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Why Bootstrapping Is a Better Choice for Value-Driven Startups

Why Bootstrapping Is a Better Choice for Value-Driven Startups | Online Business Models |

"In the age of startups and micro-enterprises, the first thing you hear about, when it comes to creating a new company, service or digital product is a whole new glossary of words starting ranging from venture capital to angel investors."

Robin Good's insight:

Does a startup really need to raise venture capital?

I guess it depends on what its goals and values really are.

If you are after the magic opportunity to do what happens to one in a thousand startups when it is bought up by a giant company like Google, then you shouldn't hesitate to party down with the VCs. 

But if you are after creating something that has personal value for you beyond the money that it will make, if you want to keep steering the direction of your service and if you don't like to come down to many compromises, then be very careful about jumping on the VC funding train.

Here my own thoughts and ideas on why it is so important, for those in this second group, to avoid the funding dream and to go after a bootstrapping (and possibly crowdfunded) approach. 

Full article: 

Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, April 20, 2014 8:54 PM

I changed the title here because the longer you can bootstrap your startup the less you give up and the more you get for your hard work.

Brenda Collins's curator insight, May 8, 2014 3:37 PM

If you can boot strap your venture then do so before talking to investors. Gather around you people who have no vested interest in your company except your success and will speak honestly to you. 

OneView Tunis's curator insight, June 15, 2014 4:12 AM

Profitabilité vs. service rendu. Tout se décide dès le début

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Startup Funding: The Fund-Raising Game Has Changed - 7 Ways To Raise Money For Your Business In 2012

Startup Funding: The Fund-Raising Game Has Changed - 7 Ways To Raise Money For Your Business In 2012 | Online Business Models |

From the article intro: "Startup funds will be harder to come by in 2012, according to hundreds of venture capitalists polled in a recent survey by the National Venture Capital Association.


In spite of the gloomy funding forecasts, there's still hope for entrepreneurs in need of cash in 2012.

In fact, small-business financing options outside the venture capital industry are rapidly proliferating in the digital age.

With just a few clicks, anyone can pitch a business idea to the growing ranks of angel investors.

In addition, a number of Web services now provide platforms for entrepreneurs to raise small sums of money from large pools of people -- a process known as crowdfunding.

Even Congress is showing deference toward the Internet's capacity to connect businesses with capital, as lawmakers weigh rule-changes that would allow entrepreneurs to use social networks to sell stakes in their startups. (Under current securities law, entrepreneurs can only solicit donations.)

Still, a large share of startup funds continues to flow from the old-fashioned lender that small-business owners love to hate: banks.


So regardless of whether you run a tech startup on the hunt for strategic Silicon Valley investors or you own a local restaurant that's in need of nothing more than a simple bank loan, entrepreneurs must recognize that in the new year, the fund-raising game has changed."

Here are the new ways to raise in 2012:

1. Banks

2. Crowdfunding

3. Contest and Accelerator Programs

4. Online Pawn Shops

5. Friends and Family

6. Angel List

7. Revenue-Based Financing

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