While finishing her Advertising Master’s program, Cori Banyon met a professor who would change her life.
He encouraged her to come up with an idea for class, based on one of her favorite hobbies. Cori happens to be a huge country music fan, and after thinking about how many VIP meet and greet experiences she’d had that turned out to be a disappointment, she realized there had to be a way to make that experience better.
The current experience wasn’t great for artists (being in a room surrounded by crazy fans can be awkward, and sometimes dangerous) or fans (waiting in line for hours after a show only to get a two second interaction and forced photo).
She decided she could use technology to develop a way for musicians to video chat with their fans — sort of a virtual meet & greet. The next step, or so she thought, was to draw up some wireframes and try to find a developer to help her build the idea.
This is a route many founders take. They come up with an idea and immediately want to build it. And if you don’t know how to code, this means finding a developer and convincing them to work on your idea.
The problem is, developers are expensive. So non-technical founders logically will try to convince a developer to become their technical co-founder, often trading pay now for equity in the company.
But good developers are in super high demand. They are constantly being bombarded with (often horrible) ideas and promises of future earnings and rocketship growth. It leads many developers to feeling jaded and cynical. And it means unless you truly take the time to build a relationship with a technical partner, you’re going to be hard pressed to convince someone to work on your idea.
The whole world seemed to be against her. But then she found something that changed her entire perspective: a way to hack together an MVP (minimum viable product)…without writing a single line of code!
It turns out there are plenty of ways to build an MVP without touching any code at all. Below, we’ve collected five examples for you to draw inspiration from:
1. Building a space for virtual meet & greets
After a few false leads on developers and what felt like a lot of wasted time, Cori decided to create an MVP using the skills she already had.
She found an existing livestream platform, and put together a few tools and manual processes to create the first virtual meet and greet, using a SquareSpace landing page, embedding an interactive webinar platform on the site, manually setting up a day/time for artists, and then creating graphics for the artists to share on social media.