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Low-code/no-code vs. traditional code for building Minimal Viable Products (MVPs) :: with Nick Wilger

In this episode of Ventures, my guest Nick Wilger (https://www.linkedin.com/in/nick-wilger/) and I discuss all-things low-code/no-code from the perspective of an aspiring tech entrepreneur. We talk about Nick’s background getting into the space, what founders need to know about tools like Bubble, how to think about “product” setups and roles, working with Figma, and more about Nick’s accelerator (https://effycientaccelerator.com) for training low-code/no-code developers.  

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1:33 - Intro/setup for the show, Nick’s background getting into low-code/no-code

3:37 - Previous show w/ Josh Hass (co-CEO of Bubble) → https://satchel.works/@wclittle/ventures-episode-63 // What was Nick’s story as a non-software engineer coming in to low-code/no-code?

7:40 - From an education standpoint, describing the various parts of the tech stack when building a Web app

9:00 - Webflow for front-end

11:16 - Thoughts from Will about whether founders want to build the app themselves or outsource it (or find a CTO).

13:33 - Wireframes/Mockups and product skills needed to get it ready for Bubble

17:23 - Instead of finding an “engineer” co-founder, now in the modern era it’s all about finding a product/UX co-founder to tee up the Bubble engineering (which is 10x lower cost than traditional software engineers)

19:30 - Nick’s thoughts about Figma, working with visual designers as part of the MVP build process

21:50 - “Product things” create inefficiency. More info about an Overview Story and a UI Spec (and a flow chart) and why that’s important for communication between the visionary and the product person.

23:40 - UX flow charts and project plans

24:40 - Analogy of building a house from pictures that you take of a house.

25:26 - More information about https://effycient.com/ and https://effycientaccelerator.com // Contact Nick at https://www.linkedin.com/in/nick-wilger/