39. The case for bootstrapping, w/Mailchimp's Ben Chestnut

05.21.2019 - By Masters of Scale with Reid Hoffman

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You can bootstrap your business to scale, but you'll have to make your own luck. Nobody knows this better than Mailchimp's Ben Chestnut. He used a DIY ethos to grow a $600M company without ever raising a dollar of outside funding. The Mailchimp story is the exception to Reid's rule (always raise more money than you think you need!). The episode explores a range of options for those who don't fit the VC-funding mold. Cameo appearances: LeVar Burton (Star Trek, Reading Rainbow, LeVar Burton Reads), Don MacKinnon (Milq), Karen Cahn (iFundWomen).

Read a transcript of this interview at: https://mastersofscale.com/ben-chestnut-the-case-for-bootstrapping/

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