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Best of Bootstrapping: Founder Builds Multiple Bootstrapped Education Software Companies

Posted on Wednesday, Dec 22nd 2021

If you haven’t already, please study our Bootstrapping Course and Investor Introductions page. 

Lane Rankin, Founder at Illuminate Education, was first a teacher, then a school and school district administrator. His background is not of a typical tech entrepreneur. However, his deep domain knowledge and relationships in the education field have propelled him to become a very successful EdTech entrepreneur. Great story!

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

Lane Rankin: I’m currently in California. I was born in Seattle, Washington. I have a Bachelors degree in Applied Mathematics and went on to get a Masters in Leadership. I started my first company back in 1999.


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IPOs 2021: Analysis of ThoughtWorks’ Acquisitions

Posted on Wednesday, Dec 22nd 2021

The US-based IT consulting market is estimated to grow 2% to reach $525 billion in 2021. Despite the tumultuous market conditions, ThoughtWorks (Nasdaq: TWKS) recently had a stellar IPO performance. The IT consulting firm has been expanding its market presence through acquisitions and partnerships.


Solo Entrepreneur Focused on Autonomy as Key Success Driver: Hank Luhring, Founder of IssueTrak (Part 3)

Posted on Wednesday, Dec 22nd 2021

Sramana Mitra: How much were you pricing?

Hank Luhring: It was $100 a month. This was before the cloud. There was a term back then called Application Service Provider.

Sramana Mitra: I remember that. It was the precursor to the cloud.


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IPOs 2021: Recently Listed ForgeRock Banks on its SaaS Architecture

Posted on Tuesday, Dec 21st 2021

The global identity and access management market is projected to grow at 15% CAGR from $12.15 billion in 2019 to $31.9 billion by the year 2026. San Francisco-based ForgeRock (NYSE: FORG), a key player in the industry, recently went public and its stock seems to be having a strong run.


Solo Entrepreneur Focused on Autonomy as Key Success Driver: Hank Luhring, Founder of IssueTrak (Part 2)

Posted on Tuesday, Dec 21st 2021

Sramana Mitra: When you started doing this alone, how long did that solo journey last before you started hiring programmers?

Hank Luhring: Six months. My first client was Volvo Penta. The colleague of a former colleague called and said, “Do you know anybody who can develop some applications?” It happened to be a homebuilder’s association. They needed a new membership database. They had ideas for what they wanted the package to do.


I am.

Posted on Monday, Dec 20th 2021

My friend Betsy Corcoran, also my former editor at Forbes, came to one of my roundtables this year to discuss EdTech. She’s also the founder of EdSurge.

She read this poem that I have chosen to close the year with, and wish you happy holidays.

What You Missed That Day You Were Absent from Fourth Grade
Written by Brad Aaron Modlin

Mrs. Nelson explained how to stand still and listen
to the wind, how to find meaning in pumping gas,
how peeling potatoes can be a form of prayer. She took
questions on how not to feel lost in the dark
After lunch she distributed worksheets
that covered ways to remember your grandfather’s
voice. Then the class discussed falling asleep
without feeling you had forgotten to do something else—
something important—and how to believe
the house you wake in is your home. This prompted
Mrs. Nelson to draw a chalkboard diagram detailing
how to chant the Psalms during cigarette breaks,
and how not to squirm for sound when your own thoughts
are all you hear; also, that you have enough.
The English lesson was that I am
is a complete sentence.
And just before the afternoon bell, she made the math equation
look easy. The one that proves that hundreds of questions,
and feeling cold, and all those nights spent looking
for whatever it was you lost, and one person
add up to something.

Be safe as Omicron rages.

Yours, Sramana

IPOs 2021: Braze Expands Partnerships for its App Ecosystem

Posted on Monday, Dec 20th 2021
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The Customer Engagement Solutions market was estimated to grow at 10% CAGR from $12.56 billion in 2021 to $21.95 billion driven by the increasing adoption of AI and machine learning, rapid deployment of IoT and connected infrastructure solutions. New York-based Braze (NASDAQ: BRZE), a leading player in this market, went public last month.


11 Udemy Courses on How To Build a Healthcare IT Startup

Posted on Monday, Dec 20th 2021
healthcare it

Healthcare is one of the fastest-growing startup sectors. If you’re interested in Healthcare innovation, we offer 11  Udemy courses that can help you with building a digital health startup.