We have been friends for over five years now and have been working on this idea for the past one year. We validated the idea through a very minimal prototype that I built in the initial 3-4 weeks. I did a few interviews to understand the user needs better and the response was just amazing. That’s when we knew the need was there and decided to move ahead and build the product. The idea is in elearning domain and hence we had to work on both the design and creation of the e-learning content and also code the application that delivers this content. I took responsibility of the coding and content creation part and my co-founder agreed to take care of the our marketing efforts.
I started working on it and finished writing the course content about two months ago. Since then I have been coding the back-end to support the content delivery. Since the start we met every week to assess our progress and in most of the meetings he missed the deadlines, sometimes by over a month. Because of this delay, the marketing stuff started to pile up. Then I had to juggle back and forth between creating content and writing marketing copy, emails, newsletters, social media, establishing partnerships, writing blogs, giving out presentations etc. I communicated to him several times about my expectations from him and the problem that I was facing due to this constant juggling back and forth.
I didn’t notice initially but when I look back, he really hasn’t done much in the last two to three months. Whenever I asked him for anything, he would say “I am still working it out. Will keep you posted” and then nothing. No updates untill I followup several times.
The problem is not that he hasn’t contributed much. The real problem is that I came to know that he is working secretly on a project all along with someone else for the past three months. A friend of mine told me about this about a week ago but then I just didn’t believe him and shrugged it off. Today, I confirmed it through a very reliable source.
I can work with a guy who isn’t reaching expectations but I really cannot bear this. I thought through this for sometime now and I understood that I am being emotional and hence wanted to know what others would do if they were in my place. How would you deal with this? I would appreciate if you can help me with this.