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Best of Bootstrapping: Bootstraps with a Paycheck to $15M from Tennessee

Posted on Friday, Jan 17th 2020

GreenPal CEO Gene Caballero shares a fantastic story of a founder duo bootstrapping with a paycheck, now growing from $5M to $15M in one year, with a virtual team of freelancers. Your classic 21st century internet business. No outside financing whatsoever!

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?

Gene Caballero: I was born in Lima, Peru. My dad’s side of the family are all entrepreneurs. My grandfather had his own propeller business. We made propellers for boats. My dad actually has that business now. I’m the black sheep. I’ve gone into the technology side as opposed to the manufacturing of propellers.

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Best of Bootstrapping: English Major Bootstraps a Tech Company

Posted on Friday, Jan 10th 2020

Kevin Groome, Founder of Pica9, 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?

Kevin Groome: I grew up in Princeton, New Jersey. I went to school there. I had the good fortune, in those early years, to be around a bunch of people who weren’t famous at that time but went on to be very famous. I went to History class with Jeff Bezos. I went to English Literature class with Michelle Obama, and I even went to acting class with Brooke Shields.

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Unicorn in the Making: Datrium CTO Sazzala Reddy (Part 5)

Posted on Monday, Jan 6th 2020

Sramana Mitra: From your founding team of five, it seems like you took the CTO role. Who took the CEO role and why?

Sazzala Reddy: One of the founders of Data Domain was a product manager. We needed somebody with a little bit more business experience and who could contribute more in that direction.

The remaining four of us are very technical. We picked our product manager Brian Biles as the CEO. When the company grew, we got a more professional enterprise-scale person as a new CEO.

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Unicorn in the Making: Datrium CTO Sazzala Reddy (Part 4)

Posted on Sunday, Jan 5th 2020

Sramana Mitra: Who was your first paying customer?

Sazzala Reddy: I’m not sure if it was Siemens. We had about 30 beta customers.

Sramana Mitra: What happens next in the journey?

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Unicorn in the Making: Datrium CTO Sazzala Reddy (Part 3)

Posted on Saturday, Jan 4th 2020

Sramana Mitra: The primary problem that you’re addressing is disaster recovery.

Sazzala Reddy: That is the number one use case we found for our platform.

Sramana Mitra: How did you settle into this problem domain? What led to this being the chosen problem to go solve with your founding team of five?

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Best of Bootstrapping: Bootstraps in Europe, Raises Money and Goes Global in the US

Posted on Friday, Jan 3rd 2020

We’re seeing some excellent European companies make successful transitions into becoming global software companies. MP Objects CEO Martin Verwijmeren shares an excellent and inspiring story for European startups to emulate.

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?

Martin Verwijmeren: I’m from the Netherlands but living in Boston these days. Before moving to Boston, I lived in Amsterdam. I was working for our European headquarters in Rotterdam. Nowadays, I’m working from our US headquarters in Boston.

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Unicorn in the Making: Datrium CTO Sazzala Reddy (Part 2)

Posted on Friday, Jan 3rd 2020

Sramana Mitra: How long did you work at Cohera?

Sazzala Reddy: I was there for a year or so. Then I started looking around. I had a friend who happened to be in a networking company called Cosine Communications. It was a slightly bigger company. Then the market crashed.

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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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