Can an app startup work if I hate coding?

I have an idea for an app that I really want to bring to fruition. Problem is I hate coding–I've tried it and I just can't seem to get it. I love most STEM subjects but there's something about coding that just can't click for me.

But I've done coding challenges with my teams before and loved the other aspects, from brainstorming app ideas to drawing out how the app will function to writing up the business plan to creating a presentation to making the pitch, etc.

My question is this: I'm a poor 19 year old college student whose concentration has nothing to do with coding or tech. Do I have a chance at making this app (and give it the best chance at being successful) if I don't code?

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Got an SAAS idea, don’t know what type of coding language I should use.

I’ve had this idea for a while now and as it involves my industry, I can notice that there is significant demand for this service. For context, it will be similar to craigslist or eBay, it will connect buyers to sellers.

I have learnt very basic HMTL, CSS and decided to skip JavaScript and jump right into Python. I’ve been recommended Python numerous times so I decided to start practicing and looking up courses yesterday. I don’t know too much on Python but am I on the right track? Is Python necessary for building a service similar to Craigslist or eBay? Tips or advice?

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Women coders: Meet these 10 European coding academies improving gender equality

2020 is not cancelled as some claim. It has metamorphosed into the year of human rights and issues such as equality and diversity are being raised globally. Among the hard talks we need to have and issues to handle there is also the role of women in tech. This article goes beyond the role of women in positions of leadership and focuses on women in technical roles such as computer programmers: aka coders.

The unknown history of coding

Let’s begin our journey by taking a trip to 1843 to meet the first person to be what we today call a coder. The first coder was actually a woman. Her name was Ada Lovelace. She was a British mathematician who wrote what is often regarded as the first computer programme in history. Many years after, when digital computers became a practical reality in the 1940s, women were pioneers in writing software. During the Second World War, women operated some of the first computational machines used for code-breaking at Bletchley Park in the UK. They were given this opportunity not only because men were at war, but because at the time the hardware designers believed that programming was a non-technical job. This type of work became known as coding because ”it was thought to be more transcription or translation, rather than the creation of original content”, as Margaret O’Mara simply puts it in “The Code”. After the war, as coding jobs spread from the military into the private sector, women remained in the coding vanguard. 

The fall from glory

If we want to pinpoint the moment when the number of women in coding began to drop, we can look at one year: 1984. From 1984 onward, the percentage dropped and by 2010 it had been cut in half. One reason for this decline has to do with a change in how and when kids learned to programme. For example, boys were more than twice as likely to have been given a computer as a gift by their parents. The advent of personal computers in the late ’70s and early ’80s remade the pool of students who pursued computer-science degrees at the university. When computer-science programmes began to expand again in the mid-’90s, coding culture was set. Most students were men.

Filling the gap

Nowadays women hold about 20% of the jobs in tech and less than 18% are studying computer science. From a European Union research Survey at Schools, ITC in Education from March 2019 we find that students rarely engage in coding/programming activities at the European level. In fact, 76% of upper secondary school students never or almost never engage in coding or programming at school. And on average more than 4 out of 5 female European students attending secondary schools never or almost never engage in coding school. Other studies show we are experiencing a talent shortage as the education system is slow to react to new demands. In Europe, we have up to 825,000 ICT job vacancies in 2020. 

While this might seem a quite complex problem to handle, these ten academies and startups think differently. As the story shows, they have a major gap to fill but, by the looks of it, they are on the right path to driving positive change.

Girls Code Fun – Established in 2015 in Warsaw, Poland by Karolina Cikowska and Zuzanna Kobrzynski, Girls Code Fun is a foundation that invests and empowers school-aged children, with an emphasis on girls to pursue an education in computer science.

Codam  – Inspired by School 42, Corinne Vigreux, TomTom’s co-founder founded Codam in Amsterdam, the Netherlands in 2018. Codam is a three and a half year coding programme that uses a peer-to-peer learning system instead of a traditional model. No prior experience is needed. Codam has a set gender equality goal of 25% of all students to be women currently and is giving higher visibility to female coders on their social media channels.

Codeworks  – Codeworks offers immersive courses to learn Software Engineering. The company was founded in Barcelona, Spain and now has campuses in London, Berlin and Toronto. Their 8-week and 12-week courses are focused on Software Engineering foundations, a professional understanding of the latest full-stack JavaScript technologies, and hands-on experience. In June 2020 Codeworks announced 50 scholarships totalling €70K to close the tech gender gap in partnership with GirlCode. P.S. EU-Startups readers get a special discount at this school – check it out here. 

Cypher Coders – Founded in 2016, CypherCoders teaches children aged 5-12+ years old through hands-on creative camps and courses. Founder and CEO Elizabeth Tweedale started Cypher from the desire to encourage girls to develop technological skills and eventually pursue careers in this exciting industry. Specifically, she is interested in the interaction between both girls and boys, as a way to be creative and learn together, fostering long-term collaboration skills.

