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. 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.

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. 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.

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Startup Revenue Milestones

K9 Ventures

At K9 we invest in companies which have a clear/direct revenue model and typically don’t invest in companies that follow the Ubiquity first Revenue Later (URL) revenue model made famous by Eric Schmidt in 2007. I call this Revenue Development and have written about it before.

Bootstrapping Is Much More Fun Than Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

It’s more possible to bootstrap today than a few years ago, as the cost of entry continues to go down. Most new teams are geographically dispersed these days anyway, so paying rent for an office should be differed to later stages when revenue is plentiful.

7 Ways to Bootstrap Your Business to Success

Startup Professionals Musings

Starting a new business on a limited budget without investor involvement is called bootstrapping, and it’s the only way to go if you don’t want to spend months on the investment pitch preparation and delivery circuit. Choose a business model to optimize your revenue flow and timing.

10 Incentives For Entrepreneurs To Bootstrap Their Startup


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. Image via Pixabay.

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. Using existing resources or earned revenue instead of borrowing is a great approach, but being creative and resourceful can be profitable too.

Bootstrap Mentality: Key Ingredient For Startup Success


Bootstrap was term coined from the computer lingo ‘booting’ which means starting a computer or starting a chain of processes which eventually starts up the operating system. Bootstrap mentality is critical for a startup to succeed, irrespective of whether it has raised funds or not.

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? ignoring indirect costs) or saying they’ll “fix that later” by raising prices, finding other channels of revenue. Profit-seeking bootstrapped companies cannot afford those delusions.

How A 17-Year-Old In India Bootstrapped To $7M In Revenue


Today, it has 20,000 customers and 450,000 users in 118 countries, powers more than a billion charts per month and clocks $7M in annual revenues. The following is a guest post written by Sanket Nadhani.

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The Stairstep Approach to Bootstrapping

Software By Rob

The interesting part is that my own path moving from consulting to products followed the same steps, as you can see in my product revenue chart from the past decade: Each revenue jump is when I made the move to the next step of the Stairstep Approach. Step 3: Recurring Revenue.

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. By generating a steady revenue from consulting projects and sales, the founders were able to spend time growing their business slowly.

Twitter Bootstrap Themes Are Coming

Nick O'Neill

Twitter Bootstrap, a framework for quickly developing front-end web interfaces, has permanently changed the way web applications are built. Not surprisingly, in the few months that Bootstrap has been available, it has risen to become the most popular repository on Github of all-time.

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.

Reflecting on ways to bootstrap a startup

For this reason, you will probably to need to bootstrap your idea. Bootstrapping your startup on the side can be a massive challenge, but there are a number of often overlooked advantages to this method. Are you bootstrapping? bootstrapping startup ramen profitability

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. Excerpt from Bootstrapping With A Paycheck. ?

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?

3 Ways to Grow a Bootstrapped Company. Fast

Inc Startups

Do whatever it takes to get revenue in the door so you can hire people and begin to grow. You can''t grow without cash and yet, in the beginning, a bootstrapped company doesn''t have any. You can expand quickly without outside investors. Take it from someone who has done it before.

Smart Entrepreneurs Build Startups Without Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

The media tends to highlight experienced entrepreneurs who succeed with early new venture funding, like Uber’s Garrett Camp , but fail to point out the more common bootstrapping successes. Don’t quit your day job until the revenue is flowing.

The Top 4 Wrong Reasons to Seek Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

Bootstrapping not only reduces cash needs, but increases commitment. Creative and determined entrepreneurs always find ways to get people to work for equity, barter services or share later revenue rather than pay cash up front. bootstrap entrepreneur investors startup wrong reasons

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


The real work actually comes when you want to turn that idea into something that not only benefits customers, but also brings in revenue. Bootstrapping, as it has been dubbed, isn’t easy and more often than not, startups do not succeed. by Philip Acuña.

More Lessons From a Bootstrapping Disaster

Inc Startups

In my previous post ,I discussed some of the bootstrapping basics I overlooked in getting my old family business, Soggy Bottom Canoe and Kayak Rental, off the ground. Running a canoe rental business in Mississippi wasn''t easy. Here, oDesk vice president Matt Cooper shares his insights.

How to Go From Bootstrapped to Funded

Inc Startups

Instead he focused on bootstrapping his way to a solid product and building lasting relationships with his customers. Here are the eight strategies that he followed to make the climb from bootstrapped to $2.4 Whatever you do, don''t go in desperate.

Does Bootstrapping Make You More Disciplined?

