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Five Bootstrapping Hacks Every Founder Should Know

From investigating coworking spaces to avoiding credit cards, here’s some advice on bootstrapping a startup in 2019.Have you ever heard about the old saying, “Pull yourself up by your bootstraps?” It means improving one’s situation or getting success through one’s own efforts, without outside help. Why am talking about bootstrapping here?It applies to your startup, too.Bootstrapping your startup means that keeping your business updated and on the growing stage with little or no venture capital or you can say without any external investment. In short, this word symbolizes the business owners typically relies on their own savings and revenues in order to operate and grow their business entity in the race.Image credits: Photo by Danielle MacInnes on UnsplashIt’s not easy to do, but the rewards of bootstrapping are incredibly worthwhile. Curious to know about how should you incorporate this strategy in your business goals and objectives?Let me give you one example of a successful entrepreneur who has put his business off the ground just by inculcating the strategy of bootstrapping in his startup.Nick Woodman founded GoPro by applying bootstrapping.How?Well, Nick Woodman was doing the business of entertainment and promotions website FunBug. However, it didn’t do well and went bust in 2001. In order to overcome anxiety, stress, and failure in his life, he decided to have a surfing trip to Australia and Indonesia. While enjoying the experience of surfing, he noticed that the cameras used by surfers usually wrapped around their when capturing the moments.Consequently, it ended up breaking loose. So, he decided to launch a camera that will capture not only their more active moments but also the passionate experiences. With personal savings and a $35,000 loan from his mother, Woodman launched GoPro (known initially as Woodman Labs) in 2002. Until 2012, he was continuously doing bootstrapping the San Mateo, California-based business. After that one tech manufacturer, Foxconn invested $200 million in his company. According to Bloomberg, Two years later, the company went public at a $2.96 billion valuation.That’s a bootstrapped startup!Now, you realized the importance of being able to respond quickly to change and bootstrapping the company. Great!Are you looking for the tips for bootstrapping your new startup? If so, let’s dive into these five tips.#1 Tip- Use Coworking SpacesThe first and foremost tip for bootstrapping your startup is to use coworking spaces. No matter how fancy office and ping-pong tables lures you while setting up the business, coworking spaces should be your first preference.I am saying this because we all know that in the early stages of the business, we have to focus on every expense so that it will not lead to any problem especially the financial one. It is, therefore, better to use that money for the acquisition of the customers and marketing your business.More importantly, monetary savings is not only one factor for incorporating coworking spaces for your organization, but there are many additional benefits.Let me explain the other benefits with the help of an example:Gary Vaynerchuk started Vaynermedia in 2009, but he didn’t rent an office in order to operate his business. No doubt, he was already rich at that time, but still, he bartered his time for that space so that he could eliminate that overhead in the beginning. He started his business in one of the coworking spaces of New York City, United States.Working in a coworking environment doesn’t only help him to become a better decision maker, but also stay away from the stress of renting a long-term commercial office. Hence, even if you have the funds to spring for an elaborate office, consider a coworking space.#2 Tip- Evaluate Every Expense CarefullyAnother method for building your brand from bootstrapping your startup is to evaluate every expense deliberately. I have stated this statement in the first tip also that cut the maximum expenses in the early stage of your business. Well, if you are spending freely without giving a second thought, then it can cause a problem down the line when you face a challenge.Therefore, being financially responsible is the perfect key for managing your business in the competition.I have gathered some more information about this situation so that you can get a better understanding of my perspective.Damon and his friend, Stephen has recently launched a tech startup. They are trying to get their digital marketing strategy iron out so that they can attract more customers towards their business. However, they are financially stable and have over a half-dozen tools and products worth $1,800 a month. What’s more, they are not using those products correctly and wasting approximately $21,600 a year, because of careless spending.Therefore, bootstrapping is one of the most valuable stages a founder goes through. And when you scrutinized every single expense, then you definitely find out the unconventional way to solve complex problems. Rather than spending blindly, all the business owners are required to take care of their expenses so that they can operate their business carefully.