Becoming a tech co-founder

I have been involved in a number of tech start-ups, even as the first employee, but I have never been a co-founder. My skills are accross essentially everything right now except tech - and this seems to be an issue when looking to join an incubator or get seed funding, as to date I have not been able to find a tech co-founder.

So one logical solution is to upskill myself to be the tech-cofounder. But how practical is this and what would be the basics? Yes, I agree that there could be a million ways to boil the ocean here, but advice is welcome. I feel like I want to set myself a goal of 3-6 months to be able to put together a basic working MVP of my product idea. (Which is an AI/ML healthcare app).

Has anyone else been in this situation? What did you resport to?

HI Sharon! I don't think you need to be a technical co-founder! And that's coming from someone who has been a technical co-founder and worked in engineering for 10 years. Now, it's easier than ever to build a MVP.What I would say is important - figure out the tools to help you build your hackiest prototype and know how to iterate on them. There are a ton of no-code tools out there (Glide lets you build a mobile app in a day, for instance!), Webflow, Bubble, to name a few.What can you test out now? The smallest bit? It could be a landing page, people's desirability of an AI solution - something that demonstrates traction.I've also been a part of two VCs and one (, which is located in London), invested in a number of teams (about 70% of them) without a technical co-founder.Hope that helps! I spent the last 6 months building out a prototype and spent 1 day coding, max (which was a day wasted, heh).SarahMy background: coach for women in tech, founder, and engineer for reference (
Agree with what Sharon said, and also by doing this, you would actually be more likely to find a technical co-founder if you still wanted one. Also, there are some places that really emphasize heavily on the technical co-founder, like YC, so I would avoid those and go with other VCs, like the one Sharon mentioned.