Though nothing will keep us together
We could steal time,
just for one day
We can be Heroes, for ever and ever
What d’you say?
– “Heroes” by David Bowie
My belief: you don’t need a co-founder. Period. But! If you have a great one, then wonderful. It’s just two different ways to do the startup thing. One is not superior to the other. It’s like insisting David Bowie become The Beatles.
These things can’t be forced, and I think the co-founder obsession has done some damage.
If you’re unconvinced (or need a little reinforcement, like me), give Jason Calacanis, Jerry Colonna and Mark Suster 17 minutes of your time:
I thought you died a long, a long long time ago
Oh no, not me
I never lost control
You’re face to face
With The Man Who Sold The World
– “The Man Who Sold The World” by David Bowie