What is the meaning of bootstrapped in this sentence?

I’ve built a few software businesses from scratch (all bootstrapped!) and I thought you might find it interesting to hear a bit more about the journey.


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Bootstrapping in business terms refers to starting a company relying on money other than outside investors. The point of it is to ensure that the entrepreneur is able to maintain control of the company - albeit with personal financial risk.



Bootstrapping has many meanings, in this context its referring to computing.

You can read about that specifically here > https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bootstrapping#Computing

Even within that context is a pretty vague expression.

You should try googling before posting though :)

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    If you read the question, I think you'd find that software bootstrapping is not the correct context. Commented Nov 28, 2019 at 8:56

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