28Mar

A more elaborative introduction…

By Julian in Elaborations, Website News

So we’ve outlined our main goals and ideas we’d like to cover here on IndieStartups, but to be clear on what everything means, I’d like to take this post and be a little more specific. Let’s start with bootstrapping – we’ve used this word everywhere, but what does it really mean?

According to Wikipedia, “Financial bootstrapping is a term used to cover different methods for avoiding using the financial resources of external investors. Bootstrapping can be defined as “a collection of methods used to minimize the amount of outside debt and equity financing needed from banks and investors” (Ebben and Johnsen, 2006:853).”

We’ve mish-mashed this word with others like ‘independent’, and ‘self-funded’… And this is what we will be covering. Ambitious new start-ups that don’t have millions of dollars worth of venture capital and investments to blow off. We’re also here to enlighten the start-up society that raising this kind of capital is not always necessary, and more importantly we’ll do our best to share methods; stories, ideas, opportunities and much more to help our readers get their start-up off the ground successfully.

To be more effective, and credible, the team here will also be performing a few ‘Case Studies’ alongside IndieStartups. In layman’s terms, we’ll be launching some of our own start-ups with heavy documentation just to show our readers what can be done (hopefully). We have a few ideas to explore, but we’re very open to suggestions. If you’d like to suggest something you would like to see us do, a comment using the form below would be lovely. Money made from these case-studies will be invested back into IndieStartups and further case-studies.

If you have any ideas on what you’d like to see done, covered, or tested on IndieStartups, please do let us know. We do read each comment and, so far, each e-mail we receive. If you do not wish to leave a public comment, or would like to get in-touch with us for a different purpose, feel free to do so using our contact form (or if you prefer, shoot something to [email protected]).

I’ll finish this post saying we’re also on the lookout for new (and existing) start-ups to cover, so if you’ve got one or know someone who does feel free to e-mail us.

Enjoy! (P.S. – Don’t let an update go unread, subscribe to our feed)

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7 Responses to “A more elaborative introduction…”

  • Tim Ramsey:
    March 28th, 2008
    1:22 pm

    I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog.

    Tim Ramsey

  • Spencer Fry:
    March 28th, 2008
    2:25 pm

    Congratulations on the launch of Indie Startups. I’ve added you to my RSS reader and I’ll be sure to follow along with the action. The first few months are always the toughest, but once you get past those it’s clear sailing. I wish you guys the best!

  • Julian:
    March 28th, 2008
    2:36 pm

    Thanks Spencer, I greatly appreciate it :). We’re working our heads off trying to get some insider information on new start-ups for everyone.

  • Will:
    March 28th, 2008
    3:15 pm

    Looks great! I bookmarked you. Good luck getting a good start.

  • Spencer:
    March 28th, 2008
    3:31 pm

    Looks great. :) Subscribed to the feed. :)

  • Tom:
    March 29th, 2008
    12:08 pm

    Turns out I’m doing exactly what you are talking about. Along with my parter we are launching a site and documenting everything we come up against along the way. Taking a “no cost” approach to startup and sharing everything in a blog at http://blog.pokertechreviews.com . We’re still in the development stage and won’t launch for a few more months but the business plan and a few updates are already posted.
    I’ve subscribed to your feed and look forward to updates.

  • Stuart Saunders:
    March 30th, 2008
    6:28 am

    Found your blog via YC Hacker News. Subscribed to your feed. Best of luck!

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