During the talk, a question is asked “What can a non-technical founder do to help in the early days of a startup?” While most people assume that the early months of a startup are Redbull-fueled coding marathons, software-development is only one part of the equation.
Even before some degree of “product-market fit” is validated, non-technical founders have incredibly important work to do. In fact, the work of a non-technical founder is as important, if not sometimes more important, than software-development in validating a startup idea.
Here’s a brief list of the critical tasks a non-technical founder needs to accomplish when a startup is in its infancy:
- Talk to users and get product feedback
- Figure out what users need in the product to be successful
- Design product mockups and wireframes
- Test the product
- Find users. (Cold calling, attending events, etc.)
- Build a website to attract users
- Measure product usage
- Raise money
- Manage investors
- Deal with HR/Legal/Tax issues and to-dos
- Build marketing content (presentations, demo environments, logos, etc)
- Manage support for early users
Without users, a product has no direction and no life. The top priority of a non-technical founder is to bring early users into the product. Outside of users and product, there are many critical job needed to run and scale the business. Non-technical founders play a pivotal role in creating success in the early days of a startup.