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With all the talk of massive amounts of cash sloshing around the web/mobile startup ecosystem (including things I've said recently), you would think that nobody bootstraps anymore. Behance was bootstrapped for its first five years. Behance isn't the only recent USV portfolio company to bootstrap its way into our portfolio.

The Stairstep Approach to Bootstrapping

Software By Rob

started embracing it as a framework on my podcast around 2010, and in 2013 I gave it a name. call it  The Stairstep Approach. Lifetime value.

The ultimate guide to bootstrapping hardware startups

The Next Web

In 2010, I started an exploration project based on a common hardware problem: short battery life in mobile devices.

Building Bootstrapping into Business Models

The Entrepreneurial Mind

Once the bootstrapped launch of the play center is cash flow positive, all kinds of options for growing and expanding emerge. John Wark sent along a great example of how bootstrapping did not stop a new venture called Logik from making the Inc 500. And did the bootstrapping limit their ability to grow, as it often commonly assumed?

Ten Highly Successful Bootstrapped Startups

Software By Rob

Here are 10 bootstrapped companies that did it on their own with no outside funding. Why bootstrap? Photo by earthlightbooks. million.

Bootstrapped Analyzd Sells for Tens of Millions

VC Cafe

The wave of Israeli startup exits continues. Analyzd is less than one year old and completely self-funded by the Samet brothers, Ohad and Yuval.

Startup Development

SoCal CTO

How to Work With a Contract Web Developer How To Bootstrap Your StartupI’ve come to realize that I have lots of posts around startup software development scattered around in different posts. Thought it would be good to capture them in one spot and also include links to related posts from other sources.

Startup Valuation: How Much Is Your Company Worth?

Seed Stage Capital

skip to main | skip to sidebar 19 January 2010 Startup Valuation: How Much Is Your Company Worth? July 31, 2010 6:21 PM Jennifer said.

Solving the "marketplace" business model

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

To see this done right, consider Threadless , a bootstrapped marketplace matching people seeking unique T-shirts with people who invent them.

Startup Business Development Strategies: 7 Tips For Putting.

Seed Stage Capital

It’s a bit like a triathlon, in that it stretches your abilities in multiple arenas. Focus on the right targets. Get creative. Please share it!

No, that IS NOT a competitive advantage

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Software patents are especially useless for small, bootstrapped startups. This is part 1 of the series: 5 Lessons from 150 startup pitches.

How to pick a co-founder

venturehacks.com

Reply # Melanie Curtiss · May 5, 2010 Thank you for this blog post. Grow VC > Blog - Jan 2, 2010 [.] Date first. Coincidence?

If you’re aren’t getting rejected on a daily basis, your goals aren’t ambitious enough.

Chris Dixon

The economy was bad (particularly where I was looking – consumer internet) and I had a strange resume (computer programmer, small bootstrapped startups, undergrad and masters studying Philosophy/mathematical logic). Big companies rejected me outright or gave me a courtesy interview before rejecting me.

Find a Growth Hacker for Your Startup

Startup Marketing Blog

12 Responses to “Find a Growth Hacker for Your Startup&# Brittany Laughlin Jul 26, 2010 12:36 pm Great article. Do you have a bootstrapping mindset or expect large amounts of money to get things done? Brittany Gtrot Co-founder (& growth hacker) [link] @blocks8 Dena Stern Jul 26, 2010 1:14 pm This is so right on.

Equity-Only CTO and Equity-Only Developers

SoCal CTO

Think Again How to hire a programmer to make your ideas happen How Much Stock to Ask For When Joining a Startup - Startup Professionals Musings , June 20, 2010 Guide to Evaluating Startup Ideas - Tony Wright dot com , May 27, 2010 Eight Tips To Successfully Bootstrap Your Business Should Founders Be Allowed to Take Money off the Table?

Four myths about the Lean Startup

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Sunday, April 18, 2010 Four myths about the Lean Startup Myth: Lean means cheap. April 23, 2010 in San Francisco.

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No, You CAN’T retire rich at 30 if you sell your startup

Tony Wright dot com

Before I get into the details for founders, let me talk about options-hungry employees. Full stop. Do it because you love small teams. Congrats!

My experiments in lean pricing

Venture Hacks

This guest post is by Ash Maurya , a lean entrepreneur who runs a bootstrapped startup called CloudFire. Should I charge for my MVP?

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How to hire a programmer to make your ideas happen

sivers.org

2010 Derek Sivers comments Pam Mark Hall (2010-06-19) # Derek, Yes,Yes,Yes! Im a UX and front end designer bootstrapping my own products with pure sweat equity at night but always looking for someone else to partner with(engineer/programmer)to bring these ideas life. Feel free to include your URL and email for anyone to contact you.

Exclusive: AfterDownload, The Israeli Ad Network that Serves 15 Million Ads Daily [Interview]

VC Cafe

little startup that with less than 10 people and no VC funding was able to bootstrap its own ad server and 15 million daily ad impressions.

