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Why and How to Learn to Program

It's surprisingly rare for me to get emails with suggestions for posts, but since posting last week about my startup, I've gotten several requests for a post about programming. Good idea-I should have thought of this before.

Now is a particularly good time to talk about programming, because now is a particularly good time to start a tech business. Every two weeks I go to Startup Poker, where I play poker with a bunch of startup employees and owners. We don't talk about startups all that much, but when we do, a recurring theme is this: there has never been an easier time to start a startup.

The process of starting up a tech company has almost become standardized: two founders join together with an idea, they start building it, take funding, and change the idea along the way as necessary. Amongst the two founders, there are only two configurations that you'll see: either both are "technical" or one is "technical". Technical meaning that they can program and will actually build the product.


On Chris Scheidies

It’s tough to show your project to the world sometimes. You want every detail to be amazing, you want to wow and impress. The need for perfection can be debilitating, and you should strive to be the best you can be. But forward motion is more important than perfection. How many songs are sitting on your hard drive unheard? I recently saw a forum post where a person spent 5 years working on one song. COME ON, finish the thing and move on. Even the crazy perfectionist Kanye will only sit on tracks for about a year. Either it is good enough to finish or should be scrapped.

So go ahead and put your art out. Get feedback from your peers. Then improve! I see countless “artists” that spend a decade working on their FIRST album or FIRST book or whatever. You can sit and read books and research for years but ten minutes of DOING trumps all of that. Put your first record out this year. My first real record took about three years and that was mainly me waiting on other people and it drove me NUTS! But I learned a ton and now can have better launches for the next record and so on. Give your art to the world TODAY, get feedback, listen. Sometimes the feedback will be good and help you grow. Sometimes it will just be wrong, have the courage to know when to listen and when to ignore. Then do it again with the next peace. Hone your craft and PRODUCE!

“Real artists ship!” Steve Jobs

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