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Tech Startups: What skills/technologies would the ideal technical co-founder possess?

My answer to Tech Startups: What skills/technologies would the ideal technical co-founder possess? on Quora

The most important indicator is: can they ship? Can they prove that they know how to take a project from idea to running code deployed to a server somewhere with actual people interacting with it?

In my experience, the majority of people who graduate with a CS degree can’t program their way out of a wet paper bag. There are a few exceptions, and a few years working in industry often helps, but I think you’d be crazy to accept a CS degree as a sign that someone could help build a startup.

This is Tech Startups: What skills/technologies would the ideal technical co-founder possess? by Simon Willison, posted on 11th February 2012.

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