bootstrapping

Invisible unicorns: 35 big companies that started with little or no money

There’s a widespread belief among founders that venture capital is a precursor to success. VC is a common denominator of the most successful tech startups, but it isn't a prerequisite. To help illus

Thoughts on building a bootstrapped business

CEO Yaron Ben Shaul originally launched Hometalk as an engagement platform for customers of Networx, his lead-generation business for home contractors. That engagement platform has since grown into a

Time is running out to exhibit at Disrupt’s Hardware Alley

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Bootstrapping hardware? Let’s meet at Disrupt New York

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I want to see you at Hardware Alley in New York

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GigRove wants to match skilled freelancers and startups with spare rooms

Bootstrapping London-based startup GigRove is looking to carve out a niche in the collaborative consumption space as a matching platform for digital workers with itchy feet and startups with a spare r

Wydr is Tinder for buying art

Who needs galleries when you can just flip through a stack of artworks on your phone, swiping right when you like what you see and left when you don't? The yes/no sifting mechanism popularized by dati

Venture capital isn’t the only way to build a ‘successful’ business

In "Silicon Valley's Unchecked Arrogance," Ross Baird and Lenny Mendonca boldly ask an important question that’s becoming a white elephant in the Silicon Valley pitch room: How can we enable great p

Join Us In Hardware Alley At Disrupt London

We want you to show off your hardware in London at TechCrunch’s Disrupt conference in London. Why? Because it’s the best alley and hardware is amazing. Disrupt London runs from December 7-

Hardware Alley Is Coming To London

Good morrow to you madam or sir! I would like to call your attention to a unique and fun opportunity. I, John Biggs, want you to show off your hardware in London at TechCrunch’s Disrupt conferen

To Bootstrap Or Not?

Bootstrapping is a tougher choice than ever for startups. Seed capital is so widely available that deals for the hottest companies can close in days, and many entrepreneurs never even consider bootstr

How The Huang Brothers Bootstrapped Guitar Hero To A Billion Dollar Business

Editor’s note: Derek Andersen is the founder of Startup Grind, a 35-city event series hosted in 15-countries that educates, inspires, and connects entrepreneurs. He also founded Commonred (acqu

ZURB Launches Foundation 3 To Take On Twitter’s Bootstrap Framework

Twitter's <a target="_blank" href="http://twitter.github.com/bootstrap/">Bootstrap</a> gives developers an easy to use, grid-based and responsive framework for quickly designing prototypes and basic w

Dumb Employers, Lucky Startups And An Untapped Reservoir

A group of women is re-entering the workforce today and reshaping how products are made across key tech sectors like health & wellness, commerce and social products. Not only do they have the expe

Why Bootstrapping Is Just As Over-Rated As Raising Venture Capital

Entrepreneurship requires balancing unbridled optimism with delusional foolishness.  Most entrepreneurs are <a href="http://www.avc.com/a_vc/2011/12/mocked-and-misunderstood.html">mocked and misunder

Venture or Angel Capital Isn’t the End—It’s the Means

<img src="http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/red-corvette.png"> Prashant Gulati says that TechCrunch should be banned in the Middle East. That's not because he isn’t a big fan of the si

Should Entrepreneurs Bet It All On The Billion Dollar Exit, Or Cash Out Small?

<img src="http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/fotolia_3634990_xs.jpg"> One of the most interesting discussions at TechCrunch’s Disrupt conference was the debate between the “super ange

Advice From Founders Who Bootstrapped Their Way to Success

<img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-177226" title="Jake Nickell" src="http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/jake.jpg?w=300" alt="" width="210" height="210" />In my <a href="https://be