Vikas Jha
Vikas JhaDigital Entrepreneur & Ex- VC

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
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    Notebook for Mac

    The beautifully simple note-taking app from Zoho. Now on Mac

    Vikas Jha
    Vikas JhaDigital Entrepreneur & Ex- VC · Written
    Primary 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.
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    MailChimp Snap

    Send simple, photo-based email campaigns from your phone.

    Tejas Kinger
    Tejas KingerPMM @ Plum | Prev. @ Freshworks Hiver · Written
    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.
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    Unified customer service platform

    Tejas Kinger
    Tejas KingerPMM @ Plum | Prev. @ Freshworks Hiver · Written
    Founded 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.
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    Hunter Templates

    Collection of best-performing cold email templates

    Raj Anand
    Raj AnandChief Lantern at Goodman Lantern · Written
    I 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:
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    Live, Web-Based Browser Testing.

    Halim Muhammad
    Halim MuhammadLets decentralize this world! · Written
    Their tech is brilliant even Google's engineers love it, they are awesome and they are raking in millions .
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    Keeps people on the same page

    Tejas Kinger
    Tejas KingerPMM @ Plum | Prev. @ Freshworks Hiver · Written
    Basecamp (37signals) the maker of web based productivity tools, founded in 1999 is another successful bootstrapped startup.
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    Instant for iOS

    Your life on a dashboard. Track all activities automaticall…

    Shashwat Pradhan
    Shashwat PradhanCEO/Founder @emberify · Written
    Shashwat Pradhan made this product
    We monetised early on and invested in user growth. We also diversified into other niches.
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    Techmeme Ride Home Podcast

    Tech news aggregation, now in a podcast

    gokulNot a fanboy. Tech enthusiast. · Written
    Best tech news aggregator.
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    Nomad List 3.0

    Find the best place to ❤️ live, 👩‍💻 work, and 💃 play

    Created by @levelsio, a one man startup.
  10. John
    JohnProduct Manager @ Design Pickle · Written
    The 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.