Code Institute – Code Institute is the world’s first credit-rated coding bootcamp, dedicated to producing career-ready developers through mentored online or classroom programme. Code Insititute was founded in 2014 in Dublin, Ireland. 40% of the school attendees are women, and the goal is to reach 50% in the near future. 

Code First Girls – Code First Girls is a social enterprise that works with women and the companies who hire them. Code First Girls was founded in 2013 in London, the UK by Matt Clifford and Alice Bentinck, the co-founders of the talent investor Entrepreneur First. Over the past years, they have taught over 8000 women to code and delivered €6m of free education. 

Girls Who Code Romania – Girls Who Code Romania was by Monica Muntean and Adriana Valman in 2014 in Bucharest, Romania. Their mission is to bridge the gender gap in the IT industry by growing the number of girls and women who will choose or switch to a programming related career. 

HackYourFuture – HackYourFuture is a not-for-profit coding school for refugees and other people that have limited access to education and the labour market. The school offers a free 7-month programme. HackYourFuture was founded in 2016 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and is currently active also in Canada, Belgium, and Denmark. Their curriculum is open-source and has been used by coding schools in Greece, Spain and the UK as well. In 2019 the school added a women’s coding course dedicated to women refugees.

Le Wagon – Le Wagon is a nine-week coding bootcamp that teaches students to develop web applications from scratch. Le Wagon was founded in Paris in 2013 and has received approximately €17m in funding. Today it has 39 campuses across 23 countries. Le Wagon has more than 40% of their teaching staff and other team members are women, many of whom are graduates themselves. The school organises women’s coding workshops every month.

Wild Code School – Founded in 2014 in France by Anna Stépanoff and Romain Coeur, the Wild Code School is a network of 19 schools in Europe. Dedicated to web development and data analysis training. The school has a blended teaching approach based on completing projects, working with an original online platform and personalized job coaching. In 2019, 30% of their students were women compared to 25% in 2018. They also offer scholarships for women.

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How do laypeople monetize their hobby coding projects and blogs??

I'm building a small side project and it's getting some decent traction in terms of views/users, and some advertisers in the industry have reached out to arrange ads. I, perhaps somewhat childishly, thought it'd be something like this: we reach an agreement for cost per view/click, I embed a promotional link or make a quick banner ad and stick it in the relevant page, they venmo/paypal me every week according to my Google Analytics, and everyone lives happily ever after.

After a chat with one of the advertisers, I was told she'd draft an LOI/MOU, and send a W-9 my way, amongst other things. I have no idea what any of this means. This is a hobby project, not a company, and I'm not going full-time with this (and am otherwise a full-time student). How do people who want to make some money off side projects like this go about implementing ads/monetization once they've reached agreements with advertisers/partners?

I've heard things about not having to do anything if you're under $ 12K/y, things about using AdSense, but no-one clear set of guidance on how this is done, which is confusing, given that I'm sure it's a super common use case with blogs/other small projects? Thank you 🙂

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Budapest-based Green Fox Academy receives €1.3 million to expand its coding bootcamp online and abroad

Budapest and Prague-based Green Fox Academy, a bootcamp that aims to turn non-programmers into programmers in four months and then help them find a job, has landed around €1.3 million from Impact Ventures, a social impact fund.

Founded in 2015, Green Fox Academy provides bootcamps for junior programmer courses. Not only teaching programming skills, it also focuses on the development of soft skills, as well as the improvement of learning and adaptability skills. An interesting addition is that Green Fox Academy is also a great example for iterations and persistence; the core founding team grew out of a failed startup called Brickflow, who I did my very first interview for EU-Startups with, almost 7 years ago.

The investor in this round, Impact Ventures, is an impact investment fund that provides venture capital to social enterprises whose business results are accompanied by a positive social impact. The current investment is one of the biggest dedicated impact investments of the region.

“It speaks in favour of Green Fox Academy that its courses react to the real needs of the market, and they have already been acknowledged by the market. On the other hand, the future-proof skills taught to their students will have a long-term, positive effect on the society,” said Elemér Eszter, the chairman of the Board of Directors of Impact Ventures Ltd., who also is the chairman of the Hungarian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (HVCA).

Péter Langmár, the co-founder of Green Fox Academy, believes that the social impact of their work has been a vital aspect for the founders from the very beginning. “We started Green Fox in 2015 because we wanted to help those motivated, talented young people who wished to start a career in the field of IT because they could not progress in their previous jobs – lacking either financial progress or the opportunity for long-term development. I personally saw several similar examples in my own environment. Although I found my place in IT, I had several friends working in other fields who found it hard to get along, some of them even moved abroad.”

