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Jake Stainer

Head of Growth Marketing @ Typeform | CEO @ Papora | Growth Marketing Expert

Jake Stainer

Head of Growth Marketing @ Typeform | CEO @ Papora | Growth Marketing Expert

I bootstrapped my own startup growing it to 150,000+ users. How did I do it? It all started with my obsession with creating websites .... and a single Google Ads voucher for $75 worth of advertising credit. Book a call and I'll tell you how I did it :-)

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Julian Samarjiev

Co-founder, DULO

My experience with self-funding DULO has been a great data point into the advantages of running a bootstrapped business, how to leverage that freedom and how to make the most out of working within constraints. My goal with DULO was to build my own employer, where I will have the freedom to work on whatever I want, whenever I want from wherever I want and unless only you are paying your own pay cheques you lose the control and freedom and defeat the whole purpose of being a business owner.

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Kosta Panagoulias

SaaS, Bootstrapper, Metrics, Operations, Remote Teams & Hustler

Kosta Panagoulias

SaaS, Bootstrapper, Metrics, Operations, Remote Teams & Hustler

My company is 100% revenue-financed, meaning we've never taken a single dime from anyone. Maintaining a lean and disciplined ideology is what helped our company become profitable and cash flow positive, very early on. Keeping organized and accurate books and financial metrics is vital in any business, especially a startup.

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Dave Schneider

Growth Marketing Specialist

Dave Schneider

Growth Marketing Specialist

I bootstrapped NinjaOutreach to a 20 person company over the course of 4 years. I'm well versed in how to grow a business on a budget, and ways to save money and be more efficient with cash to increase your runway. All of my businesses have always been bootstrapped.

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Tauras Sinkus

SEO Specialist, Growth Marketer, Founder of @21DayHero

Tauras Sinkus

SEO Specialist, Growth Marketer, Founder of @21DayHero

I never had a $1M budget. In fact, most of the times, I had max $1000 to invest in the project's growth. That taught how to maximize the budget using off-the-shelf solutions to reach revenue and how to invest into the further growth. Bootstrapping is an art and while I'm no Picaso, I've been painting on big canvases with a very little paint for some time now. Thus if you're thinking of going down the road of bootstrapping or already there and need further guidance, would be happy to chat.

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Jan Kuzel

Head of Growth at SatisMeter | B2B SaaS Marketing

Jan Kuzel

Head of Growth at SatisMeter | B2B SaaS Marketing

I really like achieving small marketing wins that cost zero to next to nothing. To succeed on low budget means experimenting with all sorts of weird ideas and sometimes having surprising results with them. Which is fun.

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Mauricio Giordano

Co-founder @ InEvent

Mauricio Giordano

Co-founder @ InEvent

We bootstrapped from $0 to > $1mi ARR in a couple of years. I know how to run your company on low budget and how to do sales that serves as an investment for your company.

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Nicole Fu

Startup/Growth Marketing Consultant

Nicole Fu

Startup/Growth Marketing Consultant

I've bootstrapped a startup, and worked for bootstrapped to seed-stage to VC-funded startups. I’ve tried every marketing channel you can think of across the lifecycle of pirate metrics (Acquisition, Activation, Retention, Referral and Revenue). As a result, I have a pretty good idea on what kind of results you can expect from each marketing channel and how to make the most bang out of your buck.

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Neal O'Grady

Co-Founder/CTO of Demand Curve and Bell Curve

Neal O'Grady

Co-Founder/CTO of Demand Curve and Bell Curve

We're a fully bootstrapped company since day one, and plan to make it as far as we can without raising money. We do this by focusing nearly completely on free ways of growing our business, and staying as lean as possible.

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Foti Panagio

Founder at Growthmentor.io

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Foti Panagio

Founder at Growthmentor.io

I'm a passionate full stack marketer with over a decade experience managing and coordinating distributed growth teams with a unique overlap into the world of InfraOps.

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Why talk to a bootstrapping mentor?

The majority of startups are funded by their founders and never receive funding in the form of a loan or equity from investors.

But strutting it out on your own means you need to be headstrong, determined, resourceful, frugal and able to hustle and grind your way from nothing to success.

60% of new businesses are either losing money or breaking even and the majority of startups that fail do so because they run out of cash. This means that success will will depend on your ability to cover your costs while bringing a solid profitable product to market.

Growth Mentors have been through the process and their success has earned them a place among the minority of startups that actually succeed - their insight can help guide you away from the pitfalls that trip up most entrepreneurs and keep you on the path to growth.

Popular Use Cases for Your Inspiration

If you want to talk to founders who have successfully bootstrapped their way to 7 figures

The only people who know what it’s like to build a company from nothing are the ones who have done it for themselves.

It takes discipline and resourcefulness and even if you have that there are going to be surprises on the way that will catch you off-guard.

The best way to plan for the journey ahead is to talk to the people who have walked the same path and can give you advice on situations that you may face. Find your way forward by talking to the mentors that have bootstrapped their way to seven figures on a shoestring.

If you want advice on how to raise money without having to give away equity

When you’re just getting started, giving away a portion of your business for some cash may be necessary to grow, but anyone who’s done it knows that it hurts.

But with the right idea you may be able to find the capital you need without giving away equity.

Talk to a resourceful growth mentor who can help you find ways to get cash in the door quickly and cut down your expenses to what’s really essential. Find profit early and make every dollar you give out work for you.

If you want intros to affordable and reliable freelancers used by other bootstrapped startups

Bootstrapping often means keeping your startup lean, running at minimum cost, and maximizing the return on every dollar spent.

Seasoned entrepreneurs who have bootstrapped their own startups will be able to help you find and leverage the right tools to save you time, money and resources. They’ll also have worked with several freelancers/agencies that they can recommend to help you find quality work from affordable sources.

If you are considering fundraising but aren’t sure if it’s the best idea

Is your business at the right stage to start looking for outside investment? Do you understand the implications of tying your startup’s future to the needs of your investors?

Raising money is more than just a check that gives your business liquidity, it has implications that extend from how quickly you need to scale to how soon you plan to exit.

A mentor can help you evaluate whether external funding is something you should consider or if maybe it’s better to grind it out until your business is in a better position to scale.

Finding an MVP fast so you can validate your business proposition and get cash in the door

Sometimes boiling your product idea down to its Minimum Viable Product is a quick way to get it to market quickly and start bringing in some cash.

But what features are essential, and which will cost you more time and development money keeping you away from the customers you could be selling to now?

Talk to someone who can give you feedback on your product’s development, and what you need before you can realistically expect to start selling it to customers in a way that you can afford.

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