Building a Tech Startup in Trinidad and Tobago

I was prompted to write this blog because of a question on Caribbean Developers. The gist of the question was I want to start a tech startup, I have ideas and can see the big picture but I have little coding experience. My response was - Start small. Keep learning. Register your business. Build your company website.

Many big tech companies started from humble beginnings. Google for example started in a dorm room in Stanford University. The important thing is to just start. Don't think about failure. Don't think about the destination too much, enjoy the journey. I like this quote by Jacqueline Novogratz that I found on the internet, "Just start. Don’t wait for perfection. Just start and let the work teach you."

We never stop learning. Keep learning. Technology is constantly changing. Technology evolves quickly. There are tons of resources online. For example, coursera has a course called Creating and Developing a Tech Startup. Seek out a mentor. Ask your circles for advice. Join forums. Attend events. Read books on the topic, example, Founders at Work, Stories of Startups' Early Days, by Jessica Livingston.

The technology space is full of opportunities. Technology can be used to make the world a better place. There is a digital transformation push in Trinidad and Tobago. The government in the last budget announced incentives for tech startups. Register your business.

One of the first things I think you should do is build your company website. Develop your online presence and social media. Create a following. A domain name and landing page can be there on day one. Make it easy for persons to learn about your startup. Make it easy for persons to contact you. So what are you waiting on? Let's recap - Start small. Keep learning. Register your business. Build your company website. Share your thoughts with us in the comments.


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