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But here’s where it gets interesting. He then started a venture of his own, an E-mail stock-quote service. That’s just smart bootstrapping. But you believe you could grow the business faster if you had more resources. Gianforte began charging for RightNow software within bootatrapping months of its release. These days RightNow doesn’t ask customers to pay development costs for new features, as a rule.

Bootstrapping Your Business : Greg Gianforte :

Greg Gianforte thinks he knows the single best way to launch a business. So he got a separate line and an number for each member of his tiny sales force. After a couple of weeks of calling, Gianforte knew exactly what his potential customers wanted. But in the late s, he says, when venture capital was flowing freely, the practice fell out of favor — except among stalwart bootstrappers like Gianforte.

And in RightNow’s Montana setting, it made a lot of sense for Gianforte to focus on building a sales organization instead of trying to develop the most technologically sophisticated software package available. The company filed for an initial public offering in and got as far as launching its road show, although Gianforte pulled back in the fall of after the IPO market cooled. Andrea Smith, who joined RightNow as a salesperson insays, “I learned pretty quickly that I didn’t know what I was doing.


I was featured in this book. They just weren’t as important as making sales now.

Bootstrapping Your Business : Start and Grow a Successful Company with Almost No Money

Not always, says Gianforte. What he did, he says, is “really sales as a method of market research.

Gianforte decided that his personal mission was to create 2, high-paying high-tech jobs in town. The key is not to promise anything that can’t be delivered within the specified time frame. And a good gianforge of RightNow’s future growth will likely take place outside Bozeman.

Someone writes some checks or approves some purchase orders that shouldn’t have been approved, and then you’re dead because you’re out of money.

In other words, bootstrapping clears away the clutter and makes you focus single-mindedly on the customer, which is what any smart entrepreneur needs to do anyway. Dec 13, Phillip rated it really liked it.

It was important to get the product out into customers’ hands and hear their reaction, he says. If you’re familiar with The Lean Start-Up, you’ll quickly recognize that some of the concepts that Eric Ries is known for are not new ideas. Not that it wasn’t fun; it just wasn’t enough.

See ” Know Your Place ,” in the August issue. But the incubator experience had crystallized some ideas about company building that he had been turning over in his head ever since Brightwork.

But Gianforte was still working out of his house with no employees and no overhead. You’re breaking my wallet! After he sold Brightwork, Gianforte says, he didn’t have to work anymore. If he thought that he could deliver it in 90 days, he added it to the data sheet.


No one seemed to be making a product that would help companies respond to E-mail from their customers, he noticed. The same approach will work for bootstrappers outside the software industry, Gianforte insists. But most would-be bootstrappers don’t quite get it.

Oova At Autovitals rated it it was amazing May 23, He businexs two months writing a basic program that allowed a company to judge which information to publish on its Web site, based on E-mail queries that it received.

Chad Harrington rated it it was amazing Jan 17, Want to Read Currently Reading Read. He had the talent for starting companies, he figured, so why not put gkanforte to use? I enjoyed the Montana success stories, like a guy in Emigrant that started up a massage table manufacturing business.

Mark Armstrong rated it liked it Apr 25, The company shuns big trade shows, for instance. After realizing that he couldn’t spend the rest of his life fly-fishing, Gianforte started his second major venture, RightNow Bootstrappjng Inc. But it is quite dated now: Lists with This Book.

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