If you follow the instructions in Creating an Application, you will end up with a working application. Those steps are designed so that you can see each piece working one at a time. The starter kits provide a more complete developer experience. But if something goes wrong, they might be harder to diagnose.
First, pick your language. Then, pick your front-end framework. Finally, export the repository. If you have Subversion installed, you can do that in a single line. Otherwise, you will need to download it via the GitHub repository page.
svn export https://github.com/jinaga/starter-typescript.git/trunk myapplication
svn export https://github.com/jinaga/starter-typescript-react.git/trunk myapplication