A little background – a guy who I used to work for (and trust) approached me 6 months ago with an idea for a web application that targets a non-sexy industry. He would be the CEO/sales/bizdev guy and I would be the developer. It seemed like a really solid idea and something reasonable that I could build. After a week or so of researching competitors and hashing out some other details I decided to start building the product.
Fast forward to 6 months later and we now have a product which I’m fairly proud of. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles that I was hoping for, but I think it’s a pretty solid MVP. The only problem is that my cofounder and I have completely different values, and it’s really hard for us to see eye to eye.
- He wants to aggressively pursue patents (even though we haven’t made a single doller yet) – I think patents are a huge waste of time and resources and this stage in the business. Plus I don’t think our product is super novel to begin with
- He insists that we continue adding more and more features before we release – I think we should just release the damn thing and see if anybody likes it
- I think that he should take a more active role in ‘product’ related activities, like creating mock-ups and performing QA. He thinks we shouldn’t bother testing until the product is done!
- He tends to be very scatter brained with his ideas. This concerns me greatly because he has the domain experience in the industry that we’re targeting. I have no experience in this industry and thus have to trust that he has the right vision for this product.
I really don’t want to give up but at this point I’ve lost a lot of faith in the competence of my cofounder and I have a hard time motivating myself to keep working on this product. I feel like our difference in values cannot be reconciled, and I worry that his vision is not focused enough.
Any advice on how to move forward?