The startup team I am co-founder of has been very successful at bootstrapping our way through the entire design and development process. The 2 things we have done and I would recommend to others is:
1. Network to meet new founding members that will work for the adventure of the startup dream
2. Read tons of books to become experts in the necessary fields. This reduces costs by cutting out hiring a professional. On multiple occasions we have been quoted for $80,000 worth of work that we eventually taught ourselves how to do for FREE.
I want to hear what you guys have to say about reducing costs and bootstraping?!
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