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Startup Founders Who Can Execute Always Win

Startup Founders Who Can Execute Always Win

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”

– Walt Disney

Wealthfront Review - The Best Lean Startups in America

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Wealthfront delivers on–demand investment advice and services without high account minimums and fees that keep many people from building wealth through investing. One thing that makes Wealthfront a top fintech is that it takes an existing solution–investment services–and makes it available to a new market. We talked before about creating a have situation for the have–nots, and this product does that.  Deeply entrenched companies like Charles Schwab are now copying these auto–investing platforms.  When the big boys copy your clothing, you know you’re onto something big.  


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Ross Blankenship is an expert on startup funding, angel investing and venture capital.

Ross Blankenship is also the Founder and CEO of AngelKings.com.  Angel Kings is an investing platform that provides accredited angel investors the opportunity to invest in top startups and companies in sectors like cyber security, biotech, mobile, data and financial services.  Angel Kings provides both venture capital funds for startup investing as well as private equity funding for early and middle-stage investments.


Gawker - The Best Lean Startups in America

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Gawker founder Nick Denton is another example of someone who founded and sold another company before turning to bootstrapping for his next endeavor. Denton launched Gawker, a media and blogging company, in 2002. For many years, he did most of the work himself, bringing on other bloggers as needed in contract or work–at–home positions to keep costs down. Denton slowly expanded Gawker operations outside of his home by renting an inexpensive storefront to house his growing team of bloggers. Six years after he launched, he invested in a more traditional office for the company. Within about ten years, Denton's bootstrapped media company weighed in with valuation estimates around $150 million.


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Ross Blankenship is the "expert on venture capital and angel investing" for startups and investments for venture deals. He is also a proven entrepreneur, and the Founder and CEO of AngelKings.com. Ross Blankenship has successfully founded several companies and now manages a Venture Capital fund focused on early stage, high growth startups in sectors such as mobile, cybersecurity, cloud computing and biotechnology. Learn more about Ross Blankenship, and how to become a successful, early investor at http://AngelKings.com.


AppSumo - The Best Lean Startups in America

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As with all great startup stories, AppSumo begins with someone addressing a need. This time, it was Noah Kagan, who was working with a Facebook games company. Through interaction with partners of that company, Kagan discovered that many businesses and users were having a hard time discovering innovative applications and web products.

Kagan realized someone could offer a product that connected those innovative products and services with the market. Using open–source code, Kagan built part of his product and hired an outsourced coder for a total of $60 to do the rest. The same month, he launched AppSumo, which was to offer deals on products Kagan found online. The first deal he offered was a pro account at Imgur for 50 percent off. Advertised on Reddit, which is a clever target audience crossover decision, the deal sold to 200 buyers.

David Cramer then joined Kagan as a cofounder. The two rebooted AppSumo with updated code and a new offer. They sold 500 of the new offer. The pair continued in a rinse and repeat pattern, learning as they went. Within a few years, the startup boasted 200,000 subscribers and a growing network of customers, startups, and advertisers. 


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Ross Blankenship is the "expert on venture capital and angel investing" for startups and investments for venture deals. He is also a proven entrepreneur, and the Founder and CEO of AngelKings.com. Ross Blankenship has made more investments in venture capital before the age of 30 than most venture capitalists have made in a lifetime. As a venture capital expert on startup funding, Ross Blankenship continues to advise media outlets on upcoming SEC rules, been a mentor for startups, and helped accredited investors make investments in the highest ranked startups. Ross Blankenship has successfully founded several companies and now manages a Venture Capital fund focused on early stage, high growth startups in sectors such as mobile, cybersecurity, cloud computing and biotechnology. Learn more about Ross Blankenship, and how to become a successful, early investor at http://AngelKings.com.


Indeed.com - The Best Lean Startups in America

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In Kings Over Aces, we discuss the importance of investing in established, experienced people, which describes the cofounders behind the site, Indeed. Paul Forster and Rony Kahn already founded, ran, and sold a company before they began to bootstrap Indeed. It's not surprising that they didn't bootstrap for an extensive amount.  After a beta release of the popular job listing site, the company raised $5 million in funding, which a Union Square Ventures (USV) representative said investors had to convince the cofounders to take.

