Learn to code or website creator?

Right now I'm divided on whether I should learn Python and Java to create my own website with a payment portal or just use the countless website creators out there like Wix and WordPress. The latter would definitely cost less time and less money considering the learning curve and server costs. For any start-ups here that have their own website currently, how did you go about it?

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Find a technical co-founder, work with a freelancer, or learn to code?

Over the last year, I've been doing research and user interviews on a concept similar to Yelp but with a twist. As Covid19 hit, I figured it would be a great time to get ahead and work on an MVP to be ready by the time the restaurant/bar scene is back to normal.

But, as a non-technical founder (I have Product Management experience), I'm trying to figure out the best way to get an MVP built. I played around with building prototypes using Google Sheets/Maps, but felt they didn't do a great job of framing my hypothesis. I'd like to build an MVP, but really focusing on the "minimal" and "viable" here. I feel like I have three options:

  • Learn to code: I've already taken a React Native course and had taken some introductory CS courses way in the past. This could be an option, but personally I don't feel like I have the industry experience to pull it off well.

  • Find a technical co-founder: I've been working this angle but have had some challenges. From company policies and time constraints to finding the right personality to work with, it's been a bit tricky. Personally though I feel like this is the best route.

  • Work with a freelancer: I've considered this, but I have no experience working with freelancers and have heard it could be pricey. For what my mindset is (side-project, not billion-dollar company) not sure if the costs are worth it

Curious to learn if there is a better option here?

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Learn how to give your brand a distinct voice from Slack’s Head of Brand Communications Anna Pickard at TC Early Stage

How do you give your brand a voice that feels authentic and unique? How can you communicate with users in a way that helps and engages without feeling weird or forced?

We’re thrilled to announce that Anna Pickard, Head of Brand Communications at Slack, will be joining us at TC Early Stage to teach us all that and more.

In her role at Slack, Pickard helps teams across the company figure out how to communicate with users in a way that feels unified and professional, but not overly canned or corporate.

In her TC Early Stage breakout session aptly called “A brand personified,” Pickard will share some of those lessons with the rest of us.

TC Early Stage is our brand-new, all-virtual event that focuses on helping new founders get exactly the information they need, straight from the experienced founders, executives, investors and lawyers that know it best. It’ll run from July 21 to July 22 and will feature over 50 breakout sessions on topics on everything from fundraising, to hiring your first engineers, to the tech stack you build your product on.

And because it’s all virtual, you don’t even have to go anywhere. Tune in and kick back in your pajamas. We won’t judge.

Pickard joins an outright incredible list of speakers presenting at TC Early Stage, alongside people like Sarah Guo, Jeff Clavier, Sophie Alcorn, Cyan Banister and Garry Tan.

One catch: each of the 50+ breakout sessions at Early Stage will be capped at just 100 people and will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Buy your ticket today (starting at $ 199) and you’ll be able to sign up for any breakout sessions we announce, plus any we’ve already announced that still have room. Prices increase in two short weeks so secure your seat today!

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Kahoot!: Norwegian startup that lets you learn via games bags €25M funding

Based out of Oslo, Kahoot!, the global learning platform company has raised a gross amount of $ 28 million (approx €25 million) in new equity through a private placement of 7.5 million new shares. 

The private placement also comprised 16.5 million existing shares and amounted to $ 90 million (approx €80 million) in total. To date, Kahoot! has raised over $ 110 million (approx €97.2 million). 

Eilert Hanoa, CEO of Kahoot! Group, said: “We are thrilled to have secured additional capital to help fuel the next phase of Kahoot!’s growth, allowing us to further invest in product innovation, as well as consider new strategic partnerships and acquisitions to further strengthen our platform.”

The private placement attracted very strong interest from high-quality institutional investors in Norway and internationally and was multiple times over-subscribed. Notably, both CEO Eilert Hanoa and Northzone Ventures, one of Kahoot!s largest shareholders, participated in the investment round. 

Value-creating strategic expansion opportunities!

With this funding, the company is planning to accelerate the company’s growth and continue the expansion of its game-based learning platform to all segments, whether it be organisations, educational institutions, or families at home. The Norwegian company will also invest a part of its funding in R&D, product innovations, as well as expansion through value-creating strategic expansion opportunities.

Backstory!

Kahoot! was founded in 2012 by Morten Versvik, Johan Brand, and Jamie Brooker who, in a joint project with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), teamed up with Professor Alf Inge Wang, and were later joined by entrepreneur Åsmund Furuseth. The technology is based on research conducted by Kahoot! co-founder Morten Versvik for his Master’s degree at NTNU, who was a student of Professor Wang’s at the time

1.3 billion participating players in 200 countries!

