To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This by Mandy Len Catron is one of the most famous essays in the New York Times popular Modern Love column. After going viral, it sparked many interesting conversations and people experimented with testing it out on first dates, asking their long term partners, and doing some self exploration. The questions are designed to increase in intimacy as you go through the list, so not only are you learning about your partner, you are having to do a little bit of soul searching yourself. Choosing a romantic partner is one of the most important decisions someone will make in their life and there are many steps in the courtship process. But what about choosing a co-founder? We lucked out because we are sisters and knew that if we could spend 17 years sharing a bedroom we should be find to run a company together, but if you're on the search for a co-founder it's important that your vetting process be just as intentional as when you're dating.
Tech Crunch featured the write up The 36 Questions that Lead to Love (But with your Co-Founder) by Natasha Mascarenhas. In the article, Natasha discusses the co-founder matching program created by Y Combinator. It basically functions like a dating app for potential co-founders, matching them up with compatible skill sets, preferences, and goals. *Cue singing of "Matchmaker, Matchmaker/ Make Me a Match/ Find Me a Find/ Catch Me a Catch* (Okay, thank you for indulging us, we will stop now.) It is vitally important that when entering into a partnership of this magnitude, you know what you're getting into, and that you're comfortable having candid discussions about the progress and future of the company.
Another important part of the co-founder relationship is having fun together. Trust and clear communication is necessary, but having someone that can make you laugh and be silly with will make the (sometimes very long) days more joyful and help with stressful situations. Again, this is where we lucked out because we have been laughing together our whole lives. It really helps that through the ups and downs of running a company we can have someone by our side that will bring the levity. Also, a little bit of wine out of a Bundle glass goes a long way.
If you're part of a team of co-founders, how did you find your perfect pairing? And if you're looking for a co-founder, how has your search been so far? Comment below or DM us on Instagram @thebundlegame.
We look forward to hearing about your adventures navigating one of the most important relationships you will ever have and hope that you find your perfect match. *Cue Matchmaker again* Sorry we can't resist!