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Ideas are cheap, execution is difficult. Do you have any experience with actually running a business (e.g., sales, market research, advertising, accounting, hiring)? If not, why would your skills be useful to a tech-oriented person who wants to start a company? Why should someone give you equity in a company for just an idea when they'd be doing all the work to implement it?

You are absolutely right, I would not waste people's time if I did not have the experience. I have co-founded a non-profit institute where we helped young inventors, bring their inventions to market and raise fund for their research projects. We have now 107 active members in the institute, so yes I would say I have the experience.

Do, or do not. There is no try. -Yoda

Do you think this keeps down other founders from 'making it happen'.

If you're interested in starting a web related company. I would recommend learning the basics. Learn some HTML, CSS, javascript, then jQuery.

Check out: TeamTreehouse.com

Then some PHP/MySQL to see how web applications work behind the scenes.

You can mock up a basic app/service with that amount of knowledge.

Then learn a framework like Laravel or Rails or team up with a technical co-founder at that point. laracasts.com railscasts.com

Network, contact developers online, make friends.

We're living in a time when kids can build $200B companies out of their dorm room. It's never been easier to build a web/tech company at any point in history.

Need inspiration start here (@DHH Startup School Talk): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CDXJ6bMkMY

Read/Listen to everything Paito11 has published on the web/HN.

Listen to: http://startupsfortherestofus.com

Check out:

Rails/Laravel (frameworks) Stripe (payments) Mandrill (trans. email) MailChimp/Drip (email lists) Leanpub (books)

Good luck, you can do it, make it happen!

If you want to build a web product, you need to have some idea of how to go about it even on the technical side. Just saying "I'll handle the business part" will not get you any interest from good technologists. Also, you will most likely need a technical co-founder and not just freelancers because you are building a technology product as the core of your business.

I suggest you find that technical person who could start as a freelancer but could also potentially become your tech co-founder. Give them respect and remember that ideas are worth nothing. The execution matters and just like you have your part to play on the business side, the tech. person will have a very critical role as well. It is not just about "hey code me this app and I will make millions out of it".

Oh, and finally, read this


What have you tried so far? It's possible to prove your idea would work by providing value for people in a very manual way.

Once you can show that you've provided value, then it will be easier to pitch the idea.

What are some of your ideas?

This is so true. The first step is proving your idea out by doing things that don't scale. Create a landing page, get some email addresses, put things in a spreadsheet and process them manually. Figure out if the idea is a good one.

Additionally, being a "Business" major and being a programmer are not mutually exclusive. Give yourself an honest chance at learning how to program in Ruby using Rails. You won't create the most amazing technological solution, but if it works and is bringing in money, then what does it matter?

I have approached some angel investors for my ideas, but they told me I don't have technical background to be funded and I'm too much of risk for them. Then I started contacting my friends (computer engineering students) at college, but they were very reluctant to be part of a start-up cause majority of are looking to earn "quick money" to cover their debt for tuition fees.

If you are interested, and if you have technical background I'm perfectly willing to share my ideas with you. So what do you think?

You completely missed GP's point. They are telling you that you're disillusioned in your belief that your million dollar ideas cannot be evaluated without a technical partner.

I hope you realize that nobody on this site is going to read what you wrote and want to work with you. You're too much of a risk.

> Then I started contacting my friends (computer engineering students) at college, but they were very reluctant to be part of a start-up cause majority of are looking to earn "quick money" to cover their debt for tuition fees.

That's what they said, because they didn't want to be rude. The fact is that "ideas guys" are a dime a dozen and they don't even know their ideas are unimplementable.

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