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10 Incentives For Entrepreneurs To Bootstrap Their Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Based on the Startup Environment Index from the Kauffman Foundation and LegalZoom a while back, personal money, or bootstrapping, continues to be the primary startup funding source. Count on several months of effort and costly assistance to court investors, with less than a 10% success rate.

10 Incentives For Entrepreneurs To Bootstrap Their Startup

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Based on the Startup Environment Index from the Kauffman Foundation and LegalZoom a while back, personal money, or bootstrapping, continues to be the primary startup funding source. Count on several months of effort and costly assistance to court investors, with less than a 10% success rate.

Dragons, Bootstrapping and Women in Tech

Up and Running

What about bootstrapping? Nelson has some tips: Know your burn rate. ” The post Dragons, Bootstrapping and Women in Tech appeared first on Bplans Blog. Lindsay Nelson, CEO of Theme Dragon, Inc.

ProfessorVC: Burn Rate

Professor VC

Burn Rate. The burn rates of my portfolio companies is certainly top of mind right now, but thats not what this post is about. Since Im not a fan of any of those genres, I have been looking forward to the release of his latest work, Burn Rate. While there are certainly better books that chronicle the highs and lows of starting a company, Burn Rate does raise some interesting issues on the personal side of entrepreneurship. Burn Rate.

7 Best Strategies for Maintaining Equity

Early Growth Financial Services

Whether you’re funded, seeking funding, or still bootstrapping, here are some of the best strategies for avoiding dilution and maintaining maximum equity: 1. Of utmost concern to many entrepreneurs is how to retain maximum equity in their startups. Rightly so. It’s a constant balancing act: growing your company without losing control of it.

Startup Revenue Milestones

K9 Ventures

And in order to do that they need to either raise capital to be able to hire a team by paying them real dollars or recruit co-founders who are willing to share the journey based on the equity stake and bootstrap the company.

ProfessorVC: Bootstrapping 101

Professor VC

Bootstrapping 101. I moderated a panel discussion last night on one of my favorite topics, bootstrapping, as part of our Silicon Valley Center for Entrepreneurship Eminent Speaker Series at San Jose State. They have a standard presentation on bootstrapping, which they present around the country. Kennet has a white paper on that summarizes why bootstrapped businesses are the best. Finally, Ilya Ronin, shared the Marpo Kinetics story, a true bootstrapped garage start-up.

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Blue Collar VC

Mucker Lab

Four years after founding and bootstrapping Mucker Capital , we are pleased to announce the close of a new $45 million fund, Mucker III. How can we tell founders to stay lean, keep focused on their customers, and keep burn rates low if we cannot walk the talk and eat our own dog food? This is our third fund, which might make us seem like grumpy, rich, old VCs. In reality, we are scrappy founders, just like the entrepreneurs we serve.

The Cost Equation for a Startup is Better Than Ever

Startup Professionals Musings

That’s a burn rate of at least $10K per month that can be eliminated if you are handy with computers and Quickbooks. See my interview a couple of years ago with parallel entrepreneur Rich Christiansen , who has started 28 businesses with a target bootstrap investment of $5K each.

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Ways to bootstrap a startup: "working in waves"

joel.is

I’d like to share some of my reflections on how to bootstrap a startup from zero funds. You can work out your expected burn rate before you jump into the wave, so you know when you’re going to run out of funds.

GBP | Dirk Paessler | How to Grow & Stay Agile. Part 1: Top 6 Business Decisions

Business of Software Blog

This article series is not about the roads not taken, but about decisions that didn’t seem very important at the time and which had a big impact on our business later: Decision 1: Bootstrap—Take Your Time, Not Someone Else’s Money!

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You Don’t Need to be Rich to be an Entrepreneur

Startup Professionals Musings

That’s a burn rate of at least $10K per month that can be eliminated if you are handy with computers and Quickbooks. See my interview a while back with parallel entrepreneur Rich Christiansen , who has started 28 businesses with a target bootstrap investment of $5K each.

10 Reasons for a Startup to Skip Outside Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

Based on the latest Startup Environment Index from the Kauffman Foundation and LegalZoom, personal money, or bootstrapping, continued to be the primary startup funding in 2012. Count on several months of effort and costly assistance to court investors, with less than a 10% success rate.

One (round) and Done

Bryce Dot VC

Call it Bootstrap+, Fundstrapping or Series 1 and done, there seems to be a move towards simplifying the various funding schemes and getting down to the business of building a real business. And not just a token “ramen” level of profitability: The startup is profitable, with January revenue of 10x its burn rate and sales expected to be in the millions for the quarter. we are seeing this trend at an increasing rate.

