Finding a technical co-founder, becoming an angel developer, and starting a new golf gear company :: with Gabe Coyne
One of the most common questions in the startup space is how to find a technical co-founder to design and build your product. In this episode of Ventures, we discuss in depth both how to become a great startup CTO and to find one in your network. We also talk about the founding story of Stix (https://stix.golf/), a new golf brand focused on middle-market, stylish clubs for the casual golfer.
See below for detailed notes and links to resources mentioned.
2:00 - Gabe intro, his journey of becoming a designer/developer/entrepreneur, co-founding a technology startup, and starting a new golf brand.
14:30 - What advice does Gabe have for young creative people - e.g. out of high school - considering how to educate themselves in design and software development?
23:00 - What was the journey like co-founding Influence Mobile? What were the different stages like of being a CTO of a growing startup?
31:20 - How can a non-technical founder find a technical founder? What is the best way to find and screen for a CTO of a brand new startup?
34:26 - How should a non-technical founder think about the spectrum of finding a hero “unicorn” developer (like Gabe) to hiring a shop to build it all?
37:20 - Why startups fail (i.e. founder/team conflict)
38:09 - How do you get into a position where you can become an “angel developer” and work for equity in a bunch of different startups?
41:45 - The Stix founding story, early validation, market positioning, etc..