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That would be awesome. We aren’t dogmatic about sole founders vs co-founders (we think Venture Studio leads serve as a quasi co-founder for sole founders, with lots of the upside of a co-founder experience, with less of the downside), but we would want to work with each of you to ensure both of you are comfortable with the decision making structure and areas of responsibility. It would also change your ownership stake in the business, but that is up to you to decide if it’s worth it.
Nope! Software development experience is valuable, but so are many other experiences and no one has every valuable experience. Part of our role at the Studio is ensuring you have the talent around you to fill the gaps (reminder, everyone has gaps!) in your experience set.
Check out our apply page for some details on our thinking, but the most important thing is whether you believe you can be a successful entrepreneur.
We don’t think software can solve every problem, or even most problems, but there are some problems that software is very good at solving (and sadly lots of problems software is good at exacerbating) and as software developers and behavioral scientists it’s one of the tools we use to scale our impact.
We're launching our first cohort of entrepreneurs at Ventures for Shared Prosperity,
part of the Shared Prosperity Catalyst. This cohort is focused
on improving the financial health and well-being of low and moderate
income people in America.