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From Development Bootcamp to Startup?

Hack Reactor

If you're going to create a startup, should you learn how to code? With some questions there are no right or wrong answers (as the Google screenshot below comically details). When you research various arguments on this topic, be sure to understand the distinction within the question, i.e. should you learn vs do you need to learn. 

Some Pros:

You'll better understand the complexities of what you're building, which will help you project manage.

You'll better understand the possibilities of what an app or website can do, and also how easy (or not so easy) it may be.

You'll be able to distinguish between amateur software developers and professional software developers.

In any life scenario, you're better off being more educated and more self-sufficient, something learning to code will do for you.

Is Programming Bootcamp a Good Alternative for Someone Looking to Found a Startup?

Michael Kaiser-Nyman founder of Epicodus, tells a terrific story about the early stages of his startup. He's pro" learn to code before you create a startup," saying it will help you work better with your employees and technical co-founders.

Further on down, Hack Reactor CEO Tony Phillips also addresses this question. He explains what the benefits are within a development bootcamp for people looking to found a startup, and then points out what these schools don't cover that you'll definitely need to know. 

At Hack Reactor, we've seen how collaboration on group projects and being around super talented peers leads to future partnerships and potentially new and amazing companies. 

As all software career accelerators should point out, creating a startup is not something that is a part of the curriculum. Hack Reactor has an atmosphere that breeds innovation and creativity, and it's optimally located (in San Francisco) for people who someday wish to run their own business or tech startup. But you need to be brilliant at hiring, financing, accounting, managing and building a productive work place if you're going to thrive as a startup founder. 

One Hack Reactor software engineer, Mike Adams, sheds some light on his experience going from development bootcamp to startup in his Quora response below. 

Let us know what you think. Should a person looking to found a startup also learn how to code? If so, how much programming ability should they have? Tweet us your thoughts @HackReactor.