Single-Person Startup Vs. Having a Co-Founder

by Jason Mosley on July 6, 2010

in Headlines

Read Write Web recently posted a great article called “Going Alone: Thoughts on the Single-Person Startup”. It talked how founding a business alone can be more risky and difficult then founding one with a co-founder.

Even with what looks like hard road to travel alone not having a co-founder is not an excuse. The article stresses that point and the fact that there are other factors that dictate a startups success and failure.

Check out that the article and let us know what you think.

Are you or someone you know a single person businesses in Pittsburgh? Let you know, we would love to hear you story.

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Michael Ressler July 7, 2010 at 10:54 am

I was “on my own” for almost two years before I decided to bring on other people. I put it in quotes because I like to tell my friends that I used my wife as an early customer. Before the product was at all functional, I had to take baby steps every night to get another piece of the puzzle working. I would tell my wife, “When you wake up, I’ll have the player page done and working!” And most importantly, she gave me feedback every morning on what I did the night before. It was a great product development feedback cycle.

I imagine that anyone who is “on their own” will have other people they rely on to act as a sounding board for tough decisions or big features. Any readers find this to be the case for them too?

2 Jessica Dickinson Goodman July 24, 2010 at 3:10 pm

I wonder how industry effects the success of a single-executive start-up. While the rrw article says having two folks don’t really effect workload distribution, perhaps some industries reward executives with multiple professional foci and others reward start-ups whose executives have overlapping skill-sets. Tech vs bio-medical vs construction or 3rd world development.

3 Jason Mosley August 4, 2010 at 2:28 pm

Michael, You make a great point. I bet a lot of single-exe startups have family and friend give them a hand. I guess its still one person making the decisions so that’s why is would still be a single person startup.

Jessica, I don’t know but I do know I appreciate a band that only has 3 members in it then one with 4. From some reason when I see three people that are able to do the job of four I think they must be better. People could be using the same fuzzy logic with startups too.

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