01 Sep Tech for Non-Tech Founders
Are you creating a Startup? Are you a non-tech guy (or gal) trying to build a product dependent on technology?
It is widely believed that, irrespective of one’s background, one can come up with the next big idea. But there are few hiccups in the path of glory if you are not from the software background.
Think of this. You came up with a brilliant concept. You pitch the idea to your friends and family members and you get two big thumbs up. In your mind, you are all set to become next Bansal. Now only thing which you have not yet figured out is, how to build the website or the app which most probably is necessary for your idea to turn it into next Flipkart.
Now what to do? You have never coded anything before or,like in most cases, you don’t like coding or don’t understand coding. The immediate thought that can cross your mind would be to hire a developer. But developers don’t come cheap. And as a startup founder you should be living on a shoestring budget so as to save your cash for rainy day. The obvious next thought would be, finding a co-founder who can code. But that means you have to give some share of your equity. Are you willing to do that? Finding a right co-founder is one of the most important aspect of team building. So hold on till you find Mr./Ms. Perfect.
What if, you build your own website or app? At least you can use your own developed model as MVP (minimum viable product) or you can use the mock up for pitching your idea to your Angel investors.
There are many tools which you can use for building simple websites or for creating interactive wireframes. For instance, it is child’s play to create a website on Wix.com. Wix.com is the website which provides self-explanatory website building platform. All you have to do is drag and drop and your website will be developed on its own. It has many templates to choose from and you can view your work in Web as well as Mobile preview. Like Wix there are many other similar platform providers, like Weebly, Squarespace, Jimdo to name few.
Another interesting tool you can use is ‘POP – Prototyping on Paper’. What this android app does is, it captures what you have drawn on paper and creates an interactive prototype. This will give you an idea how your app might look like, and also this way it is a lot easier to explain your idea to others. You can also try your hands on ‘Balsamiq’ or ‘Justinmind’. Balsamiq is used for creating graphical user interface mockups. Justinmind is one of the best platforms for building web or mobile app prototypes.
There are several such apps and platforms which you can use without any hassle. And come up with wireframes, interactive mock-ups, MVPs or even live websites. Along with this there are many self-teaching websites like ‘codecademy.com’ where you can learn complex languages and build your own applications.
As Mark Zuckerberg said, “The biggest risk is not taking any risk. In a world that is changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.” So take some risks. Try to do stuff on your own, even if it means getting out of your comfort zone. You will learn, you will fail, you will learn again, but ultimately you will succeed.