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How to build a startup if you
can’t code

Powered by StartitUp.co

By: Edward Liu
ed@startitup.co
I have a great idea, I need
to…
Build it
This is where most people get stuck.
Starting today…

Drop the Build-First Mentality
Hacker
Start your business today. All
you need are:

1. Determination
2. Passion
3. Short-Sightedness
“Do stuff that doesn’t scale”
• Deliver your solution manually (on a smaller
scale)
• Reduce development time (Use what’s
...
Adopt the Service-First Mentality
Hustler

Stop building, start doing!
MVB- Minimum Viable
Skip product. Go straight for the money.
Business
Don’t go after the tech-heavy ideas

Don’t f*ck with data!
Go after service-heavy ideas

Online-to-Offline Ideas
(o2o)
Groupon
Their MVB: Wordpress Blog
They didn’t bother building a
product.
1. They went straight to the
merchants and asked ...
Uber
MVB: Start a Private Driver Firm (A crew of 4 or
something)

Once you have revenue, use that revenue to build the mob...
airbnb
MVB: Ask your friends for their empty
rooms and list them.

Again, build your website once you are able to validate...
Great o2o Businesses
• Vayable – Tours by locals
• Exec – Book a house cleaning
• Taskrabbit – Get help from your neighbor...
Other ideas to jumpstart your business

Organize workshops, seminars, events, parties, sell stuff,
teach stuff. Be creativ...
So when should I start building?
Answer: When you run out of
bandwidth with your business (meaning
you are already making ...
Save yourself from wasted time,
money, and sleepless nights
Think Dumb.
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How to build a startup if you are not technical

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Busting the misconception that you must need a product for your startup. Start building the next billion dollar business without a line of code written.

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How to build a startup if you are not technical

  1. 1. How to build a startup if you can’t code Powered by StartitUp.co By: Edward Liu ed@startitup.co
  2. 2. I have a great idea, I need to…
  3. 3. Build it
  4. 4. This is where most people get stuck.
  5. 5. Starting today… Drop the Build-First Mentality Hacker
  6. 6. Start your business today. All you need are: 1. Determination 2. Passion 3. Short-Sightedness
  7. 7. “Do stuff that doesn’t scale” • Deliver your solution manually (on a smaller scale) • Reduce development time (Use what’s available) • A “dumb” version of your MVP
  8. 8. Adopt the Service-First Mentality Hustler Stop building, start doing!
  9. 9. MVB- Minimum Viable Skip product. Go straight for the money. Business
  10. 10. Don’t go after the tech-heavy ideas Don’t f*ck with data!
  11. 11. Go after service-heavy ideas Online-to-Offline Ideas (o2o)
  12. 12. Groupon Their MVB: Wordpress Blog They didn’t bother building a product. 1. They went straight to the merchants and asked them for discounts. 2. Once they got that, they post the deals on their Wordpress blog. 3. Users get what they want. 4. Money starts rolling in.
  13. 13. Uber MVB: Start a Private Driver Firm (A crew of 4 or something) Once you have revenue, use that revenue to build the mobile app.
  14. 14. airbnb MVB: Ask your friends for their empty rooms and list them. Again, build your website once you are able to validate this idea and make some revenue.
  15. 15. Great o2o Businesses • Vayable – Tours by locals • Exec – Book a house cleaning • Taskrabbit – Get help from your neighbors • Zaarly – Local service providers • Monster – Jobs site • Match – Dating website • Codecademy – Learn to code There are still a lot of other opportunities!
  16. 16. Other ideas to jumpstart your business Organize workshops, seminars, events, parties, sell stuff, teach stuff. Be creative.
  17. 17. So when should I start building? Answer: When you run out of bandwidth with your business (meaning you are already making money).
  18. 18. Save yourself from wasted time, money, and sleepless nights Think Dumb. Powered by StartitUp.co By: Edward Liu ed@startitup.co

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