You don’t need to be a programmer to start a start-up

coachingTechnical Skill vs. Managerial Skills

We’re living in the age where ICT technology is becoming a dominant theme. Almost everything and anything contains technology. ICT (Information and Communications Technology – or Technologies) is an umbrella term that includes any communication device or application, encompassing: the internet, cellular phones, computer and network hardware and software, satellite systems and so on, as well as the various services and applications. Many individuals have created their fortune by using all the benefits that ICT has to offer, examples of these people are Mark Zuckerberg, Larry Page and Steve Job.

Lately there’s been a natural gravitation toward the Internet of Everything (IoE), and the majority of new innovative ideas are software base. Where does that leave common entrepreneurs who have nothing more than a brilliant idea but a complete lack of technical skills? Does that mean that if you do not have any technical background, software skills, you will not make it into this new world of technology? It’s debatable whether technical skills are fundamental for the tech industry.

As a founder of brilliant ideas, you are in-essence the project manager. So what skill do you need to successfully manage your ICT project, definitely not technical skills? Being a project manager of an IT project does not necessarily mean that you need to possess IT qualifications/skills and experience among other things to successfully manage the project. The power of successful project lies in the hand of a good project manager who possesses additional essential skills such as people skills, leadership skills, risk management, scheduling, budgeting, planning and resource management.

“Whether a founder has a technical background or not, the opportunity to turn a great idea into a business is becoming a global phenomenon. There are a ton of resources and services out there for young companies to help you get off the ground—from legal advice and access to free technology services, to incubators and accelerators that take a hands-on approach to mentoring young companies.”  – Steve Guggenheimer, chief evangelist for Microsoft.

But having said that, being a project manager of technical venture does not imply to be completely oblivion to technologies. In my opinion, it helps if the project manager is technically aware. It doesn’t mean he/she needs to be able to do the job themselves, but they should have an appreciation of what it takes. As a project leader, there is a need to be able to estimate how much effort is required to complete all of the required tasks; therefore a little bit of technical background knowledge on the specific project goes a long way.

As Steve Guggenheimer said: “incubators and accelerators that take a hands-on approach to mentoring young companies.”. We, at the Cortex Hub, believe to provide guiding platforms for entrepreneurs who feel overwhelmed by their lack of technical skills.

Thank you; hope to hear from you soon. Join us at the cortex hub and you will not regret it.

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