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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. As Scott Belsky , Behance's founder and CEO, wrote on the Behance blog : For the past five years, Behance has been a bootstrapped enterprise. Behance isn't the only recent USV portfolio company to bootstrap its way into our portfolio.

The Stairstep Approach to Bootstrapping

Software By Rob

I started embracing it as a framework on my podcast around 2010, and in 2013 I gave it a name. I decided it was time to put pen to paper and lay out what I see as a repeatable path with a higher-than-normal success rate, to bootstrapping yourself to the point of quitting your job.

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. Logik is one of the firms featured in a series at the blog 37signals called "Bootstrapped, Profitable and Proud." And did the bootstrapping limit their ability to grow, as it often commonly assumed?

Ten Highly Successful Bootstrapped Startups

Software By Rob

Who says a bootstrapped startup can’t succeed? Here are 10 bootstrapped companies that did it on their own with no outside funding. They continued to gain traction up until 2010, when they were able to exclusively focus on growing the site. Why bootstrap?

How To Bootstrap your Startup with Your Paycheck

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Paycheck Financing: A Great Way To Bootstrap Your Startup by Sramana Mitra. Vasu is one of the many entrepreneurs who have bootstrapped a startup venture while holding on to a full-time day job. 2010). Excerpt from Bootstrapping With A Paycheck. ?

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.

Bootstrapped Analyzd Sells for Tens of Millions

VC Cafe

In 2010, Klarna reported $54 million in revenue, and amongst its board members are Mike Moritz, partner in Sequoia and one of the main investors in Google and Yahoo. The wave of Israeli startup exits continues.

Startup Business Development Strategies: 7 Tips For Putting.

Seed Stage Capital

skip to main | skip to sidebar 24 January 2010 Startup Business Development Strategies: 7 Tips For Putting Together Stellar Deals Business development is fun.

Real Unfair Advantages

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Take the success of ITWatchDogs , the company I helped bootstrap and eventually sell (before Smart Bear). Office 2010 will be the end of Zoho, if we stop innovating, stop being nimble and flexible in our business model.

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. If you're bootstrapping and your value proposition includes the words "anything" or "anyone," you're probably reaching too far.

How to pick a co-founder

venturehacks.com

You can find it here: [link] Reply # Sharel Omer · Jan 18, 2010 Thanks Naval, great post to go back to and remember how to do it right, when there is no specific right. Reply # Melanie Curtiss · May 5, 2010 Thank you for this blog post. Grow VC > Blog - Jan 2, 2010 [.]

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). My most useful career experience was about eight years ago when I was trying to break into the world of VC-backed startups. I applied to hundreds of jobs: low-level VC roles, startups jobs, even to big tech companies. I got rejected from every single one.

No, that IS NOT a competitive advantage

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Software patents are especially useless for small, bootstrapped startups. Next week I'll go into depth on some true unfair competitive advantages — ones that cannot be overcome even by a giant company, a funded company, a bootstrapped company, or an open-source movement.

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. next CEO of WorkingPoint | [link] Sean Jul 26, 2010 1:30 pm I agree. Denis Matafonov Jul 27, 2010 1:30 pm Great article.

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? I had a recent email dialog with the founder of a company looking for a CTO for their startup.

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. Myth: Lean Startups are small bootstrapped startups. Myth: Lean Startups are small bootstrapped startups. 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

You take a smallish seed round and a small-ish Series A round (yeah yeah, you can bootstrap– but the vast majority of 7 to 9-figure exits are funded companies).

My experiments in lean pricing

Venture Hacks

This guest post is by Ash Maurya , a lean entrepreneur who runs a bootstrapped startup called CloudFire. If you like it, check out Ash’s blog and his tweets @ ashmaurya. What you charge for your product is simultaneously one of the most complicated and most important things to get right.

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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.

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

VC Cafe

A 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. Afterdownload : We’ve laucnhed in Feb 2010. I found a hidden gem in Israel.

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

VC Cafe

A 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. Afterdownload : We’ve laucnhed in Feb 2010. I found a hidden gem in Israel.

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

VC Cafe

A 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. Afterdownload : We’ve laucnhed in Feb 2010. I found a hidden gem in Israel.

