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How to launch a startup without knowing a line of code There is an unspoken rule: to launch a startup, you need to build a product, and to do that you need someone that can write code. Whether that means chasing down a technical co-founder, learning to code, or even building that "Lean MVP" - the conventional wisdom is that without tech abilities you're nothing more than a dude (or dudette) with a Powerpoint. A growing number of startups, however, are quietly disproving this assumption. They're getting their first customers with minimal technology, and often no code at all. Instead of building fancy technology from the outset, they're hacking together inexpensive online tools such as online forms, drag-and-drop site builders, advanced Wordpress plugins, and eCommerce providers. They're jumping right in to serve customers in any way possible - heading right for their first paying customers.

How to Change the World Amazon start selling the paperback edition of my latest book, APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur. APE explains how to publish a book by breaking the process down into three stages: Author explains how to write a book. Why only fools write code first Who this is for: hackers who have an idea. Why you should read it: so you don’t waste your life by building something nobody wants. I have a confession to make: I’m 35, and until last year, I started building companies by creating a product. Last year, when starting SocialWOD, my biz partner Ryan refused to write code without first talking to 20+ customers and getting commitments to pay us money for a solution to a well-defined problem of theirs. Having gone down the “build first” path enough without significant success, I was up for trying a new approach. Conceptually it seemed to make sense that we’d be able to better solve our customers’ problems if we understood their problems better.

Strategic Thinking « The Whole Brain® Blog Thinking Agility Webcast Available for On-Demand Viewing If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to our Newsletter. Thank you for visiting the Whole Brain® Blog. Ann Herrmann-Nehdi’s July 13th webcast, Getting More Done With Less: 4 Steps to Building Your Thinking Agility, is now available for on-demand viewing for members. Ann reveals how you can apply what we know about thinking and the brain to better “see around corners” and harness the full brainpower available—your own as well as others’—to meet today’s mental demands while maintaining a more strategic mindset. Here’s what people are saying about the presentation:

How to Create a $4,000 Per Month Muse in 5 Days (Plus: How to Get Me As Your Mentor) Photo: Stuck in Customs Preface by Tim This post is a follow-up to “How to Create a Million-Dollar Business This Weekend (Examples: AppSumo, Mint, Chihuahuas).” The purpose of this guest post — written by Noah Kagan — is to show you exactly how a postal worker created a $4,000 per month muse. Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing Indoor Location and Positioning will be huge! Apple recently acquired WifiSlam for its indoor mapping and positioning technology. Why? Because we spend most of our time indoors, working, shopping, eating, at the mall, at the office, on campus, etc. Google already has Indoor Maps for many airports and shopping malls. The race is on. Slide Templates: How to Talk to Investors about Marketing and Growth This post is part of the ongoing Distribution Tuesday series. Every week the 500 Distribution Team highlights actionable resources for marketing your startup. Get even more tips by following @500Distribution on Twitter and subscribing to our email newsletter. When you’re fundraising, it can be really daunting trying to navigate the always changing market conditions, new platforms like AngelList and the typically brutal funding cycles. While every business is different, one thing is usually certain: if you can’t articulate how you’ll grow your business, you’re not likely to get the money to do just that. Thankfully, 500 is here to help.

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