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Do you understand the importance of having a beautiful, highly engaging website? If so, you could become a successful Internet entrepreneur


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erial entrepreneur Charlie Osmond had become fed up with reading negative reviews on TripAdvisor when he co-founded TripTease, a


website for discerning travellers. "People really look forward to holidays and this anticipation is like free happiness,” he says. "Why would you want to trawl through countless negative reviews that only make you worry about whether you’ve made the right choice?" Charlie, who first started selling food in


competition with his school tuck shop, really didn’t need to launch another business. His Fresh Minds services business had already won several awards and so had he. Charlie has been named ‘young entrepreneur of the year’ by Esquire magazine, Business Link and The London Business Awards. But when it comes to starting a new business, often


BILL GATES Chairman, Microsoft “Learning to write programmes stretches your mind, and helps you think better, creates a way of thinking about things that I think is helpful in all domains.”


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entrepreneurs can’t help themselves if they think they have spotted a gap in the market. Charlie, who is on a “mission to make the web more beautiful”, thinks he has. He believes the next wave of really successful Internet entrepreneurs will understand the


importance of exceptional, highly relevant content in a world where we are bombarded with too much information.


Learn by doing But how exactly do you develop a travel website or app? Firstly you’ll need to know the difference between a native (built for a specific platform like iOS) or a web (built for any platform) app, and you will need to learn how to code. This is an absolutely vital skill in today’s job market. "When my kids are 16, I'll be encouraging them to learn how to code," he says. Even if you’re not a ‘techie’,


MARK ZUCKERBERG Founder, Facebook “Our policy at Facebook is literally to hire as many talented engineers as we can find. There just aren’t enough people who are trained and have these skills today.


Charlie Osmond with the TripTease iPad app


understanding how the back end of the web works will put you head and shoulders above the rest. And when you launch your own business, you’ll be in a much better position to manage a team of developers.


Here is the good news: Charlie say that it's


"insanely easy today to build for the web, if you have the drive". It’s much easier today than it was decade ago. "Then you couldn’t launch a site without spending a million quid," he says. But today with all the code libraries, and availability of free tools online anything is possible. Here are his top tips. 1. Perfect your programming skills and learn everything you can. There are loads of FREE websites to get started: codeacademy, codeavengers are just two


2. Learn by trying: build, iterate, iterate 3. Read The Lean Startup by Eric Ries; available on Amazon.co.uk


ERIC SCHMIDT Executive Chairman, Google “For most people on Earth, the digital revolution hasn’t even started yet. Within the next ten years, all that will change. Let’s get the whole world coding!


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