#3 Tip- Avoid Credit Card Debt at all ExpensesAvoid Credit cards for your business expenses? Really?Yes! All business owners are strongly advised to cease from spending money through a credit card. No doubt, credit cards help business people to save their organization in the moment of financial crisis. In fact, in difficult financial situations, it is one of the easiest ways to alleviate that stress.Only if you are paying them off every 30 days is this best option for you. Otherwise, credit card debt can quickly add up and impact you negatively, including ruining your personal finances.So, the significant advantage of bootstrapping is that you are retaining the ownership of your company without raising any capital and maintaining your business as debt-free as possible. If you want to continue to own your entire company, avoid credit card debt. In this way, you will perform much better and be able to think much more clearly with that weight off your shoulders.#4 Tip- Don’t Forget Venture Capital (VC) Money isn’t freeIt is really far from that. I have come across several numbers of startups which raises a lot of venture capital money and then fail.That’s why I am saying that no matter how much venture capital money will an excellent tool for your business, but it’s not proof the best way of setting up the company. On the contrary, Bootstrapping might result in a slower growth curve, but it often results in a much better financial outcome down the road.#5 Tip- Be a Publicity MagnetDo you know several entrepreneurs prefer to invest their money in PR firms that creates a tremendous amount of buzz and exposure for the startups?As a matter of fact, they help the business people to make their mark in the race by promoting their products and services among masses. But what’s the point of spending $10,000 or $20,000 monthly on PR retainers, if you can save them by bootstrapping your business.How?If you are willing to roll up your sleeves and ready to do the maximum work, then bootstrapping will be the best perspective for your business. Firstly, dedicate your time to replying to daily queries through free services like HARO. Secondly, make a network with as many journalists that focus on publishing content related to your industry. Thirdly, try to use social media marketing platforms for monitoring breaking news regularly.TakeAwaysTo conclude, I believe that bootstrapping a business is a complicated task, but its rewards are really gratifying. With the incorporation of coworking spaces, carefully examining the expenses of the business, and more importantly, avoiding the use of credit cards and venture capital money, bootstrapping is almost easy for the business people to reach their goals and objectives.Eventually, bootstrapping is making an investment in yourself that will pay off for your company in the long run. In the end, I would like to conclude that if you do decide to bootstrap your startup, remember that you are not so much investing in your company, but investing in yourself for the sake of your company.Five Bootstrapping Hacks Every Founder Should Know was originally published in Hacker Noon on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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29 Tools and Resources for the Bootstrapping Entrepreneur

Starting a business is already expensive and time-consuming enough. The young internet entrepreneur can use some of the following tools and resources to help get started on their journey (while they’re still working in a basement, parents home or shared apartment) before they can afford to pay for every piece of software they need or to hire someone who knows the tricks of the trade.1. 7 Zip: http://7-zip.org (free download) An open source, free alternative to WinZip.2. Audacity: http://audacity.sourceforge.net (free download) An open source software used for recording & editing audio files.3. AVG: http://free.avg.com (free download) Anti-virus and anti-spyware protection.4. BrowserShots: http://browsershots.org (free online tool) Use this site to view how your website look in various browsers.5. CamStudio: http://camstudio.org (free download) Lets you record all screen & audio activity on your computer and create video files.6. CCleaner: http://ccleaner.com (free download) Removes unused files from your pc allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up space.7. Color Cop: http://colorcop.net (free online tool) A multi-purpose color picker — great for web designers and programmers.8. Down For Everyone: http://downforeveryoneorjustme.com (free online tool) Is your site down? Use this tool to see if your website is down for other people.9. DupeFree: http://dupefreepro.com (free download) Quickly check for duplicate content & LSI keywords.10. Evernote: http://evernote.com (free download) Scan your notes, receipts, etc … it will OCR the content, sace it, and make it searchable).11. FileZilla: http://filezilla-project.org (free download) Open source FTP program for uploading files