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The Minimum Viable Product Dissected

Web 2.0 Development and Business Lessons

Development and Business Lessons By Michael Woloszynowicz By Michael Woloszynowicz Wednesday, October 27, 2010 The Minimum Viable Product Dissected One of the fundamental and most misunderstood tenants of the lean startup is the minimum viable product (MVP). Web 2.0

The Art of the Customer Development Conversation

Market by Numbers

Reply Tweets that mention The Art of the Customer Development Conversation | Market By Numbers | Marketing Help -- Topsy.com says: September 2, 2010 at 11:54 am [.] Reply Edwin Oh says: September 3, 2010 at 11:24 am Brant, Great PRACTICAL post (just like your book)!

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. If you factor out the "bootstrapped" companies that were actuallyfunded by their founders through savings or a day job, the remaindereither (a) got really lucky, which is hard to do on demand, or (b)began life as consulting companies and gradually transformedthemselves into product companies. Want to start a startup?

Why Do Market Segments Matter?

Market by Numbers

By brantcooper , July 19, 2010 1:23 pm What are Market Segments Really? Tweets that mention Why Do Market Segments Matter? -- Topsy.com says: July 19, 2010 at 2:21 pm [.] Reply Michael Scepaniak says: August 4, 2010 at 2:36 pm Great write-up Brant.

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. In the meantime, I hope you have prosperous 2010 and hope you are exposed to a positive Black Swan Event sometime soon!

Your Market is Smaller Than You Think

Software By Rob

Where they don’t belong is with a bootstrapped founder trying to figure out how many customers she can expect to reach next month on her shoestring marketing budget. September 30th, 2010 | Micropreneurship , Startups Building your startup?

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. Yesterday I wrote a post about how much capital your startup should raise. In that post I was talking about how it is a bad strategy to be underfunded.

Case Study: Continuous deployment makes releases non-events

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Monday, January 18, 2010 Case Study: Continuous deployment makes releases non-events The following is a case study of one entrepreneurs transition from a traditional development cycle to continuous deployment. April 23, 2010 in San Francisco.

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

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

WhenBusy is a bootstrapped startup that lets people schedule meetings with you in currently-available time-slots without you having to share your calendar [disclosure: I'm an advisor]. This is Part 5 of the 5-part series: 5 lessons from 150 startup pitches.

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

www.mint.com

However, a perfectly acceptable—and perhaps even better—answer is that there are no investors other than the founders, and the plan is to bootstrap the company as long as possible. It’s freakin’ 2010. Mint is the best way to manage your money.

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. During this week's roundtable, we had Inoh Choe from San Jose, California, pitch DemoTunes, a freemium concept.

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. Bootstrapping avoids all the cost, pain, and distractions of finding angels or VCs, and allows you to keep control and all your hard-earned equity for yourself.

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. Atlassian has been a successful software bootstrap, right up until they took $60 million in funding in July 2010.

36 places where you can submit your startup for some coverage

blog.traindom.com

Traindom Traindom Customer Login Sign Up Affiliates Support Information Marketing Conversations 36 places where you can submit your startup for some coverage October 4th, 2010 § 45 Photo used under Creative Commons from theparadigmshifter So you have a new startup company and want some coverage.

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How to Build a Startup Team

techcocktail.com

1 comment… read it below or add one } John Guidos August 27, 2010 at 7:55 pm I want to be your legal counsel. Tech Cocktail Connecting, educating and amplifying the startup technology community and having fun doing it since 2006.

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. Are you going to SxSW? If so, drop me a line and we'll coordinate.). Most people start their first company while they still have a day job.

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Top 40 Startup Posts for August 2010

SoCal CTO

This continues my series of posts: Top 30 Startup Posts for July 2010 Top 30 Startup Posts in June 2010 Top 29 Startup Posts May 2010 Startup CTO Top 30 Posts for April 16 Great Startup Posts from March Here they are: How to Minimize Politics in Your Company - Ben's Blog , August 24, 2010 “Who the f@#k you think you f$&kin’ with. August 20, 2010 They say people won't pay for content. You can bootstrap your way into existence.

Bottom Up Market Sizing - Startups and angels: Along the way to.

Tim Keane

» February 03, 2010. October 2010. September 2010. Bootstrapping. Greg Gianforte: Bootstrapping Your Business: Start And Grow a Successful Company With Almost No Money. Startups and angels: Along the way to success. By Tim Keane, Angel Investor, Golden Angels Investors, LLC. Archives. Profile. Subscribe. « Term-sheets and Valuations: Thinking about Negotiations | Main. | Do we really need this help? Bottom Up Market Sizing.