In my experience, a strong technical co-founder or partner can be critical to the success of a small web-based social enterprise. There is a complex process involved in translating a concept to an effective, functional prototype - a process that could lose a non-technical entrepreneur lots of time, money and other resources if they don't have a basic understanding of coding principles, UI/UX (User Interface/User Experience), design, potential API integration with 3rd party resources, etc.
The Khan Academy is offering a bridge for these non-technical entrepreneurs with their new interactive, graphics-based programming courses. A time investment with any of these free 'learn-to-code' online courses could prove to be invaluable from directing product design to being knowledgable when speaking to potential partners, funders, etc.
We're looking at 'Tech for Good' at SOCAP12 this October 1-4 in San Francisco.
Article Excerpt: Internet education giant Khan Academy is venturing into new territory: Interactive, graphics-based online programming courses available for web and mobile. The new Khan Academy Computer Science courses, which are launching today, brings Khan Academy into direct competition with established free learn-to-code sites such as Codecademy and Programr.