Most of the TechinAsia team is already in Singapore for Startup Asia Singapore 2013 for some in-depth discussion of the world of tech and startups. But some people who aren’t devs may have a simpler question: how do you start a startup anyway? And honestly, that kind of describes me. I’ve always been interested in the world of startups but have never really been sure how it all worked or simply, where to start. I may sound like a total newbie (which I really am), but you’re not going to learn unless you ask. So I decided to ask the members of Facebook group Startup PH for some help on, well, where to start. Much to my delight, someone mentioned My Startup Academy. A startup for startups! My Startup Academy aims to help those who have a business idea and can’t wait to pitch it to anyone who’s willing to listen (because that’s passion; believe me, I have an idea and I can’t wait to pitch it). It provides learning tools, mentorship, community, help finding funding, and perhaps a way to turn yourself from a newbie into a startup pro. Then you’ll be off developing your next masterpiece app. Mark? Is that you? The team is headed by Michie Ang of MRTtrackr. She’s a registered nurse by profession, but now she’s very active in the dev community. Cool! The devotion of the people who do this, looking out for others and actually helping, is just amazing. By this point I’m sure you’re excited but it’s not time for school quite yet. My Startup Academy hasn’t launched yet, but you can register now to be the first in line when the beta goes online. Personally, I’m going to sign up to see if they can really unnewbie me. Commute.ph founder Jolo Balbin also gave me some very helpful tips on starting a startup:
- Conceptualize your idea.
- If you’re a developer, create a minimum viable product (MVP).
- If not, try to create an MVP without touching any code.
- If that’s not possible, try to ask your closest friend that can code.
- Find a developer that you know, and you can get along with. You will be with this person for a long time if your idea becomes successful.
- If all else fails, try to learn how to code. I discourage asking someone you don’t know (such as a freelancer) to code your idea. Anything might happen that is beyond your control.
Another developer Jose Palala said, “A student fresh out of college who desires to go into entrepreneurship must build his people skills and grow his network.” How about you? Do you think you have a billion dollar idea that you just can’t wait to pitch? Remember, “ideas are just ideas, until you make them reality.” Go find your team.
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