bootstrapping

  • Wydr is Tinder for buying art

    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 dating app Tinder continues to oil the wheels of many a fledgling startup — such as bootstrapping Swiss based art buying app wydr. Read More

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

    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 people, regardless of zip code, to solve messy societal problems? To get to an answer, as investigative journalists would say, we need to follow the money. Read More

  • Join Us In Hardware Alley At Disrupt London

    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 7-8, 2015. Hardware Alley day is on the 8th and you’ll receive tickets to both days of Disrupt. We invite everyone – from bootstrapped prototypers to seasoned makers – to join… Read More

  • Hardware Alley Is Coming To London

    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 conference in London. Huzzah! Disrupt London runs from December 7-8, 2015. Hardware Alley day is on the 8th and you’ll receive tickets to both days of Disrupt. We invite everyone – from… Read More

  • To Bootstrap Or Not? Crunch Network

    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 bootstrapping their company. On the other hand, some startups don’t have the luxury of securing investors to help launch their company, and others see enough value in going it alone they forgo… Read More

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

    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 (acquired by Income.com) and is ex-Electronic Arts. There are virtually no companies in Silicon Valley that exit north of $100MM or create a billion dollar business, that don’t raise… Read More

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

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

    Twitter’s Bootstrap gives developers an easy to use, grid-based and responsive framework for quickly designing prototypes and basic web pages, as well as production-ready interactive sites. With Foundation, product design company ZURB offers a direct competitor to Twitter’s product and the company is launching version 3 of its framework. This new version, which the company just… Read More

  • Dumb Employers, Lucky Startups And An Untapped Reservoir

    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 experience of raising families, but they’ve been business and technology leaders earlier in life. They’re becoming founders and leaders at startups and in the very companies they’ve… Read More

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

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

    Entrepreneurship requires balancing unbridled optimism with delusional foolishness.  Most entrepreneurs are mocked and misunderstood until they are wildly successful, at which point the chorus changes from “good luck with that ‘business’, pal” to “I always believed in ya, buddy!” There is an undeniable appeal to the notion of bootsrapping your company… Read More

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


    Prashant Gulati says that TechCrunch should be banned in the Middle East. That’s not because he isn’t a big fan of the site, but because he says it “puts some naïve and green young ones at a disadvantage”. The Dubai-based technologist and angel investor funded a startup recently. Soon after he made the investment, he learned that the majority of the money had… Read More

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


    One of the most interesting discussions at TechCrunch’s Disrupt conference was the debate between the “super angels” and VCs. No, I’m not referring to “AngelGate” or the question of which investor group squeezes entrepreneurs the most. Despite what they say, all investors are in the game for personal financial gain; it’s not about nurturing… Read More

  • Advice From Founders Who Bootstrapped Their Way to Success

    In my last post, I discussed why the odds of a rookie entrepreneur getting seed financing from a VC are very slim. The reality is that less than 5% of venture money goes to seed-stage startups; VCs typically invest when a company has a working product, a tested business model, and a strong management team. It’s the entrepreneurs who take the risk; not the VCs. They beg and borrow money… Read More