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Do you have to be tech savvy to start a business these days?

It depends on how you define “tech savvy”:

The appropriate analogy would be to ask if you need to be “auto savvy”. If the question is “do I need to know how to drive a car, be comfortable fueling my vehicle at a gas station, and understand the difference between a sports car, an SUV, a panel van and a semi-trailer?”, the answer is an absolute yes.

On the other hand, if the question is “do I need to be able to take apart a carburetor, replace my timing belts and re-bore my cylinders?”, the answer is an equally resounding no.

The tech translation would be:

“Do I need to be able to code in Python, understand the technical differences between Postgres and MySQL, and architect a high-speed trading system?”

No.

“Do I need to understand the concepts of things such as cloud computing, APIs and Search Engine Optimization, be able to craft a basic query on Google and know the key differences between LinkedIn, Facebook, Yahoo and Quora?”

Yes!

*original post can be found on Quora @ http://www.quora.com/David-S-Rose/answers *

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Written by David S. Rose

user David S. Rose Founder and CEO,
Gust

David has been described as "the Father of Angel Investing in New York" by Crain's New York Business, & a "world conquering entrepreneur" by BusinessWeek. He is a serial entrepreneur & Inc 500 CEO who chairs New York Angels, one of the most active angel investment groups. David is also CEO of Gust.

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