Founder Dating And Other Interesting Links
Apr 29 2012

I saw this hit the Bootstrap Austin list a week or so ago: Founder Dating.  If you want to start a company right now but don’t know how to find the right co-founder, then this site might be for you.  I haven’t used it so I can’t personally vouch for its efficacy, but if I did want to start a company right now (which I don’t), I’d certainly check it out.  My main start-up ventures at the moment are my two kids.  I would definitely work for a start-up/fast growing company, but my founder status is tied to my kids for a while.

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Have you ever thought about forming a partnership in your business?  Then you need to read Self-Fueling Partnerships by Bob Barker in a recent Texas CEO magazine edition.  He discusses reasons why to partner and how to do it effectively.  Many partnerships go bad as we’ve seen on the front pages of too many newspapers/websites so take his advice before getting into one.

How To Be Creative in the Wall Street Journal. “The image of the ‘creative type’ is a myth. Jonah Lehrer on why anyone can innovate—and why a hot shower, a cold beer or a trip to your colleague’s desk might be the key to your next big idea.” In the article it says “Steve Jobs famously declared that “creativity is just connecting things.” Although we think of inventors as dreaming up breakthroughs out of thin air, Mr. Jobs was pointing out that even the most far-fetched concepts are usually just new combinations of stuff that already exists.Recent research confirms Mr. Jobs’s wisdom. The sociologist Martin Ruef, for instance, analyzed the social and business relationships of 766 graduates of the Stanford Business School, all of whom had gone on to start their own companies. He found that those entrepreneurs with the most diverse friendships scored three times higher on a metric of innovation. Instead of getting stuck in the rut of conformity, they were able to translate their expansive social circle into profitable new concepts.

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2 Comments on “Founder Dating And Other Interesting Links”

  1. 1 Bob Barker said at 9:31 PM on April 29th, 2012:

    Jobs’ comment that “creativity is just connecting things” suggests Daniel Pink’s thesis in A WHOLE NEW MIND. In the book, he predicts that future success will go to those who can analogize between domains, i.e. transform concepts and processes in one area into new ideas in another.

    How do we identify these connections and create “profitable new concepts” through innovation? By extending our circle of friends to include those who possess domain knowledge in diverse areas not directly related to our past experience.

  2. 2 Aruni said at 1:28 PM on April 30th, 2012:

    @Bob – I’ve discovered that not many people can connect the dots or sometimes more importantly have the life conditions that allow them to do so to create “profitable new concepts.” Perhaps if we change the definition of profitability, we might have more successful people to highlight!