Partnerships that work usually have a solid yin/yang. It is about being complimentary.
Fred and I have done countless projects together. We respect each other’s decisions, stay in our lane most of the time, and are extremely complimentary of each other’s interests. It has worked for many years.
I am fascinated with partnerships. Ones that work forever and then one day they don’t. Is it that they drove into the wrong lane too many times?
When co-founders are both product people the probability of both of them lasting many rounds of capital rounds are slim. If one is a product person and the other is a great operator or manager, then the chances are much better. Together they balance each other out.
We can point to so many partnerships that worked. I am not sure that the business end of the partnership would have had the same success without the creative end and visa-versa. Bill Gates and Paul Allen, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard, YSL and Pierre Berge, Marc Jacobs and Robert Duffy, Charles and Ray Eames and there are obviously more but the success of partnerships works across many verticals.
I have invested in singular founders but there is definitely something great about having someone else next to you and even better if they are the ying to your yang. It is the same for projects. Having someone at your side who is interested in the same end product who has a different set of skill sets is a real bonus.