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Oh shit I can’t code.

Finally the whole Barcamp experience was over with the content published on Penn Olson here: I restructured the content a little, and Willis edited my language a lot. lol. Guess I not only can’t code, I can’t write well too. :(

Honestly, in my talk I didn’t really know what I was talking about because the room keeps getting crowded, and I made a grammer mistake on my title on the board (which was also reflected on the glass door) because I was too kanjiong.

I wrote ‘Hey I found a tech startup…OH SHIT I CAN’T CODE’, which absolutely made it sounded like I picked up this thing called Learnemy while I was walking home one day. -.-

Anyway, it was pretty much fun and I looked like I was talking about kungfu.


I’m very very happy about the 101 tweets sharing the article with the article going into the Founder Institute’s newsletter. I’ve never produced a blog post with that kind of spread. Never.

But I was particularly upset about a comment that goes like this,

“If founders dont know how to code first but later learn a bit here and there to code, please dont pretend yourself as overnite master in coding and start bossy around telling people what to code. HTML and CSS is not alot of action without something behind. I would think focus on business development is more important.”

That is just offensive.

I believe that everyone has something to share, and un-conferences are created based on this belief too. The attitude of this nameless person seem to suggest that if you are not a sage, keep your mouth shut. Utter nonsense. I know for sure that I wouldn’t be where I am know if non-sage people are all keeping their mouth shut.

Yea yea, I know. I’m from the Founder Institute with 600 mentors. But I don’t hang out with them on a daily basis, you know.

And the passion for sharing is such a wonderful thing. I know of a couple of my instructors (with less than 10 years of skills) who doesn’t mind about the money or the length of class, they just want to help my clients learn what they want.

Such an inspiration.

And it’s very disrespectful to treat anyone like monkeys. Nobody is a coding monkey, designing monkey or marketing monkey. There’s something very wrong with a mentality like that.

Oh, but then again, it’s a nameless person.


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.


One thought on “Oh shit I can’t code.

  1. Hi Elisha,

    I think some technical people can get a little bit sensitive about their industry as some can feel under-appreciated. IMHO, entrepreneurship is about being willing to do everything to materialise your idea.

    Your idea Learnemy is a great site that joins students and tutors together to share knowledge. That's its focus. Not some esoteric Saas web app. So I don't think anyone expects you to be a code ninja – HTML & CSS is more than fine, and sharing what you learn can only help other people.

    Keep up the good work (and kungfu)

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