My advice for non-tech founder want to build an app

Can someone provide a reference or guide to app development. Just something that a non computer science person can understand that provides them base knowledge of terms used and design process.

Long story short is have a great idea but need to find a technical partner. So though its good to have some understand of what is required.

My reply:

  1. first of all - you need to have a place/document where you explain what exactly you want to do at your app. it should be easy to understand to everyone - you can try to read it to your relatives and see if they understand what is needed. like i’m reading to my granny and when she asks questions - there is a place for clarification.

  2. i have a feeling that you were inspired by some other apps that are actually on the market. So it’s great to make a bunch of screenshots with detailed explanation of what do you like and what you want to “steal”

  3. tech stack usually depends on personal wishes/experience to exact developer. It can be anything, but as bootstrapper - you want to do it cheaply. As developer, i’ll advice to use React Native. As Maker - I’ll advice to not hire/give equity to a developer and use some drag-n-drop tools that will help you to get a better understanding of what you trying to archive. Don’t go big. start with simple 5-9 screens for app

  4. Design. there tons of cool UI templates that cover your needs for first years. check

  5. Instead of building everything from scratch and spend time/money - try to go smart and research what tools/services are on the market. it will also give you additional insights. app development market is huge - there a lot of services that will give you a bug-free and great results

  6. instead of building everything at one “place” try to split your functionality into small blocks. and create a clear explanation of what and how exactly it should work


Something that also needs to be kept in mind re: #1 - relatives are usually very careful about criticism and often say that everything makes sense just to keep you happy… (or to stop you from talking about your project :smiley: )

But yes, incredibly important to understand what your app would be doing and how to explain it to other people.


when I’m trying to do something against their “agenda” my family don’t shy to critique me :slight_smile: but i understand your point and actually families can be different