Kahoot! is a game-based learning platform that makes it easy for any individual or corporation to create, share, and play learning games that drive compelling engagement.

Over the past 12 months, more than 218 million games have been played on the Kahoot! platform with 1.3 billion participating players in 200 countries. The company is headquartered in Norway with offices in the US, the UK, France, and Finland.

Eilert Hanoa, CEO, Kahoot!, said: “2020 has been an extraordinary year for Kahoot! as we have developed and launched new key initiatives helping all our users to make learning more awesome and we continue to build one of the largest learning communities in the world. We also added a record number of users and paid subscribers for our offerings in 2020 and we are thrilled to have secured additional capital to help fuel the next phase of Kahoot!’s growth, allowing us to further invest in product innovation, as well as consider new strategic partnerships and acquisitions to further strengthen our platform.”

Main image credits: Kahoot!

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Learn how to ‘nail it before you scale it’ with Floodgate’s Ann Miura-Ko at TC Early Stage SF

The countdown has begun for the virtual curtain to open on our inaugural, two-day, virtual TC Early Stage SF on July 21 and 22, and with speakers like Ann Miura-Ko talking about building a minimum viable company, you’d be virtually insane to miss out.

The show will bring together 50+ experts across startup core competencies, such as fundraising, operations and marketing. And Ann will be one of the top-tier investors and experts coming to you live from Zoom with details on how to create product market fit and build a minimum viable company.

As a co-founder of Floodgate, one of the earliest seed-stage investment firms, Miura-Ko knows something about scaling early stage businesses. But her exposure to lean startup principles extends back to her tenure literally teaching it at Stanford University.

An investor in big hits including Lyft, Twitch, and Xamarin, Miura-Ko has noticed a few things about investing in early stage companies and seeing where they go astray. “[The] root cause inevitably stems from misconceptions around the nature of product-market fit,” she wrote in an article for Extra Crunch earlier this year.

At TC Early Stage SF Miura-Ko will break down those mistakes and offer startups tips on how to avoid them. Ko will be giving a master class (but not a MasterClass) in whether an entrepreneur has built a minimum viable company or a company that’s minimally viable. Hear Miura-Ko elaborate on the three key elements required to “nail it before you scale it”: having the right value proposition, ecosystem, and business model.

With panels like that, attendees won’t even notice that they’re sitting in front of a screen.

Early Stage SF goes down on July 21 and July 22, with more than 50 breakout sessions to choose from. However, don’t worry about missing a breakout session, because transcripts from each will be available to show attendees. And most of the folks leading the breakout sessions have agreed to hang at the show for at least half the day and participate in CrunchMatch, TechCrunch’s great app to connect founders and investors based on shared interests.

Here’s the fine print. Each of the 50+ breakout sessions is limited to around 100 attendees. We expect a lot more attendees, of course, so signups for each session are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Buy your ticket today and you can sign up for the breakouts we are announcing today, as well as those already announced. Pass holders will also receive 24-hour advance notice before we announce the next batch. (And yes, you can “drop” a breakout session in favor of a new one, in the event there is a schedule conflict.)

So get your TC Early Stage: San Francisco pass today, and get the inside track on the sessions we announced today, as well as the ones to be announced in the coming weeks.

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Should I learn how to code or use Bubble?

I have been learning how to code for the past month, I am wondering if I should build my MVP through something like bubble for my SAAS? Or learn how to code, which I have been doing and create it from scratch? I am teaching myself how to code because I thought, I was making dumb excuses. What's your thought?

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Learn startup limits (false negatives)

Just wanted to share this article: https://hbr.org/2016/03/the-limits-of-the-lean-startup-method

Basically it says one flaw is that founders get disheartened quickly from small sample size and don't have resources to get large enough sample size as a result you get false negatives.

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How do I raise capital before I have a patent. Can I protect my idea before I have the money? What resources can I use to learn more?

It seems a patent costs upwards of $ 10k, with my new idea I am currently working on prototypes, and would like to do a dry run to find the interest (likely at a lowered price. I have enough capital for either a test for proof of concept (hopefully) OR a patent.

What suggestions do you have? Where can I learn more? Where can I learn more about testing the market (how many I need to reach, etc.).

I’ve read books, none agree, some websites appear to be made by folks who’s only idea was starting the website for advice. I have big hopes but a realistic outlook and need help in these areas

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