On building MVPs and hiring technical teams: a conversation with Hitlist founder Gillian MorrisFeatured

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Curious, did she take a 100K loan or investment in that first year or was that her own money at 26? Since the 100K for school would be through a school loan, I was hoping to get clarification on how she had 100K at 26. I love these stories and short advice nuggets with founders. I would LOVE to see more stories on founders who were super scrappy and bootstrapped without tons of money upfront. I think you had one a few weeks ago about the fully boostrapped team and it was inspiring.What is the equivalent of building technical teams in a non-physical event world? I wonder if others are having success finding technical members in the covid area on other places online.
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Hi there! The $100k was my own money. After college, I lived an obsessively frugal life (for a while, I didn't buy a fridge, ate mostly canned food and rice & beans). I got a consulting job that paid six figures and was able to pay off my college debt and save up a nest egg to invest in my next phase.
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Awesome. Thank you for the clarification! That’s impressive.
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Thank you so much for the read and note, Rachel! Tagging @gillianim here re your question.And definitely agreed re bootstrapped founders :) A few more pieces like this in the pipeline, and I am looking forward to sharing. And re building technical teams, would love to get Gillian's thoughts too but anecdotally have heard stories of people finding technical team members in developer communities online (or wherever developers in their particular vertical are spending time virtually), hiring marketplaces including AL, referrals, outbound content marketing, fruitful cold outreach, vertical specific recruiters,
madhupunjabi's profile thumbnail
Thanks for sharing this story! Gillian, can you tell us which courses you took and why? Sometimes the hardest part is figuring out what coding experience you’ll need.
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I started with the basic course on codeacademy.com, which focused on JavaScript first. Once I had some basics I just googled what I was working on and found a lot of help on stack overflow.
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I love this story, I'm currently building a business trying to help people exactly like Gillian. https://techniclarity.coIt's inspiring how Gillian was able to overcome the tech hurdles that she was presented with by teaching herself, it's something I 100% agree with!
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Thank you so much for the read and the comment!