One of the biggest challenges aspiring education entrepreneurs face is attracting seed and angel investments—often because these early stage ventures lack a complete team. We believe focusing on pairing great co-founders with diverse skill sets will benefit the K-12 education sector in innumerable ways; making it more robust, innovative, and collaborative.
If you’d like to participate in Founder Dating: Education, apply now.
Sure, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook went for it alone, but founders like him are few and far between. Remember that nasty lawsuit by those brawny Harvard students?
Here’s why a co-founder may be a crucial factor in the success of your company: Face it—there are some things you’re great at and really enjoy doing, while there are others you feel so-so about. If you’ve started and grown your own business before, you know that as time progresses, different management styles work better than others. Advisors, board members, and mentors are great, but there is nothing like being able to talk to someone that is going through the exact same process as you are, facing the same risks, the same problems, and the same potential rewards. We all have those days when we’re tired, grumpy, and we just want to go sit on the couch and mope.
In the age of the internet, technical co-founders are difficult to come by. Part of finding a technical co-founder means putting yourself out there; find the meetups, events, groups and gatherings that are targeted at technical people and go.
Don’t worry about understanding the technical stuff— use it as an opportunity to meet people that are technical and active in the community.
We all have blind spots in how we manage, implement projects, and go through life.
Many people have a co-founder from the get-go, someone they’ve sat around with for hours, talking business and shooting ideas back and forth.
Founder Dating allows potential founders to find and audition one another in a manner similar to many online dating sites.
They have shown a commitment to having a balance of technical founders and founders with deep industry expertise (read teachers and school leaders).
This is especially true in the education space, where connecting current and past educators with tech-savvy entrepreneurs is key to developing organizations and tools that efficiently address the challenges in today’s classrooms.
That’s why we’re so jazzed to be sponsoring a Founder Dating: Education.