I am looking to start a company to develop a technology to be used online — but I’m not a tech whiz. My education and experience are on the business side. Hence, I don’t have the first idea what type of talent I’m looking to partner with.
by Naomi Kokubo, Cofounder of Founders Space
Most great tech companies are started by techies — meaning they understand the technology inside and out. Usually the techie is partnered with a good business guy or gal. In today’s world, it pays to have one member of your team be highly technical.
Now how do you go about finding this person? The best way is networking. Get out of your house and meet as many engineers as possible. It’s sort of like dating. You need to find someone who is ready to get married to your business, and the larger the pool of people you’re talking to, the higher your chance of finding the right match.
How do you get the pool as large as possible? Well, go to every tech mixer you can. Also, sign up for all the engineering related meet ups and special interest groups. If you look around, you’ll find there are specific networking events and groups targeted at geeks. Go to all of these. You may not understand a word they say — just be polite and say you’re interested in learning. And then talk to the folks there in a casual way.
The engineers at these events will help guide you towards understanding the exact type of technical person you need to bring onto your team. The best thing you can do is ask a lot of good questions. Don’t be shy about sharing your vision and your product, and asking them for advice on what type of technical person would be the best fit.
Here are some ideas on places to go…
This should be a good start. I hope this helps!