Series A program and leverage