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Michelle Quinn: Silicon Valley, the land of dynamic duos

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Baldwin tells startups they need a "hustler," essentially a sales/business person, and a "hacker," someone who can solve problems.

"Can you have a child by yourself?" said Jessica Alter, co-founder of FounderDating, a service that helps entrepreneurs and investors match up people. "Sure, but it's so much harder." In her case, her co-founder was "someone to bounce ideas off of, gut check with, lean on, split responsibilities with," she said. They are no longer together.

And then there are the soulmates. .

"Hewlett and Packard were the perfect pair," Malone said. "There is no record that they had an argument."

Of course, not many partnerships can be like Bill and Dave's. They showed just one of many ways to start and run a company.

But in Silicon Valley, at least, having two heads is better than one.

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