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Shawn A. Hessinger

In fact, Greg Gianforte, CEO, RightNow Technologies, who is mentioned in the Wikipedia link you reference and an earlier comment here, was a major influence on one of my first blogs theupstartentrepreneur.blogspot.com. A great post by Guy Kawasaki linked to through the below URL suggests that too much money could be a bad thing for start-ups, and one could, by extention, suggest is a bad thing for big companies seeking to embark on a new project as well.

Mei Lin Fung

At 80 years old, Douglas Engelbart is still speaking about Bootstrapping as capability building and how to accelerate improving how we work together. For an excellent summary of the key concepts of Capability Building in organizations , see his speech in Singapore in 2002, reproduced fully on the web at: http://www.fleabyte.org/eic-11.html

Improving our Ability to Improve

I'm finding it extremely relevant in my current work investigating Contact Center Capability Maturity Models.

Bijoy Goswami

The Bootstrap Network is a collection of entrepreneurs, organized by city, who apply Bootstrap principles to their ventures.


Seth godin had written an excellent book(pdf) called Bootstrapper's Bible I am going through it currently & I love it very much, it was free for download initially.

Seth also encourages people to distribute his works. If you would like I can mail across the ebook to you.

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An old colleague Ken Hess has written a book, Bootstrap, about his company, Banner Blue Software. Ken is a very analytical guy and tries to draw general conclusions from his specific experience. I can't figure out how to paste links in here or I would paste the amazon link to this book.

Lafayette Howell

Bootstrapping is what more enterprises should consider. It is interesting how basics concepts really can help with execution. I believe, however, that clients are scared of simplicity. I work with clients that beg for money each year and yet have resources left at the end of each fiscal year. In addition, many of the people are suboptimized for a wide variety of reasons--pretending to work hard. Unfortunately, many client organizations today--especially in IT organization have difficulty with confronting these behaviors and "bootstrapping" projects or developing new capabilities. A great interview question would be: Have you ever boot strapped a project or department and what were the lessons learned?

As usual, I enjoy your insights and find them valuable and useful in many client settings. Big ups to your work.

Chris Selland

New book just out on the topic by Greg Gianforte (CEO of RightNow Technologies) - Bootstrapping Your Business (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1593373872/ref=ase_reservoirpart-20/102-1250076-5888112?v=glance&s=books)

Entrepreneur America by Rob Ryan is also a worthwhile read.

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