To turn idea into reality, you will have to find development resources, assuming that you are the one with non-technical background. It is not a rare problem but technical co-founder is not a scarce resource as well. However, when you go to business events, you still can hear the “Wanted for developer or technical co-founder” lookout.
You don’t find a technical co-founder, you earn one – Jason Freedman
As an entrepreneur, nobody can help you on this. Figure out a solution is just as teaching you a lesson. It is the first obstacle you face, but not the biggest throughout your start-up life span. The above quote pops a question up for you to think: What you have been doing in seeking a co-founder? If you think what you’ve done is good enough, why still nobody work with you?
If you’re starting a web company and you can’t code, there are a few things you can bring to the table, including: experience managing a successful startup, sales and marketing experience, valuable connections (especially in a startup environment), money – Ryan Waggoner
If you can tick the first three out of four things, you should not read this article now because you will earn a developer and use the last thing to hire him or her. Ryan Waggoner, who was once doing freelance development, also advises that you should split the EQUITY pie accordingly.
Although you discover the value, research the market and define the business strategy and model, your work volume seems like far outweigh their tasks. Effort is not judged in this way. They do spend their time to support the development effort which should not worth 10 or 20 percent. It is a team where no one can be better off without each other. Either you or he quits; the start-up idea will not turn into a real one.
Go Out And Hunt
After correcting this perception, go out to find the talented developer. You meet every technical person through events and websites but not everyone can be your co-founder. However, they can recommend you to a friend. They are developers, and they know developers. Hence, your target is to INSPIRE them so that they would not forget you easily.
Co-founders are going to develop a closer relationship to make this team a success. Before pitching your start-up to someone, your first pitch would be to a co-founder. You both must share the ambition and enthusiasm of the same value. It is the gap between technical co-founder and technical consultant.
Bob at 47hats mentioned about interviewing with Dave Feinleib. He said the great first step to find a technical co-founder is making a 30 second video explaining what will be different and valuable in the app, put it up on Youtube and start evangelizing it everywhere you can. You are an idea guy, and now you share your idea.
Somehow people will afraid of going public until the beta is done. It is silly as nobody would bother to steal it. Also, you desire to make someone like it and the “someone” is your future partner. Your willingness to make a PITCH means that you take it serious.
If you are introvert, do change it. You do not expect of finding the right co-founder by sitting at your home chair. Sites, venues, conferences, events and meetups are worldwide. Co-founders are from strangers. NETWORKING is crucial to begin as soon as possible. Some of them have already in partnering or implementing their own ideas. If you happen to live in Silicon Valley, that is a great start to attend different start-up events, especially the Co-Founders MeetUp.
My favorite example was from the first Co-Founders Meetup: two women pitched their idea. At the business level, they sounded about equally interesting to me. But one presenter was all-business, while the other one took the opportunity of her pitch to give us a striking demonstration of yoga. I know which one I want to work with, and so did everyone in the room. Choosing was made so much simpler by discovering the person behind the idea. – Alain Raynaud
TechCrunch also shares more creative examples of where you can find your co-founder. For example, you can talk to the Research and Development Leader or Chief Technical Officer from well-known start-up. Of course, you cannot hire them. But their social circle is your point. Remember that your PERSONALITY speaks success. Looking at the quoted example, how to impress and inspire is what you should have in your mind.
If you think you have done sufficiently but cannot find the suitable developer, try to re-think your idea as well as the requirements. What do people say when listening to your pitch? Is it boring or extremely impossible? Sometimes, you should kill your ideas to let it grow.
If you happen to be in Malaysia, there are many startup events or rather meetups organized by the local community that’s best for you to find possible co-founders and partners. You may want to follow these groups and their events & activities;
Or if you are looking for a group of people with specific technical skills, you may try here;
Also, there are places created to help you find co-founders;