Finding cofounders · Startups

Has Anyone Actually Found a Good Co-Founder Here?

Don Phan Looking for data or business cofounder. Startup is live with revenue

April 13th, 2021

I have been active and inactive here for a few years. We have a product for tech recruiting. For example, we can find the personal emails of over 60% of tech people on LinkedIn. We are live with customers.


While I am not “a tech” founder, I am a data guy and this is a data company. Also, I am pretty tech-cofounder friendly. So, I am definitely not a “business guy” with just an idea looking for a CTO.


What I get are people who:


· Listed that they live in the US but are not

· Trying to sell me some offshore service

· Full timers who romanticize being in a startup. While I don’t require full time commitment, you can’t have a full time job and consulting on the side and a hobby etc and want to do this.

· Drastically overinflate their qualification or background


I get it. You can’t expect to find quality people working for sweat equity when they can earn significant money. I don’t think I have been unrealistic about expectations but the results have been very underwhelming. Any suggestions?

Doug Slattery Founder of SYBor Tech, Inc. Developing apps for IoT smart home & office. https://www.sybor-tech.com

April 20th, 2021

I have found two of my team members on CFL, although not cofounders. I'm also the tech founder of my startup.

It is a lot of work to sift through potential candidates going this route.

I found my cofounders by hosting a meetup group (pre-COVID), although I am in an area with a rather large population increasing the odds for my case.

And yes, I too have been solicited and attempted to be scammed by a fair share of less scrupulous characters here, LinkedIn, email and other channels they utilize.

Just part of doing business.

Hope that helps.

- Doug

Curt Sahakian Attorney

April 24th, 2021

You have to kiss a lot of frogs to find those princes.

Brett Gardner Serial Entrepreneur

April 21st, 2021

Over the years I have seen a shift in members of CFL to what you are saying. Years back, this was a great community of experienced professionals, some of which I personally have started multiple companies with. Lately, every connection I get is from overseas and it is some service or shady loan provider. I do not see the quality users on this platform anymore whish is why I am rarely active. I would suggest searching for your nearest TechStars event (pre-covid), attending a 1MillionCups event, and even searching Meetup for local entrepreneurial based groups. There is also co-working spaces filled with entrepreneurs eager to work hard to make something of value, and hack-a-thon/demo-day events with local coding schools.


Best of luck, but as for this website, it has been on a downward spiral for years and I hope they find a way to keep it from crashing and burning.

Dave Marsh CTO / technical manager, currently working on Corryx, LLC

April 21st, 2021

My experience was largely the same last time I was on here, though it’s not much different from other low-effort ways of meeting cofounders. I think there’s a general trade-off: you can have a low-friction way of meeting a huge number of people from all over the globe (i.e. a website like this) and wade through mountains of complete junk; or you can have a higher-quality talent pool with higher barriers to entry. I don’t see a way to get the best of both worlds.


Sites like this seem better for recruiting early employees than co-founders. As far as I can tell, they are fewer in number but they know why they’re here and are capable in their fields. This is the direction I plan on going anyway – I can’t yet vouch for the approach.

Don Phan Looking for data or business cofounder. Startup is live with revenue

April 14th, 2021

And agencies/service providers, please don't reach out to me.

Don Phan Looking for data or business cofounder. Startup is live with revenue

April 16th, 2021

I spoke with another person yesterday who experienced pretty much the same scenarios I described. And I am getting contacted from a number of consultants/agencies/service providers. If they read my question, no I am not looking for these. Have I been interested in them, I dont need to be on CFL looking for people.

David M

April 17th, 2021

Don, I appreciate your annoyances. They are absolutely legit, and CFL has lacked in evolving to address your concerns which are some concerns I have posted in the past. And apparently as of recently are now starting to delete comments without providing any reasoning behind their deleting. Not sure if this is just another participant company goose stepping to cancel culture or other. I am happy to connect and at least review what you are looking for and need. If it is not a fit for me or an interest I won't waste your time. If it is for me I ask the same. If I say I can deliver, I will. I'll send you a connect request and we can dialogue off site after that.

Ted Wong Technical Startup Software Engineer

Last updated on April 17th, 2021

Finding a co-founder is hard. Co-founder demands strong trust, and it's not something you will get from online strangers. Building up trust takes time, sometimes years. The only way you can get those people is your local network, unfortunately.


What I do get a lot here are people asking for free equity-only very minor equity for full-blown programmer jobs. Often not even willingly to sign a contract until all works completed and delivered. There's no such thing as free lunch, anytime you ask people to contribute for free you must give up control of the company. It happens to all "technical" people on this site, so that could be one of the reasons you are finding it hard. Too much spamming.

Steve Sisler Information Architect | Inventor

April 19th, 2021

This site seems to strive to be just on the side of lawful that really wants to commit fraud. I have yet to see anyone who has the experience or skills needed to get past a pitch.

Joe Jackson just looking

April 22nd, 2021

Strange. I posted a regular comment here. Was not selling anything. Maybe a bit harsh on CFL and it was taken down. And I got a warning if I keep doing it, they will ban me. Has anyone's post been deleted. I see some really negative CFL comments here so I wonder how/why they are deleting mine.