Anudeep Borusu .

As a non-technical founder, one of my impediments is the ability to gauge how much time a particular technical task takes. And I'm turn gauge my team member's ability.

I have no experience in coding the backend and I place my trust in the full stack person's ability and the timeline they give. I believe in the team. Yet I believe this puts me in the dark and is not a healthy long term solution. I'd like to know the buttons I can push to say, "why don't we cut down our time here"

Any suggestions on how I can learn this?

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Krishnanga Kalita

I can guide u being a fellow entrepreneur but it will come at a nominal cost.

Neeraj Tiwari

Be demanding from your tech team. Feel your guts and simply ask them to finish the task in the timeline you belive. Else, things will turn very bad as in such case the team is not thinking about business/revenue and you on the seat have to take care of it.

Be demanding and be aggresive. Remove any fear, It's ok if tech guys leave, u can find more.

Amit Baliga

are you sure this is a healthy and sustainable approach? How can someone who doesn't know tech ask developers to finish tasks in the timeline he believes? Plus there is a huge 'cost' involved when tech guys leave and it is definitely not 'ok'!

Aditya Krishna

Doesn’t this mean you need to hire a tech guy in a high enough position and with enough incentives that the growth of your business directly benefits him as well.

Anudeep Borusu

absolutely. I tried the "love" marriage amongst my fellow tech friends but life (Corona) isn't in its best terms at the moment (and at 28ish age they are married and startup is not the word they welcome as much as they would have before marriage). The alternative I can think of, is stay open for an arranged marriage (so I am looking out for one Tech Co-founder) and while I wait, learning anything I should till then. I don't know the "what" part to learn in this. Or if there are any other ways. Do suggest if you think I can do all of this in a better way.

Shashwat Verma

The best way is to learn basics of the technology you are using. And try to reason the timelines with that benchmark.

Amit Baliga

Why don't you have a tech co-founder? Or at least a CTO?

Pranav Agarwal

perfect👌🏼exactly what I wanted to type. Just to add don’t skimp on CTO and give him equity to incentivise

Anudeep Borusu

absolutely. I intend to incentivize the "first five" FTEs and it is part of the agreement. I do realise the importance of a tech co-founder but the best I can do is say that " you can pursue that position and such a conversation is always open for us to have " for a full stack developer who is right now working with us. And beyond that any kind of persuasion or influence is not right to communicate the importance of such a role. It's gotta be self inclination. I tried to find a CTO but I parked that after seeing how people apply (on Angel list) to the position just like any other position.

Soham Sarkar

Find a tech cofounder. I connected with a very talented guy with great experience on there (not to mention being from one of the top schools which is a bonus). We've been working together for a month now.

I recently connected with another guy from there who worked at FAANG companies.

Angel list works. You just have to make the outreach process solid (to give you an estimate I shortlisted 100+ people which led to 4 meetings out of which 1 converted)

Also try learning some of the tech yourself.

Surender T Natarajan

It completely depends on the nature of the business. If it is tech services business, you can negotiate and communicate with the team regarding the tech efforts. If it is a product, get a tech co-founder or to start with learn some level of coding so that you can negotiate the tech part and understand the components that need to be prioritized and understand the impact accordingly.

Aman Jha

Go Agile, Start doing scrum and Retrospective.

It will take two or three weeks but you will have an idea about team velocity.

AMiT Thakrar

If you're non techie, simple thumb rule is - first ask full project timeline (approximate) from the team/tech guy. Keep that in your mind.. Map it with what you thought as a business unit..

Now breakdown the project in multiple small parts and try to get individual tasks timeline.

Match it with initial estimate and that's how you will get to know what's the ideal time. Normally tech guys have a similar tendency to judge all tasks.

It doesn't matter you know technology or not.. Coding is not important but knowing what you want to achieve is very very important. Don't leave those to team to decide for you. Efforts tech guy spend on building, you should be ready to spend similar or more amount of time conceptualizing and evaluating each small deliveries from tech team. More you will be attentive, less they'll take a benefit of you. People don't work by putting unnecessary pressure, but they work when they'll see you working harder than themselves. Don't micro manage.. let them have their say, and collectively decide as a team. More inclusive you will be, less people will take you on a ride..

Anant Mendiratta

You need to know the basics of technology and programming. That's all.

Aditya Krishna

nope. I’m pretty sure that’s not all. He’s looking for actual solutions. I don’t think with basic knowledge you’ll be able to even remotely be able to accurately estimate how much time effort a seemingly simple thing might take to build. There are dedicated jobs for this all over the world and i don’t think it would be so if it was as easy as learning basics of technology

Anant Mendiratta

I started with zero tech and eventually went on to launch codepanel.io, einc.io, multiple chrome extensions, and many other tech products. It was learning basics over the years helped me do all of it. I speak from experience. Instead of relying on any other person, he should get versed with a little bit of technology and how different stuff works anyways.

Gururaj Rajur

Knowing programming g and technical knowledge by everyone in not practical.

In such cases what you can do is trust based on previous experience or on organisation assets.

Paras Jain

Harvard Introduction to computer science. CS50. Take this course free on edx.org.

It will end your woes forever.

Shivam Malhotra

Get a CTO. Spent 9 months & 400K (overspent both time and money) building a product which shouldn't have taken more than 2-3 months.Just got my freelance mobile developer to come in full time as CTO and I'm a bit relaxed now because I dont have to worry about tech in the long run (need to get him in sync early on though).

Rushi Ahuja

If your primary product is a tech product, you need a tech person in a senior role (management) to lead the coders. You cannot lead a tech team with just basic knowledge. For this senior person, you can have an incentive/rev share/equity arrangement so that they've skin in the game.

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