Co-founders looking for co-founders
I’m a member of an awesome site called founders-nation. The idea behind this site is great: it’s a platform to find co-founders for your startup. But I like to describe it as a site where half of the people think they are Steve Jobs and the other half think they are amazing programmers (but not necessarily Steve Wozniak).
Every time I get a message, it goes like this. “Hi, I’m a product/ CEO/awesome dude! I have this amazing idea/product/concept. I already have a business plan/beta/alpha. I’m looking for a technical founder/mobile developer/web developer/CTO. Let me know if you’re interested/Tell me why should I bring you into my company.”
Of course, I need to sign an NDA before I can listen to the “amazing things” the CEO has to say. The thing is, NOBODY CARES ABOUT YOUR IDEA. There are thousands of ideas available for implementation. I have better things to do than implement half-baked, unprofitable ideas.
If you need a developer, take out a loan and hire a freelancer. There are lots of amazing freelancer sites like odesk (I hate freelancer.com). Why share 50% of your “amazing, billion-dollar idea” with some dude you don’t even know, when all you need is a mobile app developer?
My favourite part is this: “I don’t care how to make money out of this. I just want to make amazing products.” In other words, they think the money will just come. Then they explain how Steve Jobs said that you should be passionate about your products and simply “connect the dots.”
stop being a “wantrepreneur”
Well, listen buddy, Steve Jobs wasn’t passionate about the product. At first, he didn’t even understand them. He was a Radio Shack kit boy. If Steve Wozniak hadn’t built his Apple I and Apple II and sold them for more than $300 million, Steve Jobs wouldn’t have had the luxury of being a great visionary. If Apple’s first product hadn’t had a clear and instant business model, they wouldn’t exist and we wouldn’t know their names.
From now on, I want to be involved only in projects that have a clear and immediate (or up to one year) return on investment. I can try doing projects that might “someday make a return” if my investment is measured in maximum one week of coding.
When I have enough passive income that I can afford to live in financially freedom in somewhere nice like Thailand, I will consider doing a project for passion alone. 🙂
For me, being entrepreneur means being able to make hard choices. One of them is “do money until you can afford yourself to make art.”
On that note, here’s a quote from Pablo Picasso, whom Steve Jobs admired very much: “A painter is a man who paints what he sells. An artist, on the other hand, is a man who sells what he paints.”
Did you ever meet one of those “Steve Jobs” types? Share your experience in comments.