Meeting a co-founder in adventure
Updated: Feb 19, 2020
"The first time ever I saw your face, I thought the sun rose in your eyes, and the moon and the stars, were the gifts you gave."
The process for finding and connecting with a co-founder is rarely easy. It's a bit like falling in love except, extracting yourself from a business partnership gone wrong, is sometimes more challenging than stepping away from love gone west.
Now before we continue, I wasn't particularly looking for love or for that matter, a co-founder. I had enough on my plate in both those directions but sometimes, you just meet someone and there's nothing you can do about it but say, "hey, I like the cut of your gib"... and that's what happened when I met Luke.
Now, I have done adventure, at least I thought I had, until I met Luke. I've taken groups of people into the desert, swam with whales in the arctic and had a near death experience with an angry camel so to be frank, I thought I'd earned the right to dominate most dinner party conversations, until I met Luke.
You know, an old sage once told me, "there is always someone with a bigger adventure story than you" or something like that, I think it was a "bigger boat than you" but hey, it works many ways.
And so it turned out as Luke unravelled his unfeasibly long adventure CV. Atlantic rower, serious mudder, Yorkshire 3 peaks veteran, serious long distance cyclist. But it was when I heard him talk about his WildBase mission ... "I want to inspire people to live more adventurous lives; to break down barriers to being more active; and address their 'I could never' challenges" ... that I got particularly excited.
And so, wind the clock forward a few months and we're now co-founders in this new adventure venture. Kindred spirits with some stories to tell, but many more to come.
Launching a start-up is never easy and finding a co-founder to share that journey is often an early obstacle to progress. Conflicting motivations, commitment, time, investment and personalities often conspire to make it a tricky matchmaking process and when the fit doesn't work, it's a recipe for an early demise.
It took us a few pints of Brewdog Stout to establish a roadmap for moving forward but they're about to happen and we have exciting plans for where we want to go and what we want to do with WildBase.
Our mission is simple, we want to help inspire people to aim and achieve some amazing personal challenges. To enjoy the thrill, fear, excitement and reward of pushing themselves to that next level.
And my conclusion from this latest co-founder process?
If you find someone with better adventure stories, make sure they don't get invited to the same dinner parties as you.
Andrew Weaver, Co-Founder, Wildbase