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Capital Efficient Entrepreneurship: Don Mal, CEO of Vena Solutions (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Oct 9th 2017

 

Don Mal

Don grew up in a small island off the East Coast of Canada, and has built a capital-efficient business leveraging some key strategic assets. Very instructive interview.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start at the very beginning of your journey. Where are you from? Where were you born, raised, and in what kind of background?

Don Mal: I was born in India and immigrated to Canada when I was seven years old. We moved from Northern India to a small >>>

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An Unconventional Set of Financing Paths: SRAX Founder Chris Miglino (Part 1)

Posted on Wednesday, Oct 4th 2017

Chris Miglino

If you think venture capital is the only path to funding companies, you are, obviously wrong. Chris talks about a whole other world of OTC.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start at the very beginning of your journey. Where are you from? Where were you born, raised, and in what kind of background?

Chris Miglino: I was born in Statten Island, New York. My parents grew up in the Lower East Side. My mom grew up in >>>

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A Serial Bootstrapper’s Journey: Beyond Security CEO Aviram Jenik (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Oct 2nd 2017

Going against the grain of Venture Capital mania, in 1999, Aviram started his second bootstrapped venture. 18 years later, he is still running it. Happily!

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start at the very beginning of your journey. Where are you from? Where were you born, raised, and in what kind of background?

Aviram Jenik: I was born and raised in Israel. I moved to California about 10 years ago. I spent most of my adult life in >>>

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Bootstrapping to $30 Million from Florida: SproutLoud CEO Jared Shusterman (Part 1)

Posted on Thursday, Sep 28th 2017

Jared bootstrapped his company with his Barmitzvah money. Read his wonderful story!

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start at the very beginning of your journey. Where are you from? Where were you born, raised, and in what kind of background?

Jared Shusterman: I was born in Miami, Florida. I’m one of the few South Florida natives. I grew up in a middle class family that had a very heavy focus on education. After I graduated high school, I went to the University of Virginia. I got a Bachelors degree with a Finance and Marketing concentration. Shortly after that, I moved out to San Francisco and worked for an >>>

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Building a Two-Sided Marketplace: LawnStarter CRO Ryan Farley (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Sep 25th 2017

As you know from our prior coverage, we like niche two-sided marketplaces a lot. Here’s another one to study. Please note, this company went through TechStars, and had a validated business before getting into TechStars, as we have seen in several other case studies.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start at the very beginning of your personal journey. Where are you from? Where were you born, raised, and in what kind of background?

Ryan Farley: I grew up in Washington DC metro area. I went to school at Virginia Tech for Mechanical Engineering. I >>>

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From Australia to Silicon Valley: Anthony Smith’s Journey with Insightly (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Sep 18th 2017

Anthony started a CRM app in Australia that became the No. 1 on the Google App Store. VCs started calling. Anthony moved to San Francisco and has built a robust company with funding from Emergence Capital. Very cool story!

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start at the very beginning of your personal journey. Where are you from? Where were you born, raised, and in what kind of background?

Anthony Smith: I was born in a very small town of Hamilton in the northern part of New Zealand. It’s famous for its cows and

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Bootstrapping to $100M+ from Arizona: JT Marino, CEO of Tuft & Needle (Part 1)

Posted on Friday, Sep 15th 2017

Online mattress is the hottest e-commerce category these days, and here is yet another one delivering venture scale growth without venture capital.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start at the very beginning of your journey. Where are you from? Where were you born, raised, and in what kind of background?

JT Marino: I was born in Phoenix, but I grew up in Pennsylvania. I went to Penn State. That’s where I met my co-founder, Daehee Park. From there, my career took me to Silicon Valley working for several startups. That’s where my co-founder and I stuck together. We were >>>

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Bootstrapping with Services: 2600Hz CEO Patrick Sullivan (Part 1)

Posted on Friday, Sep 1st 2017

Here’s yet another great case study of a successful bootstrapping whereby the entrepreneurs developed a solid product business eventually.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start at the very beginning of your personal journey. Where are you from? Where were you born, raised, and in what kind of background?

Patrick Sullivan: I was born in California. I eventually went to school at Santa Barbara and got a degree in Computer Science. I graduated in 1999. I moved back to Tahoe to be a ski bum for a year to get that out of my system. Then I moved to San Francisco right before the dot-com crash happened. It was a pretty awful thing from a career standpoint.

Sramana Mitra: What brought you to San Francisco? >>>

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