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I would like to start by saying that I am a big believer that coding is not for everyone. It is popular and there is definitely plenty of job opportunities out there, but if it's not your thing and you have difficulty learning, maybe another career path is best.
As for LAMP vs MEAN, I would say in general LAMP is taught before MEAN for a number of reasons such as being well known longer, fewer steps to get up and running, and a general agreed upon consensus that it is good for beginners.
That all being said, I don't want to discourage you from learning. It could just be that you need to be taught a different way. I have taught a number of programming languages if you want to hop on a call and dive more into your specific case.
Hope that helps :)
If you want to go cheap, you can outsource and deal with the potentially lower quality. You can bring on co-founders and give up part of your company (don't take this lightly but can be very effective for the right partners). If you can at least put down a decent down payment you can still go with a dev shop assuming they are ok with waiting for full payment after an agreed upon amount of time (this isn't impossible, but not all dev shops will be open to it).
In general, you get what you pay for. Really no getting around that. We can chat more about it on a call if you want.
A good way to find devs that most probably haven't tried is Stackoverflow. Look for devs that have answered a lot of MacOS app related questions. Let me know if you want to chat more about this and other ways.
The best way to find them if you don't have your own network is to advertise online. You need to organize what you can do into simple products, and sell them through your own site. You can try word off mouth if you have access to a specific network that would benefit from your services. We can chat on a call if you want to go into more detail.
Start by fixing phones! Make a name for yourself as the guy who can fix phones. Fix your own phones, fix them for friends and family for free/discounted rate to start with and you will build a name for yourself.
Establish your brand, team, and processes. There are plenty of dev shops out there so you have plenty of examples to follow. For example Thoughtbot has an open source playbook you can use to build your own company.
There are plenty of US based dev shops that do good work. You can try that. If you are looking for a CTO you should use your network. There will probably be someone looking to do something new.
The info you gave isn't really enough to say whether you will be successful or not. It does sound like you may not be up for the challenge given how far you view your competitors are ahead of you, so that might be your gut feeling saying you don't want to continue.
If you think you can build a better product than what's out there then definitely continue!
If you still need help with this send me a message. I can help you out!
Depending on how much time, money, an energy you are putting into it will affect your options. For example you can collaborate with other blogs that have a similar audience. This is good for a quick boost in new customers. Let me know if you want to chat about other options based on your situation.
I have been in your situation plenty of times. The fact is tech and non-tech people pretty much speak different languages, so having the ability to be "bi-lingual" is very important. If you are running a fintech startup this skill is very important and I would highly suggest against avoiding it. If you want we can hop on a call and I can go into detail on my experiences and see how best you can proceed without leaving your team.
Great talk! worth it! and hopefully will connect again.
Thanks, Chalmers. The call was very informative and I look forward to speaking with you again. -Rob
Chalmers gave pretty good advice, well worth the call. Looking forward to the next one.
Very helpful and easy to talk with. Very knowledgable.
Chalmers was able to listen to our questions and quickly formulate actionable answers. Would recommend him to anyone trying to get their idea off the ground.
Chalmers was excellent. He gave me very specific and actionable advice. I would highly recommend him for anyone that has any type tech question for their startup.
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Insightful conversation! I appreciate the honest feedback and great ideas!
Good sugestions, thinking about having a second call.
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