Nilay Banker, Founder & CEO at Inspyrus, takes us through his wonderful bootstrapping using services story, along with nuances in business model innovations.
Tom Fallenstein, President and CEO of Fun.com, has built a niche e-commerce company up to $55 Million in revenue with no outside funding from rural Minnesota. He discusses his organic growth strategies, and how his company has impacted a rural eco-system profoundly by creating a large number of jobs.
Rene Lacerte, Founder and CEO of Bill.com, is also the founder of PayCycle, a SaaS payroll company catering to small businesses with fewer than 20 employees. The company was acquired by Intuit. Bill.com has raised over $120 million in funding. Rene and I discuss strategies and nuances of selling solutions to small businesses, and the nuances of Do It Yourself SaaS, Do It For Me SaaS Enabled BPO, and Do It With Me, a hybrid of the two. If you’re working on a SMB solution, this is an important discussion to listen to.
Jaspreet Singh is Founder and CEO of Druva, India’s flagship global product success story.
Sid Banerjee is CEO and Co-founder of Clarabridge, a unicorn in the making from Virginia.
Roman Stanek, CEO and Founder of GoodData, is a serial entrepreneur. He discusses his thoughts about customer validation, go-to-market strategies, and the future of big data / business intelligence technologies in great depth.
Paul Haynes, CEO at eSentire, shares his company’s journey in building a mid-market Cyber Security company from Canada. He also gives an overview of the Toronto-Waterloo corridor and its startup activities.
Rob Hull, Founder and Chairman of Adaptive Insights, shares in-depth insights on how he raised $4.5 million to get the company off the ground, as well as what he would do differently today.
Guy Mucklow, President and Co-founder of PCA Predict, has bootstrapped PCA from London to $20 million in 2016 revenue. He also turned down a $100 million acquisition offer in 2015.
Alexander Zacke, Founder and CEO of Auctionata, discusses his online auction house business and how he has built a quintessential Web 3.0 business taking advantage of the web’s building blocks: commerce, community and content in the context of online auctions.
Ashik Ahmed, CEO, CTO and Co-founder at Deputy, discusses how he bootstrapped his venture from Australia to $10 Million in revenue and then raised $25 Million in financing from the US.
Christian Blume, CEO and co-founder of Cleverbridge, from Germany, offers an European perspective to the question: “Is entrepreneurship only about the exit?”
Dan Dillon, Owner at CleanItSupply.com, shared his wonderful story of building a niche e-commerce business with just $50,000 of personal money to $11 million in annual revenue in 2016.
Raj De Datta is co-founder and CEO of e-commerce personalization technology firm, BloomReach. The company bootstrapped to over $5M in revenue before raising its first financing. Raj speaks of sensible fundamentals as opposed to irrational exuberance around Unicorn mania.
Ricky Joshi, Co-founder at Saatva, shares the story of growing his company from 0 to over $150 million in seven years. This is pretty much venture-scale growth. The best part of the story is that the company has raised no VC money at all. Wonderful conversation about a capital-efficient, deeply disciplined company.