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Best of Bootstrapping: ActiveCampaign CEO Bootstraps Using Services to $40M

Posted on Friday, Feb 14th 2020

ActiveCampaign CEO Jason VandeBoom has built a disciplined, profitable business and scaled it to $40 million in 2017 revenue. The company was first bootstrapped using services, and later raised ~$20 million in funding.

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?

Jason VandeBoom: I was born and raised in a small town in Wisconsin about an hour out of Milwaukee, and started in technology from a consulting side of things at a very early age. Around 13 or so, I started taking on small projects. I was always interested in engineering and design. That ultimately led me to go to art school. I chose a school in Chicago for art school. That’s what brought me to Chicago.

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Bootstrapping by Services from Wisconsin: SignalWire CEO Anthony Minessale (Part 2)

Posted on Friday, Feb 14th 2020

Sramana Mitra: What year is this happening?

Anthony Minessale: 2002.

Sramana Mitra: What was the competitive landscape like? Were RingCentral and Grasshopper around?

Anthony Minessale: It was right before that. We were alone in the wild when we were doing this.

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February 20 – 473rd 1Mby1M Mentoring Roundtable for Entrepreneurs

Posted on Friday, Feb 14th 2020

Entrepreneurs are invited to the 473rd FREE online 1Mby1M mentoring roundtable on Thursday, February 20, 2020, at 8 a.m. PST/11 a.m. EST/5 p.m. CET/9:30 p.m. India IST.

If you are a serious entrepreneur, register to “pitch” and sell your business idea. You’ll receive straightforward feedback, advice on next steps, and answers to any of your questions. Others can register to “attend” to watch, learn, and interact through the online chat.

You can learn more here and register to pitch or attend here. Register and you will receive the recording by email, even if you are unable to attend. Please share with any entrepreneurs in your circle who may be interested. All are welcome!

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Roundtable Recap: February 14 – You Have 30 Seconds to Capture My Attention

Posted on Friday, Feb 14th 2020

As our guest this week, we had Deepak Jeevankumar, Managing Director at Dell Technologies Capital. We discussed his fund’s focus and preferences.

PhonePass

As for entrepreneur pitches, first up we had Shantanu Bhattacharya from Canberra, Australia, pitch PhonePass, a two-factor authentication technology.

Liglo

Then we had Nickson Zachary from Nairobi, Kenya, pitch Liglo, a mobile personal finance management app.

You can listen to the recording of this roundtable here.

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Cloud Stocks: Qualys Counts on Google and Microsoft for Growth

Posted on Friday, Feb 14th 2020

Cloud services security provider Qualys (Nasdaq: QLYS) recently announced its fourth-quarter results that failed to particularly impress the market. But the company is focusing on attracting the market through its product upgrades and tie-ups with the tech giants.

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Scaling to a $700M Exit: Zain Jaffer, CEO of Vungle (Part 3)

Posted on Friday, Feb 14th 2020

Zain Jaffer: Just to set the context, Vungle was recently acquired by a private equity group called Blackstone for $780 million all cash. The transactions closed towards the end of 2019.

At that point, we started a company called Vungle and were producing video ads. We didn’t know what to do with these video ads. We were charging $500 to $600 per video ad. It’s basically an agency.

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Bootstrapping by Services from Wisconsin: SignalWire CEO Anthony Minessale (Part 1)

Posted on Thursday, Feb 13th 2020

Anthony is building a very interesting programmable communication platform company that has its roots in Wisconsin.

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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472nd Roundtable For Entrepreneurs Starting NOW: Live Tweeting By @1Mby1M

Posted on Thursday, Feb 13th 2020

Today’s 472nd FREE online 1Mby1M Roundtable For Entrepreneurs is starting NOW, on Thursday, February 13, at 8 a.m. PST/11 a.m. EST/5 p.m. CET/9:30 p.m. India IST. Click here to join. PASSWORD: startup All are welcome!