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Working on my next Startup
Can you tell me a little bit about your background and general work experience?
I studied Computer Science and Economics at Duke University, but when most people went off to be a consultant or into investment banking, I decided to go to Park City and ski! While I was in Park City, I met a well known author and entrepreneur who was running a start-up, so I ended up working in a healthcare tech start-up.
The business was in helping to democratise continuous access to individual health insurance coverage, so if you lose your job you don’t lose your insurance. I ended up being the CEO and running that company! Such a crazy journey
What started your journey into no-code?
I left coding behind when I left university. I’m far more interesting in the business side. After my experience leading a start-up with VC investment, I have become interested in creating the kind of business that’s bootstrapped and cashflow positive, that can bring not just kind of lifestyle that comes with that, but also the control and sovereignty of being able to make the directional and ethical decisions inside the business.
Within this, myself and my business partner started a podcast called Startup To Last. This all happened around the same time as my coming across Makerpad. I realised that I didn’t need to give up 50% of my equity to bring in a developer to build the kind of ideas I had, that instead I could build it myself, by learning and exploring these platforms, tools and services.
“I’m looking forward to seeing customer service people and sales people using these tools to solve front line problems as a part of their day to day roles.”
What have you found most surprising about the no-code community so far?
It’s incredibly empowering when you are early in a company, and you want to prove out a concept, or a product. It can do that really quickly. Honestly, I’m surprised that more people are not taking advantage of this. I’m surprised that people are not jumping on it and pursuing it as a way to be superpowered. I’m looking forward to seeing customer service people and sales people using these tools to solve front line problems as a part of their day to day roles.
What tools or platforms are you thinking of/ have been using for your no-code project? Webflow, Zapier, Adalo Airtable and a mix of other tools. Webflow is amazing with how much design freedom it actually offers.
What are you working on at the moment?
Come join us at Start-up to Last - our weekly podcast where we talk about what it takes to build profitable software companies that can last. Start with this episode: https://www.startuptolast.com/episodes/what-it-means-to-startup-to-last