Hey guys - been starting to kick around an idea and wanted to get some feedback here.
I’m thinking of building some kind of platform / network / business model / mentorship network / or something to help either developers or bootstrappers (or both) that come from disadvantaged backgrounds. Likely that means people in developing countries that wouldn’t otherwise have access to many opportunities.
I found a great example of this - http://www.andela.com/ - what they do specifically is that they find really smart people in Lagos, Nigeria and train them to be developers and their business model is that they’re basically a staffing company. They seem to be doing amazingly well and doing really awesome work in Nigeria.
That seems like a model that could definitely work in other places (I’m thinking probably latin america as my wife and I both speak spanish).
But I’m also thinking it would be cool to have some kind of a bootstrapper angle on it. Help people to bootstrap their own businesses. I’m not sure how realistic that is since the barrier to entry to bootstrap a business can be pretty flippin hard as compared to getting a job as a developer.
Would appreciate any thoughts, references, or feedback!