About two months ago, the thought hit me like a frying pan over the head: I needed a partner to help me build and run my school for startups. At the time, I was managing six freelancers, each in a different state. I was bootstrapping, so I had taken a pass on the expensive project managers, and I was running everything myself.
But tasks were slipping through the cracks. There were just too many details, many of which were outside of my primary areas of expertise. What I needed was a Mr. / Mrs. Inside to my Mr. Outside. Someone to run product development and operations. Someone who had done it before, and done it well.
Deciding you need a partner is of course only part of the challenge. Next you have to find someone with the right stuff, make sure you are a good fit, negotiate a deal, and learn to work together well. Over the next few posts, I’ll explore each of those issues.
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