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Bootstrapping Won't get you over the many obstacles... so, please stop recommending bootstrapping.

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-10-15

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Heresies & Opportunities: Life Without VC!

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-12-08

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NYC Venture Funding or Lack Thereof...

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Posted by RichieBlueEyes on 2009-03-12

Tags: Venture Business Economy East Coast Bootstrapping

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So the NYC investment climate is going through serious issues. The angel market has drastically changed as most angels are from the world of finance and no longer have disposable investable cash and the few angel deals that are getting done are at far lower valuations. On the venture side, 'risk' is not being funded. Unless you have revenue (and don't need money) or extreme traction it's probably not worth the time raising money. Sure people who have made money for that exact investor in the past can still raise some money but beyond that, unless you're 'perfect' you'll have a hard time. Even then expect 2-3X liquidity preference, restrictive employment agreements and flat to down rounds even for high growth companies. I saw a company that is trending towards $20MM in revenue in a high growth category doing a flat round at a 3X liquidity preference. Times are tough. Time to call on the old friends and family and Bootstrap. It will not be fun. Still talk to investors and get coverage so they know you so if you happen to hit a stroke of luck or genius and take off, you can create some competition and maybe get decent terms but don't expect to easily raise money. Sure, you can get meetings and maybe even some feedback, don't expect an easy check from angels or VC's in NYC. Seed Capital has been crushed, Angel money is crushed and Series A money is trending towards Series B money or to pump into existing companies or entrepreneurs proven to that investor.

With all that said, always keep pitching but Bootstrap your ass off.

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A Funding Source that is Neither Equity Nor Debt

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-12-06

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Should We Stop Fundraising and Focus on Our Mousetrap?

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-12-03

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Bootstrapped and Created a Great Beta.. What Next? Get Funded?

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Posted by Anonymous on 2011-07-08

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Finding Time/Energy When Bootstrapped and with a Demanding Day Job?

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Posted by Anonymous on 2011-02-20

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Drawing a Salary Sans Taxes/Ss

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-11-07

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Bootstrapping the Strategy

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-10-16

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Seeking Advice on How to Roll Bootstrap Income Into the Company

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-02-15

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Is It Ever Too Early

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-08-31

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