What are some startups that never raised money from VCs or Angels and still made it?
I am planning to research all these companies and find if they had some common traits
- 6Notebook for Mac
The beautifully simple note-taking app from Zoho. Now on MacPrimary reason for not raising : As a founder, I have no interest in exit or liquidity. I am in business to run a business, not to run away from it. Or as Warren Buffet puts it: Our favorite holding period is forever. https://www.zoho.com/general/blo...
- 4MailChimp Snap
Send simple, photo-based email campaigns from your phone.MailChimp, a marketing automation and email marketing service founded in 2001 is yet another bootstrapped behemoth. It has a user base of approx. 450,000 users who send over 10 billion emails using the platform.
Unified customer service platformFounded in 2001, Kayako is a customer service platform company that is bootstrapped. It has 30,000+ customers around the globe, 150+ employees, $5 million in revenue and rivals Zendesk, Freshdesk, etc.
- 2Hunter Templates
Collection of best-performing cold email templatesI believe hunter in it's own right is making it big and they don't want to raise money. Here is an interview with the founder Antoine Finkelstein who confirmed that they are profitable and not looking for any funding: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufgXE28BqyU
Live, Web-Based Browser Testing.Halim MuhammadLets decentralize this world! · WrittenTheir tech is brilliant even Google's engineers love it, they are awesome and they are raking in millions .
Keeps people on the same pageBasecamp (37signals) the maker of web based productivity tools, founded in 1999 is another successful bootstrapped startup.
- 2Instant for iOS
Your life on a dashboard. Track all activities automaticall…Shashwat PradhanCEO/Founder @emberify · WrittenShashwat Pradhan made this productWe monetised early on and invested in user growth. We also diversified into other niches.
- 2Techmeme Ride Home Podcast
Tech news aggregation, now in a podcastBest tech news aggregator.
- 2Nomad List 3.0
Find the best place to ❤️ live, 👩💻 work, and 💃 play
- 2Picklemojis for iMessage
Say it with picklesThe most helpful creative company in the world. Design Pickle was founded in 2015 by Russ Perry to help small businesses find a reliable graphic designer with an easy-to-use system to submit design requests. To date, Design Pickle has completed over 100,000 design requests and currently staffs over 85 people across the world.