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Fred Wilson: Wannabe-Founders Need to Learn How to Code

Wilson, founder of Union Square Ventures, says every entrepreneur needs to "get technical."
Fred Wilson
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A few years ago, I was doing some sort of public speaking thing and during the Q&A, a young man asked me for advice for founders who aren't technical. I said, "If you aren't technical, I suggest you get technical." And I meant it. I learned to code when I was a teenager. It wasn't that hard. I think anyone who has the motivation to start a company can find the motivation to learn to code.

Fast forward a few years and I read this story today. Sam Fellig wanted to build a marketplace where folks could buy products that were succesfully funded on Kickstarter and other crowdfunding sites. His wife, who was tired of hearing all his crazy startup ideas, told him to just do it.

So he went to Codecademy (one of USV's portfolio companies) and started taking classes. Soon enough he knew enough to get started. It wasn't enough to finish though. He had to learn more (I bet from our portfolio company StackOverflow), but he kept going. And he did it. He built Outgrow.me into one of TIME's Top 50 Sites of 2013.

So to all you people out there who are sitting on your big idea and just can't figure out how to get it built, I would suggest you build it yourself. It can be done. It is done. Every day. By someone who takes the initiative to just do it.

This article originally appeared on Fred Wilson's blog, A VC.

Last updated: Oct 9, 2013




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