How do I cofound (or find work with) a startup?

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dudarino

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dudarinomore
Oct 6 11 Comments

I have lots of fresh ideas and would like to join a startup. I tried Angel List and that is a very quiet, calm website... does anyone know other ways to approach startups? Or to meet people interested in kickstarting a new company as cofounders?

I would love to hear some comments, but please be kind. Let us be positive and supportive to each otherZ

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  • New
    caj

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    cajmore
    Try work at a startup by YC. I’ve been contacted by founders already from different companies.
    Oct 6 4
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      dudarino

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      dudarinomore
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      Will look it up. Thanks!
      Oct 6
    • IEEE / IT Alov
      Good! How do you do it @caj
      Oct 6
    • New
      caj

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      cajmore
      I think it’s much easier to get contacted if you founded a company at least once. However, I believe YC has a function that lets you message companies. That might be a good way to pitch yourself. Aside from that, networking and referrals are strong ways to get yourself in front of the founders.
      Oct 6
    • IEEE / IT Alov
      Thanks for this info.
      Oct 6
  • Start at your current job: surround yourself with interesting people that you want to learn from, who have skills that complement yours and get to know them. Make a point to do this throughout your career, and you'll find tons of interesting opportunities to collaborate on great projects: both under the umbrella of your employer and venturing out on your own.
    Oct 6 3
    • New
      caj

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      cajmore
      I agree with this. Your co workers are the best place to find teammates.
      Oct 6
    • HP / Other
      dudarino

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      dudarinomore
      OP
      Good points, sounds like an ideal case scenario. From a perfect world where you always work with an incredible company and team who support and respect each other and love to collaborate selflessly...

      But what if a person is not currently employed? What if their previous company was like an ego-driven political wasp nest? I am not saying that is me, but I do want to see more ideas beyond the best case.
      Oct 6
    • New
      caj

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      Lol Adora Cheung from YC has a talk about this one. Find a company you know has a good team you want to poach. Ask the CEO for a job there, even as a janitor. Once hired, network your way to the A team. Then ask them to build a side project with you.
      Oct 6
  • New
    caj

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    cajmore
    Work on side projects with people to test your working relationship with them.

    Think of it as tryouts with people. Like going on dates.
    Oct 6 0
  • New yIwO88
    Check out AngelList, start ups post positions there daily. Look at how recently they were active on the platform though. Some post and just forget about it. It is hit or miss but when it hits it can be a good introduction. Do your homework on the company and people of course. Get your offer in writing. Then use the first 30 days to feel them out. Fit in a start up is so much more immediate than in a larger company. LinkedIn also has jobs available weekly. You’ll need to sift through them manually by seeing how long the company has been around for and how many employees they have.
    Oct 12 0

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