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Building a Fintech Company from Luxembourg: STOKR CEO Tobias Seidl (Part 1)

Posted on Tuesday, Aug 3rd 2021
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Much is happening by way of innovation in fund raising exchanges in the field of FinTech. Here is a story from Europe.

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?

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Bootstrapping Using Services to $10M: Zimit CEO James Cramer (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Aug 2nd 2021
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Among the biases of the Venture Capital industry that need to be categorically ignored, Bootstrapping Using Services happens to be on the top of the list. Read on for yet another fantastic textbook case study.

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Building a Unicorn and Establishing the Customer Success Category: Nick Mehta, CEO of Gainsight (Part 1)

Posted on Thursday, Jul 29th 2021
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I spoke with Nick back when Gainsight was very young. Much has happened since. This conversation catches us up on the interim years since 2013.

Gainsight recently raised money from Vista Equity at a $1.1 billion valuation.

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Bootstrap First, Raise Money Later: Ben Hodson, CEO of JobNimbus (Part 1)

Posted on Thursday, Jul 22nd 2021
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Ben is a serial entrepreneur with a long experience in bootstrapping and fundraising. Read on to see how he has navigated his journey.

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Navigating Multiple Product Pivots: Jebbit CEO Tom Coburn (Part 1)

Posted on Wednesday, Jul 21st 2021
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Tom discusses a very important aspect of building a product company: pivots.

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?

Tom Coburn: I was born in a suburb outside of Boston, Massachusetts. It’s where the Boston Marathon starts. I grew up there and lived there all my life. I went to high school there at a local public high school. I ended up going to Boston College. I went there to study Biology and become a doctor. I ended up dropping out. I’d also picked up Theology as a double major. I was studying science and religion and ended up doing a marketing technology and data company instead.

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Building HubSpot to a Unicorn: Dharmesh Shah’s Amazing Entrepreneurial Journey (Part 1)

Posted on Friday, Jul 16th 2021
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Dharmesh discussed his entrepreneurial journey with candor, humility, and generosity. Wonderful conversation.

Sramana Mitra: We will start at the very beginning of your journey. Where did you grow up? What kind of upbringing and what kind of circumstances were you raised in? I know you come from a part of India that is particularly entrepreneurial.

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Bootstrapping for 30 Years: Dean Guida, CEO of Infragistics (Part 1)

Posted on Friday, Jul 9th 2021
5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Became CEO of Infragistics,” With Dean  Guida | by Carly Martinetti | Authority Magazine | Medium

Dean has a real passion for the elegance, simplicity, and beauty of software development. He has built a company celebrating these values.

Sramana Mitra: We will start at the beginning of your journey. Where are you from? Where were you born and raised?

Dean Guida: When I was six years old, my mom and dad got divorced. I moved to Miami, Florida. I saw how much my mom struggled to make money for us, When I was eight years old, I just wanted to work. I convinced the maintenance man in the apartment that I was living in to let me do his work. He would pay me off the books.

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How to Create a Monopoly in an Esoteric Niche: SteelCloud CEO Brian Hajost (Part 1)

Posted on Tuesday, Jun 8th 2021
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If you haven’t already, please study our free Bootstrapping course and the Investor Introductions page.

Everyone talks about BIG markets. Learn how to build a monopoly in a small market and, as a consequence, a strong defensible business.

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Surviving Covid with a Bootstrapped Venture: Kristi Herold, CEO of JAM (Part 1)

Posted on Tuesday, May 4th 2021
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If you haven’t already, please study our free Bootstrapping course and the Investor Introductions page.

Kristi built a thriving bootstrapped business over twenty years until Covid hit. Read how she is surviving Covid.

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From Solo Entrepreneur to Serial Exits: Shane Neman, CEO of EZ Texting (Part 1)

Posted on Wednesday, Apr 28th 2021
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If you haven’t already, please study our free Bootstrapping course and the Investor Introductions page.

Shane started as a solo entrepreneur and built two companies, bootstrapped both, and found successful exits for each.

Read on for more on his journey.

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