June 20, 2012
If you live in cities like DC and Chicago and are looking for a cofounder, FounderDating wants you to apply by Friday to unlock your city.
If more than 50 entrepreneurs apply (check out the current rankings), FounderDating will open up its online network for entrepreneurs to meet cofounders, including invite-only kickoff events.
FounderDating sorts through applications to make sure members are serious about finding a cofounder and starting a company: no fear of commitment here. As one veteran explained, they will actually call your references to look for skeletons in your closet.
The site aims to have 50% engineers, and you don’t need an idea to apply – in fact, says founder Jessica Alter, they really don’t look at the idea in the application process. It’s more about showing startup experience or relevant side projects, plus the ability to be comfortable with chaos and ups and downs:
“[We look for] scrappiness, a willingness to really roll up your sleeves,” says Alter, also a mentor at 500 Startups.
Once you’re on the platform, you can search cofounders by location, skills, and keywords, and FounderDating plans to offer recommendations. At the private FounderDating events, you get to meet prospective matches and do exercises to observe everyone’s working style.
The service is already available in cities like San Francisco, New York, Seattle, Los Angeles, Boston, and Austin. For the other cities, apply now to help bolster your entrepreneurial community and solve a major hurdle among would-be entrepreneurs:
“The challenge is who’s going to be next and who wants to show that there really is something special going on there,” says Alter. “We’re relying on the communities to show us.”
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