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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

Tags: Operations Bootstrapping Obstacles

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Heresies & Opportunities: Life Without VC!

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-12-08

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6 Reasons for Bootstrapping Before Accepting VC Money

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Posted by Gunnar Holmsteinn on 2010-07-28

Tags: Operations Bootstrap

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When I first heard that we should "Bootstrap" it left a huge question mark on my face. I immediately thought about my statistics courses in the university; why in the world would my start up need to to derive estimates of confidence intervals for estimators of parameters of some statistical distributions. I actually thought about some of the R programs I wrote and started thinking how that could be applied. I eventually said that there was no need for that anytime soon, maybe a few years down the road. That left an even bigger question mark on the face of the guy I was chatting with.

It turns out that Bootstrapping is also a phrase in business finance. It's about keeping a tight fist on all your expenses and knowing that Cash Flow is more important than your mother. Something we've always been keen on doing but never had the correct lingo for it. In the past two years, we've put a huge emphasis on doing stuff that people, especially the people that pay us, like. The team has been very focused on organic growth and building our company the way we want.

In my mind, starting with little to no cash and working your way up is a very healthy start for a young company having to figure out how to make a great product.

Here are my Top 6 reasons why I think it's important to start by bootstrapping:

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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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Does Bootstrap Only Work for It Projects Thread Restart

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Posted by Anonymous on 2010-08-04

Tags: Operations Bootstrap Fund Raising VC

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Specific Strategies for Bootstrapping Scenario

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Posted by Anonymous on 2010-06-08

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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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Equity for Quality Assurance Service?

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-09-12

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Investor Finder's Fee/Brokerage Fee

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-09-08

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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

Tags: Preparation Funding Bootstrapping