What's the best place to find (technical) co-founders?

I'm currently looking for iOS, Android, and Node.js developers to finish up a sweet new social/utility app 😁 Without funding, it is key to find partners that 1) have a lot of free time to work on the project by investing their own time and 2) are first and foremost motivated by passion for the idea itself. A lot of platforms for team recruitment are focused on finding designers, paid freelancers, or are unfortunately ghost towns. Anyone know any co-founder recruitment platforms with great communities or success stories out there? 🔥
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  1. Nicholas Sheriff
    Nicholas SheriffFounder, Medic Ventures · Written
    I've found 2 co-founders from here, really great resource....I'd strongly suggest paying for the monthly fee and just focusing that month on reaching out that's what I did for a few weeks straight.
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    Indie Hackers

    Learn how developers are writing their own paychecks

    Robert van Hoesel
    Robert van HoeselCo-founder Crowded · Written
    Indiehackers is definitely not a co-founder recruitment platform, but be sure to hit their forum since the people hanging around here all have the same mindset as you.
    Love this place! It's really great community for startup founders people who want to build their own business 👍
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    Hackathon Match

    Find collaborators for the Product Hunt Global Hackathon

    A Singh
    A SinghTech obsessed student. · Written
    @mubs made this website for the product hackathon, however is expanding it to include others as well. You could possibly use it for finding cofounders as well.
  4. Louis Gan
    Louis GanCTO @burgielaw · Written
    Angellist is one of the popular ones. You can have a page for your startup and tell the world that you're looking for a partner.
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    Be less busy. Real-time messaging, archiving & search.

    Nick Hollinger
    Nick HollingerCo-Founder & CEO @ Visitor Queue · Written
    Surprised no one has said slack. So many good workspaces out there to meet co-founders, freelancers etc.
    • Amrith Shanbhag
      Amrith ShanbhagCommunity at Product Hunt & Feathrd

      I'm a part of a ton of Slack communities but I'm active in only a handful.

      Slack works to its fullest only when it is implemented in a team and everyone's supposed to use it for communication. Slack could/should improve on making the communities on it better by adding relevant features.

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    • João Oliveira Simões
      João Oliveira SimõesDesign Lead, 44 Studio

      As a remote designer, this is a must have. I'm always contactable and available. Super easy way to also have quick calls and communicate with other team members on different teams.

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  6. Kunal Bhatia
    Kunal Bhatia51Co-founder & Design Lead @SlidesUp · Written
    There is no substitute for engaging with your local community on a regular basis. I go to a lot of Meetups to both learn and see what others care about. I have a bias against finding "technical co-founders." Find someone who cares about the problem you're trying to solve. If they are a dev, great. If not, chances are they may know someone else who cares about the same problem.
  7. Nicholas Sheriff
    Nicholas SheriffFounder, Medic Ventures · Written
    I've used this platform in the past so far it hasn't failed...I tend to focus on fostering long-term relationships/partnerships than going there to get a "one time gig" done.
  8. This network has wide reach of co-founder and good match too
  9. David Smooke
    David Smookefounder/ceo @hackernoon · Written
    4k Contributing Tech Writers
  10. André Gauci
    André GauciCEO @ Fusioo – Easy online database · Written
    Finding co-founders is just like finding employees - you'll just need to refine your pitch and focus on co-founder benefits. In the attached blog post, I list the different places we use for finding talent (that could be also used for finding co-founders). You can use different channels, such as Quora, Reddit, Internships, Job Boards, Mentors, Slack Communities and much more.
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    Reddit App

    The official app for Android & iOS. Meow.

    Lisa Dziuba
    Lisa Dziuba5FlawlessApp.io Founder · Written
    You can look for co-founder over Startup subreddit or go to tech subreddits directly (like iOSProgramming)
    • I've used Boost for Reddit for a long time wishing for an Official Reddit app. I was excited when it was first released and used it for a little bit and started to notice some thumbnails didn't load properly and very limited.

    • Marek Liszewski
      Marek LiszewskiI ❤️building products

      That's definitely my new go-to medium to use Reddit. Well done Reddit team.

  12. Every Professional worker have LinkedIn profile with active use.
  13. Jake Hare
    Jake HareFounder of @launchpeer & @launchbids · Written
    Coming soon, post your startup info and have developers bid equity to build (and in your case, finish building) your startup.
  14. 2
    Mentor List

    Mentors willing to help you

    NahomFullStack Developer · Written
    Nahom made this product
    You can find techinical mentors willing to help you on Mentor List.
    • J.L.M

      There's a few reasons why I think having a "Seeking mentor" section would be helpful. First off, some people might be a bit apprehensive or shy about contacting a mentor, but if there were a section for people seeking mentors, where the mentors contact the person personally, that would help the problem. Also, what if the mentor has someone requesting a heavy amount of help? Again, "seeking mentor" section would give an idea to the mentors what they might get themselves into. Finally, and this is based on my problem, what if you are lost and need advice/mentoring in many areas? I'd much rather have the option to post something like "seeking mentor with experience in ___ and ____ and/or _____, to help me figure out what the ____ I'm doing."

      I hope this made sense. Don't get me wrong, I think this is a stellar idea. But I really wish that those who are seeking mentors had a place, a voice, too.

    • Mark&Patti Clifford
      Mark&Patti CliffordIt's All Mishegoss "California Dreamn'"

      I like this for many reasons. The major one is I am a mentor at Fresno State for their Entrepreneurship Program. I was just talking with my wife about opening a mentor consultant business since I don't see many. This would be a great way to match everyone.

  15. Andrew Curnow
    Andrew CurnowFounder, Social App · Written
    Andrew Curnow made this product
    Working on this. Testing if founders would pay a subscription fee for a specialised platform to do just this. Any feedback appreciated.
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    Unicorn Hunt

    A magical beast of a job board

    Benjamin Southworth
    Benjamin SouthworthFounder, unicornhunt.io · Written
    Benjamin Southworth made this product
    We've seen many people find success via Unicorn Hunt.
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    Network and resources for startup founders

    Found my tech co-founder here, and talked with many more
  18. Deepak Bhardwaj
    Deepak BhardwajDigital Marketing Manager | Adflair · Written
    This is the platform to find best (technical) co-founders, Web Developers, Web Designers, Digital Marketer and many more related companies offers their services into this Domain.