It still seems weird to start a company with someone you met at EF, just like it used to seem weird to date someone you met online.
But now online dating exists, I can’t believe people try to find a partner, drunk, in clubs and bars. And now EF exists, I can’t believe people try to find a cofounder, aimlessly, in universities and meetup groups.
Turns out, there is a better way. Bring all the good people into one place. Seems obvious in hindsight. And now we’re here, imagine going back to how things were before.
This has some interesting long run effects. Over time, what’s weird will change. Once there are good ways of meeting and filtering through people, partnering with someone the old way stops making sense.
Why would you expect to meet your perfect partner randomly, ‘in real life’? It’s absurd to think that the best possible match is someone you just happened to have bumped into already.
Starting a startup with a stranger used to mean you didn’t have many options. But, in the long run, starting a startup with your friend will be the last resort.
So, should you start a company with your friend? Well, only if you have to.