Bootstrapping is probably not what you think it is and definitely not what the mainstream makes it out to be.<...> As an entrepreneur, I've only ever known one way to build a business: bootstrapping. That's probably for better or worse. Back in 2007 when I built the first WooThemes
First time here? Start with the hits:
If you're validating your (startup) idea, this is the ultimate method.
Because it's a rollercoaster-like life as an entrepreneur.
Every sale and every relationship with a customer starts with you helping them.
Pressing pause on a startup is the hardest thing I've ever done.
Are you avoiding failure or pursuing success?<...> I've learnt a lot in the past year and I'm probably spot-on in my perception that I learnt more in the last year of my life, than I did in the 5 or 6 years prior to that. This applies especially as
Google any business advice and you'll find contradiction.<...> They'll say don't raise funding and avoid the (current) bubble. Or that there's no way to build a million / billion dollar business by bootstrapping. They also say test and validate your ideas, because you really don't want to waste time or
Sometimes the end justifies the means.<...> I'm a neat freak. At least when it comes to my work. My workspace is generally tidy. My digital stuff is structured, organized and efficient. I'm obsessive about keeping clean inboxes and to do lists. And that list goes on. All of this
How do you achieve fulfillment?<...> I was recently part of a conversation about the pursuit of fulfillment. And especially, how fulfillment is very different to achievement. The latter being something that is easier to gain and recognize; mostly because it's something that can be checked off a list somewhere
Clever people don't call compound interest the 8th Wonder of the World for no reason.<...> You know me: I talk about red wine - and especially drinking it - quite a bit. Beyond using running as a regular metaphor in my writing, I probably mention my obsession with red
And are they really stacked that much against entrepreneurs?<...> One of the things that I've been very conscience of in the last year (and as a second-time founder) was my perception of how much the odds (of success) were stacked against me. Depending on who you'd like to believe
In a game of cowboys and crooks, nobody started out validating the very obvious threat.<...> I have been trying to systemize the process of entrepreneurship. I have been seeking that magical 1-2-3 step formula that I can successfully replicate from one venture to the next, in a way that