Explore Your Fit With Potential Startups Oct-17-2017

Written by Sean Murphy. Posted in Events, skmurphy

The Cofounder Academy is offering an innovative event at the Hacker Dojo on Mon-Oct-17 for cofounders to explore your fit with potential startups.

Cofounder AcademyExplore Your Fit With Potential Startups

Finding the right startup to join is hard. You have to kiss a lot of frogs to find a prince. Let’s face it, there are a lot of “visionary” founders out there but which ones will you be successful with? In an effort to help the startup community and provide entrepreneurs with a more effective way to meet and collaborate with other entrepreneurs we developed our small group model that does not require you to go up the microphone at the front of the room of 30 or 50 or 100 people. We know that building trust takes time so we start with a small-group structured conversation and move forward with potential cofounders from there.

Meeting face-to-face, having a serious conversion and starting small can lead to great things! Hundreds of entrepreneurs have expanded their networks and found cofounders because they either met at a Cofounder Academy or Bootstrapper’s Breakfast events. It is difficult for founders and cofounders to find one another. Harder still to develop the necessary confidence and trust that forms the basis of an effective and successful startup team. The Silicon Valley Cofounder Academy is changing that.

What to bring for the small group conversations

  • Cofounder: be able to offer a short introduction that outlines your background and the kind startup you are interested in joining. (Note: you are free to change your mind at or after the event but at least give folks some idea of your expertise, accomplishments, and interests).
  • Founder: a brief description of your startup, what you have accomplished to date to move it forward, and a succinct outline of one or two small projects (or two to four hours duration) you are looking for help on.


  • 6:30-6:50 Introductions / sign-in as founder / cofounder and get your small group assignments
  • 6:50-7:00 Briefing on “What makes a good small project” Sean Murphy
  • 7:00-8:00 Three facilitated roundtable discussions
  • 8:00-8:15 de-brief on experience
  • 8:15-8:45 open networking


  • RSVP Here
  • When: Mon-Oct-17-2016 6:30pm to 8:45pm
  • Where: Hacker Dojo 3350 Thomas Rd, Santa Clara, CA 95054
  • Cost: $5 in advance / $10 at the door
    (Hacker Dojo members can attend at no charge but must RSVP)
  • Pizza: Yes

Big Room at Hacker Dojo Where You Can Explore Your Fit with Startups, Tables will be re-arranged for small group discussionHacker Dojo

We are excited to be able to put this event on at the Silicon Valley Hacker Dojo. We believe that a lot of members may be interested and we will also attract a number “technical cofounders” who will be as excited by the energy and working environment that the Dojo offers as we are and will consider membership. I want to thank Jun Wong and Jonathan Dai personally for their support. I had the strong premonition standing in the room for a dry run last week that this format in this location will help put new startup teams together and get them off on a solid footing. Come explore your fit with a new startup.

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