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Vienna, Austria Strategy, M&A
Associate
4 years experience
  • Bootstrap
  • Financial Modeling
  • Business Strategy
  • M&A
  • +6
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Warsaw, Poland Strategy, M&A
Manager
10 years experience
  • Bootstrap
  • Financial Modeling
  • M&A
  • Corporate Finance
  • +9
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Washington, District of Columbia, United States Strategy, M&A
Analyst
4 years experience
  • Bootstrap
  • Financial Modeling
  • Business Strategy
  • M&A
  • +3
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Grenoble, France Strategy, Venture Capital
Manager
10 years experience
  • Bootstrap
  • Financial Modeling
  • Business Strategy
  • Business Development
  • +1
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Munich, Germany Strategy, Investment Management
Senior
10 years experience
  • Bootstrap
  • Business Strategy
  • M&A
  • Business Development
  • +2
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The Netherlands Strategy, M&A
Associate
4 years experience
  • Bootstrap
  • Financial Modeling
  • Business Strategy
  • M&A
  • +8
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Atlanta, GA, USA Strategy, M&A
Associate
4 years experience
  • Bootstrap
  • Financial Modeling
  • Business Strategy
  • M&A
  • +8
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Paris, France M&A, Private Equity
Associate
5 years experience
  • Bootstrap
  • Financial Modeling
  • M&A
  • Financial Analysis
  • +17
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Fintalent's Bootstrap consultants can help businesses develop and grow their products without using outside funding. Fintalent's array of global bootstrapping experts and consultants can help businesses and business owners achieve this through various techniques, such as cost cutting, revenue generation and applying own savings to areas that are most profitable or economical.

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What clients usually engage your Bootstrap Consultants?

We work with clients from all over the world. Our clients range from enterprise and corporate clients to companies that are backed by Private Equity or Venture Capital funds. Furthermore, we work directly with Family Offices, Private Equity firms, and Asset Managers. Most of our enterprise clients have dedicated Corporate Development, M&A, and Strategy divisions which are utilizing our pool of Bootstrap talent to add on-demand and flexible resources, expertise, or staff to their in-house team.

How is Fintalent different?

Fintalent is not a staffing agency. We are a community of best-in-class Bootstrap professionals, highly specialized within their domains. We have streamlined the process of engaging the best Bootstrap talent and are able to provide clients with Bootstrap professionals within 48 hours of first engaging them. We believe that our platform provides more value for Corporates, Ventures, Private Equity and Venture Capital firms, and Family Offices.

Our Hiring Process – What do ‘Community-Approach’ and ‘Invite-to-Apply’ mean?

‘Invite-to-Apply’ is the process by which we shortlist candidates for the majority of projects on our platform. Often, due to the confidential nature of our clients’ projects, we do not release projects to our whole platform but using the matching technology and expertise of our internal team we select candidates who are the best fit for our clients’ needs. This approach also ensures engagement with our community of professionals on the Fintalent platform, and is a benefit both to our clients and independent professionals, as our freelancers have direct access to the roles best suited to their skills and are more likely to take an interest in a project if they have been sought out directly. In addition, if a member of our community is unavailable for a project but knows someone whose skill set perfectly fits the brief, they are able to invite them to apply for the role, utilizing the personal networks of each talent on our platform.

Which skills and expertise do your Fintalents have?

The Fintalents are hand-picked and vetted Bootstrap professionals, speak over 55 languages, and have professional experience in all geographical markets. Our Bootstrap consultants’ experience ranges from 3+ years as analysts at top investment banks and Strategy consultancies, to later career C-level executives. The average working experience is 6.9 years and 80% of all Fintalents range from 3-12 years into their careers.

Our Bootstrap consultants have experience in leading firms as well as interfacing with clients and wider corporate structures and management. What makes our Bootstrap talent pool stand out is the fact that they have technical backgrounds in over 2,900 industries.

How does the screening and onboarding of your Bootstrap talent work?

Fintalent.io is an invite-only platform and we believe in the power of referrals and a closed-loop community. Members of our community are able to invite a small number of professionals onto the platform. In addition, our team actively scouts for the best talent who have experience in investment banking or have worked at a global top management consultancy. All of our community-referred talent and scouted talent are subject to a rigorous screening process. As such, over the last 18 months totaling more than 750 hours of onboarding calls, of which only 40% have received an invite-link after the call.

What happens if I am not satisfied with my Bootstrap consultant’s work?

During your initial engagement with a member of our Fintalent talent pool with no risk. If you are not satisfied with the quality of your hire for any reason then we are able to find a replacement at short notice. There is no minimum commitment per project, but generally projects last at least 5 days and can last 12+ months.

