how to build a startup without coding

Resources for How to Build a Startup Without Coding

Ever wanted to build a startup but felt like you were limited by not knowing how to code? Be limited no more! The elitism of the coding class doesn’t want you to know about it, but there are TONS of resources out there for those of us who don’t know how to code but still want to build something cool, whether it be just for ourselves or as an MVP for a business. That’s the cool thing about technology- you can hack together just about anything that you can imagine and have a working ‘thing’ in just a few hours. In this case, I just wanted to write a quick update to tell everyone about a subreddit that I started a while back to document all the cool no-code tools that i’ve found over the years that can help someone …

How to Validate a Startup: A Post-Mortem of an Infant P2P Educational Lending Platform

Hey everyone! Long time, no post. For the last two months Napkin Lab was working on a big idea. Usually, the entrepreneurial ventures that I come up with aren’t anything world-changing and i’m used to hearing mixed reactions from people when I tell them about it. Maybe some are excited, but many might not see the potential or are just skeptical. Well not long ago, I had the idea for a P2P lending platform that could specifically cater to educational lending. The Idea. I wondered to myself, why isn’t there a platform that could specifically cater to non-traditional educational programs such as coding bootcamps? It could line up potential investors and show them the possible investments available, and they could then invest in these students. The students get education paid for, and the investors could get a nice 5-8% return …

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An Introduction to Chatbots

I’m a couple weeks behind on the challenge due to some needed attention in my marketing business, but now i’m back with a quick post about a growing marketing technology that I see as being a HUGE game changer for  many businesses in the next few years: Chatbots! I’ve been hearing the buzz for a few months now – especially from Andrew Warner on Mixergy – and finally decided to look into them a little more. I’d previously thought of them as just another not-very-intelligent chat tool that would clutter my phone screen with notifications. I barely read the messages that I get from people I actually know, why would that be any different with an artificial entity? But when I looked a bit deeper I found something pretty incredible. It took all of about five minutes to really start …

Startup Challenge #1 – Dropshipping Wrap up

What happened with Startup Challenge #1 and what was the result? Probably exactly what you’d expect to happen when you only devote ~4 weeks to a project. And yet, maybe not. When I set out to build a dropshipping website in just four weeks, I knew that this wouldn’t be enough time to build a full business and find success. What I hoped to accomplish was that I would try out a new business model, learn something new, and have a finished product at the end that I could either continue to work on or retire as I saw fit. In that endeavor – I succeeded. I learned what it takes to build an ecommerce site using the X theme on wordpress (a lot!), I learned how to build relationships with suppliers as well as the potential issues in building …

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How Cold Shower Therapy Helps Me as an Entrepreneur

First off, yes. I take a cold shower every day and have been for the last month. No, I don’t do it halfway and start warm then turn it down. I used to, but eventually you just have to sh!t or get off the pot and ask yourself why you are doing it. But first, maybe we should take a step back and explain why I am taking cold showers and why I thought this was ever a good idea in the first place. It all began about a year ago when Joel Runyon over at ImpossibleHQ wrote a post about Cold Shower Therapy and posted it on Reddit talking about the benefits of cold showers and challenging everyone else to give them a try. It turns out this wasn’t his first post about this, and definitely not his last, …

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Building an Ecommerce Website From Scratch & Dropshipping Update

We’re in week three now, just one week to go on this challenge! The first three weeks went incredibly fast between building the e-commerce website from scratch, launching the Limitless Challenge, and simultaneously preparing a new marketing campaign for my marketing agency. Building an E-commerce Site from Scratch I’m sure that the biggest question of anyone reading is: Why in the heck would I build the website myself instead of using something like shopify? And that’s a very fair question which doesn’t have just one answer. One reason was that with only a $100 budget I wanted to make the best use of that that I could and not spend $79 of it on a Shopify setup that has the features I would want. Another is that I just like building websites using Theme.co’s X theme and wanted to try …

The Limitless Challenge

We CONSTRUCT who we are. “If you can figure out the beliefs that hold you to who you are today, you can tear them down and build the person you want to be.” – Jacob, Paraphrasing Tony Robbins When I began the Startup Challenge, it was meant to challenge myself on a personal level to work with ideas that I didn’t know I wanted to work with, to push myself to work harder than I have in some time, and to experiment/play with some new concepts. I’m only two weeks in and already i’ve had a mindset shift in how I view myself. Part of this is from the challenge itself (I certainly didn’t think i’d be working with suppliers in India this month!), and part of this is because simultaneous to the startup challenge I also started working on several …

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Week One Update

Updates on the Startup Challenge Week one went by way too fast. I could have used an extra few…. ok several… hours to check off a few more things from the to-do list. That being said, there were also some great successes and a bit of a roadblock. First up, the successes. From the last post, the goals for week one were laid out as follows: “Week 1 – Email and decide on supplier, buy domain, build website, build Facebook page. Estimated costs: ~$12 for the domain.” How much of that was accomplished? Buy Domain: Check Build Website: Check Build Facebook Page: Not Completed Email and Screen Suppliers: Partial Check Buying the domain was, of course, the easy part. I went with a domain that has good longtail keywords and is simultaneously brandable due to some stylistic choices that I …

Startup Challenge 1: Dropshipping

What is the project? In the last update I was discussing the uncertainty of which project to pick for the first challenge and debating the merits of both. I went with the ‘gun to the head’ approach to just pick one and went with the new model that doesn’t have any previous infrastructure. On one hand it’s more true to the spirit of the challenge, and on the other after a brief look into the opportunity it appears that there is a great opportunity in the short run that I can take advantage of and want to pursue. So the answer is: Dropshipping! I’m not going to go into the specific niche or product because I don’t really want to drive it traffic from this blog, and i’d rather run with the opportunity for a bit before everyone else piles …

The First Challenge

I’ve been fighting for a while now with figuring out what the first challenge should be. I’ve got several partially completed projects lying around that i’d love to really give some effort and see through. As always the issue is never enough time for all of them so nothing ever gets done on any of them. When planning this little experiment it did think that it might be a good way to focus and finish a few of them and see if they have any legs. Of course on the other hand, this really is supposed to be about going from nothing and testing a wholly new concept. Currently there are at least two projects that I can readily think of which would be great candidates for picking up and giving some proper effort, one online course and one productized …