to your host.12. Firefox: http//mozilla.com/firefox (free download) Alternate web browser.13. GIMP: http://gimp.org (free download) An open source program used to create & edit — free alternative to Photoshop.14. Give Away Of The Day: http://giveawayoftheday.com (free download) Unique site that offers you a free license digital product daily.15. Kompozer: http://kompozer.net (free download) An easy to use WYSIWYG HTML editor.16. Marketing Forum: http://resell-rights-weekly.com/forum (free online tool) Very helpful forum with lots of good info on internet marketing. Friendly members too.17. NicheBot Classic: http://nichebotclassic.com (free online tool) Online keyword research tool helps you target the correct keywords.18. Open Office: http://openoffice.org (free download) Open source office software — word processing, spreadsheets, databases, presentations …19. OSWD: http://oswd.org/ (free downloads) Open Source Web Design offers free web design templates.20. PDF995: http://pdf995.com (free download) Use this tool to easily convert files to PSD format.21. PDF to Word Converter: http://pdftoword.com (free online tool) Easily create editable Word Doc files from PDF content — for legit purposes only! :-)22. Pixie: http://nattyware.com/pixie.php (free download) Great for web designers — just point to a color and discover the code value for that color.23. Resell Rights Weekly: http://resell-rights-weekly.com (many free downloads) Free membership where you can download over 300 PLR/RR products for free.24. Roboform: http://roboform.com (free download) Easily & safely manage your passwords.25. ScreenHunter: http://wisdom-soft.com/sh/sh_free.htm (free download) Software that allows you to “capture” any part of your desktop, a window or full screen.26. Skype: http://skype.com (free download) Make free calls over the internet to other people on Skype.27. Textpad: http://textpad.com (free download) A powerful text editor. I personally like Textpad for editing HTML code.28. VLC Media Player: http://videolan.org/vlc (free download) Media player capable of reading most audio and video formats.29. WordPress Help Sheets And Resources: http://1stwebdesigner.com/wordpress 23 extremely helpful WordPress help sheets and resources.Why Should You Read ROI Overload?Ihave a passion for motivating, inspiring and educating businesses on how to leverage emerging technologies and digital marketing to stand out from the noise and reach their target consumers and clients. With over 10 years in enterprise biz dev and take to market strategy, I have helped both start-ups and enterprise organizations navigate complex markets in both traditional industries as well as bleeding edge technology fields.I’m the Head of Marketing & Business Development at Bedrock Affect, a Forbes Contributor & Biz Dev Council member, a Hackernoon Contributor, an Entrepreneur and a huge nerd.Scott Douglas Clary — Founder, ROI Overload29 Tools and Resources for the Bootstrapping Entrepreneur was originally published in Hacker Noon on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Bootstrapping A Career Via Developer Camp

Developer CampWhile there’s hundreds of hackathons held world-wide, there’s only one Developer Camp.Square, Getaround, Temple Run, OAuth, TestFlight, push.io, and Zūm — each of these have foundations at Developer Camp over the past twelve years. In fact, major compaines including Apple, Oracle, Google, Amazon, Disney, and Facebook have purchased companies from the winning teams at Developer Camp.What makes Developer Camp so unique and special? Three words.Inclusion, Diversity and Empowerment.Developer Camp is a concept that fused from several distinct, previously-existing event models. The first was BarCamp, a participant-driven “unconference” in which the content of presentations is decided by the attendees, presented by them, and organized entirely on the spot. Our camp incorporates this aspect by including the opportunity for attendees to hold “side sessions” or working groups that educate and inform. Our camp incorporates this aspect by including the opportunity for attendees to hold “side sessions”or working groups that educate and inform. What ties all of these concepts together is the belief that sharing ideas and code is the best way forward as a technology community. Contribution to Open Source, and a “we-can-do-it” attitude are at the heart of our Developer Camp.