My cofounder doesn’t have a specific role in the company (no technical or business skills), but to his credit is very smart and to some degree has been the glue that kept everything together when the going got tough. Right now he does most of the admin/hr/menutia work, but doesn’t offer much in terms of actual business or technical contributions outside of his opinion. To be fair, we probably wouldn’t have gotten to where we’re at now (generating enough traction to make VCs excited) without him.
My concern is that moving forward, there isn’t something that he can take ownership and will prove to be deadweight. Moreover, he still hasn’t left his PhD program. He claims that he’s just waiting for us to close out our round, but if anything that frustrates me even more.
Should I force him out or should I try to find a role where he can be involved and contribute without slowing us down/getting in the way? I need to figure this out before his 25% equity vests and its too late to act if need be.