Demystifying The Tech Speak: 20 Key Concepts for Non-Tech Founders

Containerization, Microservices, APIs and other essential concepts that non-tech founders should know

Isabel Nyo


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As a non-technical founder, you might find yourself lost in a sea of technical jargon. The world of software development can feel like an alien landscape, filled with complex concepts and terminologies that seem impossible to grasp.

For a non-technical founder where your brilliance lies in your vision and business savvy, let me assure you that it’s not about becoming a coding expert, but rather about understanding the language and processes involved in transforming your vision into a functional product. It’s about bridging the gap between the ‘tech’ and ‘non-tech’ worlds within your startup, to foster better communication, decision-making, and ultimately, success

With that, here is a guide to 20 essential software development concepts you need to know.

1. Programming Languages

A range of programming languages are used to build software, including JavaScript, Python, C++, Java, Ruby, etc. Depending on the type of software, different languages may be more appropriate.

2. Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC)

This is the process of creating software, from initial idea through to implementation and maintenance. It includes stages like planning, design, coding, testing, and deployment.

3. Data Structures and Algorithms

These are the fundamental building blocks of software. Data structures organize and store data, while algorithms process it. Understanding these concepts is crucial for creating efficient software.

4. Databases

Databases are used to store, retrieve, and manipulate data. They are crucial for any software that needs to handle large amounts of data. There are different kinds of databases such as relational databases like MySQL, PostgreSQL, and Oracle; NoSQL databases like MongoDB, Cassandra, and CouchDB; and distributed databases like Apache Hadoop and Google Bigtable.

5. Object-Oriented…



Isabel Nyo

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