Hello, this is my story about coming as a Ceo from Fullstack. I would like to tell you about fullstack competency compatible with Fullstack but not with CEO.

I have been developing a slow growing project for years.
And my fullstack benefits become CEO limitations.

Before continue, let’s describe story environments:

  • Tech projects only.
  • Project transferring from MVP to MMP.

Over years the project requires more CEO (economics, strategy, advertisements ) competency than coding.
And It is complicated to manage those tasks, because I am still in code. And I can’t give these tasks to any freelancer, because I think I can make it better and cheaper.

When fullstack is an advantage.

To answer this question, let’s imagine two cases.
First case you are a CEO without code competency.
Building MVP costs money for you. You need to search freelancers and teams. Hire them, without any code quality guarantee. Because you can’t make code reviews.
If you change teams — it costs additional money.
If your MVP fails, nobody will recover your costs , you will spend money again and again, before you get lucky.

Second case — you are fullstack. MVP doesn’t require any tactical and economics skills for MVP lifetime, so fullstack is the best option to build it. You can do it fast, and for free or low costs.
This is my case, when building MVP as a fullstack is an advantage.
But while the project is growing, it requires CEO tasks to manage. And in this way I totally failed.

CEO coding impossible?

Looks like being FS is a problem for a growing project. I decided to checkout is there any Tech giants CEO who has coding competency?

I was surprised — how many CEOs have code competency.

Mark Zuckerberg — Facebook CEO.

Mark was in 6th grade when he started to code from the beginning it was clear he was talented. Mark’s father hired a software developer called David Newman to tutor him privately.

So, Mark knows how to code before becoming a FB CEO.

Steve Wozniak — Co-founder Apple

the man who wrote Apple BASIC (the foundational piece of Apple code) from scratch. Like Gates and Zuckerberg, he too started coding at school.

Steve knows how to code.

Jack Dorsey — Ceo Twitter, Square

in 1984 when he was eight years old, his parents bought their first Apple Macintosh. Like so many others who fell in love with programming

Pavel Durov — Founder Vkontakte, Telegram

He learned how to code in school, and played pranks on fellow students. He was close to his older brother, Nikolai Durov, who also knew how to code.

Elon Musk — CEO of Tesla, SpaceX etc…

At the age of 12, he started computer programming.

I was pleasantly surprised that all of them have coding competency.

MVP attributes.

I highlighted some MVP attributes which are as important as I think. And find statistics about how many percent startupers fails in each attribute(step)

Idea — This is important to MVP. BUT in my lifetime, I changed my view a few times about what is more important. Idea or implementation? Keep your answers in comments.

The most common reason for failure is ‘no market need’, responsible for as much as 42% of failures.

This Idea failed. Your product idea could be too young for market. Or the market used to manage it in other ways. (In that case, you could be a game changer. With huge investments. As Elon Musk, for example)

Low code quality. (around 29%)

As you are self employed fullstack, you try to code fast and furious. As a result, you have a low stable project.
And it is a higher price to support your legacy code base.

And as result, You have failed and competitors (19%)

And there is a problem with your price setup (10%)
After lots of features as FS, your speed feature setup is decreased.

My short thoughts.

I am a full stack, and finally my 101 MVP started selling and moving into the MMP stage. In pursuit of the market, using my developer competence, I can quickly respond to market demands. We love the market, I quickly respond to wishes and quickly implement them. All is well, as long as such people do not want a critical mass. Now I can’t make features quickly, because they involve reworking the architecture and a lot of crutches, which already slow down my project a lot in terms of speed or other criteria. BUT I cannot give the tasks to the developer, because it is expensive and they all say that the project needs to be rewritten. As a result, my strong side turned out to be weak in the long game. Eat, short distance, FS wins. For a long time, he will lose. But the experience of other CEOs of TECH projects showed that they all knew how to write code, maybe there will be a time when FS turns into CEO and becomes a successful project. And whoever fails, kills the project and creates another 100 MVP projects, which will give him another try to successfully transform into a CEO. The problem with FS is that during the development of the product, these crutches and jambs that he then introduced and why everyone was happy — now stand across the throat for the project. At the stage of technical implementation that the project is now at, it has reached its limit. Further growth occurs only through refactoring (or restarting). Overall, FS is useful when doing MVP. But be prepared that you will have to change sides, faith, religion and become a CEO.

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