In order to reveal the social impact of its bootcamp, Green Fox Academy has carried out its first Impact Report. Co-founder Péter Langmár explained: “This report helps us in recognizing our aims and how we can strive stronger for these aims. Besides the creation of a future-proof career for employees stuck in their own field or endangered by the changes of automatized sectors, we also strive to enhance the presence of women in the IT sector. We are proud that the number of women among our students is almost three times higher than the usual ratio in the domestic sector”. 

Green Fox is constantly looking for opportunities where their impact might be enhanced. That is why they also launched a 3-week-long, free course at the outbreak of COVID-19, trying to help anyone who has fallen on hard times caused by the pandemic.

Co-founder Péter Langmár saw that “during these three weeks, participants got a taste of programming. On one hand, it might be useful in their current jobs, and on the other hand, it helps them to decide whether this profession or an intense, bootcamp-type training suits them or not. As a result, they might be much more self-confident when they plunge into a change.”

One aim of the investment provided by Impact Ventures is to fund the international expansion of Green Fox Academy. The academy was planning to open more schools in the region, but the current pandemic put a spanner in the works. Since then, they have been running courses online, and started accepting applications from abroad. Now, their courses are specifically tailored for online studying.

Another goal of the investment is to finance the ‘post-payment’ option that they offer participants. This means that courses become available to applicants who otherwise would not be able to afford it. Green Fox Academy has been offering this type of package since 2017, and the online courses launched in May were the first where an Income-share Post paid Package was also available. Participants who finish the course successfully have to allocate a fixed proportion of their salary monthly to the tuition fee, which means a manageable monthly amount that could be safely re-paid by anyone.

Besides the international and online expansion, and the introduction of the new post-payment package, the fourth pillar of Green Fox Academy’s vision is formed by the establishment of new partnerships. In September they will start a joint master course with IBS International Business School in IT for Business Data Analytics. “It is clear that the strengths of the two different types of education provide a solid base for the cooperation between a university providing academic knowledge and a bootcamp providing a specific, quick re-training,” highlighted co-founder Péter Langmár.

Impact Ventures is not the first investor of Green Fox Academy. In 2018 the Irinyi II Venture Capital Fund (managed by Széchenyi Venture Capital Fund Management Ltd.) and the angel investment team named Baconsult (whose founder is Péter Balogh, one of the most well-known angel investors in Hungary) provided an investment with a total value of around €866K to the coding bootcamp.

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Outsource programming / coding on a budget

Hey there, Hope this doesn’t trigger anyone (what doesn’t these days)?

My friend and I are working on a tech startup and are looking to outsource the coding of a site / app.

We’re at a moment on market research, deciding if we need to pivot or stay the course, deciding whether our business is both a B2B/B2C company or purely a SaaS company. Working on building our MVP on a shoestring to establish PMF.

We’re based in NSW, Australia and bootstrapping this, both still working a 9-5.

Now, I’ve heard through the grapevine that, for Aussies anyway, you can pay ‘relatively low’ cost per hr for a programmer or coder from Eastern European countries compared to say, programmers or coders who reside in the US or Israel. Before people come at me with “you get what you pay for”, or “cheapest isn’t always best” blah blah.. I get it. I’m Just searching for some insights to those that HAVE outsourced the coding and/or programming on a budget, where you found them, and how the results came out (and would you do it again if you were starting over?).

If you don’t want to share specifics or prices, happy for you to PM me if you’d like.

Thanks in advance 🙂

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How can I get an MVP with minimal coding skills and no money?

I have a vision for a new business tool/platform. I got the domain (Two words, .com,) and a basic logo I made using Canva.com.

I am very eager to get SOMETHING, ANYTHING, online to test my idea ASAP. I‘m currently learning Javascript, but if I started right now could not in a million years build my idea. I also have ZERO DOLLARS.

Help!?

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Wanting to move on a startup idea with no coding, web design, or programming knowledge.

Not sure if this is in the right place. Like most of the people in the world I have an idea. It’s web/app based and I have no knowledge how to do any of the tech stuff at all. I have a decent business background.

I’m curious if anyone has any thoughts on this. I don’t want to just give up on the idea because of a tech barrier.

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Looking for Linked Lists, Binary Trees, Heaps, Graphs algorithm tutor for Tomorrow $$$ Live coding

Looking for Linked Lists, Binary Trees, Heaps, Graphs algorithm tutor for Tomorrow $ $ $ Live coding

Are you interested in helping me live tomorrow around this time with a few problems?

Topics if curious: Dynamic Programming, Linked Lists, Binary Trees, Heaps, Graphs and recursion.

Language: PYTHON

I need someone uber comfortable with these topics to tutor me. PM me so we can schedule.

Paying well for real talent.. I know it's not cheap to set aside time to tutor. Don't waste time if you aren't familiar with any algorithms.

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