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Exclusive: AfterDownload, The Israeli Ad Network that Serves 15 Million Ads Daily [Interview]

VC Cafe

little startup that with less than 10 people and no VC funding was able to bootstrap its own ad server and 15 million daily ad impressions.

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Exclusive: AfterDownload, The Israeli Ad Network that Serves 15 Million Ads Daily [Interview]

VC Cafe

little startups that with less than 10 people and no VC funding was able to bootstrap its own ad server and 15 million daily ad impressions.

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If you build it, they won't come, unless.

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

This is Part 5 of the 5-part series: 5 lessons from 150 startup pitches. Maybe you'll even get a wobbly demo. We're going to get reviews on blogs.".

The Minimum Viable Product Dissected

Web 2.0 Development and Business Lessons

The Minimum Viable Product Dissected Lean Office Design for the Bootstrapped Startup Porter's Five Forces, Web 2.0 Web 2.0 Web 2.0

The Art of the Customer Development Conversation

Market by Numbers

Reply Edwin Oh says: September 3, 2010 at 11:24 am Brant, Great PRACTICAL post (just like your book)! uservoice, get satisfaction, et. buyer?

A Fundraising Survival Guide

www.paulgraham.com

Bootstrapping (= Consulting) Some would-be founders may by now be thinking, why deal with investorsat all? We could not have bootstrapped Viaweb, for example. Bootstrapping sounds great in principle, but this apparently verdantterritory is one from which few startups emerge alive. Want to start a startup? Have low expectations.

Why Do Market Segments Matter?

Market by Numbers

Tweets that mention Why Do Market Segments Matter? -- Topsy.com says: July 19, 2010 at 2:21 pm [.] Most of this is pretty intuitive. link] [.]

Cognitive Biases, Positive Black Swan Events and Startups

Market by Numbers

Services Marketing Help Downloads Contact Log In Cognitive Biases, Positive Black Swan Events and Startups By Patrick Vlaskovits , January 3, 2010 9:12 am Success and Cognitive Bias One thing that often strikes me about conversations regarding start-up success is the pervasiveness of the narrative fallacy and hindsight bias. Other. Really?

Your Market is Smaller Than You Think

Software By Rob

September 30th, 2010 | Micropreneurship , Startups Building your startup? Join nearly 6,000 startup entrepreneurs by subscribing to my RSS feed.

Employed with a side of startup

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

In fact, any bootstrapped company should be aiming for slow, consistent growth rather than explosive growth. IANAL. Embrace slow growth.

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Why The ‘Fail Fast’ Mantra Needs to Fail

Both Sides of the Table

Failing fast may be an out for our bootstrapped lives, but it’s not an option.&#  Think about that. Fail fast? How do I know this? Really?

Case Study: Continuous deployment makes releases non-events

Startup Lessons Learned

Ash Maurya is the founder of WiredReach , a bootstrapped startup that he has been running for seven years. April 23, 2010 in San Francisco.

Guy Kawasaki’s 10 Questions to Ask Before You Join a Startup

www.mint.com

It’s freakin’ 2010. Mint is the best way to manage your money. comments Mint Life Know your money. Live your life. That’s cool.

Eight Tips To Successfully Bootstrap Your Business

Startup Professionals Musings

When someone asks me for the best way to fund a startup, I always say bootstrap it, meaning fund it yourself and grow organically.

Strategy Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: How Do You Bootstrap Freemium Ventures?

ReadWriteStart

One of the discussions that ensued was about how to bootstrap a freemium venture. From 2008 to 2010, Mitra was a columnist for Forbes.

Guest blog: Zuly Gonzalez on Business of Software 2010

Business of Software Blog

Thoughts on Business of Software Conference 2010. Scott Farquhar:  From Bootstrap to $60 million. Wow, where to begin…. Flickr.

36 places where you can submit your startup for some coverage

blog.traindom.com

Reply Alexis Madrigal says: October 4, 2010 at 8:01 pm Don’t forget your good friends at The Atlantic Technology Channel. Springwise 3.

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How to Build a Startup Team

techcocktail.com

Tech Cocktail Connecting, educating and amplifying the startup technology community and having fun doing it since 2006. Where do I sign up?

Top 40 Startup Posts for August 2010

SoCal CTO

Pricing models, the freemium myth and why you may not be charging enough for your product - Seth Levine's VC Adventure , August 12, 2010 I’ve been pulled into a number of product and pricing meetings recently (for reasons unknown I’ve become the Foundry pricing and productization guy). August 20, 2010 They say people won't pay for content.

Video of Dharmesh Shah at Business of Software 2010 Conference

OnStartups

Dharmesh Shah at Business of Software 2010. I’ve been a self-funded bootstrap startup entrepreneur and blogged a ton about why you shouldn’t raise venture capital. It’s hard as a bootstrap to run a lot of tests, because you’re looking for revenue – you’re looking for customers. Applause ).