— Dom Sagolla Developer CampI recently chatted with Samerial Johns, a recent grad and Developer Camp Alumni. Samerial’s recent video post about her journey on LinkedIn skyrocketed to over 398,172 views!Samerial embodies the spirit of a true entrepreneur and her award winning social travel app, Aaireal was realized at Developer Camp.IOS Developers Camp was an amazing experience for me. It was my very first hackathon so now I hold all future hackathons to a high standard! I learned so much about coding languages, various softwares, and individual’s unique backgrounds while fostering relationships with my hackathon peers. It was such a creative environment filled with positive energy and people who desire to create an impactful software.My experience was unique where I had to pitch my idea and convince people to work on my team even though my idea had holes in it. I ended up working with a designer to bring my business idea to life which is a travel web app known as Aaireal! It was exciting to solve problems and work side by side with the designer to construct the app.After 60+ hours of constructing the app we finally created a solution for the travel and tourism industry. We pitched the app mockups and won coolest mobile award. I felt empowered, motivated and grateful. This experience was a gateway to more hackathons and more development of the travel web app.I am building upon what I started at iOS developers camp to eventually launch the product to the public. Here is some advice for newcomers who are planning on joining Developers Camp — be confident, share your business idea to everyone, work in a team and build the product that you desire!It’s that bootstrapping hackathon experience that has inspired Samerial and thousands of others to build truly amazing apps.Developer Camp returns this weekend at Draper University’s Hero City, 55 East 3rd Street, San Mateo, CALimited number of tickets are still available. Get your ticket today.To encourage diversity and inclusion for my readers, here’s a 50% off for women and girls use the discount code — 2019LADIES and 50% off for and students code — 2019STUDENTAbout the AuthorDan Zeitman is a software developer and advocate. Dan has worked with Cloudinary, PubNub, Vinli and Stanford University, as well as co-organizing Developer Camp, Dan has three decades of real-world experience as an indy developer. Dan’s strong devotion to civil rights, social action, and human rights have inspired him to work and organize a number of projects, including two disaster relief applications, as well as the Developer Camp Counselor program.Bootstrapping A Career Via Developer Camp was originally published in Hacker Noon on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Addressing Nano's weaknesses (bandwidth usage and disk IO). Nano voting traffic to be reduced by 99.9% by implementing vote by hash, lazy bootstrapping, and reduced vote rebroadcasting (x-post r/CryptoCurrency)

Voting traffic currently dominates the Nano network (vs actual transactions), because of the size of the votes, the number of times nodes vote, and the number of nodes those votes get rebroadcasted to. This reduces node throughput, makes it harder for low-end nodes to survive increases in transaction traffic, and reduces overall network scalability. The Nano devs are now implementing a number of interesting solutions that should drastically reduce the voting bandwidth (99.9%) and required disk IO of the Nano protocol, which are the network's two biggest bottlenecks. Vote by hash - Initial reduction from 40 kilobytes of voting traffic per block to 600 bytes per block (98.5% reduction) by not including the full block in each vote and only using the block's hash. Lazy bootstrapping - Right now a block may get voted on thousands of times during it’s lifetime by nodes that don’t actually care about the block or chain it’s on — AND they’ll vote on other blocks which reference that block indirectly, leading to thousands of unnecessary votes. Passively listening for blocks and only pulling down chains that a node cares about solves this, and drastically reduces overall voting traffic. Vote stapling - Votes by reps are signed and distributed with blocks, so that when a node gets a new block that has already been voted on, it will no longer request voting confirmation once more from the representatives. The votes will be sent in a bundle with minimal vote traffic. Vote rebroadcasting - Since v13, the redundancy of nodes voting 4 times on each block (which in turn are rebroadcast) is no longer needed. This is because nodes now automatically seek them out if they're missing. This leads to lower votes, fewer relays, and will decrease network traffic by 75%. TL;DR: Nano is about to get a lot more scalable (99.9% less voting traffic). Stress tests will follow. Sources: https://np.reddit.com/r/nanocurrency/comments/910kyk/nano_network_status_update/ https://youtu.be/i5d7ZZZ99b8 https://medium.com/nanocurrency/developer-update-7-23-2018-e7941346bd0f Correction from one of the devs on vote stapling: While vote stapling can definitely be used for this (and presumably will be in the future), that's not what it'll be first used for. With vote stapling, when a node publishes a block, it will first communicate directly with representatives to make an aggregate signature. Then, the node will publish the block along with the aggregate signature in the same message. The aggregate signature is the same size as a normal signature, because it uses a multisignature protocol called MuSig: https://blockstream.com/2018/01/23/musig-key-aggregation-schnorr-signatures.html This means that we can package up the entire voting process into the size of one vote. So, what do y'all think? Do these sound like viable solutions to improving Nano's scaling? What other concerns do you have with Nano and its ability to scale?
