Copy of Copy of Copy of Sale IG Story Template.png

There’s nothing like having a co-founder (or two, or three) by your side during your startup journey. In honor of Galentine’s day, these co-founder teams within the iFundWomen community are showing some love, sharing the ins and outs of what you should look for in a startup partner, and paying forward some tips on how to best work together.

3.png
Kate Anderson, Sarah Sommers and Karen Cahn, Co-Founders of iFundWomen

Kate Anderson, Sarah Sommers and Karen Cahn, Co-Founders of iFundWomen

What has been the greatest benefit of having co-founders by your side on your entrepreneurial journey?

The greatest benefit of having trusted co-founders is having two other, totally dedicated humans, to walk the walk with. Running a startup is overwhelming and stressful with high-highs and low-lows, and the best way to manage the good, the bad, and the ugly is to do so with your trusted co-founders by your side. keyword: trusted

How have you and your co-founders learned to work best with each other?

Communicating clearly, being patient and knowing we are all working towards the same goal.

What should female entrepreneurs consider when looking for a co-founder?

First and foremost, you need to find someone who is passionate about the mission behind your business and the problem that you are solving. You should look for people who have a different set of skills that you have. If you are great at marketing but not so great at operations, look for an operator. If you are a girl who codes, but has no idea how to build a brand, look for a brand person.

- Karen, Kate & Sarah


Newsletter Headers-9.png
Courtney Bernabei & Amanda Raposo, Co-Founders of Pal by Project Playdate

Courtney Bernabei & Amanda Raposo, Co-Founders of Pal by Project Playdate

How did you find your co-founder?

I was running my business as a solo-founder for seven years. I knew that if I was going to succeed beyond local scale, I needed a co-founder that had a complimentary skill set and a passion for this vision. We were on the same "learning team" at Columbia Business School. We were thrown into so many highly stressful academic experiences and worked super well together. It was co-founder love at first sight for me! It took me about a year and a half to court her. ;)

What should female entrepreneurs consider when looking for a co-founder?

Our success as a team is driven by the tension between two very different skillsets, personalities, experiences and, often times, opinions. As long as there is sincere mutual respect, working with someone who is different than you and who won't "yes" everything you say is, in my opinion, the best possible co-founder.

- Amanda & Courtney


Newsletter Headers-14.png

How have you and your co-founder learned to work best with each other?

Open communication is everything. We share (overshare) everything. It's important not to take things personally when we’re giving feedback to each other and realizing that we both have the companies and each others best interest in mind. For us, there is a high level of understanding of where the other person is at mentally and emotionally. We always encourage each other to take care of ourselves, whether that be personal days, exercise, game nights, ice cream, etc.

What should female entrepreneurs consider when looking for a co-founder?

When you decide to start a company with someone it really is like you’re getting married. Your co-founder is the last person you’ll text at night and the first person you’ll text in the morning (maybe that's just us?). You need to completely trust the other person, because you’re going to be relying on them A LOT.

- Courtney & Jane

Courtney Snavely & Jane Mitchell, Co-Founders of Ovee

Courtney Snavely & Jane Mitchell, Co-Founders of Ovee


5.png
Kate Viggiano & Amy Dagliano, Co-Founders of The Rowan Tree

Kate Viggiano & Amy Dagliano, Co-Founders of The Rowan Tree

What has been the greatest benefit of having a co-founder by your side on your entrepreneurial journey?

The greatest benefit of having each other has been the ability to lean on each other's strengths -- and simply, to lean on each other -- when we need to. We tag-team all the time, bounce ideas off of each other, and make those ideas even better because we build on each other's thoughts. Plus sanity. A co-founder really helps with sanity.

What should female entrepreneurs consider when looking for a co-founder?

Transparency, honesty, confidence, passion, drive and an undying work ethic.

- Kate & Amy


4.png

How did you and your co-founders find each other?

We found our way to one another through different advocacy work each of us was doing within the Advertising industry. We believe it was mostly the universe and some good witchy vibes that brought us together. ;)

Can you describe when and how you knew you needed to bring on a co-founder?

The Coven literally wouldn't exist without all four of us co-founders making it happen together! We knew we needed each other from day one.

What should female entrepreneurs consider when looking for a co-founder?

A likeminded, like-hearted partner in crime with a skillset much different from your own. Someone you can love deeply, argue with, and confide in. Basically find someone you want to marry because that's really what a business is...a sexless marriage full of spreadsheets and ideas.

- Bethany, Liz, Erinn & Alex

Bethany Iverson, Liz Giel, Erinn Farrell, Alex Steinman, Co-Founders of The Coven

Bethany Iverson, Liz Giel, Erinn Farrell, Alex Steinman, Co-Founders of The Coven


2.png
Kristin Carroll & Jillian Schmitt, Co-Founders of Survivorship Solutions

Kristin Carroll & Jillian Schmitt, Co-Founders of Survivorship Solutions

How have you and your co-founder learned to work best with each other?

We communicate all the time. We are completely honest with each other, even if it means we disagree sometimes. We also trust each other. It's like any relationship - if you don't have trust, you don't have anything. We know we are aligned in our intentions, so even if one of us has to make a decision without the other, we assume she will do her best. And the decision is usually awesome.

How did you find your co-founder (or how did she find you)?

Jillian and I worked together at our last job and we shared a lot of the same work and life missions, work ethic and passion for owning our own business. We knew that we could do better for our colleagues and healthcare organizations nationwide and saw a vision to get us there. Jillian was ready to walk out on that limb of entrepreneurship and offered me the role as co-captain on that ship!

What should female entrepreneurs consider when looking for a co-founder?

Someone who is self-aware, a good listener, a good communicator, open to ideas, flexible, adaptable, and dedicated.

- Kristin & Jillian


Newsletter Headers-8.png
Carissa Tozzi & Gena Mann, Co-Founders of Wolf + Friends

Carissa Tozzi & Gena Mann, Co-Founders of Wolf + Friends

Can you describe how you knew you needed to bring on a co-founder?

I knew from personal experience that there was a blank space in the special needs market that needed to be addressed. So I approached my friend + former colleague Gena Mann, whom I've known since elementary school, and was raising two boys on the autism spectrum, about my idea: creating a shopping and lifestyle destination for families that was inclusive, inspiring, and fun. I knew I needed a partner who was a mom with a lot of experience and a positive, honest perspective raising children with special needs to get involved.

What should female entrepreneurs consider when looking for a co-founder?

Find someone who is in it for the same reasons you are. And find someone you like and respect as you will be spending most of your time with them making very important decisions.

-Carissa & Gena