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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.

Bootstrapping Organic Growth Makes Startup Sense


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

The Smartest Entrepreneurs Bootstrap Their Startup


Maybe that’s why bootstrapped startups are the norm, rather than externally funded ones. Image via and

Bootstrapping Organic Growth Makes Startup Sense

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.

The end of bootstrapping


I was talking with the founder of a very successful startup this week. They were bootstrapped for almost 4 years, but then they went all in.

Should I Borrow Money, Seek Investment, or Bootstrap My Business?

Up and Running

Bootstrapping. Many entrepreneurs use bootstrapping, which means financing your company by scraping together funds in unconventional ways.

The Smartest Entrepreneurs Bootstrap Their Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Maybe that’s why bootstrapped startups are the norm, rather than externally funded ones. bootstrap business entrepreneur startup

10 Extreme Bootstrapping Ideas

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

But bootstrapping is tough, especially if it means putting every dollar you make back into the company instead of into your pocket.

Bootstrapped CPC rule of thumb: MRR/25

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

” Easy for them to say, but what about a bootstrapped, profit-driven business? ” Here’s my way. How-To

Recipe for Bootstrapping Success

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Bootstrapping your business? Bootstrapping your business commonly comes with the assumption that you don''t need a big plan.

Dragons, Bootstrapping and Women in Tech

Up and Running

” For Lindsay Nelson, CEO and co-founder of Theme Dragon, Inc that opportunity was founding a tech company. What about bootstrapping?

10 Crazy Bootstrapping Stories

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

But it''s tough, as well, especially if you''re bootstrapping. Want to read more about bootstrapping? Her solution? Their solution?

The Hidden World of Bootstrapping Only Entrepreneurs Understand

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Zinepak founders Brittany Hodak and Kim Kaupe on the practical -- and emotional -- realities of bootstrapping a startup

The Stairstep Approach to Bootstrapping

Software By Rob

That kind of growth is the promise that drives a lot of new founders to dive headfirst into SaaS projects. I call it The Stairstep Approach.

Bootstrap Marketing

Spencer Fry

A quick Google search for "bootstrap marketing" brings up a bunch of useless nonsense. Building Your Founder Reputation. That's okay.

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.

Is Bootstrapping Hindering Your Business Competency?


by Anand Srinivasan, founder of Does this mean all bootstrapped start-ups should strive to get VC-funded? Of course.

How To Bootstrap your Startup with Your Paycheck

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Paycheck Financing: A Great Way To Bootstrap Your Startup by Sramana Mitra. Excerpt from Bootstrapping With A Paycheck. ? 2010).

Why One Unicorn Says You Should Bootstrap for 10 Years Before Pitching VCs

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Early funding can lead to early death, says Qualtrics founder Ryan Smith

Can Too Much Bootstrapping Be Bad For Business?


Image credit: Bootstrapping from Shutterstock. by Anand Srinivasan, founder of You are in the vast majority.

“Bootstrapping is sexy! You own your entire company.” Five Questions with Founder Emily LaFave Olson

Hunter Walker

In addition to being a strong founder, Emily is thoughtful and intention, as evidenced in her recent essay about taking back her maiden name.

The Biggest Bootstrapping Mistakes

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

NewME accelerator founder Angela Benton explains how you can avoid common mistakes made when bootstrapping

I think bootstrapping might be impossible for non-programmers

The Startup Toolkit

Now you can bootstrap. Founders Product(Note: In this post I’m talking specifically about tech startups, and especially non-sales-driven tech startups). Clever landing page tests and interviews can tell you whether an idea is bad , but not whether it will work. Each additional product tweaks are too painful. Make it look nice.

The ultimate guide to bootstrapping hardware startups

The Next Web

Adam Benzion founded Entirely, a network for hardware startups. This story continues at The Next Web.

3 Ways to Grow a Bootstrapped Company. Fast

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Here are the three most important lessons my co-founder wife and I learned about how to grow fast while bootstapping: 1. Barter.

Advice For Bootstrapping Your Business From Startup Founders Who’ve Been There


Bootstrapping, as it has been dubbed, isn’t easy and more often than not, startups do not succeed. by Philip Acuña. Budget is King. Prioritize.

Bootstrapping into Space

The Entrepreneurial Mind

The founders were able to build a high growth company that launched their own satellite into space using only self-funding of $250K from the founders. An amazing story of what bootstrapping and building the right team can accomplish. Bootstrapping Global Entrepreneurship bootstrapping deimos

Reflecting on ways to bootstrap a startup

For this reason, you will probably to need to bootstrap your idea. Are you bootstrapping? bootstrapping startup ramen profitability

5 Ways to Know Bootstrapping Will Work for You

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Bootstrapping isn''t right for every business. I''m bootstrapping a new venture." Don''t get me wrong: I love bootstrapping.

Investors Look First At The Founder, Then The Idea

Startup Professionals Musings

They evaluate you like you should assess a possible co-founder or first employee. entrepreneur startup idea investor funding founder business

7 Tips for Bootstrapping to Success in a Niche Market

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Get the scoop on how to go niche on a budget by Kristy Ouwerkerk, Founder & CEO of Veilability

How to Go From Bootstrapped to Funded

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Instead he focused on bootstrapping his way to a solid product and building lasting relationships with his customers. million in funding.

7 Rules for Bootstrapping a Business

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

You're better off bootstrapping in the early days anyway. Here's how. No matter. I'm not going to lie: It's no easy task. Validate your idea.

The Biggest Advantage of Bootstrapping Your Business

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Ana Flores, founder of Latina Bloggers Connect, explains why there's often a tradeoff between fast growth and control over your business

Does Bootstrapping Make You More Disciplined?

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Three entrepreneurs weigh in on whether raising capital will make you more responsible than bootstrapping. and Smarty Ants Inc.,

Does Being The First Full-Time Paid Employee Affect That Founder’s Equity In The Company?

Ask The VC

Question: I am one of three founders of a company. Up until now we have been bootstrapping the company from our own funds and working part time on the company while having full time jobs. The first is the founders that are not yet paid employees would think that the other is getting paid so FTE’s equity should decrease.

Should We Take Harvard MBAs Seriously as Startup Founders? [New Data]

View from Seed

Going to business school and becoming a startup founder are often positioned as conflicting choices by the media and startup bloggers.

How I Knew That I Could Bootstrap My Company


by Aytekin Tank, founder & CEO of JotForm. Determining if your product can be bootstrapped. Pain points spark ideas.

Build a Fast-Growing Company on a Bootstrap Budget

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Here one of the founders explains how they did it with only $10,000 and a dream. 500 company on a bootstrap, believe that it can be done.

Bootstrapping: 5 Tips

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Bootstrapping means managing your time as closely as your money. Need to find that co-founder or advisor? Here's how to do it. Community.