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Reducing Nano voting traffic by 99.9% by implementing vote by hash, lazy bootstrapping, and reduced vote rebroadcasting

Voting traffic currently dominates the Nano network (vs actual transactions), because of the size of the votes, the number of times nodes vote, and the number of nodes those votes get rebroadcasted to. This reduces node throughput, makes it harder for low-end nodes to survive increases in transaction traffic, and reduces overall network scalability. The Nano devs are now implementing a number of interesting solutions that should drastically reduce the voting bandwidth (99.9%) and required disk IO of the Nano protocol, which are the network's two biggest bottlenecks. Vote by hash - Initial reduction from 40 kilobytes of voting traffic per block to 600 bytes per block (98.5% reduction) by not including the full block in each vote and only using the block's hash. Lazy bootstrapping - Right now a block may get voted on thousands of times during it’s lifetime by nodes that don’t actually care about the block or chain it’s on — AND they’ll vote on other blocks which reference that block indirectly, leading to thousands of unnecessary votes. Passively listening for blocks and only pulling down chains that a node cares about solves this, and drastically reduces overall voting traffic. Vote stapling - Votes by reps are signed and distributed with blocks, so that when a node gets a new block that has already been voted on, it will no longer request voting confirmation once more from the representatives. The votes will be sent in a bundle with minimal vote traffic. Vote rebroadcasting - Since v13, the redundancy of nodes voting 4 times on each block (which in turn are rebroadcast) is no longer needed. This is because nodes now automatically seek them out if they're missing. This leads to lower votes, fewer relays, and will decrease network traffic by 75%. Sources: https://np.reddit.com/r/nanocurrency/comments/910kyk/nano_network_status_update/ https://youtu.be/i5d7ZZZ99b8 https://medium.com/nanocurrency/developer-update-7-23-2018-e7941346bd0f
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Liven Announces Strategic Partnership with Bitcoin.com

Liven, the lifestyle rewards app that lets users spend and earn cryptocurrency rewards in over 1,000 restaurants across Australia, is introducing Bitcoin Cash into the LivenPay ecosystem. Meanwhile, Liven’s native token, LVN, gets listed on ZB.com after a successful completion of its oversubscribed ZB UP Launch. Up until now, diners using the Liven app at participating restaurants have been able to settle their bills with a single button tap, using major credit and debit cards, as well as the LivenPay cryptocurrency (LVN), earning rewards between 10% and 30% of their bill, paid in LVN. The LVN earned is the diner’s to keep, send to friends or, of course, spend at any other restaurants within the Liven network. With support for LVN or ‘old-fashioned’ fiat currency, and soon to be Bitcoin Cash, LivenPay aims to make the day-to-day use of cryptocurrencies both attractive and accessible to the everyday people, resulting in a global loyalty rewards program that will eventually support a plethora of cryptocurrencies. “With LivenPay as the ‘on-ramp’, we want to entice users and businesses around the world to enjoy the benefits of using frictionless, global cryptocurrency payments. With our future pipeline of cryptocurrency integrations, Bitcoin Cash is the next step to expanding cryptocurrency support and being truly blockchain and currency agnostic” said CEO and Co-Founder William Wong. LivenPay’s existing ecosystem makes it simple and straightforward to integrate new cryptocurrencies into its growing network of over 1,000 participating businesses and 500,000 tech-savvy consumers. “The integration of Bitcoin Cash is a logical and exciting step for LivenPay, given that their popular and current business model is going fully global in 2019. With the support of Bitcoin Cash, LivenPay will soon create a perfect