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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.

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Cloud Stocks: Analysis of DigitalOcean’s Acquisitions

Posted on Friday, Sep 30th 2022

According to a recent report, the global serverless architecture market is projected to grow at 23% CAGR to reach $21.1 billion 2025. Digital Ocean (NYSE: DOCN) has been expanding its presence in the market by acquiring smaller players in the market.

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Best of Bootstrapping: Bootstrapped to $10M+ First, Raised Money Later

Posted on Friday, Sep 30th 2022

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

Koncert (formerly ConnectLeader) CEO Senraj Soundar had bootstrapped his company to over $10 million in revenue when we spoke in 2017. We love stories like this that reinforce our philosophy: “Do not go to VCs as beggars, go as kings!”

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?

Senraj Soundar: I was born and brought up in India, particularly in Southern India. I got my Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering in Chennai. Around that time when I graduated, I received an award from the President of India for the best invention in the country. It was called the National Technology Award. They give out one award each year. I won that award in 1991, and it was given in 1992. The following year, I came to the US and went to UMass to get my Computer Science degree.

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1Mby1M Virtual Accelerator Investor Forum: With Yanev Suissa, Managing Partner and Founder at SineWave Ventures (Part 5)

Posted on Friday, Sep 30th 2022

Sramana Mitra: Where are you looking right now? What verticals are underserved where you think such large opportunities exist? What kinds of verticals are you looking at?

Yanev Suissa: We have a bet in the AgTech space. We’ve done a few in the health insurance space and the HealthTech space. We are increasingly looking at the manufacturing and industrial spaces. We think that cyber-physical systems is an interesting place.

Sramana Mitra: IoT kind of stuff.

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Video FAQs

Twin Brothers Building a FinTech Venture: Stephen Roche and Gabino Roche, CoFounders of Saphyre (Part 5)

Posted on Friday, Sep 30th 2022

Sramana Mitra: Tell me about the customer progress from 2017 to 2022. You had five years’ worth of customer development that has happened. Tell me about who those customers were, what were the average deal sizes, and at what pace were they coming in.

Stephen Roche: The revenue didn’t start coming in till 2020. In 2020, we had close to 20 to 25 firms working with us on some form of proof of concept. A lot of times, we were just giving the service for free to give confidence. Most of the firms wanted other people to use it. JP Morgan was one of the firsts.

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1Mby1M Virtual Accelerator Investor Forum: With Yanev Suissa, Managing Partner and Founder at SineWave Ventures (Part 4)

Posted on Thursday, Sep 29th 2022

Yanev Suissa: We are also very comfortable going deep on the vertical side of things rather than just horizontally. You could build multi-billion dollar businesses in verticals that aren’t as familiar to the Valley sometimes like agriculture. Climate tech is one of those verticals that has emerged. Insurance is one a lot of people talk about. Manufacturing is another one. Those are areas where the Valley is not as well plugged in or connected.

Cloud Agronomics, for example, is a vertical company up and down the AgTech stack. They can help you analyze soil and agriculture over billions of acres in real-time. They can help you understand the carbon sequestration in your particular land. They are able to do a lot of things in one particular vertical well.

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592nd Roundtable for Entrepreneurs Starting NOW: Live Tweeting by @1Mby1M

Posted on Thursday, Sep 29th 2022

Today’s 592nd FREE online 1Mby1M Roundtable For Entrepreneurs is starting NOW, on Thursday, September 29, at 8 a.m. PDT/11 a.m. EDT/5 p.m. CEST/8:30 p.m. India IST. CLICK HERE to join. PASSWORD: startup  All are welcome!

Best of Bootstrapping: Bootstrapped First, Then Scaled with VC Funds

Posted on Thursday, Sep 29th 2022

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

When we spoke in 2019, Faction Founder Luke Norris had executed a tremendously effective Bootstrap First, Raise Money Later strategy from Colorado.

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?

Luke Norris: I was born in Nevada. 

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592nd Roundtable for Entrepreneurs Starting in 30 Minutes: Live Tweeting by @1Mby1M

Posted on Thursday, Sep 29th 2022

Today’s 592nd FREE online 1Mby1M Roundtable for Entrepreneurs is starting in 30 minutes, on Thursday, September 29, at 8 a.m. PDT/11 a.m. EDT/5 p.m. CEST/8:30 p.m. India IST. CLICK HERE to join. PASSWORD: startup  All are welcome!