Bootstrapping is a means of financing
a small firm through highly creative acquisition and use of resources without
raising equity from traditional sources or borrowing money from a bank.
Financing: Key Documents
short, "bootstrapping" means starting a new business without start-up capital.
It is characterized by high reliance on any internally generated retained
earnings, credit cards, second mortgages, and customer advances, to name but a
Bootstrapping is the most likely
source of initial equity for more than 90% of technology based firms. Venture
capitalists are rarely able to fund small start-up firms (in US, seeking lees
than $5 million), regardless of the quality of the venture, because of their
very specific investment criteria and high costs of due diligence, negotiating,
and monitoring. Bootstrapping offers many advantages for
entrepreneurs and is probably the best method to get an
operating and well positioned to seek equity capital from outside investors at a
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Bootstrapping options available to
entrepreneurs can be divided into four categories:
Minimization of capital needed, and
Meeting the need for capital.