Stories are interesting. Stories are motivational. Stories let you learn from other people’s successes and failures. These are my favorite bootstrapped startups stories that I’ve collected from the interwebs so far, in no particular order.
- From Big Idea to Thriving Business in 8 short years
How Michael Akita developed and evolved PhoneTray, a call management application, from a side thingy into a real life-supporting business.
- How to become an independent programmer in just 1068 days
Gus Mueller told his story of coding up Acorn, a painting application, in his spare time and into a reputable and recognized application.
- If not you then who?
The ups and downs of Kevin Hoctor on the way to MoneyWell 1.0, a personal finance application.
- Application Acquisition
Daniel Jalkut told his story in 2007 C4 Conference on how he acquired MarsEdit & Black Ink to kick-start his indie business.
- Gotten swept off the tracks
Dan Wood’s initial hit application, Watson, got shoved off the tracks by Steve Jobs. So he decided to take that to the next level and use the event as inspiration for his company logo.