Ways to bootstrap a startup: “working in waves”

joel.is

I’d like to share some of my reflections on how to bootstrap a startup from zero funds. You can work out your expected burn rate before you jump into the wave, so you know when you’re going to run out of funds.

Your Financial Model Is A Work Of Fiction; Build It Anyway

Seed Stage Capital

Matching cash outlays to a timeline helps us monitor our "burn rate" and remaining months of runway, and it helps us get a handle on how deep in the red we might get before hitting breakeven.

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The Economics of Dropbox

Web 2.0 Development and Business Lessons

At a rate of 10 cents/GB we get a cost of $770,000/month. With Amazons rate of 8 cents/GB we get around $620,000/month. At this level of profitability we see that Dropbox would need between 317,000 and 393,000 paid users to cover costs, or a conversion rate of 1.3% Web 2.0

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So You Want to Move to Silicon Valley…

Inc Startups

The Valley has a burn rate like no other. Some bootstrapping start-ups aren’t going to be able to swallow those kinds of numbers. A recent transplant from Minneapolis dishes on what you need to know if you want to live in the start-up capital of the world.

What is Growth Equity, Anyway? And When Do You Need It?

Inc Startups

When the markets were favorable, a company with a $25 million run-rate and a sexy story could IPO and ride the micro-cap sector to glory. Others seek to fund the burn-rate required to rapidly scale in big markets. You''ve probably heard the term, but what does it really mean?

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Strategy Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: Non-dilutive Financing Through Revenue Sharing

ReadWriteStart

This partnership speaks to a core philosophy of the program where we encourage entrepreneurs to get as much customer validation as possible before raising too much money, use other people's channels if you can get to them, don't burn too much cash, and all that good fiscal conservative stuff.

The Cost Equation for a Startup is Better Than Ever

Gust

That’s a burn rate of at least $10K per month that can be eliminated if you are handy with computers and Quickbooks. See my interview a couple of years ago with parallel entrepreneur Rich Christiansen , who has started 28 businesses with a target bootstrap investment of $5K each.

Five common misconceptions about building a startup in New York City

This is going to be BIG.

Content companies, for example, should be able to amass traffic and sell advertising on a bootstrapped budget before they come close to seeking equity financing—because you can, and because that’s the market expectation and that’s what your competitors are already doing.

Be Part of the Entrepreneurial Revolution

Startup Professionals Musings

That’s a burn rate of at least $10K per month that can be eliminated if you are handy with computers and Quickbooks. See my interview a while back with parallel entrepreneur Rich Christiansen , who has started 28 businesses with a target bootstrap investment of $5K each.

ProfessorVC: Rebuild our Inner Cities one Venture at a time?

Professor VC

Burn Rate. Bootstrapping 101. ProfessorVC. The last blogger in Silicon Valley. Thursday, January 19, 2012. Rebuild our Inner Cities one Venture at a time? As an active participant in the Silicon Valley new venture ecosystem and entrepreneurship educator, Im intrigued by the recently announced program Venture for America (VFA). VFA is sending high achieving recent college grads into small businesses and start-ups in inner cities.

ProfessorVC: Waah.Do I have to build a financial model?

Professor VC

Burn Rate. Bootstrapping 101. ProfessorVC. The last blogger in Silicon Valley. Friday, August 26, 2011. Waah.Do I have to build a financial model? I get asked this question a lot by entrepreneurs (and students). I often feel like a Dad (which I am to two wonderful teenage daughters) when I respond, "Yes, because I say so".Everyone Everyone seems to know someone who has raised huge amounts of venture capital without ever putting together even back of the envelope projections.

ProfessorVC: Why I Hate Convertible Debt.Let Me Count the Ways

Professor VC

Burn Rate. Bootstrapping 101. ProfessorVC. The last blogger in Silicon Valley. Thursday, April 7, 2011. Why I Hate Convertible Debt.Let Me Count the Ways. My partner in Menlo Incubator , Gary Kremen , and I had a recent debate on which one of us hates convertible debt more. We werent able to declare a winner, but I did agree to write a blog post on the topic.

Startup Catchphrases and Rules of Thumb

startupengineering

Even simple catchphrases like “dry powder” or “burn rate” effectively work as rules of thumb because they draw attention to something important that VCs attend to. Bootstrapping : Funding a company only by reinvesting your initial profits; from ‘pulling yourself up by your own bootstraps. Burn Rate : The monthly negative cash flow from a pre-profitable startup.

