👉 joining a deep-tech startup spinning out of uni as a co-founder with VC experience – pretty open, ideally it’s computing-related, but it’s really about the potential of the technology and the team,
👉 or, continuing with my own startup plans, where I’m currently figuring out how to make RnD departments more productive – that’s gonna be enterprise SaaS but selling to RnD-heavy companies.
I am also open to greenfield ideation – if you have a great insight into how to build a unicorn, maybe you can get me excited about the opportunity 🚀
Forces that pull in opposite directions cancel each other out 😇 So, I think it’s important to be aligned as a team and pull in the same direction so that, ideally, 1 + 1 > 2. This means being on the same page on what we’re building, how to build it, and what success looks like.
I am looking for someone who wants to raise venture capital, commit full-time to a startup, and build a company with a huge, world-changing impact. If you would rather bootstrap a company, build a lifestyle business on the side, or feel your opportunity cost is too high if you’re missing out on a high salary, this is clearly not you.
Some qualities that I’d appreciate a lot in a co-founder:
- Being proactive: actively pushing for progress
- Ambition: wanting to build a company that is going to change the world
- Solution-oriented: arguing for the sake of finding the best solution, not for its own sake
- Reliability: punctual, trustworthy, honest – simply being reliable
- Overcommunicate: let me know that you have received a message, even if you don’t have time to answer 🙂
Having a complementary skill set makes for a stronger founding team. I am not primarily looking for someone with specific skills – that’s what you hire employees for. But, of course, it wouldn’t hurt if you were technical, had a couple of years of software engineering experience, had worked at a corporation before, or had done research on something useful that can be spun off into a deep tech startup.