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Barbara Carey, an entrepreneur and product innovator, tells her story about bootstrapping her company with $800 and how she secured her first order and first manufacturer. Carey's golden rule: get your product or service order first before making any business commitments.
In the first three years of running her printing solutions company, Wendy Fergerson borrowed roughly $60,000 per month on credit cards without paying any interest. Out of that experience, she recommends credit cards as a way to bootstrap a company as long as you pay attention to the details on each card for which you apply.
Warren Katz, founder of a defense-related technology company, illustrates how he took advantage of the U.S. Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program to provide seed funding for RandD that later turned into a major product for his company.
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.
By measuing the cash cycle--the time it takes to receive cash from sales after investing in products/services--entrepreneurs can monitor and improve internal cash flow.
To succeed in business, entrepreneurs must understand the language of business, which enables them to evaluate financial reports and make better decisions.
Entrepreneurs looking for seed capital should consider Toronto TSX Venture Exchange's Capital Pool Company (CPC) program, which allows companies to go public by merging with a CPC.
London's Alternative Investment Market (AIM) is a credible alternative for U.S. companies looking for a market listing. As with any approach to IPO, U.S. companies should research AIM's advantages and disadvantages for listing compared with U.S. stock markets.
PIPES-or Private Investment in Public Equity-as a vehicle for companies to raise capital reverses the order of public filings from IPO or secondary offering. PIPES are a worthy alternative for raising public money but should be used selectively.
Looking at ways to do a public offering, the founders of a biotech company chose a reverse merger, an alternative public offering that ultimately provided the company with access to more funding sources and higher valuation.
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