How to find a cofounder (our story)

When building a SaaS, going alone is a tough road. But finding someone to work with can be intimidating as well. Jon and Justin talk about how they found each other, the steps they took to safeguard each other in business, and making sure they're in alignment as they try to build and launch Transistor.fm.

Who are we?

Jon is a Web Designer and Developer in Chicago. He’s done great work for companies like Cards Against Humanity and Blackbox. Justin is a Product Manager and Podcaster from Canada. He’s done great work for companies like Sprintly and Mailout.

How did we meet?

We met in 2014 at XOXO in Portland. At the end of the festival we said to each other: “We should build something together some day.” 

How do you find a cofounder?

  • Go to events!
  • Build your own projects: make stuff, tell people.
  • Build long-term relationships (“I’m never going to team up with someone I just met”)

What should you look for in a cofounder?

  • Complimentary skills
  • They should have their own network
  • Trustworthy
  • Positivity
  • Values 

What we urge you to do

  • Sign real legal documents!
  • Use Stripe Atlas
  • Be really up-front about:
    • Your values
    • Your aspirations: what are you trying to get out of this?
  • Talk to a lawyer

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