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The virtues of bootstrapping your startup

What did it take for these startups to get started without venture capital?

Innovation series by Kristin Karaoglu
July 28, 2014 | Comments
Short URL: http://vator.tv/n/385a

With venture financing all around, why did these startups not go through with venture financing rounds?

Some didn't have a choice, until they got bigger and at that point taking VC funding didn't make sense. Some wanted to focus on raising money (or making money) from customers rather than spending time fundraising from investors and others wanted to enjoy a lifestyle business.

The moderar of this panel - Naveen Jain, a prolific entrepreneur and angel investor - also bootstrapped his company SparkArt. Panelists were: Gleb Budman (Founder & CEO, Backblaze), Drew Curtis (Founder & CEO, Fark), and Gary Tsifrin (Founder & CEO, Driversed.com).

How much did it cost these founders to start their companies? Watch the video! 

Thanks to our Vator Splash Oakland video sponsor, Oakland Forward and Bryan Parker, Oakland Mayoral candidate. 

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Gleb Budman
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Drew Curtis
founder,
Fark.com
Bio: With his website Fark.com, Drew Curtis has built a global community based around news and, due to ad revenue, Fark.com has become one of ...
Bio: Naveen Jain is the Chief Marketing Officer and Co-Founder of Immunity Project, a Y Combinator (W14) backed, non-profit dedicated to devel...
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