Ask DN How do you find developers to team up with?

over 8 years ago from , Sr. Visual Designer

Hey DN, I was wondering if anyone had any tips or sites they knew of that helps people find developers to work on side projects.

(Also sorry for the repost, I realized I posted a little late to get responses and it my post got pushed down, was really looking for some help and tips,mods feel free to delete if this is an annoyance)

I have a great team starting to come together and an idea that we believe can make an impact in a specific market. The issue is finding an Android developer that is willing to work towards the same goal as us but without being paid initially (sounds like every early start up, i know).

I'm trying to not screw anyone over but as I said this will be a side project until/unless it makes enough money to replace my daily design job. I'm not trying to make the next large empire, but I am trying to build an app that is useful to users, as well is fun to work for and use. ANY tips would be welcomed! Thanks guys!


  • Alex BAlex B, over 8 years ago (edited over 8 years ago )

    Meetups! Coffee shops! I would prefer to work with locals and people I meet in person. So a place like meetup.com is useful.

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  • Riki TanoneRiki Tanone, over 8 years ago

    Check out assembly.com. Another way to do it is to look for developers who release free products similar to what you're looking for. So since you're looking for an Android developer, look for someone who's released things related to Android apps. I found a Bootstrap developer using that method, and I'm super happy with the partnership.

    Basically, to find someone willing to work for free, you'll need to find someone who's already done work for free. It takes a lot of luck, but you also have to bring something to the table. You can't just have an idea. You better have the ability/skillsets backing you up, and you'll need some proof of it. For me, I had a portfolio on dribbble, and I had a track record for the kinds of things I was looking for help with, so I think that helped.

    Good luck!

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  • Jonathan ShariatJonathan Shariat, over 8 years ago

    May I tack on a question to this? What are acceptable equity stakes to give out?



    I know some of this depends on how much work each person is doing but are there any guides to this? Like how much should you give #3 or 5?

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  • Quentin R, over 8 years ago

    Codefriend if it ever finished. >.>

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  • Chris JohnsonChris Johnson, over 8 years ago (edited over 8 years ago )

    I'm a design engineer full time and would love to work with more people on more projects.

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  • Ken BarloKen Barlo, over 8 years ago

    become the developer you need... :) i kid i kid

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  • Nick HileyNick Hiley, over 8 years ago

    I find out that I was following a local designer on Twitter so I messaged him and we're planning on doing a few projects together in the future.

    Have a search on Twitter and find a few locals :)

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  • Jack CallisterJack Callister, over 8 years ago

    Developer here - designer news look like a good place for teaming up. I've had a look at collabfinder but I don't have facebook so I can't sign up :( Twitter is also really good but it's a bit hit and miss.

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