How to start a tech startup when you don’t have a technical background
And almost failed computer classes in school
When I left my corporate job I knew I had to start a tech startup, the problem is I had no idea about tech. My biggest contact with technology was Excel.
But let’s go way back because my fear of technology was rooted for a long long time.
I was 7. It was our first exam on how to use a computer. And I mean basics. The big task was how to add a new page on word. And I froze! I didn’t know how to add a new page. Something so simple! I didn’t know how to do it so I pressed the spacebar again and again until I got a blank page. My hands were sweating. I was so afraid I wouldn’t pass because the truth was that I didn’t know anything about computers. Back then, I didn’t even have a computer. My only interaction with computers was that one hour class we had once a week.
When the teacher came to my place he realized that I didn’t have 2 documents like everyone else but one page with a ton of spaces. I almost failed that class.
And I wasn’t technical.
I’m telling you this story not only for you to laugh that at one point in time I didn’t even know how to use the return button. But to show you that no matter from where you are starting, we can all learn technical skills.
On top of my own fears, I had many people tell me I wasn’t technical, I was crazy for trying to learn to code on my own. I would never make it.
To be honest coding is not my favorite thing to do anymore, but around that time I was so fired up. I used all those voices of “I can’t”, including my own, to be the fire that kept me going. I end up not only learning to code but making a coding camp for girls to learn to code as well. So they never had to pass for the same thing I passed once.
Helping those girls was also a way to help myself, as I learned more and faster than I ever had. By having them share their questions and their thoughts I had to learn things I probably on my own I would never have questioned myself.
Noone gets to limit you, or tell you, you can’t because you are not technical.
You can learn any skill. Re-skilling is a natural thing and we all can do it.
A baby doesn’t just stop trying to walk because they didn’t walk the first time they tried. We as adults don’t go telling babies: “you know I think that walking thing is not for you”. We encourage them, we are patient with them. Be kind with yourself.
We are all learning to walk in different shoes all the time.
So, how do you start a technical startup without being technical?
By allowing yourself to be the baby, learn to walk and take one step at a time.
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