Starting Startups - Startups and angels: Along the way to success

Tim Keane

  A low burn rate is a pearl of great price.    It provides lots of options that high burn rates take away.    A low burn rate is a pearl of great price.    It provides lots of options that high burn rates take away.  Bootstrapping. Greg Gianforte: Bootstrapping Your Business: Start And Grow a Successful Company With Almost No Money. Startups and angels: Along the way to success.

ProfessorVC: How much is enough?

Professor VC

I am no longer an insider, so dont have any view into current financials, but do know that total financing is now 10X the original plan and at the current accelerating growth rate, revenues will still not hit that $185M until 2012 or 2013, so double the time. Burn Rate.

ProfessorVC: Card Counting for Investors

Professor VC

Burn Rate. Bootstrapping 101. ProfessorVC. The last blogger in Silicon Valley. Monday, September 26, 2011. Card Counting for Investors. How would Billy Beane have done as an early stage investor?

ProfessorVC: Don't Stop Believin'

Professor VC

Burn Rate. Bootstrapping 101. ProfessorVC. The last blogger in Silicon Valley. Tuesday, October 26, 2010. Dont Stop Believin. With Game 1 against Cliff Lee and the Texas Rangers tomorrow, the Giants bandwagon is so full now, its hard to find a seat.

ProfessorVC: Crowdfunding - Good Idea or Really, Really Stupid.

Professor VC

Burn Rate. Bootstrapping 101. ProfessorVC. The last blogger in Silicon Valley. Monday, November 14, 2011. Crowdfunding - Good Idea or Really, Really Stupid Idea? Last week, the House of Representatives passed the Entrepreneur Access to Capital Act (H.R.

ProfessorVC: Why didn't I think of that??

Professor VC

Burn Rate. Bootstrapping 101. ProfessorVC. The last blogger in Silicon Valley. Thursday, December 18, 2008. Why didnt I think of that?? Great ideas can come from many places.

ProfessorVC: Can you start a company on $10K?

Professor VC

First prize went to one of my students, Ryan Guerrettaz (giving the winning pitch below), for his college notes sharing service, Rate-the-Test. Rate-the-Test was selected for the semi-finals, which gave him a couple of days to prepare a pitch deck. Burn Rate. ProfessorVC.

ProfessorVC: How Much Diligence is Due.

Professor VC

Burn Rate. Bootstrapping 101. ProfessorVC. The last blogger in Silicon Valley. Thursday, January 27, 2011. How Much Diligence is Due.Or are investors better just rolling the dice.

ProfessorVC: What does it take to be an Angel Investor?

Professor VC

Burn Rate. Bootstrapping 101. ProfessorVC. The last blogger in Silicon Valley. Thursday, May 29, 2008. What does it take to be an Angel Investor? This is often a tough question to answer. To the SEC, it means that you are an accredited investor and To the man (or woman) on the street, a minimum qualification would seem to be an interest and ability to invest in early stage ventures.

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ProfessorVC: Academically challenged

Professor VC

many b-schools, the faculty with the highest student ratings are rarely the ones with the best record of publishing. Burn Rate. Bootstrapping 101. ProfessorVC. The last blogger in Silicon Valley. Tuesday, May 6, 2008. Academically challenged. My colleague, Joel West, wrote a blog post yesterday responding to an article in the Financial Times on the looming shortage of b-school faculty.

ProfessorVC: Do you have a U.S. Strategy?

Professor VC

Burn Rate. Bootstrapping 101. ProfessorVC. The last blogger in Silicon Valley. Friday, July 2, 2010. Do you have a U.S. Strategy? Seems like an appropriate question to ask as we enter the 4th of July Holiday weekend. My wifes boss, Andy Grove, penned the cover article on the current issue of Business Week, " How Americ a Can Create Jobs". Andy argues against common wisdom here in Silicon Valley that start-ups are behind all new job creation.

ProfessorVC: The Most Important Venture Capital Statistic

Professor VC

Many companies that have raised capital are going to need to spend it wisely to win and others will be forced to bootstrap. Speaking of bootstrapping, this is always a subject near and dear to my heart and Ill be moderating a panel on the topic on March 9th as part of our eminent speaker series at the Silicon Valley Center for Entrepreneurship. Labels: bootstrapping , CFO , Fliqz , venture capital , venture financing. Burn Rate. Bootstrapping 101.

ProfessorVC: Is There Any Truth in "The Social Network"?

Professor VC

Burn Rate. Bootstrapping 101. ProfessorVC. The last blogger in Silicon Valley. Monday, October 11, 2010. Is There Any Truth in "The Social Network"? Got around to seeing The Social Network this past weekend.