Starting up

Now you can learn programming

People who have heard my talk at the recent Barcamp 7 would know that my advice to any non-tech founders who wished to pick up a programming language is to…..


Learn whatever from anyone who’s willing to lend a helping hand.


In my case, the access to coaching came earlier for Ruby on Rails than for Python which is why Ruby became my choice of bling. I used the method of coach + online resources, I liked it and I would advocate it. I’ve also seen such success on a fellow non-tech founder, Clarence, for Bandwagon (he was introduced to Angular.js and coached by Tom.


Here’s why you need a coach:

You get answers to stupid questions, and you’re very likely not able to articulate your stupid question well enough to ask it on stackoverflow because of tech speak is slightly different from normal speech.

You get explanation for the explanation on why your code doesn’t work. Error messages can be non-intuitive to understand.

After the error messages, you get to know the solution without wanting to bang your head against the wall.


How do you find a coach?

I’m super stoked (so super stoked I’m about to fall off my chair, convulse and foam in the mouth) to tell you that Learnemy now does matching for programming!!!


I took so long to start because I was targeting the verticals with more demand. But I wondered if it will be a good idea to focus on the long-tail keywords (aka less demand, less competition) since I already have some really talented tech instructors in my database beforehand. The trigger came when I read this post about me and Learnemy where the blogger mentioned he would want to learn coding using Learnemy (although he later mentioned that he has no time now, sighs). So I thought no harm trying it out.

And the results shocked me. I realized that it’s much easier to use social media for the tech vertical, plus I’ve gotten 2 requests in a single day.

Moral of the story:



Elisha Tan is the Founder of TechLadies. TechLadies is a community for women in Asia to connect, learn, and advance as programmers in the tech industry. Elisha is also the Developer Programs Regional Lead for Asia Pacific at Facebook.


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