34 Questions to Ask a Potential Co-Founder
Startup Codex

Partnering with one or more other founders is usually a strength. But the right association is not always easy to set up. It starts with finding the right people.

This post proposes a large set of questions that deserve to be discussed with your founder candidates. It is a question of clearing up early enough the points on which fundamental differences can make the association complicated to live, or even lead the project to failure.

The questions cover a wide range of topics, from personal priorities to roles and responsibilities, from work relationships to the corporate culture being considered.

It can never be recommended enough to take care of the quality and complementarity of the association between the founders. And you have to be able to look beyond the excitement of the beginnings and ask yourself the real questions.

Forming a productive co-founder team is a critical step in the process of building a company, yet many people simply jump into co-founder relationships without ever making sure their counterparts are on the same page. To help potential Co-Founders identify issues and discuss important topics early on, Jessica Alter (co-founder of FounderDating and Entrepreneur In Residence at Social Capital LP) created a list of 34 questions for co-founders to discuss.