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What to do when you can't code, don't want to learn and have no money

Ok, very quickly -- I have an elaborate summer daydream for a social media website that you can find the details about on my Instagram account (Shelton Bumgarner) or at my Website, migugin.com.

Anyway, the question is -- the more I think about it, the more I realize I may have stumbled across a compelling social media concept. But I'm' just a broke writer. What are my options when it comes to starting a company based on this concept. I know that by calling it a "summer daydream" that doesn't really help my case, but I believe the basics of it are pretty strong.

Even if I do a business plan, because of my age and background (and lack of money) no one is going to take me seriously.

(And, yes, I am the same person who came to you about being taken seriously for a different concept. This concept is more blue sky in nature because I can't do it without some serious venture capital.)

Please don't jump to too many conclusions. I am just curious if there are any options other than "shut up and learn to code."


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Michael Barnathan
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Michael Barnathan Entrepreneur • Advisor
Co-Founder of The Mountaintop Program, Google Alum
As long as you start something in technology, you're going to need to understand how your product works under the hood. Not in every detail, but enough to talk about it intelligently.

In other words, "shut up and learn to code" - for the continued maintenance as well as the initial development.
Frank Corsi
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Frank Corsi Advisor
Applications Developer at AT&T
Find a partner who is great at programming and you do the rest!
I am a programmer and can build just about anything you can sketch out on paper!
Matt Barnes
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Matt Barnes Entrepreneur
CTO, Founder, Entrepreneur
It is all about the power of the vision that you have and leading other people to believe in your vision. Once you have that, like Frank suggests all you need to do is to find a talented technical co-founder.
Shelton Bumgarner
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Shelton Bumgarner Entrepreneur
Writer, Photographer, and DJ
Yeah. That makes sense. I am well aware of the huge obstacles in this situation. It's just the concept of being able to manage your online friends in a much more effective manner than Facebook by using the concepts of Usenet is so compelling to me that I am curious to know if I could actually find someone willing to partner with me to make this concept a reality.

I have done probably a few hundred Instagram micro v-logs that go into extreme detail about every feature of this hypothetical service and I believe it holds up pretty well.

I am pretty good at UX design, even though I haven't studied it, and if I could find someone who shared my vision who knew programming then maybe we could change the world.

But I can't pay. Even if someone were to "steal" this idea, I could make a strong argument that someone should hire me as a consultant if nothing else.

This is a really, really cool concept. It totally changes the way you interact with your online friends.
Eduardo Fonseca
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Eduardo Fonseca Entrepreneur
Cloud Provider | Azure & Unity 3d Developer | Senior .NET Software Engineer | MCTS
A couple of years ago in a training program about entrepreneurship, we were given the idea of finding some deal with universities so that the students can help you with your project while at the same time they gaining professional experience and make something useful out of their projects.
Douglas Kuhn
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Douglas Kuhn Entrepreneur
CTO, Strategic Development Engineer at Greenwitch Productions LLC
I think a major problem about coding is the level of abstract thinking it requires to micro manage the UI or the back-end logic on the server and database. Development should not be hard once first principles are known. The language components and mechanisms, after that how to architect solid frameworks.

You don't have to know it all at once, that is why you hire good engineers. But you must make a effort to know the basics of coding and developing, because at the end of the day your vision will be built on a technology that code built.
Michael Barnathan
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Michael Barnathan Entrepreneur • Advisor
Co-Founder of The Mountaintop Program, Google Alum
The idea of finding a tech co-founder would work if you're willing to learn enough about tech to effectively manage that person (which is certainly less than you'd need to know to do it yourself, but should be enough to intelligently talk about estimates, scope, complexity, etc.)
Shelton Bumgarner
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Shelton Bumgarner Entrepreneur
Writer, Photographer, and DJ
To me, it's a matter of functionalism.

The entire system is designed to prevent people like me from doing what I am interested in doing.

If I had money, I could simply pay someone to make my vision a reality.

If I was 20 years younger, I could go to school to study computer science, learn to code, get a job at Google and pitch my idea to someone in authority.

So, it's kind of frustrating that I have a really great concept but the "shut up and learn to code" option just isn't a viable one.

The only thing I can think of maybe is going the crowd funding route. But, even then, I would, like, need a least one other person to believe in the concept to help me make an effective presentation, etc.

Again, I am well aware of all of the obstacles. But I thought it was worth a shot just to see what my realistic options were.

Frank Corsi
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Frank Corsi Advisor
Applications Developer at AT&T
Make me an offer for a tech co-founder, maybe you found the answer to your problems.
Shelton Bumgarner
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Shelton Bumgarner Entrepreneur
Writer, Photographer, and DJ
Frank, if you're interested, you have your offer. :-) I simply need _one_ other person (preferably someone with tech skill) to look at what I've written at migugin.com, watch my little micro v-logs on Instagram and tell me they share my vision, then I'm ready to rock.

This concept I have fixes two major problems with Facebook: management of friends from different parts of your life and the fact that Facebook has a comment system as opposed to a threaded post system. Add to this the value-added ability to put general newsgroups into a hierarchy system and you got yourself a social media startup that could rock the ROK as I used to say in South Korea.

If you're serious about helping me, please direct message me. :-)
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