hey I founded a tech startup...OH SHIT I CAN'T CODE. #barcampsg7
hey I just founded a tech startup...OH SHIT I CAN’T CODE @elishatan
What you’re gonna hear• Should you, the non-techie founder, learn programming?• What should you do before learning?• What and how should you learn?• Will learning pay off?
Who’s this person?Im Elisha Tan. I did Psychology in NUS, graduated in 2010and did social media marketing at a couple of startups. Inlate 2010, I was accepted at the Singapore FounderInstitute and I founded Learnemy, a web application thatfinds you instructors for anything you want to learn.I am proficient in MS office and Paint, whichenabled me to create the picture you seeon the right.
What’s the story?• Spend about 3 months looking for technical co-founder cluelessly• Got into a service partnership with other founders• Quit my job• Did my mockups
Should you, or should you not? Should Should not• If you outsource, you can’t • It will take long for you to tell if you get bullshit. be proﬁcient in coding.• You can’t hire for a job you • Too much time spent don’t know.• You should know your product.• You give programmers respect, and you’ll give the right impressions.
Before you code...Learn HTML and CSS so that you can fake it tillyou make it- http://www.w3schools.com/- http://css-tricks.com/- http://colorschemedesigner.com/- Rentoid
Design is hardYou want to be a great artist...“Good artists copy, great artists steal” -Pablo Picasso Thatʼs what he said
Firebug is your best friend http://getfirebug.com/
Other sites• Learn about design • http://uxmag.com/ • http://www.smashingmagazine.com/ • http://www.danlockton.com/dwi/Main_Page• Testing
RoadmapDecide Fake your Decide ato code MVP language
You are going to be very confused over what language to learn. Python is so AngularJS iseasy to learn! Look at him, RoR powerful and easy to he learned Django in 3 is easy to learn and the Use weeks! syntax is beautiful! PHP. Because Facebook uses PHP.
So learn whatever from anyone who’s willing to lend a helping hand.
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