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Defending the Worth of Non-Technical Founders — Why you Have the Power to Create the Future if you Believe it

Don’t believe no coding skills will stop you changing the world!

Non-technical founders are stigmatised everywhere

If you aren’t technical you aren’t getting in.

This is true at Venture capital firms and incubators. It’s made technology an exclusive club which is incredibly hard to infiltrate.

We are constantly hit with the stick that ideas are dime a dozen, there is no value in an idea unless you have the means to implement it, implementation is everything.

There are no new ideas

Everything old is new again, brought into the present by a reinterpretation of existing technologies. In the same way Uber is the modern equivalent of Taxi’s the iPod was the next iteration of the CD.

The true voyage of discovery is not in seeing new landscapes but in having new eyes.

But having new eyes is no longer enough; if you don’t have the skills to implement the ideas you imagine you’re discarded and branded worthless

Of course, that is in no way meant to belittle the skills necessary to create the product of service, the implementation is the essential necessity which marks the birth of a company but the genesis of the idea is the seed.

Take twitter for example

Developed as a side project in a 2-week hackathon in the final 2 weeks before Odeo was disbanded and the investors money returned, Jack Dorsey and Biz Stone developed twitter.

The genesis of the idea was of course Jack’s but the product was significantly influenced and designed by Biz, who would be considered non-technical.

The development would in many ways be characterised as being non-technically led. By this I mean that a lot of the product ideas were led by non-technical people, be that Biz or the early adopters (example: #hashtag, which was a user developed feature.)

And it goes further

If a terrible idea is funded does a technical founder have a better chance of salvaging the project than a non-technical founder has of building a technical team around him to create the product he envisions?

That, I believe, is the perception which cultivates the stigma attached to non-technical founders.

The contrarian truth is that Non-technical founders have a far higher chance of building a great team and leading it to success than a technical founder has of salvaging a project destined to fail from the start. We have been conned into believing the existence of the pivot, like it is a purposeful decision conceived at inception instead of the post-rationalisation of serendipitous chance it is.

The argument though is coloured by the successes of VC-backed companies who have featured technical founders

The romanticised story of the isolated technologist who changed the world by leading a product revolution grabs attention. The story about the average man in the street who spotted a problem and built a team to tackle it less so.

Everybody loves a story until is becomes a fallascious conventionally held belief.

I can understand the argument, but a true visionary needn’t be able to code or understand the idiosyncrasies of syntax.

Look at Steve Jobs

It hold’s people back. People are almost laughed out of the room unless they are able to create something. How many great ideas are we missing by our closed-mindedness?

By thinking we know better?

Stigma is an act of control. It dissuades individuals from realising their worth and non-technical founders have been suppressed. It discriminates against the dreamers and visionaries who have spent their time conceptualising a better world around us.

To flourish and grow we must become more inclusive, that is true in tech and society as a whole

We must embrace the things that challenge us to think and appreciate view points different to our own.

Revolutions can start from anywhere.

The tech sector has become far too insular, it must embrace external ideas or die.

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CEO / Founder / Coach @FirstbaseHQ Empowering people to work in their lives not live at work ✌️✌

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