When I sign off my emails with ‘I build Learnemy‘, I never meant for it to be a literal representative of what I do for Learnemy. But here I am, picking up ruby on rails (again). After getting grant’ed, I wanted to run through the mockups with whoever who could to understand if the product is pretty/functional enough. So I did a shout-out on my social networks, met Jason and was advised to pick up ruby on rails on the basis that a founder should know her product and my MVP is pretty minimal.
(Actually he also said that it’s worth learning programming while I’m starting up so even if Learnemy fails, I walk out with an additional skill. But I doubt I’ll want to pursue this far enough to call it a skill.)
I can’t stress how awesome it is to have a real human teaching rails by answering all my stupid and sometimes repetitive questions, and to troubleshoot my errors when I’m on the verge of banging my head against the wall.
This strategy of learning from a human + learning from videos look like it’s gonna work for the entire MVP stage. So yea, I’m coding my own MVP on rails, design and ship it. Although I’m also toying of outsourcing tiny bits of coding work to speed time up, I’m not so sure if it’s possible or not. I shall see how things progress.
I have to confess that I really don’t have passion for programming. I appreciate the beauty of how it works and wonder why people can treat programmers like coding monkeys. (Seriously non-techies, try coding yourself.) But coding’s not something that I can get into the flow state doing so, unlike how I’m had a bad sleep last night but still up blogging at 3am. I can’t wait till the day I can focus more on marketing/community building/making a beautiful web experience when I get someone to cover the tech side. Till then, I’m gonna diy.
Shall quickly get over this hurdle, sweep some techies off their feet, get a co-founder and live happily ever after.I build Learnemy, an online marketplace that finds you the right instructors and classes in Singapore. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter