Ruben Izmailyan is the founder and CEO of
Q: Tell me about
A: Financial insecurity is a huge problem, with a majority of Americans struggling to stay on top of their expenses. The rise of the gig
I got the idea for
Q: When does it officially launch and how can we all get it?
A: We are in open beta right now and officially launch this summer.
Q: What has your team looked like throughout the design and development journey?
A: My friend Christian (TTS Grad) played an integral role creating the UI and visual language of
Q: How did you meet the people who eventually contributed to
A: I met great people through TTS and through our local Ruby meetup. During one of the cohorts I taught for TTS, Christian - a professional designer in the program - poked fun at
A: I completed the course at the end of 2015, and taught several sessions in 2016.
Q: What were you up to professionally when you decided to go to code immersion?
A: At the time, I had just relocated from NYC, where I was managing a 10-person account management team for a big financial data company. I loved programming in high school, so being immersed
Q: How did you keep up the momentum after the course was over?
A: After the course was over, I knew that I had to make some tough decisions. I had a prestigious job with a great salary - ironically some of the things that attract people to programming in the first place. But I also knew that when you’re learning something, maintaining momentum is critical. I saved up a bit of money and with my wonderful wife’s blessing, quit my job to focus on coding and
Q: What advice do you have for entrepreneurs with a tech idea who are trying to decide whether to learn to code or hire a developer?
A: In a perfect world, you already have an amazing technical
If this does not describe your situation, the answer is simple: learn to code and start building yourself. The benefits are twofold: 1) it signals to future employees (and investors) that you can do seemingly-impossible things when resource-constrained (you’ll need this skill plenty down the road), and 2) having even a basic
Learning to code can feel intimidating but keep in mind that it has literally never been easier to learn how to code. Languages like Ruby are beautiful and intuitive, while web frameworks like Ruby on Rails give you thousands of open-source libraries and smart defaults already in place. As a beginner, you can start building your app and learn as you go.
To summarize: if you think you need a technical co-founder, you probably do, and if you can’t find one, your best odds of success are to become your own technical co-founder.
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