Posted By crranky ~ 17th August 2012
This in response to a couple of Dan Shipper’s comments in his most recent article “The Now Syndrome.”
“Get rid of false constraints and move forward.”
I am the nontechnical founder of several great startup ideas (I didn’t say startups) sometimes very poorly executed.
I am a marketing guy. I can write. I can design. I can sell. I can do a lot of things well. But…
Coding is tough.
I appreciate the humble sentiments of Dan Shipper and other coders on Hacker News that say, stop whining about not being able to find a technical co-founder, just take 6 months and learn to code. Over and over I find myself captured and wooed by this.
I don’t often hear medical doctors saying the similar, hey stop coming to me with your ailments, just learn to be a doctor. I think being a coder is every bit as difficult technically as being a medical doctor. And yet, I slog through a few lessons on Lynda.com on CSS or PHP and I want to weep in frustration. Not because its difficult but because I want to stop and work on something that’s better suited to my temperament, strengths and likes. I don’t want to become a doctor. I don’t want to become a coder. But the later is a little more problematic in my situation. I love startups, I love the dynamic nature of the web. I’m beginning to believe this is a curse. Am I alone? Probably not.
And yes, I can appreciate the difference between being a coder and learning to code.
I want to learn to code. But what if I’m not built to be a coder? Guys, am I missing the point here?
So, Dan and others, they’re not false constrains, really, seriously, they are not.