You can't throw a stone in the startup community without hitting a blog post, tweet, or discussion around co-founders. While I think there's a great deal of good advice out there on the search for a co-founder on places like Venture Hacks, Humbled MBA and OnStartups, it's as important to understand the potholes to avoid. Just like a pothole will disable an otherwise great car, these mistakes will derail your company...and your cofounder search.
The structure of standard entrepreneurial networking events where you're quickly pitching your idea may not be the best way to find a co-founder; when you're trying to find a business partner, there are many elements that have to come together for it work and many question you need to try to answer. The amazing part about Startup Weekend is that many of those pieces can come together in just one weekend thanks to the event's unique structure.
While I believe the best way to evaluate potential co-founders is to work together, often times the first steps in the process are quick introductions and elevator pitches. In this part, I outline some tips for looking at idea pitches as starting points to exploring potentially long-term working relationships rather than quick filters.