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Bootstrapping is the act of building your business from your own funds and revenue from customers, instead of raising money from outsiders such as angels and venture capitalists. This is the method ...

Bootstrapping is the act of building your business from your own funds and revenue from customers, instead of raising money from outsiders such as angels and venture capitalists. This is the method that most start-up companies use to build their ventures.

In this lecture, learn the pros and cons of bootstrapping, how to ensure your investment is protected and how to make smart decisions about where to invest money in your company.

http://www.marsdd.com/events/details/bootstrapping-2011/

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  • bootstrapping    MaRS  Discovery  District  April  4,  2012    Charles  Plant        
  • what  do  these  companies  have  in  common?     Slide  3  
  •       Slide  4  
  • what  is  bootstrapping?     Slide  5  
  • why  would  you  want  to?     Slide  6  
  • the  best  companies  ever     Slide  7  
  • some  facts  about  VCs     Slide  8  
  • research  in  moKon     Slide  9  
  • before  you  start     Slide  10  
  • line  up  credit  ahead  of  Kme     Slide  11  
  • find  a  mentor     Slide  12  
  • pick  the  right  business     Slide  13  
  • geNng  going     Slide  14  
  • find  the  pain     Slide  15  
  • simple  business  plan     Slide  16  
  • earn  some  consulKng  revenue     Slide  17  
  • start  building  your  product     Slide  18  
  • ramping  up     Slide  19  
  • leverage  relaKonships  -­‐  microsoP     Slide  20  
  • find  the  fox     Slide  21  
  • look  for  service  opportuniKes     Slide  22  
  • solve  a  problem     Slide  23  
  • low  hanging  fruit     Slide  24  
  • land  a  sale     Slide  25  
  • you  will  need  credibility     Slide  26  
  • meeKng  big  compeKtors  head  on     Slide  27  
  • get  some  revenue     Slide  28  
  • low  overhead     Slide  29  
  • keep  costs  variable   low  fixed  costs     Slide  30  
  • find  employees  who  will  share  the  risk     Slide  31  
  • leverage  suppliers     Slide  32  
  • build  a  product     Slide  33  
  • figure  out  your  business  model     Slide  34  
  • do  it  again,  and  again  and  again     Slide  35  
  • and  then  what     Slide  36  
  • once  you  have         • products • reference accounts   • a working business model • the right people • exponential growthyou  should  go  out  and  raise  money       Slide  37  
  • quesKons?     Slide  38  
  •  marsdd.com/ent101-webcasts or marsdd.com/ent101/online Slide  39