Boot Rap: The voice of the Bootstrap Network


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What is Bootstrap?

Bootstrap Austin engages its members in the key QUESTion: what is bootstrap?

Bootstrap members provided their answers to the question at the May 11, 2009 meeting. This 20 minute BootRap Podcast provides highlights of the discussion. Two key points emerge: first, bootstrap members have some of the most incredible insights and wisdom to share with each other! Second, there is no ONE definition of bootstrap - we all come to it in our own way and in our own time. Bootstrap members featured in the conversation: Kim Brushaber, Jason Howell, Marcy Hoen, Kevin Koym.

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Rod Beckstrom, Starfish and Spider

Coauthor of The Starfish and Spider, Rod Beckstrom, joined the Bootstrap Bookclub to discuss the book and its application for bootstrappers. These and related topics will be discussed in the Community Subgroup.


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Kevin Koym: How Will Social Networks Affect Entrepreneurship?

Kevin Koym is the founder of Enterprise Teaming and authors the Enterprise Tribe blog. He explains how the four conceptual shifts, outlined in his upcoming book, offer unprecedented opportunities for bootstrap entrepreneurs to build their businesses using “Enterprise Tribes.” Bootstrap Austin is an example of an Enterprise Tribe.


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Barry Thornton on Ideation

Talk to customers, get feedback, and shape your product into something customers will pay for. These were some of the words of motivation that Barry Thornton offered in talking to the Bootstrap Austin Ideation group on July 21, 2008. Thornton, founder of Clear Cube and current owner of startup Austin Medical Research, offered a number of insights into the bootstrap process, one that he has repeated frequently since launching a concert promotion business in college.

Thornton’s philosophy involves starting from wherever you are. He said the startup idea doesn’t have to be perfect. All you need is an idea and a passion to get started. By talking to customers, you will mold the idea into a workable form. Then by injecting passion into the idea, others will follow.

“I don’t ever think of anything myself,” he said. “Ego gets in the way a whole lot. I find the best people to come up with ideas for me are customers, people who will give me money for the idea.”

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