I have an idea, now what?

I often receive emails or view posts of the flavor, “I have an idea, I don’t know how to code, now what?” This is my response for those who are curious about starting an web-based or software startup. (in no particular order)

Start Building

Startup Weekend

Find a local hackathon

Google

Lean Startup

 

Customer Development

Learn to code — Newbie Ruby Resources

Try Ruby

Rails For Zombies

Ruby on Rails Tutorial by Michael Hartl

Code School

 

Ruby Meetups

Read

The Four Steps to the Epiphany

Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers

The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

Meet other entrepreneurs

Startup Meetups

 

Startup and Entrepreneurship Meetups

 

Technology Meetups

Visit Blogs

Startup Lessons Learned

Steve Blank’s Blog

 

 

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4 thoughts on “I have an idea, now what?

  1. I’m new to the Tech industry totally!! I had an idea and designed it had it developed, launched it in itunes and now because it was so much fun! Using the time off from work “worker comp” I created 14 other apps and 2 Hardware cellphone devices. This is with no education or experience in the tech field. Now how should i get exposure. I see in the news that African American’s are 1% involved in this industry..How can i be found, I’m an A/A Female Grandma?

    1. Congratulations!!! You’re right! Just because you build it doesn’t mean they will come. Getting the exposure you want and need is a dedicated effort of part marketing and part customer development. Write press releases to tech writers and bloggers and ask for them to cover your product. But of course the best press is word of mouth. Go beyond your friends and family and talk to the actual or potential customers using your product. What are they saying about your product? Is it solving their problem? Customers passionate about your product is the best exposure that you can get. Talk to potential customers, learn what they really want, iterate your product, and repeat. Build a passionate customer base by solving the problems of your customers. They will gladly share their excitement for your product with their friends. Check out this post blog post on what is customer development http://www.startuplessonslearned.com/2008/11/what-is-customer-development.html Congratulations and much success to you as you continue to build your business!

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About Hadiyah

Software Engineer, Entrepreneur, and Startup Aficionado. I co-founded a student venture firm for students at historically black colleges, HBCUvc, software development agency, Playpen Labs, and Black Founders nonprofit.