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Software Development and the Non-Technical Startup Founder

You don’t need to have an IT background to create a new product or service that makes use of technology. But without a technical background, you may second guess your decisions or feel you are at a disadvantage.

In our work as a software development agency, we help launch business ideas. We work with a lot of startups.

Sometimes a technical leader is behind the new company, or they’ve already hired a CTO. But often the founder has no technical background -- just a great idea he or she wants to get off the ground.

We have observed some differences between working with technical and non-technical startup founders over the years. Non-technical founders might be surprised to learn they actually have an advantage in some ways.
 

Why we love working with startups

We love working with startups.

But if you’ve ever pursued a software development project with the founder of a startup, you know they can make difficult clients. The stakes are high. The timeline is fast. They have everything invested into their idea.

Of course we very much appreciate our larger clients. Bigger companies have stability, budgets and time on their side. We get to bring the innovation. It’s a comfortable partnership.

So what is it that we love about working with startups?

Why your startup should NOT issue RFPs for software development

The development of a new piece of software is a risky project, full of uncertainties. Requests for proposals (RFPs) are an attempt to limit these uncertainties.

In an RFP, a business usually attempts to detail what they want and then asks several development agencies to say how much it will cost to produce. Sounds great, right? But if you’re a startup business considering a software development project, listen: Don’t do it.

The RFP process is broken.

Let me tell you why this process doesn’t work and what you can do instead. You’ll learn how to shave off costs and find the right partner for your critical projects quickly.

10 Pros and Cons of Outsourcing MVP Development

Developing your minimum viable product is a crucial first step on your startup journey.

One of the most common challenges faced by non-technical founders is how to handle the development work, when they lack the technical skills themselves. One option is to outsource development of your MVP - but is this a good option for your startup?

Do You Really Need to Hire a CTO to Launch Your Startup?

As a non-technical founder of a budding startup, it may feel like finding a CTO should be your top priority.

You want to make the best choices about product development, but as you lack the technical knowledge yourself, it's natural to want someone on-board who's more knowledgeable in that area to guide those decisions.

But while having a CTO is great in the long-term, do you really need one to launch your startup?

8 Questions to Ask Before Hiring App Development Companies

Hiring an app development company is an important decision: choose a bad-fit company, and you could put your startup at risk.

App development companies will have different specialisms and varying levels of expertise, so before you commit to working with one, it's worth taking some time to assess the company objectively. Will they be good to work with over an extended period of time, and are you confident they'll do a good job on your project?

There are plenty of options available for non-technical founders looking to build a mobile app, even if you've never learned to code: hiring a CTO; hiring a mobile developer; outsourcing to a freelancer; or working with an agency that provides app development services.

Today we're sharing the benefits of working with an app development service for developing your mobile app ideas.

When building your minimum viable product (MVP), there are lots of different options to choose from. Some frameworks and technologies will be a better fit for your project than others, depending on the functionality you require. For example, JavaScript is very fast, so would be a great option for building an MVP for a chat application where real-time updates are a priority.

While various frameworks will suit MVPs with very specific requirements, for more general applications you may find that Ruby on Rails is the best option. Today we're sharing five reasons why Ruby on Rails is the best framework for building an MVP.

How to Avoid 5 Common MVP Development Mistakes

Developing an MVP is a crucial first step in transforming your startup idea into a fully-fledged product. It enables you to test out your core assumptions - like whether your idea solves a problem people actually have.

Done well, MVP development is a valuable source of insight and information that can fuel product and business development. Unfortunately, all too often we see startup founders make mistakes with their MVP which cripple their startup - right from the beginning.

Today, we're sharing five common MVP development mistakes that we see time and again - so you don't make the same mistakes.

How a Design Sprint can Accelerate Your Product Development Process

For a startup, timing is everything. If you spend too long formulating your ideas, you run the risk that your competitors beat you to market - or worse, your idea becomes obsolete. Alternatively, if you spend too long developing your product before launching, you risk running out of money, and crippling your business right from the start.

Fortunately, it's possible to speed up your product development process - and mitigate the risk of being outpaced by competitors - without burning through your cash reserves.