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Technical co-founders as a service

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Michael SeibelΒ β€” Y Combinator
I think this is an interesting idea but it really depends on the startup you are trying to build. If you want a lifestyle business that reaches profitability with little upfront investment and comfortably provides a salary for you and your employees - this could a good option. If you are interested in building a venture backed billion dollar tech startup - step one is recruiting a good founding team with strong technical talent.
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Yassine el KachchaniΒ β€” Co-founder & CEO at hiddenfounders.com
@mwseibel interesting input. We are trying to position ourselves as a "pre-accelerator". A simple example will be as follows: founder A gets in a batch, build an MVP, validate his/her idea and get initial traction. Founder A pitch and seduce a risk averse tech friend to join as co-founder. Would this person be a candidate for YC ?
We tried to always ask ourselves this question while coming up with our actual model.
Btw we were suppose to meet while you were in Morocco Casablanca :) would have been an interesting talk.
Jamie LawrenceΒ β€” Consultant CTO, Rails developer
It's Interesting to see this field develop: I market myself as an "interim CTO" and I've recently met others that fulfil the same role.

I think there many advantages for founders going down this route instead of tethering themselves to an unsuitable/inexperienced/"cheap" co-founder. The biggest challenge is transitioning to a full-time CTO and tech team, and that long-term goal needs to be at the forefront of everyone's mind
Mike BestvinaΒ β€” Professional Utility Infielder
@ideasasylum four-time interim CTO here. I agree, which is why part of my responsibilities has always been expectation setting and coaching to non-tech founders. Since I consider myself both technical and "biz", I can relate to both sides of the coin.

Also, a bit pedantic, but why is this called "as a service". It's literally "a service".
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