It's often mentioned in startup circles that partnering with a co-founder is a bit like getting married. You form a bound of sorts, and are in it together thick or thin. The importance of "dating" a potential co-founder is also mentioned a lot. Makes sense, I think, seeing as it's such a big commitment.
I'm wondering if anyone has any good ideas for how to conduct this "dating" period?
The first thing that pops into my head is trying to collaborate together on some related aspect to the startup you are thinking about building with them. But perhaps this implies some sort of obligation. And how would you deal with the resulting IP if "dating" doesn't work out?
How can you test a working relationship without obligation or any potential IP type implications?