So about few months ago, a guy came to me with an idea (social selling platform) and asked me to be the CTO and take care of the technical stuff. He's a non teche guy.
I did not find it much intresting because there's already big players in that domain. Instead I had something else in mind. I wanted to digitize local shops and want to build an eco system for small and medium business. I pitched the idea to him. He liked it very much and asked me to be the CEO of this business because I envisioned it.
So we finished the paper work. Since the beginning, I didn't feel like he's adding any value to the company. Because, I'm the one engineering the solution, doing ui/ux designing the product, taking care of branding, positioning the product, crafting a narrative for the market, setting the direct for the company.
I gave him few tasks but he couldn't meet my expectations. 3/10. So I'd to redo the tasks for myself. All of our meetings go for 3 to 5 hours continuously and I feel so drained by the end of the meeting because I feel like I'm interacting with a manager. Lot of talk but no substantial contribution to the solution.
So today I dissolved the partnership with him. Luckily we both haven't made any big investment into the company yet. When I told him my reasons to dissolve the partnership, instead of being understanding, he went defensive mode and started attacking me saying he doubt my leadership abilities, that I'm not business centric and don't know resource management, lacks emotional stability etc.
It's ironic. I'm the one who's doing the heavy lifting. He comes up with obvious things and presents as grandiose things which I don't find valuable.
He wants to go on and build the same solution. I don't have any problem with it. But my only concern is, I don't want him to use the solution spec and the user flows that I've drafted. Because I've designed them with great emphasis on user experience that the solution is SO SIMPLE to use.
I want to preserve that user experience and flow for myself because I made it.
Should I tell him not to use what I've made and come up with other user flow for his solution? Or should I let go of it?
This is his 3rd time trying to build a business. His first two business were into consulting which he made when he was 19. But both of them were not successful. Now he's 26. He's still new to the startup world and lacks business maturity.
I'm also 26. I've my own startup since 5 years and worked with several investors, advisors. He's got so much of exposure working with me. But he doesn't get that. The comments he made got under my skin and into my head. I tried to sort the personal comments he made but of no help. In return he questioned me, what I've done and has the nerve to say that he has contributed so much to the solution. I'm feeling like errrr.. he's poking my ego.
What should I do? Please advise.