Solo Entrepreneur Tech Startup Case Study with Sramana Mitra
The 1Mby1M Methodology is based on case studies. In each course, Sramana Mitra shares the tribal knowledge of tech entrepreneurs by giving students the rare seat at the table with the entrepreneurs, investors and thought leaders who provide the most instructive perspectives on how to build a thriving business. Through these conversations, students gain access to case studies exploring the alleys of entrepreneurship. Sramana’s synthesis of key learnings and incisive analysis add great depth to each discussion.
Have you started or are you stuck in your startup journey?
Many entrepreneurs think that they need a cofounder or a team to start, but it is really simple.
Find a niche.
Start solo and run lean.
Did you know ServiceNow was started by a solo founder? His name is Fred Luddy. Now, the company is worth over $125 billion.
Here is my free course on how to do a startup as a solo entrepreneur. Lean, capital-efficient ventures remain one of the best ways to build robust businesses.
In this course, listen to one successful founder sharing how they began as a solopreneur. You will get a feel for the strategies that you need to understand and implement.
Sure, there are exceptions like Facebook, Google, and Amazon. They were built differently. But those are low probability scenarios. And raising money for fat startups has become very difficult, especially for first-time founders.
Don’t believe the myth that solo entrepreneurs do not succeed.
Most of us start alone.
And in these days of virtual companies, you can get lots of help as a solopreneur and get very far in your quest for product-market fit, validation, even traction. You can even bootstrap with a paycheck. It is important to study and use bootstrapping when you are a solo entrepreneur and these courses cover all the variations of bootstrapping.
Can a solopreneur raise funding? Yes. But there are caveats.
You don’t necessarily need a full executive team for seed funding.
However, solo entrepreneurs typically have difficulty in raising seed funding.
Investors prefer at least one co-founder.
If you are a solo founder bootstrapping, you should put all your energy into getting to product-market fit, and getting to paying customers. Not on trying to artificially fill a co-founder position.
The way to mitigate this is by bootstrapping your startup to traction, where you have paying customers and a clear path to high-velocity customer acquisition as a solo founder. If those metrics are in place, you can raise money without a co-founder.
Most entrepreneurs are not lucky enough to bond with a friend or a colleague in a meaningful way before starting a new venture.
Starting alone is the norm, not an exception.
Let's get started.
Who this course is for:
- Tech entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs with an interest in building a startup on their own.
Sramana Mitra is Founder and CEO of One Million by One Million (1Mby1M), a global virtual accelerator that aims to help one million entrepreneurs globally to reach $1 million in revenue and beyond. She is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and strategy consultant, she writes the blog Sramana Mitra On Strategy, and is author of the Entrepreneur Journeys book series and Vision India 2020. As an entrepreneur CEO, she ran three companies: DAIS, Intarka, and Uuma. Sramana has a master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2015, Sramana was named one of LinkedIn’s Top 10 Influencers, alongside Bill Gates and Richard Branson.