entry-point for hundreds of thousands of people into the wider blockchain and digital currency ecosystem,” said enthused cryptocurrency legend and Bitcoin.com Executive Chairman Roger Ver, who is also LivenPay’s official advisor. Liven users will soon be able to pay for their meals with Bitcoin Cash through the Liven app. The team soon hopes that paying with LivenPay will just be as ubiquitous around the world as taking an Uber, whether you are in Shanghai or St. Petersburg, as Wong’s take-away comment surmises: “LivenPay enables people to grab a bite wherever in the world their feet may fall, whether it is a celebratory meal out or a burger joint for lunch. It also allows for the mass adoption of crypto from fiat, whether that be from Chinese Renminbis or Russian Rubles.” Website: https://livenpay.io Whitepaper (English): https://s3-ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/livenpay.io/LIVEN-WhitePaper(EN).pdf The post Liven Announces Strategic Partnership with Bitcoin.com appeared first on Bitcoin News.
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Oil Crisis Good for Price of Bitcoin? The War on Privacy Heats Up

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BitPay is bringing Ethereum payments mainstream

BitPay, the largest crypto payments provider, which facilitates over $1 billion in Bitcoin transactions annually, will add support for Ethereum. Companies which use BitPay for payment processing can now accept Ethereum for purchases.  Moreover, BitPay will provide users with the ability to store Ether in a BitPay wallet and provide access to Ether on BitPay prepaid Visa cards. Stephen Pair, the CEO of BitPay stated: “BitPay is consistently at the forefront of using cryptocurrency to solve real-world problems and offer our global customers the best options to accept and pay with multiple blockchain assets. As one of the largest cryptocurrencies by market cap and one used by thousands of companies, Ethereum is the next logical choice.” Previously, BitPay was processing payments with Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash. BitPay also offers stablecoin settlement with USD Coin, Gemini Dollar, and Paxos Standard token with support for 12 currencies and direct bank deposits to 37 countries. Vitalik Buterin, co-founder and creator of Ethereum, also commented on the development:  “It is exciting to see BitPay leading the way in integrating Ethereum into global payment systems. This truly opens up a new world of possibilities for the Ethereum ecosystem, and together we can continue to be a leading innovator for real-world use cases for cryptocurrencies.” BitPay’s existing merchants, such as Microsoft, Newegg, Dish Networks, FanDuel and Avnet, will be able to turn on support for Ethereum seamlessly, with no additional integration will be required. In the coming weeks, BitPay plans to go live with Ethereum support for its other services, including BitPay merchants and BitPay wallet holders. In Bitcoin alone, BitPay processes approximately $1 billion in transaction value. Less than a month ago, the Bitcoin wallet and blockchain explorer provider Blockchain announced a partnership with the payment processor. With another meaningful way to pay with Ethereum, BitPay’s integration will help ETH achieve its goal as widely-accepted programmable money. The post BitPay is bringing Ethereum payments mainstream appeared first on CryptoSlate.
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HTC Partners with Bitcoin.com, Bringing Bitcoin Cash (BCH) to the Exodus 1

Mobile phone giant HTC has announced a partnership with Roger Ver led Bitcoin.com in order to create the capacity to store and transact with Bitcoin Cash (BCH) without an application. The integrated BCH wallet will help HTC create a simple interface for crypto transactions and Bitcoin.com for a higher number of users, as reported by VentureRead MoreRead More. The post by Ashwath Balakrishnan appeared first on BTCManager, Bitcoin, Blockchain & Cryptocurrency News\
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