Why you really DO need a technical co-founder

by Dalton Caldwell11/30/2023

As YC Group Partners, we’re consistently surprised that anyone looking to start a VC-funded tech company would need to be convinced they need a technical co-founder. The usual arguments are that no-code tools, part-time consultants, or dev shops can allow anyone with a business idea to start a tech startup and raise money.

“New tools make starting a venture-funded tech company easy for anyone to do!” is an inspiring story that gets clicks on LinkedIn...  but based on the thousands of companies YC has funded over the years, companies lacking a technical co-founder underperform.

In this episode of Dalton + Michael, we’ll discuss exactly why that is and why recruiting a technical co-founder is the single biggest way to create value as someone trying to start the next big thing.


  • Dalton Caldwell

    Dalton is Managing Director, Architect and Group Partner at YC. He was the cofounder and CEO of imeem (acquired by MySpace in 2009), and the cofounder and CEO of App.net.