Despite Riddle's "harsh" tone.
Starting with a Kol or Dunov is really not the best of choices at all. As with any race you usually start off with the Colony Cap or Carrier Cap. More so now the Colony since corvettes destroy carriers without a lot of flak around.
The Advent Discord is actually a pretty viable starting cap but I would get this one as a second cap instead after the Progen Mothership.
The TEC is ment for spamming as much as possible and getting the most out of your frigate fleets. The Akkan is the only one with an ability that actually buffs the surrounding fleet as a passive.
Also you will usually have a decent fleet size by early game. You can get a 50 frigate fleet or more by the time your Akkan is level 2-3 aka about 10 mins. It isn't hard at all.
The Kol is such a bad starting cap since it relys on either the Dunov or the Hoshiko to keep it alive at lower levels. You are just wasting resources that way.
Dunov as a starter isn't all that viable. Yes it does give capital ship surviablity and can drain Titan's out of AM. You probably won't need this until later in the game when you actually face a Titan or have more capital ships.
I assume you don't play PvP all that much?