Selecting a Cofounder is Like Looking for Love [VIDEO]

March 25, 2015

11:00 am

There’s a reason why there are meetups and events centered around “founder dating” and “founder matchmaking”, and that’s simply because finding a cofounder is very much akin to finding the love of your life. For Aleksander Levental and Aidan Augustin, cofounders of the live-event marketing tech company, Feathr, it really is all about finding someone with you can share the right chemistry.

“When you’re thinking about which cofounders you should start your company with, you have to think very similar[ly] to how you would pick your significant other in your relationship,” says Levental. “You really have to look at chemistry.”

According to Levental, the right cofounder isn’t one with whom you won’t engage in arguments with; rather, the right cofounder is the one with whom you’ll get into arguments with, and then grow with as a result of those disagreements. Much like a real relationship, when you and your cofounder don’t fight about something, then it’s a sure sign that there’s something wrong deep down in that dynamic.

“Don’t look for someone who agrees with you 100 percent and that you’ll never have an argument with. You have to look for someone who you can have consistent debate and arguments with, but know that you can move forward professionally every day afterwards.”

Watch Feathr’s Aleksander Levental and Aidan Augustin also talk about what it’s like to startup in Austin, TX and learn a little more about their company:

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Ronald Barba was the previous managing editor of Tech.Co. His primary story interests include industry trends, consumer-facing apps/products, the startup lifestyle, business ethics, diversity in tech, and what-is-this-bullsh*t things. Aside from writing about startups and entrepreneurship, Ronald is interested in 'Doctor Who', Murakami, 'The Mindy Project', and fried chicken. He is currently based in New York because he mistakenly studied philosophy in college and is now a "writer". Tweet @RonaldPBarba.

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