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Need advice for technical architects starting product company

I have spent my last 9 years as the Principal Architect for multiple start ups. I know how to build scalable products with the latest and greatest architecture and technical practices. I have started playing with my own idea for a bit now. I do not have time to write all the code any more since I want to pay attention to the business side of things like marketing, product use-cases, market analysis and such.

I want to hire a development agency but I am worried that they might not follow my technical guidelines and principles. I want the product to be built in React js, Node and Docker. It is very hard to find the talent for these technologies. Do I just let the first version be built faster with the more common technologies or should I try to find the right people with the experience in the stack I picked? I feel like my technical expertise is actually hindering the progress of my prototype. Anyone else in the same boat? Any advice from CTOs or architects is appreciated.


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Michael Barnathan
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Michael Barnathan Entrepreneur • Advisor
Co-Founder of The Mountaintop Program, Google Alum
If you're not coding it, why do you care what they write it in? Dictate what you want built, let the experts (?) you're hiring figure out how.

You're generally better off with a more common stack, since you won't be able to find employees for rare tech as easily either. Although someone who knows React, Node, and Docker shouldn't be that hard to find. I know plenty of people who use that stack.
Ahmed Sorour
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Ahmed Sorour Entrepreneur
Agile/DevOps Coach @ Target, Cofounder @ RevampCRM
As an architect and cofounder of a consulting and product company, I figured out, as you mentioned, that technical ability will hinder the product lean and iterative product cycle. However I advise you to hire an agency with strong tech idea leadership so that they can follow your vision and help you decide on development stack. Various factors will affect selection of technology including but not limited to your scalability and recovery requirements. I would be happy to discuss furture and see if we can help bring your product to market!
Best of luck!
Tim Scott
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Tim Scott Entrepreneur • Advisor
President, Lunaverse Software
I'm just finishing a Node + React + GraphQL + React Native contract. DM me if you want to talk.
Doug Winter
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Doug Winter Entrepreneur
Founder and Director of Isotoma
My 20-person agency has skills and experience in that stack. DM me if you want to talk.
David Austin
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David Austin Entrepreneur
Entrepreneur
Be technology agnostic at this point. What you need is an MVP, emphasis on the M (minimal) as cheaply and as quickly as possible (but not at the expense of the user experience).
John Bentley, II
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John Bentley, II Entrepreneur • Advisor
Entrepreneur - Technologist - Software Architect. The Code Wookie is focused on helping people get the most out of tech.
I think your biggest concern at this point is not only outsourcing the build of your product but also the technical leadership and direction to a 3rd party. An alternative would to bring on board a co-founder that shares your same philosophy and can manage the tech
Joanan Hernandez
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Joanan Hernandez Entrepreneur
CEO & Founder at Mollejuo
Hello,

Do I just let the first version be built faster with the more common technologies

Yes

Should I try to find the right people with the experience in the stack I picked?

Maybe

I feel like my technical expertise is actually hindering the progress of my prototype.

Yes

You have to let go. That said, there's nothing wrong with youchoosing whichtechnology to use. At the same time, avoid the thing to dragbecause the person you find doesn't do it the way you want it. From your point of view, what matters is that works, so you can move forward. If you keep looking for the ideal person, in the end, the only being affected is you, not the rest. It's your project that's being delayed.

Best of lucks!
Kenneth Mayfield
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Innovator at Xyris Interactive Design Inc & Mobile Developer - Prague and Vancouver
Do you seek an MVP prototype to validate the idea? React/Node/Docker is what my current people are working in. Let's discuss.
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