Transform your newly acquired knowledge into new skills

Co-Founders Club Collaborative Learning meets Co-Founders Matching

Please introduce yourself and your startup Co-Founders Club to our readers!
Hi, I am Tom Steck, an IT professional living in London, tech geek and the founder of Co-Founders Club. The Club is an online platform that belongs to “distributed collective” model of learning where the community works together in order to identify the best learning resources (crowdsourcing), learn together (collaborative learning), and eventually build new startups together (co-founders matching process). To put it simply: Co-Founders Club combines collaborative learning with co-founders matching.

How did you get the idea for Co-Founders Club?
After I moved to London a few years ago, I started working on a new startup that aimed to solve the exercise boredom problem. And following the best startup practices, I started looking for a co-founder. I attended startup networking events, set up profiles on web catalogs for co-founders, and basically followed any co-founders search idea there was. Met hundreds of people, chatted online and in-person, only to find out that most of them were not really interested in co-founding a startup but their true intention was to sell their consulting or freelancer services. I realized that all these activities wasted a tremendous amount of my time – often the only currency a startup founder has. That was the moment I thought that it’s time to use technology to make the co-founders search process the most effective it can be.

How difficult was the start and what challenges you had to overcome?
During my search for a co-founder, I noticed that this minority who was truly interested in co-founding a startup consisted mostly of people with startup ideas but no technical skills. This led me to the conclusion that if finding a true startup co-founder is already a very difficult task then finding a person who on top of that also possess technical skills will be even more difficult, even less probable. It became clear to me that if I want to solve the co-founders search challenge I will have to learn some modern web application framework and write the online portal myself. And this is what I did: after a decade of climbing the IT career ladder I went back to basics, to programming, and I build the platform myself.

Who is your target audience?
Co-Founders Club is dedicated for ambitious and smart individuals who want to build a startup with co-founders.

What is the USP of your startup?
Co-Founders Club is the only platform where you can find a co-founder during a collaborative learning process. It is the only one of its kind and it is the most effective co-founders matching process there is.

Can you describe a typical workday of you?
E-mails, video calls, even more e-mails, managing project tasks, programming. There is a lot of variety of activities as probably in every startup.

Where do you see yourself and your startup Co-Founders Club in five years?
Co-Founders Club solves ultimately co-founder matching challenge. The next five years should lead to growing the Club awareness until it becomes the most recognizable go-to place to start a new business around the world.

What 3 tips would you give other Start-up founders on the way?
1. Find the right co-founders. It has been proven over and over again that startups founded by two or three co-founders have much better chances to succeed than those founded by solopreneurs. At the same time please have in mind that “Not the Right Team” is the 3rd reason for all startup failures, right after “No Market Need” and “Ran Out of Cash”. Therefore, it is crucial to find the right co-founders otherwise, it will backfire.

2. Keep learning. Building a startup is a learning process. Use every opportunity to learn including meetings with other people. Listen to what they have to say about your product or service or the problem that you try to solve and try to understand their point of view. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.

3. Transform your newly acquired knowledge into new skills. Create practical tasks that will allow you to implement new findings into your work and life before you forget about what you have learned.

Picture Source Radek Szyprowski

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Thank you Tom Steck for the Interview

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Sabine Elsässer

Sabine Elsässer is founder and chief editor of the StartupValleyNews Magazine. She started her career at several international direct sale companys. Since 2007 she works main time as a journalist. While that time she learned more about the Startup Scene, what made her start her own Startup Magazine the StartupValleyNews.

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