Yes. There’s no reason why you can’t move forward with your vision for building a tech startup as a non-technical founder – there are plenty of resources to help you along your journey.

You don’t have to be an expert coder or experienced mobile developer in order to get your venture off the ground. Silicon Valley and other tech hubs around the world are filled with companies that were started by non-technical founders.

Start by focusing on finding the right technical expertise and talent. After all, someone is going to have to build your app or technical product. The good news is that there are plenty of options for finding technical talent. One of the most popular options is simply outsourcing your technical needs to an app development company or agency. By outsourcing, you can get a minimum viable product (MVP) much quicker than if you tried to build it yourself by hiring full-time employees.

MVPs are absolutely crucial to bringing in new partners, investors, and customers. Angel investors and venture capitalists typically won’t be willing to talk to you if you can’t show them that you are developing a product with the potential to be successfully launched. Bringing a prototype or working version of your product to meetings with potential investors can lead to some very productive conversations.

While you are outsourcing development needs to another company, you can quickly get up to speed on technical topics using micro-courses from companies like Udemy, Coursera or edX. Often these courses are designed to last anywhere from 2 days to 2 weeks so you don’t have to worry about them becoming a major drain of your time.  These courses can help you can learn more about how the technology you’re building works, helping you understand the limitations and challenges presented by any technological solution.

Don’t forget that as a non-technical founder you have other strengths and skills that are critical to the success of your company. For example, if your expertise is in business development, you can focus on building new connections and partnerships for your company. If your expertise is in marketing, you can outcompete your competition on social media, meeting new customers and growing your brand. If your expertise is in finance and operations, you can work on establishing a financial framework for your business, including potential investment opportunities.

While outsourcing is generally viewed as a short to medium term solution for non-technical founders, there are always opportunities to extend the relationship in new ways. We always recommend eventually hiring your own technical team that can help guide your product as the startup gains traction. It’s difficult to find the perfect talent and outsourcing companies are always happy to provide staff augmentation while you look for the right developers to hire in-house.

It’s possible for non-technical founders to build a tech company. That’s especially true as technology continues to transform new industries – everything from hospitality to fashion – where technical talent may be in short supply but visions for changing the future are not.