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