Some good advice, especially the bit about getting the relationship down in writing, but I disagree with the initial premise. Sometimes the problem is so big that you need more than one programmer or business person at the outset. Also, I think it is critical to select someone with whom you have a good personal relationship with. There will be screaming, hurt feelings, and late nights. You will need a friend just as often as a co-worker.
When it comes to picking a partner, you can’t just go with your gut. There are steps to choosing someone perfect for your future business.If you are thinking about starting a business, chances are you can’t do everything by yourself.Take Microsoft. Bill Gates hired his high school buddy, Paul Allen, but it looks to me like Gates decided that Allen (net worth: $14.2 billion and also a programmer, not a sales or business guy) did not have what Microsoft needed long-term.
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