A friend of mine has started a startup where he wants to develop a very technical product that requires quite a bit of expertise in cloud solutions. He asked me if I knew anyone who might be interested in becoming a co-founder, since the workload has been way too much for him alone in the past few months. He been taking care of both sales and development since he started. I have another friend who is already working full time at a startup (as an employee) but might be interested, especially since his skillset matches pretty well what my other friend is looking for.
Initially I thought it would be a good fit, since I think they could benefit and complement each other pretty well. However, I also know that both of them have some peculiarities about them that might make them prone to conflict. Since it's very hard to avoid conflict in a startup environment, especially when a lot of money is involved and "work put in" or "value contributed "can never really be objectively measured, I started worrying that this might also affect my friendship with both of them down the line, since they will always be associating me as the one who connected them in the first place if things ever do go wrong.
I have not talked to my other friend about this co-founding opportunity yet. I was wondering if it's a good idea to just show him what this idea is all about and if he is interested, and maybe meeting with the three of us just to see if we (or they) get along, but I also don't want to be held accountable for any serious conflict that may or may not occur down the line.
Is there a good way for me to handle this situation?