Bootstrapped Questions


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3 Answers
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bootstrapped startup needs to be creative about "enaging" with out of house expertise

Fanciful title really translates in simple English as this: We are (read I am ) a bootstrapped, cash strapped startup and I need to employ the services of outsite experts but want to a). minimise...

asked Jul 19 '11 at 21:09
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Voidstar
55 points

3 Votes
2 Answers
2.13K Views
Bootstrapping: should you pay yourself a salary or reinvest all profits back into the business?

Lets say you are bootstrapping your startup and generating a little revenue. Should you use that revenue to first pay yourself a salary or should all of the profits be re-invested back to fuel growth?

asked May 21 '14 at 16:42
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David Thornhill
17 points

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1 Answers
1.19K Views
Company interested in acquiring our startup. How do we calculate a valuation?

We are a bootstrapped company of three. Our primary competitor is interested in acquiring us (acqui-hire). How do we place a value on our startup? Since we don't have any revenues or a huge user...

asked May 15 '14 at 10:40
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Angela Williams
7 points

1 Votes
3 Answers
694 Views
Market an app for a revenue share

I've built and published an iPhone app that I believe has a market potential. It needs exposure though. I'm an engineer and don't understand marketing very well. I'm thinking about partnering with...

asked Aug 27 '13 at 07:31
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Black Rider
297 points

1 Votes
2 Answers
571 Views
Startup based on freelancing

Well , as the question states , is it possible to survive on freelancing and maintain a startup as well. Basically we are working on some games for smartphones but as long as they are being...

asked Aug 20 '13 at 06:45
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Chossen Addict
16 points

3 Votes
3 Answers
821 Views
Is it okay for a student working(part-time) in a startup to ask for equity?

I'am a student and joined a Startup as a summer intern, as a Web Developer. Later on I said that I am willing to continue work for at least 1 year (part time) and they agreed. Is it okay if I ask...

asked Jul 14 '13 at 03:56
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Gaurav Goyal
42 points

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1 Answers
720 Views
Equity split for odd relationship

I am developing a SaaS platform by bootstrapping with sweat equity while covering the bills with a full time job. I am probably 2-3 months away from launching a viable public beta, and to this...

asked Jun 28 '13 at 09:39
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Shaun
8 points

11 Votes
10 Answers
2.17K Views
How do entrepreneurs start their first bootstrap startup?

I really want to start my entrepreneurial career, the problem is I don't have money. I am mid-level IT manager, read lot of startup blogs, articles and books and keep planning (aka dreaming) about...

asked May 16 '13 at 04:27
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Ali
179 points

4 Votes
2 Answers
785 Views
A dilema of starting a company vs. doing a project for a client

I got a request for a proposal to create a web application. The application would be used internally by a company to manage aspects of their business process. Coincidentally, the proposed...

asked Apr 5 '13 at 06:27
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Mohamad
121 points

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3 Answers
1.12K Views
When is it too early to measure conversion rate?

My bootstrapped saas startup launched only a few months ago. My traffic is growing steadily but still fairly low (~200 hits/day). Although I do consider the product validated (we have a growing...

asked Oct 28 '12 at 11:25
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Bc Web
101 points

2 Votes
1 Answers
558 Views
Newly formed software department as a startup company

Our company recently created a new department/unit that will develop apps for consumers. The company is engaged in the hardware reselling/distribution for 15 years and wanted to expand into the...

asked Sep 18 '12 at 17:11
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Fart Y Goer
11 points

34 Votes
9 Answers
7.16K Views
Dilemma: to outsource the coding or do it yourself

I develop and sell iPhone apps. I've released one app, and decided to build a few more, in parallel. I thought about outsourcing some of the coding, so I went on Elance and posted some jobs there....

asked Aug 6 '12 at 05:54
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Black Rider
297 points

2 Votes
3 Answers
926 Views
Is bootstrap a startup development methodology?

I've always understood bootstrapping in the context of startups to mean that the business achieves sustainability through customers, not loans, equity deals, etc. Ash Maurya has a blog post from a...

asked Aug 13 '12 at 21:21
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Blunders .
899 points

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2 Answers
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Should I use a user feedback system like UserVoice or just use a support forum?

I don't really like the idea of paying $20+ per month to run a glorified message board (GetSatisfaction, UserVoice, etc.). But these kinds of services seem to be pretty popular. So am I missing...

asked Jul 24 '12 at 02:53
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Richard
357 points

1 Votes
3 Answers
808 Views
Product equity rather than company equity - any examples?

We're all familiar with the traditional shared equity arrangements in a startup; Some contribution = Some % of shares (thus equity) in the company, which may or may not payoff down the road at...

asked Apr 16 '12 at 12:18
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Inator
106 points

2 Votes
2 Answers
1.23K Views
How to start a UK online business? (admin)

A few years ago I had an idea for an online business, its going to operate as a freemium model and simply deal with information no tangible goods. since then I have been creating the site learning...

asked Jan 8 '12 at 06:09
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Dave
113 points

0 Votes
1 Answers
599 Views
Starting company with co-founder in industry

At what point do you end a startup relationship, if you're 1.5 months into development and the business cofounder says he only have 8-12 hours a week to work on a company? After saying he could do...

asked Nov 16 '11 at 03:18
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Noe D
4 points

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2 Answers
703 Views
Boot-strapping a startup

At what point in a boot-strapped startup do you know its time to go for the gold and have both co-founders go full-time with an idea? Currently, I'm the sole technical person. I'm finishing up...

asked Nov 10 '11 at 10:16
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Meow
56 points

2 Votes
2 Answers
627 Views
Is there a best place to start up?

I live on the west coast. Of France. I'm currently looking at starting my own web startup. I have the idea, the expertise, even the cofounder. I'm reading a lot on the subject, and I intend to...

asked Oct 28 '11 at 22:52
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Tom Macdonald
113 points

2 Votes
3 Answers
659 Views
interns for startups

We looking for interns to work with us (yumety) ( machine learning, supervised algorithm ) - anyone knows how to contact interns?

asked Oct 24 '11 at 10:12
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Debasish
46 points