When starting a new company, it is curial to get the right team in place, or the business will never go anywhere. While it is possible to go at it alone, co-founders can be a great asset, if they complete your skill set, and are motivated to make the business work.
The question is, should you seek to start a business with a long time friend, or should you seek someone you don't know that well, but has a great resume? Most businesses don't last for more then a few years, and that could have a devastating effect on the friendship. Having a good founders agreement can help in either case, but it does not promise that everything will work out for the best. If you go for the stranger, it is hard to predict if you will in fact get along well since you have no experience with that person.
What are your thoughts on the matter?