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6 Udemy Courses on How To Build a Startup for an Early Exit

Posted on Friday, Nov 19th 2021

I’m a big advocate for building small, capital-efficient startups. Not all entrepreneurs need to chase Unicorns. Not all investors need to chase Unicorns. There are many more viable ideas for those smaller ventures and there are considerably more opportunities for their exits, which means cashing in earlier on your hard work.

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19 Udemy Courses on How To Build a Startup in India

Posted on Monday, Nov 8th 2021
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There are now thousands of entrepreneurs in India, and many more Indians are starting their own businesses as we speak. Even with mistakes, disappointments, and setbacks, all things considered, startup founders continue to want to realize their ambitions, no matter what.

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Non-Technical Founder Scaling SaaS Venture to Exit: Velocify Founder Jeff Solomon (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Dec 6th 2021

Jeff is an English major who successfully bootstrapped a SaaS company with Services. The company eventually exited at a $130M valuation. Wonderful perspective from a non-technical founder on building a tech startup to success.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s go to the very beginning and introduce yourself and Velocify to our audience.

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Non-Technical Founder Building a Tech Startup to over $10M: David Moricca, CEO of Socialive (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Dec 6th 2021
David Moricca, CEO of Socialive

We very often get questions on whether non-technical founders can build tech companies. David’s story is a really interesting one that touches many aspects of the 1Mby1M methodology.

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

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Solo Student Entrepreneur to Over $50M Revenue: Chess.com CEO Erik Allebest (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Nov 29th 2021

Solo entrepreneurs get a bad rap, but they’re kicking ass out there!

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?

Erik Allebest: I was born in Southern California. I was born to an entrepreneurial family. My dad was an entrepreneur. My mom had many varied interests. She gets credit for teaching me how to play chess at eight. I’m too young to remember the story, but she taught me how the pieces moved. We proceeded to play one game of chess together and she never played with me again. That’s the lore she likes to tell.

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Bootstrapping an Artificial Intelligence Startup with Services: Nitesh Chawla, Founder, Aunalytics (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Nov 29th 2021

Nitesh bootstrapped Aunalytics while keeping his academic job at Notre Dame.

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

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Bootstrapping to Exit, Then do a VC-Funded Venture: Cordial CEO Jeremy Swift (Part 1)

Posted on Wednesday, Nov 17th 2021
Cordial CEO Jeremy Swift

A very effective way to dance the entrepreneurial Waltz is to do a bootstrapped company first, sell it, and then do another with a more ambitious agenda. Jeremy’s journey is a great case study in this method.

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

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From Teen Student Entrepreneur in Australia to a Mature Global E-commerce Entrepreneur: Mike Rosenbaum, CEO of Spacer (Part 1)

Posted on Thursday, Nov 11th 2021
Mike Rosenbaum, CEO of Spacer

Mike started his journey as a 14-year old student entrepreneur, then built a $20M eBay PowerSeller business. Thereafter, he built a $100M e-commerce business. Today, he’s building a two-sided marketplace business. All from Australia. Wonderful story!

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

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Validating B-to-C Business Ideas and Building to $40M Run Rate: Shaunak Amin, CEO of SnackMagic (Part 1)

Posted on Tuesday, Nov 9th 2021
Shaunak Amin, CEO of SnackMagic

Shaunak does a wonderful job of explaining how he validated various B-to-C business ideas and built successful businesses.

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

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Bootstrapping a Two-Sided Marketplace: Mort Fertel, CEO of SudShare (Part 1)

Posted on Thursday, Nov 4th 2021

This is an insightful story of a family that has built an interesting two-sided marketplace business for outsourcing laundry services.

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

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Thought Leaders in Artificial Intelligence: Salil and Kiran Pande, Co-Founders of VMock (Part 1)

Posted on Tuesday, Nov 2nd 2021

Salil and Kiran Pande have built a capital-efficient AI company from India addressing the global career services market.

It’s a wonderful conversation that works in both AI thought leadership and also their entrepreneurial journey. Enjoy!

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start by introducing our audience to yourself, your co-founder, and VMock.

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Best of Bootstrapping: Firmex Scaled with Angel Money in Canada

Posted on Friday, Oct 29th 2021

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

When we spoke in 2015, Joel Lessem was scaling a profitable company in Toronto called Firmex, and had only spent $4 million in angel money to get to almost $10 million in revenue.

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

Joel Lessem: I was born in Israel but raised in Toronto from the age of three. I grew up in Toronto.

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