Bootstrap Café

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We believe the best mentors for operators are other operators. Let's demystify the path to growing our startups, together.


My first-time founder's story

by Nick Selman

Getting ready to launch my first startup as a full-time founder, I was unstoppable.

I quit my job, studied startup blogs, and bought the best tools. I built an MVP and then launched it.

It was scary and exhilarating.

That startup burst onto the scene, fundraised well, failed to achieve product-market fit, and then sputtered out and died.

Today I'm proud of what I achieved on my first rodeo ride, but I'm even more pleased that I'm able to reflect on failure. My passion is helping builders turn their ideas into businesses (and avoid the traps I fell into along the way). Every day, people tell me:

"I have a side thing that I want to turn into my main thing. But how?"

"I have no idea who my customer is, but I tell everyone that I know."

"Email, Social, SEO, Ads, Referrals, Affiliates, Promotions, Offline. I can't possibly do all of this myself."

If that sounds like you, I'd like to invite you to join Bootstrap Café.

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