I am asking this question on behalf of a friend, who until recently was bootstrapping a startup (a social web app) with her husband. He was the developer and she supported the business in other ways. In a very sad turn of events a few months ago, he died, and now she is trying to figure out how to take the company and the app forward.
Only he knew the code, but she does have all the passwords and account information for the AWS accounts etc. Although she hasn't been working on the code, she is an engineer and therefore not ignorant about the technology.
The question is: how to take the company forward?
She would like it to live on. Ideally she would like to participate in its future, but that isn't essential. She is aware of the difficulties associated with a new developer adopting an existing code base.
My thought was that she should frame her problem as the search for a co-founder. If you agree with this, what are good ways to approach finding a suitable co-founder in this situation?
Any thoughts / advice would be very welcome.
UPDATE: Thanks for the input thus far. Very thoughtful and useful answers. I will report back with the outcome.