Why I Don't Think Tech Entrepreneurs Should Learn to Code
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khemeCommunity member
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I'm Okiemute, a Self-taught coder, Web Artisan and Business person.

Why I Don't Think Tech Entrepreneurs Should Learn to Code

by Okiemute Omuta

I'm a "tech" kind of guy: I've been coding since 2003

I have run small businesses, and have had a passion for business for as long as I have been coding

There's something more important, worth learning than coding

This is a trait that is common with good programmers. It is this trait that makes them good programmers in the first place, and not the opposite.

Because they posses this trait,

they are able to become good programmers. But the trait was neither developed from years of writing code, nor from knowing "how to code".

That means tech entrepreneurs will not develop this trait from learning to code, and that is just my own opinion on the subject matter.

Good programmers are problem solvers.

I'm passionate about solving problems. That is why I love to code because I can extend my problem solving abilities through the use of computers.

More importantly, entrepreneurs can develop problem solving

than learning to code. Learning to code is like learning to speak a new language. But if you have nothing to "say", the language is usless

It is fine if you can put words together in another language

But you can never compose beautiful poems in that language if you do not first know how to compose beautiful poems.

Learning to code will not help you

develop good problem solving skills.

Do not waste your time writing a few lines of PHP

Invest that time to develop your problem solving abilities

You will be a much better entrepreneur

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2 years agoReply
@kheme @sydney definitely agree with this! A founder with a vision who's already starting down the entreprenuerial path would be better off playing to their strengths as Hary Vaynerchuk always advocates. If by that point you don't know how to code, you'd be slowing down the progress of the business by going back and learning from scratch. Hacking together bits and pieces from info found on the Internet to get things going could be an option but learning to become a full developer is probably not the way to go.

2 years agoReply
@sydney learning how to program and build full-stack applications significantly increased my brain's ability to deconstruct problems and produce solutions. but the even greater benefit of the process was learning how to learn more effectively in general as this has helped unlock significant returns in all other areas of being a founder

2 years agoReply
I'm in tech because I'm a problem-solver, and I agree that problem solving is the main skill we should develop. However, my ability to comprehend and relate large amounts of information has drastically improved through coding and philosophy (two subjects that did more for my writing than years of english classes), so while problem-solving is the skill that should be learned, coding is one strategy to improve it.

sydneyverifiedco-creator of Commaful
2 years agoReply
@ap you're a founder who just recently learned to code. Do you think it helped your problem solving?

sydneyverifiedco-creator of Commaful
2 years agoReply
Great post @kheme! Really interesting perspective As devs and entrepreneurs, what would you recommend to founders? Should they learn to code? @stevenmdean @startusc @daniel @shanemileham @sahil @rch @geeky_yang @kevinshin @bfoo @dylanlerhongjinghotmailcom @iain @jaswinderbrar