Non-Techie is our own version of Non-Technical, which is what the tech industry calls founders with no programming experience. A non-techie is as the word implies: somebody who doesn’t have what someone else – the techie – has. The term in this context refers to somebody who can’t code / program specifically.
It has nothing to do with your technical skills in general or your other skills revolving around a computer. If you can’t program in one of the major programming languages – hence not be able to hack together a prototype or build an app– you will be referred to as a non-techie.
That’s nothing bad in particular. It just means that in the world of Tech Start-ups you have a disadvantage which you have to make up for big time with the non-technical skills you do have.
We here at Two Non Techies are dedicated to making this “disadvantage” into an asset, actually.
There are many important roles that have to be executed in a tech business of course- there is plenty of room for Designers, Accountants, Lawyers, PR Managers, Sales Associates, Animators – you name it. All these backgrounds are fantastic but they all have the same problem. If you have any other background other than programming, meaning: if you weren’t crazy about programming in high school and neglected it in college or later in your life in general – you became a non-techie today.
It is common to refer to the actual techie as the nerd but I personally don’t think that’s a very accurate term – since everybody is a nerd about something.
I mean look at Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg, they were not necessarily social big shots – but they didn’t need to be to build highly influential products and become two of the richest people in the world.
They knew how to code.
If you’re still unsure about the power of the techies these days, I would urge you to get used to it soon and make some of them your friends. They control much of our experiences these days (in front of the computer, attached to the smartphone…), and they will continue to influence our every day lives increasingly more in the future. In fact, I would urge you to become one of them! Programming skill will (very soon in my opinion) become an essential skill for interacting with the world- and it will separate the population very clearly between the literate and the illiterate.
Listen to this guy:
“Program or be Programmed.” -Douglas Rushkoff
If you can’t build a website or smartphone app or computer game or tool for your laptop yourself, you always will need to go a find somebody who builds it for you, or buy it from someone who is selling it online or in the app store.
If you’re an entrepreneur, it is obviously a valid possibility to hire someone to get the job done for you. Great – but have you ever tried to find somebody to build your precious project for you with little or no money? It’s frustratingly difficult. Even if you are willing to pay a fortune, it will not be easy.
Programmers have enough to do they most likely don’t need you and your idea.
And even if you pay them- chances are that the actual outcome will be something else than you imagined. There may be no way for you to fix it yourself and you will be dependent on the developer to make changes or updates for you, and it will cost money.
Hiring a good developer is nice and important, because you want to have people who are exceptional and hopefully can program better than you.
But for a moment, try to imagine you don’t need to ask anybody at the beginning. You can build it yourself or hack it together quickly- and then later find people to help you finish it and polish it up. That’s a nice deal.
So if you’ve realized now that you are a non-techie you need to change that.
Go and learn how to code. (There are so many free online resources to do this.) It is not important that you become a programming genius – you don’t need to be. In fact there is nothing more powerful than learning programing while having another background like artist, architect, animator, or even sailor – first as your foundation. Now you can take your new skill and go ahead and create things people with only a tech background won’t even be able to imagine. You would have a distinct advantage!
That’s also a reason why there are these two terms- techie vs. non-techie. There is an increasing number of people who want to add programming to their skill set. It’s a daunting task and sometimes made difficult by the techie establishment (don’t tell them I said that)– but if you succeed – only the sky will be the limit for you.
I’m obviously a non-techie by the way I’m talking about this topic.Even I looked with skepticism at first at the techies with their nerdy behavior and unexplainable sense for weird humor – I now have a lot of respect for them.
For all you non-techies out there- do you want to stay a non-techie? And for you programmers out there- do you welcome us with open arms?
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