Basic idea is: a) I'm paying $1000 / month for someone to work full time on developing an OPTIONS trading sytem (hence why I'm posting this in the options section of this forum). This is the "hiring" part of the title. b) I'm in no hurry to throw those money out the window, so what I'm looking for may look like sort of an unicorn. This is the "cofounder" part of the title. Ok, it's a bit of a conflict in words since hiring refers to employees and a cofounder is the very opposite of that. But I want a title that sends a clearer message than the usual "looking for", since the key ingredient I'm throwing here is money ($1000 / month). Think of my post as an ongoing tentative which I'll refine subsequently, I'd like to read your input / feedback on it. I'm fully expecting to be viciously attacked / ridiculed and with all the alcohol involved, I couldn't get myself to post this message yesterday Partly because I'm far more able to withstand critique when I'm sober It's morning now and I hafta go to work but I'll post more details on what I'm looking for. I've 17 years of programming background and 12 of quantitative finance (like I can prove the Black-Scholes theorem at least three different ways) and feel like I'm closing in to getting "actually making money" off the ground. This domain seems to be dominated by lone wolfs (applies even more for this forum) and I too need solid reasons for willing to both pay money and dilute my equity to 50%. The reasons are, and hope they make sense to you as they make to me: 1) I'm both cutting the time required to bootstrap this and getting a partner for the stuff to come. The path from "having a money making strategy" and a well-capitalized hedge fund may not be entirely smooth and straightforward. 2) Most importantly, THE EQUITY EQUATION: http://paulgraham.com/equity.html . If independently alone everyone is making $1 and with a cofounder we're making $4, then it makes sense to dilute each other's equity to 50%.