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Bootstrapping Course: Welcome

Posted on Wednesday, Apr 29th 2020

1Mby1M Founder Sramana Mitra wants entrepreneurs to not waste their time and money. 

The waste stems from a widespread misunderstanding of how investors think. 

Over 99% of founders chase funding before they are fundable.

Here, Sramana teaches how to build with customer money (otherwise known as revenue) until a startup reaches that fundable stage. 

Once fundable, a startup can go to investors like a king, not a beggar.


Nowadays, startups can be built while a founder is still fully employed. Many entrepreneurs start as solo founders and achieve great progress until they need a team. Virtual teams are common these days and easily affordable.

At 1Mby1M, we support employed entrepreneurs and solopreneurs who are at the very beginning of their journeys. They might not even know what to build or how to build it.

We encourage entrepreneurs not to quit their day job until their business becomes fundable or sustainable. 

Hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs get rejected by investors and accelerators every year. Y Combinator rejects over 95% of their applicants. Andreessen Horowitz rejects 99% of theirs. 

In this mind-boggling stream of rejections, there are numerous high potential companies that need to bootstrap their way to fundability or sustainability.

We accelerate their learning with the 1Mby1M Curriculum and over 1000 case studies of real-life success stories. 

We support their fund-raising efforts through personal introductions to investors.

If you enjoy this course, check out 1Mby1M Basic, our curriculum-only option.

If you’re trying to assess why you’re getting rejections, use the 1Mby1M Self-Assessment.

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Best of Bootstrapping: Bootstrapping to $15M in Three Years

Posted on Friday, Jan 22nd 2021

Extraordinarily tight, disciplined strategy and execution has enabled Connatix Founder CEO David Kashak to build a tremendously fast growth company with a small team. A lot to learn here.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start at the very beginning of your journey. Where are you from? Where were you born, raised, and in what kind of background?

David Kashak: I was born in Israel. I grew up in Israel and studied engineering at Tel Aviv University. After studying, I started as a programmer in a cyber security company in Israel. At one point, they offered to relocate me to New York. That offer was very interesting because I wanted to get more exposure to business. I moved to New York.


Thought Leaders in Financial Technology: Epic River CEO Jeff Grobaski (Part 1)

Posted on Friday, Jan 22nd 2021
Profile photo of Jeff Grobaski

If you haven’t already, please study our Bootstrapping Course and Investor Introductions page. 

This interview focuses on an important piece of innovation that has the potential to relieve the financial pain of many consumers who suffer under the pain of high health insurance deductibles.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start by introducing our audience to yourself as well Epic River.


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January 28 – 517th 1Mby1M Mentoring Roundtable for Entrepreneurs

Posted on Friday, Jan 22nd 2021

Entrepreneurs are invited to the 517th FREE online 1Mby1M Mentoring Roundtable on Thursday, January 28, 2021, at 8 a.m. PST/11 a.m. EST/5 p.m. CET/9:30 p.m. India IST.

If you are a serious entrepreneur, register to “pitch” and sell your business idea. You’ll receive straightforward feedback, advice on next steps, and answers to any of your questions. Others can register to “attend” to watch, learn, and interact through the online chat.

You can learn more here and register to pitch or attend here. Register and you will receive the recording by email, even if you are unable to attend. Please share with any entrepreneurs in your circle who may be interested. All are welcome!

516th 1Mby1M Roundtable Recording on January 21, 2021: With Padmaja Ruparel, Indian Angel Network

Posted on Friday, Jan 22nd 2021

In case you missed it, you can listen to the recording here:

Roundtable Recap: January 21, 2021: Evolution of the Indian Startup Eco-system

Posted on Friday, Jan 22nd 2021

During this week’s roundtable, we had as our guest Padmaja Ruparel, Co-founder, Indian Angel Network and Founding Partner, IAN Fund. The Indian startup eco-system has grown tremendously, and IAN has contributed heavily in that evolution.


As for entrepreneur pitches, up first we had Jonathan Chashper from Rockville, Maryland, pitching WolfPack,  a group travel app.


Cloud Stocks: Cloudera Grows Through Acquisition

Posted on Friday, Jan 22nd 2021

According to a Research and Markets report, the global Hadoop market was valued at $26.74 billion in 2019 and is projected to grow at 38% CAGR to $340.35 billion by 2027. Cloudera (NYSE: CLDR) is a leading player in the market that continues to deliver strong quarterly results. The company has been expanding its offerings by adding new products and acquiring smaller players.


1Mby1M Virtual Accelerator Investor Forum: With Keith Bank, Founder CEO at KB Partners (Part 2)

Posted on Friday, Jan 22nd 2021

Sramana Mitra: I’m going to get to talking about specific trends and specific companies in a moment. I just want to clarify one thing which is the stage issue. Give us a sense of what is your definition of seed.

What do you like to see by way of validation before you’re willing to write a check? What sized checks do you write as your first check?


516th Roundtable For Entrepreneurs Starting NOW: Live Tweeting By @1Mby1M

Posted on Thursday, Jan 21st 2021

Today’s 516th FREE online 1Mby1M Roundtable For Entrepreneurs is starting NOW, on Thursday, January 21, at 8 a.m. PST/11 a.m. EST/5 p.m. CET/9:30 p.m. India IST. Click here to join. PASSWORD: startup  All are welcome!