Edward Benson writes "Here's the situation: I have two good friends with an awesome real estate-based startup idea. The problem is that I'm the only developer they know and can't go in on it with them for other reasons not important here. I want to see them succeed, though, and for the past few months I've been trying to help them find their third-partner, which has been a real eye-opener.
Finding a person willing to take the plunge and found a startup with complete strangers is unbelievably hard. We've tried our Facebook contacts, I've floated the idea around my office, we've even put paid job listings up on job boards — a few months later and no real success.
So a question to those of you out there on Slashdot with startup experience:
Can startups only be formed among existing acquaintances?
How do you go about the founder search?
Do you think that you have to just go full-ahead with the plan without a developer, and trust that you'll find one before you it's too late?
Do you have to be located in a "Startup Hub," as Paul Graham would say, for the pieces to fall into place?"