Ratmir Timashev is CEO of Veeam. This is Ratmir’s second venture, so he had some money to bootstrap with. Consequently, Veeam avoided taking any venture capital and grew organically till about $200 million in revenue. Today, Ratmir has taken some money, but only to give himself and his co-founder some liquidity, and access a network to find adjacent product lines. Ratmir also discusses how he has structured the investment such that the company doesn’t need to exit. Very interesting!
Ernie Bray, Founder, Chairman and CEO at Auto Claims Direct, Inc. (ACD), has built a 50-person team with 80% of the organization working virtually from different parts of the US. The company does over $15 million in revenue.
Stephanie Leffler, CEO of OneSpace, has done a prior successful, bootstrapped venture from St. Louis and exited it. This time round, she has bootstrapped to about $350k in revenue and then raised venture capital from Highland Capital and others. Stephanie is a damn compelling entrepreneur.
Jana Francis, Founder and President of Steals.com, has experienced significant challenges in building her bootstrapped company from Utah. She candidly discussed these challenges, and her experiences are eye-opening and inspiring.
Betsy Corcoran, Founder and CEO of EdSurge, is an authority on the subject of educational technology.
J.T. O’Donnell, a top 20 LinkedIn Influencer, and CEO of Work It Daily (formerly Careerealism and CareerHMO), shares what she is seeing from the career coaching perspective. Our observations about this gigantic trend of people starting companies while holding onto their full-time jobs, is from the entrepreneurship perspective. J.T. is in the middle of the decision-making process as people are trying to decide how to play their careers and when to become entrepreneurs.
Janet Kosloff, Co-Founder and CEO at InCrowd, has bootstrapped her company, then raised about $2.5 million in funding and hit $10 million in revenue in 2016. She shares insights from her journey.
Heidi Jannenga, Co-founder and President at WebPT, yet another scrappy entrepreneur who managed to bootstrap to over $1M ARR and THEN raised the first million in angel funding.
Sash Sunkara, Founder and CEO at RackWare, is a rare example of a female startup CEO who has built a sizable venture funded technology company in hardcore tech. She shared her journey and the discussion was enlightening.
Amit Gupta, Co-Founder of InMobi, knowing my aversion to ‘Valuation Without Revenue’ Unicorns, starts off by telling us that InMobi’s valuation is firmly anchored in revenues. He goes on to discuss InMobi’s strategy for going global, and highlights the unorthodox nature of the journey.
Arjun Dev Arora, Founder of ReTargeter and currently Venture Partner at 500 Startups, has a great deal of domain expertise in AdTech, and we spent most of the discussion on that topic.
Bhavin Parikh, CEO and Founder of Magoosh, has built an incredibly capital efficient venture, and we discuss his philosophy, strategy, and tactics.
Blaine Vess, Co-founder of StudyMode, discusses how he made multiple business model shifts, and eventually scaled his company to $20 million in revenue with a sub 1% freemium conversion rate.
Al Lalani, Founder and Chief Strategist at Social Annex, discusses why he has followed his capital-efficient entrepreneurship strategy, and how he has managed to win against competitors who have each raised tens of millions in funding. Al has raised a total of $3 million.
Ambarish Gupta, Founder and CEO of Knowlarity, discusses the business of selling SaaS to Indian SMBs.