Finding a technical co-founder is always a challenge for non-tech founders. That’s the reason there are specific platform’s that helps you in finding out technical cofounder. Being a technology guy, I regularly come across many non-tech co-founders who want tech guy in creating their technology platform. Certainly there is a supply demand gap for technology guys with entrepreneurial zest. Many tech guys who have that zest are running their own show (like me) and others are enjoying their safe jobs which is paying them good money. Many idea’s die or fail to get launched because non-tech founder is not able launch MVP. But have you ever given a thought that “Do you really need a tech co-founder?” Or “What are the options you have to launch MVP without tech co-founder”?
As a non-tech founder you have two different options to launch MVP without an in-house technology guy:-
1) Learn programming: – Believe me, it’s not difficult. And once you start learning it, you will enjoy it. It gives instance results unlike sales and marketing where you have to wait endlessly to get results. And that result is mostly failure, few time success and more times no response. In programming you get results within minutes, or hours or worst case within a day. And mostly the result is a success(once you get a bit of expertise). To develop an MVP, you don’t need to be a rock-star programmer (you can always hire them later once you have raised capital). You need not to be a computer science graduate to be a programmer. In fact there are many successful software products created by people who are not from computer science background. Further after learning a bit of coding, you will be able to communicate in much better way with technical team/co-founder down the line. And you will be able to hire a junior freelancer or college student(s) and work along with him to launch your MVP. It will help you in marketing and sales of your product. At the end of article, have given list of platforms where you can learn programming. Now which programming languages, you should learn as beginner? I have parked this question for next post.
2) Hire digital agency:- Now this option works well when you have money to spend upfront. There are many digital agencies out there that do awesome work at very reasonable cost. Especially in the part of world from where I am writing this blog, we have too many of them. But the art here is to find one having required technical expertise who can get work done within your budget. Again, if you have learned a bit of programming and technology jargon, you will be able to judge agency capabilities in more efficient way and will be able to negotiate well or price. But remember, if you give peanuts you will get monkeys. Better option is to give agencies money + a very small portion of equity (5% to 10%). Reason of giving equity is, it will give them sense of ownership. Don’t worry that why you should be giving them equity as it’s you who have taken all risk of leaving a job and starting up. Right now :-
Your MVP is not out in market
You don’t know whether market is there or not for your product.
You don’t have customers who are paying for your product.
So you are sitting at probably 100% equity with valuation of equity equal to ZERO. And everything divided by zero is :-(I know you are good at maths)
Here a list of platforms to help you learn programming
- Codecademy(http://www.codecademy.com) ,
And if you still want to find a tech co-founder, here a list of platforms to find technology co-founders.
http://builditwith.me , http://cofoundernetwork.com, http://cofounderslab.com, http://cofoundr.com, http://doerhub.com, http://findmycofounder.com, http://founder2be.com, http://founderdating.com, http://foundersfarm.com, http://foundersync.com, http://foundrs.com, http://startupweekend.org
PS: My mission of writing this blog is to help every non-tech co-founder launch their MVP. You can drop a mail at kohli[dot]Vikram1982[at]gmail.com if you would like to discuss about your idea and how to launch your MVP.