Choosing a Co-Founder - Advice from Chris Harder

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Choosing a Co-Founder - Advice from Chris Harder

Episode Summary

Today’s episode will be a very special one, as I will be joined by a dear friend and huge inspiration for me, Chris Harder. I've known Chris for fifteen years, and during that period, he has accomplished so much. Up until the recession, Chris worked for the largest bank in the world at the time. After leaving the banking industry, Chris looked to his wife, Lori, to be his business partner. Together, they've co-founded four multimillion-dollar companies and backed 16 successful start-ups. With his co-founder Matt, Chris has recently been working on his own venture, which will be a peer-to-peer lending software that launches in August of 2023. This app will positively change the way we will lend and borrow money.

Chris and I discuss co-founders in businesses. You will learn whether your business is ready for a co-founder and more importantly, how to find the right co-founder for you. As you may guess, finding the right co-founder is incredibly important for the success and longevity of your company and Chris knows all the right ways to make sure you find the right fit.

[6:13] How he got started in entrepreneurship.
[17:37] What does it look like to you if you’re not showing up?
[20:23] How to find your perfect partner
[25:22] How do you decide how to divide up roles and responsibilities?
[28:07] The importance of surrounding yourself with the right people to help you succeed.
[31:03] You have to be open to the idea that what is true today may not be true tomorrow.


"If you don't have a set of skill sets or if you're not good at a certain number of things, it's not an excuse to not go out and build your dream. You have to go find the people to fill your gaps. And when you do that, when you're willing to share your idea, then there's no stopping you when it comes to bringing this idea to life." - Chris Harder


In this episode, you will learn the following:
1. What tips does Chris Harder have for finding the right co-founder?
2. How did Chris Harder transition from a career in banking to starting four multi-million dollar businesses?
3. What did Chris Harder learn from his first experience in having a partner and how did he apply those lessons when he partnered with Matt to build a peer-to-peer lending app?


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Find Chris Online:
Connect with Chris on IG: @chriswharder

Connect with me on IG @jackie.koch_
Find more information on my website


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