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Best of Bootstrapping: Seed Investors Who Like Bootstrapped Businesses

Posted on Friday, Apr 26th 2019

I would like to encourage bootstrapping entrepreneurs to start thinking about certain investors as bootstrapping partners. These investors, typically, LIKE capital efficient businesses.

They do not want to force feed capital into companies, unlike certain larger funds.

Their fund sizes are small, and they are set up to make money off smaller exits. [Re: Bootstrapping to Exit]

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Best of Bootstrapping: How Algo.ai CEO Amjad Hussain Bootstrapped using Services from Michigan

Posted on Friday, Apr 19th 2019

I am always thrilled to see great entrepreneurship in various parts of the world that are off-center. Well, Algo.ai CEO Amjad Hussain’s journey is a great one from Detroit.

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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Colors: Rice Terraces, Reflections

Posted on Saturday, Apr 13th 2019
Rice Terraces, Reflections | Sramana Mitra, 2017

I’m publishing this series on LinkedIn called Colors to explore a topic that I care deeply about: the Renaissance Mind. I am just as passionate about entrepreneurship, technology, and business, as I am about Art and Culture. In this series, I will typically publish a piece of Art – a painting, a poem, a piece of music, so forth – and I request you to spend a minute or two deeply meditating on it. I urge you to watch your feelings, thoughts, reactions to the piece, and write what comes to you, what thoughts it triggers, in the dialog area. Let us see what stimulation this interaction yields. For today –Rice Terraces, Reflections

Rice Terraces, Reflections | Sramana Mitra, 2017 | Water color, Ink and Pastel | 18 x 24, On Paper

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Best of Bootstrapping: Bootstrapping with a Paycheck

Posted on Friday, Apr 12th 2019

As I started analyzing various paths to success via bootstrapping, one became absolutely obvious: holding onto a job and doing a startup part time. We gave this a name: Bootstrapping with a Paycheck, and published a book on the subject:

Entrepreneur Journeys Bootstrapping With A Paycheck (Available for order from Amazon Kindle)

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Colors: Rice Terraces, Moonlight Blue

Posted on Saturday, Apr 6th 2019

Rice Terraces, Moonlight Blue | Sramana Mitra, 2017

I’m publishing this series on LinkedIn called Colors to explore a topic that I care deeply about: the Renaissance Mind. I am just as passionate about entrepreneurship, technology, and business, as I am about Art and Culture. In this series, I will typically publish a piece of Art – a painting, a poem, a piece of music, so forth – and I request you to spend a minute or two deeply meditating on it. I urge you to watch your feelings, thoughts, reactions to the piece, and write what comes to you, what thoughts it triggers, in the dialog area. Let us see what stimulation this interaction yields. For today – Rice Terraces, Moonlight Blue

Rice TerracesMoonlight Blue| Sramana Mitra, 2017 | Water color and Pastel | 18 x 24, On Paper

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Best of Bootstrapping: How Under30Experiences Bootstrapped to $5 Million

Posted on Friday, Apr 5th 2019

Under30Experiences CEO Matt Wilson has built a fan business using content marketing to sell travel experiences to a millennial demographic. Very cool!

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start at the very beginning of your journey. Where are you from? Where did you grow up and in what kind of background?

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Colors: Winter Storm on Rice Terraces

Posted on Saturday, Mar 30th 2019

Winter Storm on Rice Terraces | Sramana Mitra, 2017

I’m publishing this series on LinkedIn called Colors to explore a topic that I care deeply about: the Renaissance Mind. I am just as passionate about entrepreneurship, technology, and business, as I am about Art and Culture. In this series, I will typically publish a piece of Art – a painting, a poem, a piece of music, so forth – and I request you to spend a minute or two deeply meditating on it. I urge you to watch your feelings, thoughts, reactions to the piece, and write what comes to you, what thoughts it triggers, in the dialog area. Let us see what stimulation this interaction yields. For today – Winter Storm on Rice Terraces

Winter Storm on Rice Terraces | Sramana Mitra, 2017 | Water color, Ink and Pastel | 18 x 24, On Paper

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Best of Bootstrapping: Bootstrapping from Arizona to $10 Million

Posted on Friday, Mar 29th 2019

We recently put the spotlight on Entrepreneurship in Arizona. Here, Pagely CEO Joshua Strebel shares another terrific story of bootstrapping success from Arizona.

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

Joshua Strebel: I was born in a little town in Idaho called Soda Springs. I’m the youngest of nine children. I grew up primarily in Las Vegas, Nevada and was splitting time within Salt Lake City, Utah. My parents were divorced when I was younger, so I went back and forth between households. I finished high school in Salt Lake City and ended up in Arizona where I went to college at Northern Arizona University.

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