Inc Startups

Three entrepreneurs weigh in on whether raising capital will make you more responsible than bootstrapping. When you''re deciding whether to bootstrap or seek funding, you may want to consider which will be better for your bottom line.

9 Ways to Decrease Your Chance of Bootstrapping a Successful Company

Software By Rob

This applies to bootstrapped companies. I’ve seen first-hand how funded competition can crush a bootstrapping company. All of this combines to make vertical niches the best option, by far, for someone bootstrapping a company. #3: Photo by iamjohntmeyer.

How We Got Funded: Visual Revenue

Inc Startups

When bootstrapping didn''t cut it, the founders of Visual Revenue went out and raised $2.2 We are, perhaps naively, huge fans of bootstrapping," says Mortensen. Editor''s note: Visual Revenue was acquired by Outbrain in early March.]

The 10 Best Side Businesses to Fund Your Startup (Plus One Unexpected Suggestion)

Up and Running

Bootstrapping your business. If you aren’t familiar with the term, bootstrapping, also known as “self-funding,” refers to the various methods entrepreneurs can use to fund their startups beyond funding sources like small business loans.

Bootstrapped, profitable, and proud: Our journey to $1,000,000+ ARR

The Next Web

If you’re a long-time reader of Basecamp‘s Signal vs Noise, chances are you have probably read one of their Bootstrapped, Profitable and Proud (BPP) articles.

Bootstrapping Is Insanely Hard

Entrepreneurial Kevin

A less attractive, but very popular, third route is to bootstrap. But bootstrapping is the most difficult, most challenging way to create a startup. Here’s why bootstrapping is hard as hell: 1) It’s hard to find co-founders.

Bootstrapping? Don't Bet It All

Inc Startups

But bootstrapping asks a lot of you, the entrepreneur : For a while anyway, every dollar that comes your way must go into the company, not your pocket. However you decide to fund your business, make sure that you''re setting goals, both for your revenue and your customers.

Steps To Becoming A Savvy Bootstrapper


Image credit: Bootstrapping from Shutterstock. One of the earliest and most critical decisions an entrepreneur must make is whether to self-fund a startup by bootstrapping, or raise outside funding through venture capital.” – Forbes. Money is everything for bootstrapped companies.

Is Bootstrapping Right For You? How to Decide

Inc Startups

A serial entrepreneur helps you decide if you should bootstrap or if you should seek venture capital. In other words: Should you try to bootstrap your growth or go out in search of investment capital? There are going to be times when payments are due and revenues have not yet arrived.

BloomNation: An Unconventional Startup Story

Up and Running

It wasn’t like they invested in us with this premonition that we would raise revenue, they wanted to take the risk out of it,” says David. Funding a Business BloomNation bootstrapping funding startup VC venture capital

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


One of the discussions that ensued was about how to bootstrap a freemium venture. During this week's roundtable, we had Inoh Choe from San Jose, California, pitch DemoTunes, a freemium concept. I think this is a question on many minds, and we discussed it today as a core topic. DemoTunes.

What every entrepreneur should know about financing right now

Version One Ventures

If not, revenue from your customers will be your best source of financing. That’s okay: many great companies have been built by bootstrapping. News Angel investor AngelList Bootstrapping funding Seed money Series A round Startup company venture capital Over the past few years, we have seen an explosion of start-up activity as the traditional barriers to entry have come down. The ability to raise money no longer determines one’s fate.

The Bootstrapped Darlings of Meme-Hosting

Inc Startups

At the patient hands of Schaff and Mike Strader, the company''s COO, over the past four years, Imgur has grown organically without a cent of outside investment (yes, this startup generates actual revenue!). We have a number of ways we''re actually generating revenue.

How to Reduce Your Budget and Reduce Startup Risk


Starting your business with a very low investment is called “bootstrapping,” and these entrepreneurs usually have the most fun. Other examples are recurring revenue streams, like subscription fees, or referral fees, or subcontracting where you take a percentage.

Lessons Learned: Validated learning about customers

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Tuesday, April 14, 2009 Validated learning about customers Would you rather have $30,000 or $1 million in revenues for your startup? All things being equal, of course, you’d rather have more revenue rather than less. In an early-stage startup especially, revenue is not an important goal in and of itself. And yet revenue alone is not a sufficient goal. Let’s start with a simple question: why do early-stage startups want revenue?

8 Secrets for Maximizing Startup Equity and Control

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.

[Review] The $100 Startup


By bootstrapping, bartering, reducing overheads (rental and manpower), and leveraging technology (especially the web), one can start one’s own business almost on a dime without being beholden to creditors or venture capitalists. This spanned the following areas: #1 Generate Higher Revenue.

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