Do I Need A Technical Cofounder?

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  • Do I Need a Technical

    Cofounder?

    Alan Chiu

    Partner, XSeed Capital

    Stanford GSB MSx 2011

    @alanchiu

    Stanford Graduate School of Business

    October 22, 2015

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    What type of startup are

    you building?

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    Technology as a Product

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    Yes

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    Technology-Enabled

    Business

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    Maybe

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    Technology-Leveraged

    Business

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    No

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    Focus

    on mitigating

    your

    BIGGEST

    risk.

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    Technical

    Execution

    Market

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    Where to Find

    Technical Cofounders

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    Engineering Schools

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    Referrals

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    Technical Conferences

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    Design/Dev

    Agencies

    Contractors

    DIY

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    Know Your Type

    Know Your BIGGEST Risk

    Never Get Stuck

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  • Do I Need a Technical Cofounder?

    Alan Chiu

    Partner, XSeed Capital

    Stanford GSB MSx 2011

    @alanchiu

    Stanford Graduate School of Business

    October 22, 2014

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