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By far, the most common question I get about Techstars from those interested in applying relates to finding co-founders.

I’ve addressed this briefly before, but I thought I’d add some more detail here.

First things first. You’re most likely to find a co-founder among your current friends or through your personal network. Start exploring it. Pitch your idea to your friends, their friends, and whoever will listen. Look for people who compliment your skills.

Many of you have asked for my help in finding you a co-founder. Although I’m happy to keep my eye out for you, this is a less likely route to success than what I’ve described above.

Another resource is the job board over at ColoradoStartups.com, which has a “seeking co-founders” area. You can even subscribe using RSS. The trend I’ve noticed is that those that are posting here all have ideas and are looking for people to help. I haven’t seen many where people want to co-found a company but have no idea what they want to do.

Building a good team is critical if you hope to be accepted into Techstars. Is it as important as your idea? Yes, at least as important.

If you’ve already applied, and you want to improve your team, please just reapply with updated information or contact us to let us know what’s new.

David Cohen
(@davidcohen) Founder & Managing Partner of Techstars, previously founder of several technology companies. David is an active startup advocate, advisor, board member, and technology advisor who comments on these topics on his blog at DavidGCohen.com