How to turn an idea into an MVP without a technical co-founder

A framework that allows to get up to $10K in sales or sell the startup for $20K in 5 months

Ana Bibikova
14 min readApr 25, 2022


Nate, born and raised in Savannah, GA moved to Atlanta in 2009 to attend Georgia State University. His family was not wealthy, and Nate had to work hard to pay for tuition. But no matter how hard he tried, his efforts were not enough. His student debt grew fast. In 2014 things got really tough — Nate was out of college and lost his bed on campus. One night, tossing and turning on the backseat of his car, and browsing the internet, Nate stumbled upon Bubble — a no-code builder that helps non-techies create professional apps.

The tech fascinated Nate — he decided to try his luck and launch a startup, right there, from the back seat of his car. Bubble doesn’t suggest a very steep learning curve, so in a couple of weeks the first app — a car-sharing service for long distance rides. It failed, Then was the second one — a dating app. Finally, Nate started coaching on no-code and joined the local startup community. That’s where he met his co-founder — Christian Zimmerman. Christian was great with finance but knew nothing about coding. But so did Nate. One day they had a friendly chat, and Chris described his idea — to build an app that would round up purchases and send some small amounts on the user’s credit account. Eventually it would help to close debts faster. Nate thought it was an awesome idea, because he still had his giant student debt to cover. He came back home and started building the app in Bubble, not even sure it was technically possible. In a week, a fully functional prototype was ready. Christian was so stunned that he immediately offered Nate to be his “tech co-founder” . They launched Qoins in 2016. And got their first customers from students they knew. A year and a half later they raised their first round $750K.

Qoins is still around and though they have a bigger technical team, the company grew using only the no-code platform Bubble up to the point when they started serving 5K users.

No-code era

Now is probably the best time to build a startup even if you have no idea how to code. Most, if not all workflows your web-based startup might want to use…