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Startups Grow With People - How to Pick a Co-Founder

  • Launch22 32 Cubitt Street London, England, WC1X 0LS United Kingdom (map)


Sign-up by sending an email to for the talk on How to pick a co-founder or partner for your startup with our mentor Ozzie to learn more about the top 8 principles you have to pay attention when deciding on a new partnership!


People decisions top the list for complexity when it comes to leading a startup to success. The good news is that there are always good principles or heuristics that can be used as "rules of thumb". Learning about them is a great way to make higher quality decisions.


Startups with value propositions around understanding human behaviour are also welcome to join. 


Ozan “Ozzie” Dagdeviren is a mentor at Launch22 and an author of Startups Grow With People: How to Pick Partners, How to Recruit the Top Talent and How to Build a Company Culture, who has been studying human behaviour for the last 12 years. He holds a double major in Psychology and Sociology, an M.A. in Consumer Behavior and certificates on Entrepreneurship from Harvard. 

After gaining experience mainly as an Executive Recruiter and an HR Business Partner at top companies for 8 years, Ozzie has left corporate life and switched gears to become an entrepreneur. He has founded four companies to date, the latest being which focuses on providing scaleups with expertise on people & culture issues to help them grow. 

Here is other trivia about Ozzie;
Consulted, collaborated as a keynote speaker or mentored both small and large companies such as Nivea, CityGames Vienna, Moustard London, WeldWolf, eBay, itelligence and letgo among other Fortune 500 organizations. 
Has a total of 7 books (3 of them in English) including an HR & Leadership Category Amazon Bestseller: Creative Hiring. 
Udemy Instructor with more than 9500+ registered students in his courses
Here are some links:
Amazon Author Page:
Udemy Profile:
LinkedIn Profile:

(Bonus) Recommended Reading List

Ozzie studies and reads like crazy to understand what makes startups successful and how organizations grow. Here is is a list of his top 20 favourite books related to building startups which he thinks hold golden insights:

Originals, Adam Grant
Start With Why, Simon Sinek
Zero to One, Peter Thiel
7 Dysfunctions of a Team, Patrick Lencioni
Life 3.0, Max Tegmark
Superintelligence, Nick Bostrom
The Sharing Economy, Arun Sundarajan
Mastery, Robert Greene
Sapiens & Homo Deus, Yuval Noah Harari
Predictably Irrational, Dan Ariely
Cruical Conversations, Kerry Patterson
The Effective Manager, Mark Horstman
Influence, Robert B. Cialdini
The New One Minute Manager, Ken Blanchard
To Sell is Human, Daniel H. Pink
Platform Revolution, Sangeet Paul Choudary
The Future of the Professions, Richard&Daniel Suskind
The Inevitable, Kevin Kelly
Angel, How to Invest in Tech Startups, Jason Calacanis
The Start-Up J Curve, Howard Love
The Launch Pad: Inside Y Combinator, Randall E. Stross


Earlier Event: September 11
Pitch Night
Later Event: September 13
#NextGenCup Challenge