I’m starting a “mastermind group” of like minded single founders.
I am a single founder. I haven’t diagnosed why, but after co-founding two prior startups, I decided that I like it better being the sole founder. While I can code, design, and have picked up some business acumen, there are still deficiencies that you face when you don’t have a sidekick. To make up for not always having a co-founder to bounce ideas off of, I made up an imaginary friend named Charlie (No, I am not joking).
However, Charlie can only go so far, and its probably kind of weird, so to compensate I’m starting a Single Founder “mastermind group.”
I mentioned this a few months ago on Hacker News, and now am talking to a few people that expressed interest. It looks like it is going to be a bit of a tango dance to zero in on a like minded group of people to create the mastermind. I’m posting this blog entry to widen the audience a bit and make sure I talk to enough people and get to a real quality group to form the mastermind with.
I believe that part of this is going to be serendipity, but it doesn’t hurt to have some principles established either. Here is how I’m envisioning it to work:
My goal is to bring together a small group of like minded single founders.
Ideally, this is the profile of people I am looking to bring together:
- Actively working on an idea
- Focusing on it full time or on a track to focus on it full time
- Has an actual skill, i.e. A graphics designer, or developer, or a pro marketer — NO IDEA GUYS
- Has a blind spot/lack of skill in a recognized area (for example I am working hard to develop my marketing and customer development skills).
Given the principles above, I think the value of the group becomes clearer. You’ll contribute to the group by helping others on what you’re good at, and you’ll get value by getting help on what you’re bad at.
Once we get the initial group together (which will be a bit of a tango dance), we can work to figure out where we are deficient as a group, so we can work to recruit more people from there. I’d probably want to limit the group to about 11 people. The key idea here is to give each other support, help each other, and just be available to the group.
The main commitment would be a 1hr conference call once a month or so, we can define the format later. And, if the group agrees to it, a private community online where we can talk about stuff in between meetings.
If you are interested, please get in touch with me, and if you have any ideas on how to make thjs better, just comment below.