A Startup odyssey: What I learned from developers

I’ve been busy these past couple of weeks. I started a new job working with wind turbines, been deciding if I should get a dog and also, learning how to code apps! Google is one of our confidants, teachers and best friend, obviously that’s where I started my search on how to learn coding and found a course called “Programming for non programmers” in OneMonth.com.

This first week, I learned about the minimum viable product (MVP), wire framing and the different roles in a development team. My first assignment, talk to some developers. I contacted Carlos Rivera and Ricardo Vila. Carlos is the leader of the AppCreators tribe in the student organization of Idea Platform at the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez Campus (UPRM) and Ricardo is an intern in the Tech Evangelist team within Microsoft.

I asked them a few questions and at the same time made great connections. Here’s what I learned:

Javascript is essential for any web development project, this is the foundation or base which will allow you to get into development.

If you want to get hired or get your name out there, create an online portfolio. Carlos was nice enough to send me his online portfolio to get an idea what that’s like.

This goes hand in hand with, learn by doing and get shit done, you can only get good if you set fixed goals and work towards that. If you have a clear idea of what you’d like to do, then start coding and you will learn new techniques or ways to do what you want to do.

Have a will to learn. Any person looking to form a team will want to be surrounded by people with these traits.

Network, network and network, talking to developers will not only get visibility for your startup but it will allow you to be in the cutting edge of technology.

Both developers gave me hope and a clear idea of what my next steps should be to get my Startup going. I’m very exited to continue moving forward!

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