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Staying "lean and mean" should be the bootstrapper's mantra, according to tech entrepreneur Jeff Hester. In this blog post, he shares his advice and insights into protecting and growing your business during the early years.
This article covers an emerging trend in how some tech companies finance their growth today. Rather than approach equity investors for early-stage funds, many entrepreneurs now prefer to bootstrap their growth by generally taking advantage of lower startup costs.
In 2003, Alex Welch observed that e-commerce and social networking users were in need of an easy-to-use centralized hub to store and publish media. In this article, he explains how he founded a company based on this idea by bootstrapping his startup and later raising outside money.
Bootstrapping allows entrepreneurs to operate their startups with minimal investments from others, according to equity capital expert, Bill Payne. This allows entrepreneurs to postpone raising capital while their firms mature and retain ownership of their companies during that time.
When Art Reisman cofounded a tech company, they had little cash and a good technology idea. Reisman shares two key bootstrapping lessons they learned: use open source technology to develop new software applications and bag indirect selling for do-it-yourself direct selling.
Credit cards allow entrepreneurs immediate access to some levels of financing. This author, who used credit cards to launch a company, says business owners who take his approach should focus first on the key tasks of winning and keeping customers.
Operating virtually enables this entrepreneur to conserve cash and take advantage of new market opportunities. Clearly defined values, structures, and boundaries keep partners and employees focused on the primary goal: meeting the firm's obligations and making money.
Dr. Susan Bragg bootstrapped her company by driving customer connections and partnerships. While bootstrapping with revenues, personal funds, and a small loan, she started her technology company and has grown it by penetrating her market via customer interaction.
Running your own business on your own terms can mean freedom in your schedule and business approach. It can also mean slim funding. This serial entrepreneur and cofounder of The Baby Einstein Company sought to avoid entanglement with venture capitalists and discovered doing business on a cash-only basis was the answer for him.
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) federal research grant programs are the most important federal programs that spur innovation and entrepreneurship. Suman Saripalli, entrepreneur and SBIR applicant winner, talked with Kauffman eVenturing for a brief eVenturing Audiocast interview (3:03) on how to win one of the federal grants.
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