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How can I find teams of developers who already work well together and are just looking for their next product or platform idea?

I have an idea, but I would rather find a working team of developers who can demonstrate that they work well together first, and then we can go raise money together. I would rather not get the funding first, then find out I hired the wrong people or that it takes too much time to have the team work effectively together.

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Hi Yoonjung Lee, its Rajat Jain from india, As I am technologies specialist front-end as well back-end which we can build application efficient and we can give hand to hand delivery within in few month. we can help out to build a Team in india faster.

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I would recommend using your past track record for attracting an already established development team. ie what other ideas have you developed successfully in this manner already. Developers will be motivated in joining a venture that can communicate some assurance of success.

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Hello Yoonjung,

I am a software engineer (ex-Apple/Microsoft). Why do you think a working team of developers who can demonstrate that they work well together should work for you? What is in it for them?

Thanks, Berk

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Nobody believes in just the idea, as much as you, the creator of idea does! You must be too good to sell an idea / your vision to a team of developers to get them to work for you. If you have strong conviction that your idea has the substance, try talking to companies / teams who work for equity.

Coming to finding the investor part - Bootstrap to begin with. You should be the first investor for your business, then family & friends, your team who works for equity, then paying customers. Until you get traction, no private equity investor would be ready.

Instead, you can try pitching for Business Incubators (YCombinator), Business pitch competitions(Shark Tank), Idea stage business investors.

Best wishes from India!

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Good developers are seldom at a loss for work and looking for their next idea. Your best approach may be industry teaming with a company in the development industry, already organized and involved in a segment synergistic with your idea.

Synergism is paramount in teaming with any size company, whether in a lead or subcontracting role. There should be technical, management and market segment similarities between you and any company with whom you are considering teaming. Your prospective team member ideally will not be a direct competitor; rather a business in a related field with whom you share a mutual need for each other's contributions in pursuing large-scale projects.

Relationships must be developed with primes and other small businesses that can help you, team with you and keep you in mind as they search for success. That takes time, patience and open-minded, out of the box thinking. It also takes more than a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA), a teaming agreement (TA) and a proposal to succeed. It takes dynamic marketing and communication with strong partners and hard, innovative work. Nice buzz words you say - but it is the truth and you have to find what that truth means to you.

With careful intellectual property protection and crafted teaming agreements, your idea may become part of a mutually beneficial industry relationship.

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Most often Ideas become absolute due to forming a team to execute. I understand the intent not to dilute your idea very early but I am big believer of disruption through collaboration. To that note I would suggest you to reach out to few incubators to validate your idea and also see   if they can help you build the team as well. Else building a team to execute is a multi year journey.  I would suggest for you to reach out to few Incubators 

https://inc42.com/resources/top-20-startup-incubators-india/ https://blog.salesflare.com/top-startup-accelerators-incubators-us-canada

Thanks,Ganesh Harinath  VP of Engineering, 5G MEC, AI Platform & Next-Gen Applications  701 First Avenue Sunnyvale, CA 94089

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To break this down a bit you are looking for a) a team that demonstrates that they already work well together b) a team that is willing to work with you on an idea rather than whatever it is that they're already working well together on

This at first sounds like a tall order, but there are certainly ways to find teams: a) Find a small development shop with demonstrated results (maybe great consulting client examples, or they are building an app that they love but hasn't taken off yet) that's interested in your concept and is open to going along with you for the adventure. b) Work your contacts at large companies to find groups who may have just had their project canceled or changed such that they are thinking of looking for their next thing together. c) Talk to people you know at universities who could identity strong project groups who would love the thrill of working with you to find their next big thing d) Look online for small companies that do something similar to what you're trying to do but seem to either be doing it for passion rather than huge revenue. Maybe they'd be open to pivoting a bit and working with you to boost the concept into a larger scale business with your guidance etc.

In all of these, you have to clearly have something to offer. What is that? Make it clear. Finding a team that works well together and hiring them all at once while having them work on your project is pretty much the holy grail of recruiting scenarios, so you'll likely need to do lots of groundwork finding these teams and then an amazing sales pitch on yourself and your vision to have them work with you. So draw on all your skills, and go for it!

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