bootstrapping	  MaRS	  Discovery	  District	  April	  6,	  2011	  Charles	  Plant	  
Slide	  3	  
what	  is	  bootstrapping?	                                     Slide	  4	  
why	  would	  you	  want	  to?	                                           Slide	  5	  
the	  best	  companies	  ever	                                 Slide	  6	  
some	  facts	  about	  VCs	                                      Slide	  7	  
before	  you	  start	                          Slide	  8	  
research	  in	  moKon	                                Slide	  9	  
line	  up	  credit	  ahead	  of	  Kme	                                           Slide	  10	  
pick	  the	  right	  business	                                         Slide	  11	  
find	  a	  mentor	                           Slide	  12	  
simple	  business	  plan	                 Slide	  13	  
geNng	  going	                   Slide	  14	  
leverage	  relaKonships	  -­‐	  microsoP	                                                Slide	  15	  
find	  the	  fox	                          Slide	  16	  
find	  the	  pain	                           Slide	  17	  
low	  hanging	  fruit	                                Slide	  18	  
look	  for	  service	  opportuniKes	                                               Slide	  19	  
land	  a	  sale	                          Slide	  20	  
you	  will	  need	  credibility	                                           Slide	  21	  
meeKng	  big	  compeKtors	  head	  on	                                                  Slide	  22	  
solve	  a	  problem	                              Slide	  23	  
get	  some	  revenue	                               Slide	  24	  
low	  overhead	                        Slide	  25	  
leverage	  suppliers	                              Slide	  26	  
build	  a	  product	                              Slide	  27	  
do	  it	  again,	  and	  again	  and	  again	                                                           Slide	  28	  
and	  then	  what	                            Slide	  29	  
once	  you	  have	    • products  • reference accounts  • a working business model  • the right people  • exponential grow...
quesKons?	                  Slide	  31	  
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Bootstrapping with Charles Plant - Entrepreneurship 101

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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.

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Bootstrapping with Charles Plant - Entrepreneurship 101

  1. 1. bootstrapping  MaRS  Discovery  District  April  6,  2011  Charles  Plant  
  2. 2. Slide  3  
  3. 3. what  is  bootstrapping?   Slide  4  
  4. 4. why  would  you  want  to?   Slide  5  
  5. 5. the  best  companies  ever   Slide  6  
  6. 6. some  facts  about  VCs   Slide  7  
  7. 7. before  you  start   Slide  8  
  8. 8. research  in  moKon   Slide  9  
  9. 9. line  up  credit  ahead  of  Kme   Slide  10  
  10. 10. pick  the  right  business   Slide  11  
  11. 11. find  a  mentor   Slide  12  
  12. 12. simple  business  plan   Slide  13  
  13. 13. geNng  going   Slide  14  
  14. 14. leverage  relaKonships  -­‐  microsoP   Slide  15  
  15. 15. find  the  fox   Slide  16  
  16. 16. find  the  pain   Slide  17  
  17. 17. low  hanging  fruit   Slide  18  
  18. 18. look  for  service  opportuniKes   Slide  19  
  19. 19. land  a  sale   Slide  20  
  20. 20. you  will  need  credibility   Slide  21  
  21. 21. meeKng  big  compeKtors  head  on   Slide  22  
  22. 22. solve  a  problem   Slide  23  
  23. 23. get  some  revenue   Slide  24  
  24. 24. low  overhead   Slide  25  
  25. 25. leverage  suppliers   Slide  26  
  26. 26. build  a  product   Slide  27  
  27. 27. do  it  again,  and  again  and  again   Slide  28  
  28. 28. and  then  what   Slide  29  
  29. 29. once  you  have   • products • reference accounts • a working business model • the right people • exponential growthyou  should  go  out  and  raise  money   Slide  30  
  30. 30. quesKons?   Slide  31  

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