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Everything you need to know about Bootstrap

What is bootstrapping?

The word bootstrap was first used in 1720 when it meant to pull oneself up (like a boot). Eventually, it morphed into a verb, meaning to do something for yourself instead of hiring someone else. Today, the word is used in general business and software development circles as a synonym for self-sufficiency.

People use bootstrapping to refer to taking on risk oneself through the exploration of various new ventures. It suggests that individual entrepreneurs or small businesses have bootstrapped themselves off the ground by starting up with relatively little capital, though it does not always have this connotation. When looking at bootstrapping in companies, it refers to a strategy where less money is raised from outside investors and instead more money is internally generated by projects.

Bootstrapping in business

Some of these projects can be quite risky and investors often have more confidence in businesses that have grown organically from a small base. This is what people mean by bootstrapping as it relates to business. The word itself is used metaphorically to suggest that the business has pulled itself up by its own bootstraps, rather than relying on external investment or sources of capital. It represents a strategy for growing a company with internal resources and without outside funding, relying instead on revenue to finance growth. It also represents a willingness to take risks and invest in oneself with the potential for high reward.

When discussing bootstrapping in companies, it may refer specifically to approaching projects in this way or just as an approach to achieving success. It can also be used as a verb when referring to the process of funding growth externally, such as in a bootstrapping strategy. As such, it is useful to consider precisely what people mean by bootstrapping. In addition, it can be useful to think about if it has any advantages or disadvantages as a strategy for growing and managing a business.

Bootstrapping can be considered a risky strategy because it can involve doing business in areas that are not well established and in which very little is known. It means attempting to generate revenue from these ventures and then using it to finance new projects. Bootstrapping is often taken to represent the idea that an entrepreneur will take on great debt if they have to, so long as they are able to keep their company afloat.

Here are a few tips recommended by Fintalent’s bootstrap consultants for startups and firms looking to bootstrap their way to prominence.

Pros and Cons of Bootstrapping

According to Fintalent’s bootstrap consultants, if you plan to launch and grow your company, bootstrapping can give you the chance to get going without any outside debts or investors. This is especially good if you don’t have much money to spend and can’t afford startup capital. The main advantage of bootstrapping is that you don’t have any outside investors who want a big chunk of your profits as well as board members who want their piece of the action every time something goes wrong (i.e., someone in charge that wants their cut).

The major disadvantages of bootstrapping identified by Fintalent’s bootstrap experts include loss of profits to pay for current expenses and earning back some money to cover the costs of up-front marketing and other finance costs. But bootstrapping can also be a huge advantage if it’s done right. You simply need to know what you’re doing. Fintalent’s bootstrapping experts offers the below tips for business owners looking to adopt the bootstrap option.

Bootstrapping Tip #1:

Be creative with your resources. Bootstrapping requires the entrepreneur to think outside the box, so to speak. Businesses that can successfully use their own internal resources demonstrate an ability to take on projects in creative ways and solve problems in new and innovative ways while identifying areas of opportunity. While innovative thinking is highly valued in this arena, it’s also important to be able to apply these skills in a way that contributes value. The business owner can apply them in a way that makes their operations more efficient, which means cutting costs and increasing productivity. With fewer resources comes fewer options for the business owner, but it also means less overhead and less capital needed for operations over time.

Bootstrapping Tip #2:

Use your resources smartly. When the entrepreneur has less capital, they often cannot afford to be too conservative. This means that the entrepreneur must allow their operations to run and get used to their current resources so that they have a better idea of how much is needed for the business, so that when a time comes for additional resources, enough is left over to cover it. It’s best to spend only as much as necessary on gathering or creating resources in the beginning.

Bootstrapping Tip #3:

Don’t underestimate your capabilities. While bootstrapping can be a very challenging and expensive process, it’s also one of the most rewarding forms of business ownership. It demonstrates how determined and resourceful entrepreneurs willing to work hard can create products, products or services and get them to market. Fortunately, bootstrapping also means that the entrepreneur is not beholden to outside investors for growth capital.

Bootstrapping Tip #4:

Start small. Starting a business with little or no capital can be difficult for anyone but the savvy business owner knows that starting small is the best way to minimize risks while still demonstrating product or service viability to potential clients. When resources are minimal, it’s important to focus on what the business owner is doing best–their core competencies in high-value work–and use those talents as a foundation for growth over time.

Bootstrapping Tip #5:

Cut costs. When the business owner has very few (if any) resources, they must be smart about how they spend to ensure that their every dollar of expenditure is spent wisely. The entrepreneur can do this by identifying areas of cost that are not absolutely necessary, and using that money toward something else in the startup. Other ways to cut costs include making more efficient decisions and being more mindful when it comes to acquiring additional resources.

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