I just spoke with the founder and here are my notes. Its soon, its free and it should be fun.
What a good idea, prequalify people, let them meet in person and continue the dialogue and see what happens. Ideas change, people don’t. When co-founders both have skin in the idea does it make a better team. I think so. Smaller is better.
Started by Jessica Alter, a successful entrepreneur with a liquidity event to her credit, in 2009 and having events in Seattle, New York, Boston and San Francisco Founder Dating is coming to NYC this month and there are/maybe a few spaces left.
FounderDating brings together prescreened individuals to their event. You apply, they screen and if you get accepted you connect, first at FounderDating’s event and later online with the FounderDating community. Its almost but not as difficult to get into as Harvard. But its FREE and they serve drinks, whats not to lose.
Best co-founders, two or three in quantity, have synergistic skill sets. Goal here is to link people with the startup energy with goals that compensate for your weaknesses to get a working prototype out the door.
You can read about FD success on their blog page http://founderdating.com/blog/
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
FounderDating is for those who are truly committed or ready to commit to a full-time or very meaningful part-time project to work on. FounderDating isn’t about finding a job, it’s about finding your passion.
PLEASE COME IF:
You have a specific idea that you would like to work on, but don’t have the right partner(s)
You are a superstar who likes (or doesn’t like) your current job, but is open to joining a founding team for the right opportunity
You are an aspiring entrepreneur open to trying new ideas with the right mix of people (e.g. it’s OK if you don’t have THE idea yet)
YOU SHOULD NOT ATTEND IF:
You are not interested/available to start a new company in the very short-term (1 month).
You are not interested in building something new.
You are not committed to working on a full-time or side-project.
You have a company and a founding team, you’re just looking for people to work there.
You are a service provider looking for business.
You’re an investor looking for leads. There are some great events for investors and founders to meet, this just isn’t one of them.