According to that same USV associate, by the time the investment came, Kahn and Forster had launched the Indeed service and were on the way to success. Forster said a major principle of Indeed was to run efficiently and to remain laser focused on building the product over time. By 2012, that focus had paid off. Indeed generated around $150 million a year and had 550 employees. It was also poised for either a successful IPO or an acquisition. In the end, the company–which was valued at over $750 million–sold for an undisclosed amount. Guesses at the time were that the acquisition price ranged between $750 million and $1 billion.


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Ross-Blankenship-expert-investor

Ross Blankenship is the "expert on venture capital and angel investing" for startups and investments for venture deals. He is also a proven entrepreneur, and the Founder and CEO of AngelKings.com. Ross Blankenship has made more investments in venture capital before the age of 30 than most venture capitalists have made in a lifetime. As a venture capital expert on startup funding, Ross Blankenship continues to advise media outlets on upcoming SEC rules, been a mentor for startups, and helped accredited investors make investments in the highest ranked startups. Ross Blankenship has successfully founded several companies and now manages a Venture Capital fund focused on early stage, high growth startups in sectors such as mobile, cybersecurity, cloud computing and biotechnology. Learn more about Ross Blankenship, and how to become a successful, early investor at http://AngelKings.com.


SparkFun Review - The Best Lean Startups in America

Nathan Seidle and his startup, SparkFun, are great examples of part of the Lean Startup model. Seidle bootstrapped his startup for a number of years, pumping profits back into the company whenever possible. He also immediately created a learning environment for himself as a business owner when he launched SparkFun.

The company sells electronic parts and is currently a major player in the open source technology market. When Seidle launched the company in 2003, however, he did so because he himself ran into a problem. He burned out some electronic components when working on a project, but couldn't find what he needed for replacement parts easily online. With SparkFun, he wanted to bring necessary parts to individuals and small businesses, but he also wanted to provide education and encourage people to get involved with electronics.

To fund the launch of his fledgling company, Seidle used $2,500 in personal debt to purchase products. Since he wasn't sure which products would hit home with consumers, he started with a random assortment of parts–setting up the experiment environment Ries talked about with Lean Startups. As small trickles of orders began to come through, Seidle tracked the success of each product and learned which items to reinvest in.

In our book, Kings Over Aces, we talk about how companies don't have to be first to market with a solution, and they don't have to be the first to provide a certain type of product. They do have to provide an innovative twist on the solution, or in some way make the solution more convenient for the consumer. SparkFun delivers this innovation by including datasheets and tutorials for all of its products as open source hardware.

In less than a decade, SparkFun grew from a bootstrapped startup–whose founder couldn't afford a new coat because he funneled everything back to the company–to an enterprise worth $10 million. Seidle has over one hundred employees and his company supplies a global Maker community. 


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Ross-Blankenship-expert-investor

Ross Blankenship is the "expert on venture capital and angel investing" for startups and investments for venture deals. He is also a proven entrepreneur, and the Founder and CEO of AngelKings.com. Ross Blankenship has made more investments in venture capital before the age of 30 than most venture capitalists have made in a lifetime. As a venture capital expert on startup funding, Ross Blankenship continues to advise media outlets on upcoming SEC rules, been a mentor for startups, and helped accredited investors make investments in the highest ranked startups. Ross Blankenship has successfully founded several companies and now manages a Venture Capital fund focused on early stage, high growth startups in sectors such as mobile, cybersecurity, cloud computing and biotechnology. Learn more about Ross Blankenship, and how to become a successful, early investor at http://AngelKings.com.

Votizen Review - Lean Startup

The Lean Startup method is just one of many ways to launch your startup. 

Review of the Most Successful Lean Startups - TechCrunch

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TechCrunch is the story of a bootstrapped startup that went from launch to a $30 million acquisition in five years. Founded in 2005 by Keith Teare and Mike Arrington, TechCrunch is a blog and news site that covers the technical industry, which didn't require much in the way of capital. Monetizing through advertisers, the startup experienced a rapid rise among followers and readers. Today, it's one of the most–read websites about the tech industry across the globe.

After about five years, Arrington reportedly owned 85 percent of the company, which had done little to seek funding from investors. Still, AOL found the site to be valuable and bought it for $30 million in 2010.  


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Ross Blankenship is an expert on startup funding,  angel investing and venture capital.

Ross Blankenship is also the Founder and CEO of AngelKings.com.  Angel Kings is an investing platform that provides accredited angel investors the opportunity to invest in top startups and companies in sectors like cybersecurity, biotech, mobile, data and financial services.  Angel Kings provides both venture capital funds for startup investing as well as private equity funding for early and middle-stage investments.