Stop looking for technical co-founders?
Startups today are synonymous to technology companies. It is generally and mostly like a technology or a technology solution that typically solves a problem due to its sheer potential of addressing challenges of individuals, organizations, ecosystems, and in short societies at large and even beyond. Therefore, most startups can be categorized as digital natives. Quite often we miss this point.
Mobility, improvement in penetration of mobile phones, high-quality internet bandwidth along with its falling cost (data services), accessibility of data services, and the favorable global demography, urbanization has added to the frenzy of the startup revolution. Humanity is more focused on solving its problem than ever before.
Technology is a means to an end. The existence of a problem, its identification, and validation are the crux of ideation rather than working backward using technology than can potentially solve a problem or rather create a problem that a particular technology can solve. The taxonomy of ideation begins with problem identification and sheer passion to solve it.
The idea of entrepreneurship and young minds embracing it quite early in age is sort of epidemic stage now. Technical skills (or even its understanding) positions you far ahead of those who don’t have it. Ability to code is sort of becoming a norm but we must not fail to understand that expert developer & entrepreneurship are 2 mutually exclusive skills. Problem-solving skills, empathy, appreciation of a problem, and a passion to solve it is a different league and probably the most important attribute which is often missed and hence startups which seemingly are promising don’t go too far. A cool looking UI/UX application doesn’t mean it can scale to touch a billion+ lives.
There are specialized technology companies that have adopted the agile methodologies to help startups to roll out minimum viable products to validate problem statements and potential solutions before founders can scale up. Failing lean and failing fast is a new normal and acceptable. Founders need to have then Genuity of problem-solving and innovative mindset to be successful. There are lots of success stories around internet billionaires cropping out of thin air like Airbnb whose founder was not a techie. Techies are not born, it’s an acquired skill, remember that it is your experience and expertise and not the coding abilities that will make you successful.