Sun. Aug 14th, 2022

Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines.

This is our Wednesday show where we focus on a single topic, think about a question and unpack the rest. This week, Natasha and Alex asked: Is it bootstrapper time to hop on the venture treadmill?

The episode is inspired by Natasha’s recent Startups Weekly column, “The bootstrapped are coming, the bootstrapped are coming” and the accompanying BestFitnessBands+ piece, “Will any startup startups venture into a turning point?” But, of course in the classic Equity style, we continue the conversation with nuance and numbers as the focus.

This is what we started with:

  • The definition of bootstrapping and our own additions and subtractions
  • The trend of more bootstrap companies entering into ventures, or at least more venture capitalists interested in bootstrap companies
  • What the heck is a venture treadmill and what do drugs have to do with it?
  • We ended up agreeing that we are indeed the best.

There is a lot of history when it comes to business startups that end up raising money. We just want to know if it’s going to happen more often and sooner today. Let’s chat!

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