To code, or not to code? That is the question that our modern day Hamlets are asking themselves as they glance out upon the tech industry landscape.
Many want to form their own startups. Others are looking for technology jobs in Houston, one of the fastest growing areas for that line of work.
Do they need to know how to code? On one hand, a number of familiar faces are arguing that they do. For example, recently Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg joined other tech leaders in a video in which they called on schools to begin teaching students how to program computers. Given that these individuals were highly successful in their respective fields thanks, in a part, to their coding abilities, it is no surprise that they feel this way.
However, not everyone in the industry agrees. In a recent article on Inc.com titled "Can't Code? Start a Tech Company Anyway," contributor Jessica Stillman interviewed the co-founders of sales-alert startup Hukkster, Erica Bell and Katie Finnegan. They argued that it is certainly possible to found a tech startup without coding skills.
The two spent time doing heavy networking to meet other startup founders who could act as their mentors as they worked on the model for their website. They then sought out people for their technical team who they felt could relate to the project.
"Your whole team really needs to understand the big picture," Bell said. "It's not just about having the coding skills."
Of course, Bell and Finnegan did not, ultimately, create their company on their own. They could not have succeeded without the help of some talented coders who did a lot of the nuts-and-bolts work.
So despite Stillman's provocative article title, it seems that a strong coding background is still a wise choice for anyone who wants a promising career in the tech industry.