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Our non-technical students start companies using tools like Zapier, Bubble and Typeform

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In a day, I’ve gone along with the videos, making an AirBnB clone, but more importantly, I’ve taken the instruction and started making the app I attempted two months ago, with greater success and, THIS IS HUGE, understanding of how dynamic web apps work in general, and how to create them.Lane Watson, startup founder from Puerto Vallarta

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No matter what your background is, our lessons are designed to figure out what you don’t know and fill in the gaps.

No code required

You will be able to build everything we teach without writing code. It’s pretty amazing when you realize what you can build without needing to know another language (even our site is built without code too).

But don't I need

NO.

 

The only real obstacles you face are fear and imposter syndrome. It’s not easy to put yourself out there. That’s why the internet is littered with excuses like the ones you see above. The Code-Free Startup is designed to nudge you out of that mindset without destroying your comfort zone.

The Code-Free Method


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    FROM IDEA TO INTERFACE: UX + UI BASICS

    The three layers of design and what human-computer interaction is really all about.

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    A MINIMUM "CREDIBLE" PRODUCT MENTALITY

    Sometimes viable is not enough. App stores and first impressions.

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    SKETCH TESTING AND VALIDATION

    How to validate your product without destroying your comfort zone.

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    GETTING TECHNICAL: HOW WEB APPS WORK

    The nuts and bolts of the web: databases, front vs. back end, etc.

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    INTRODUCTION TO BUBBLE.IS: CREATING A SAMPLE APP

    How to use the Bubble platform to create an app in an hour.

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    CLICK AND DRAG MODELS, VIEWS, CONTROLLERS

    The real power of Bubble is when it comes to interface design.

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    QUICK ELEMENTS AND DESIGN SHORTCUTS

    Who needs Photoshop? Tips on how to design things quickly.

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    INTEGRATIONS: REST API, BUBBLE, ZAPIER

    How services talk together and the functionality of expanding APIs.

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    USER TESTING AND GETTING TO 1.0 RELEASE

    The right and wrong way to do user testing.

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    LEADPAGES AND LAUNCHING AN APP INTO THE WORLD

    Landing pages and preparing for Product Hunt + Hacker News.

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    STARTED UP: NEXT STEPS AND RESOURCES

    So you have an MVP and first users, all without code. Now what?

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Join our community of 5000+ students who are building companies with the skills they already have instead of worrying about  skills they dont.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

When you opt for a zero-code approach using these tools, there are some tradeoffs. Certain features are harder to build, and most products using these tools have to rely on API integrations earlier on to get to full functionality. That being said, we’re betting big on code-free building because it greatly cuts down the time needed to build the core of an early product. As we explain in the program, you need less functionality than you think to get to an MVP.
If you consider yourself proficient with using the internet and have used site builders like Squarespace or WordPress, you’ll be in great shape. We assume a minimal level of web-app knowledge and teach only the “must know” info to prevent information overwhelm.
Yes, and that’s why this isn’t the “Programming-Free Startup” program. Coding is a language that dictates what action the computer should do. Like any language, it has it’s own syntax and meanings for characters. Programming, however, is much more about the instructions and actions that a piece of software follows. If you’ve used Facebook, you understand programming. Here’s an example, posting on your timeline:

Programming: “When I hit this “Post” button, anything in the text box will be sent to my timeline.”

Coding: document.forms[“myform”].submit();

A computer and and internet connection. Most students try to budget 30 minutes a day to learning. If you can do that, you can build our marketplace app for example in just 20 days! And who said you need to quit your day job to start a startup?

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