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Unicorn in the Making: Datrium CTO Sazzala Reddy (Part 1)

Posted on Thursday, Jan 2nd 2020

Datrium is executing very well in the cloud-based disaster recovery space. Read on for the company’s journey so far.

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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Building a Capital Efficient Startup from Nashville: David Stange, CEO of Beachy (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Dec 16th 2019

As you know, I love doing stories on entrepreneurs from different parts of the world, especially from geographies that have insignificant presence on the entrepreneurship map of the world.

Here’s a wonderful story from Nashville, Tennessee.

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Bootstrapping a Virtual Company to $25 Million: Percona CEO Peter Zaitsev (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Dec 16th 2019

I am a huge fan of virtual companies, and here is one that has been built with excellent execution from London by a Russian entrepreneur.

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?

Peter Zaitsev: I was born in what was the Soviet Union. I studied Math and Computer Science in Moscow State University. I started my first startup company while studying.

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Best of Bootstrapping: Freightwise Bootstraps to $33 Million

Posted on Friday, Dec 13th 2019

Freightwise was No. 2 on the Inc. 5000 for 2018. Amazing bootstrapping story from Freightwise CIO/CTO Richard Hoehn.

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?

Richard Hoehn: I grew up in Switzerland. I did an apprenticeship as a machinist – the tool and die maker. After three years, I decided I wanted to go back to school and learn more about computers and technology.

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Best of Bootstrapping: Bootstrapping a Marketplace to Over $10 Million

Posted on Friday, Dec 6th 2019

Home Alliance CEO Sardor Umrdinov has bootstrapped a marketplace of home appliance technicians to over $10 million in revenue. Great 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?

Sardor Umrdinov: I was born and raised in Uzbekistan. I went to Russian kindergarten and school. When independence came, my parents moved me to a national school. I was there for one year. After that, they moved me to the Lyceum for boys. I studied there for another six or seven years.

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Best of Bootstrapping: Bootstrapping to Y Combinator and $10 Million Series A

Posted on Saturday, Nov 30th 2019

UpKeep Maintenance Management CEO Ryan Chan took a hobby project that he bootstrapped with a paycheck and managed to get into Y Combinator. From there, he raised a $10 million Series A from a top-tier Silicon Valley firm, Emergence Capital. Excellent execution thus far.

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

Ryan Chan: I was born in Kentucky. My family moved there for my father’s job. But then, we quickly relocated to California. I grew up and was raised in a small suburb in Los Angeles called Oak Park. Not many people know where that is, but it’s about 20 miles west of downtown Los Angeles.

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Best of Bootstrapping: From a Small Town to $12 Million

Posted on Friday, Nov 22nd 2019

What a wonderful story of an ecommerce company bootstrapping to $12 million from a small town called Horsens in Denmark. All of the 60 employees working under TrendHim CEO Sebastian Petersen work out of Horsens currently.

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?

Sebastian Petersen: I’m from Denmark. I would say I had a pretty ordinary background. Both my parents were working in the public sector. I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit together with one of my best buddies growing up. We were always together.

We knew when we were 15 that we wanted to build something on our own. I tried different things when I was young. That’s how I started. I went to a regular high school. I thought I was going to be an engineer. I quickly found out that’s not what I wanted to do.

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Bootstraps First to $5M ARR, Raises $10M Later: Toucan Toco CEO Charles Miglietti (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Nov 18th 2019

French entrepreneur Charles Miglietti tells the story of how he has bootstrapped first to $5M and then closed a $10M round recently.

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 a Tech Company by an English Major: Kevin Groome, Founder of Pica9 (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Nov 18th 2019

Kevin has done an excellent job of bootstrapping his tech company without a tech background.

Inspiring story for many in his shoes.

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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Best of Bootstrapping: Discussing the Journey Through Failure to Success

Posted on Friday, Nov 15th 2019

Entrepreneurs love to discuss success. Few are willing to discuss what they tried and failed at. Robly CEO Adam Robinson does a terrific job of sharing his journey through various failed experiments to a model that is now gaining traction.

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?

Adam Robinson: I was born and raised in Houston, Texas. I went to Rice University. I graduated in 2003. One of my friends had an internship at Goldman-Sachs the year before.

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