Here is a good start in order for him to set the idea on paper and formalize it.
Once your friend has a solid business plan, he may be able to identify some of the resources required.
You mentioned that it is a webapp so they may want to start looking at building a prototype. If they are not a technical person, they may want to start looking for a technical co-founder who can subscribe to the same idea/philosophy. Having a business plan and some of the other essentials from the aforementioned link may help recruiting a co-founder.
If they'd like to wing it on their own,They may want to learn how to program and build web applications. Going the route of building it themselves may take a significant amount of time and energy though. And there is always a possibility of not getting it right.
here is the LMGTFY link:
In addition some of the stuff that Tony mentioned is great.
On Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 3:00 PM, Peter Frasca <[address removed]>
A friend of mine with very little web experience has a fairly compelling idea (don't we all) for a web app and is looking for some resources that can get him started in the right direction as far as the earliest stages of development are concerned. I can't imagine how many combined years of experience this list has so I thought I'd ask here before I send him my obligatory 'let me Google that for you' link.
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