Saturday afternoon, I volunteered as a “production assistant” for We Are Austin Tech. My job was to record timestamps for each interview question and transcribe the answers. I took about 15 pages of notes over the course of the afternoon, and got to listen to interviews from some amazing entrepreneurs that I admire for how they live their lives and the challenges that they take on.
Basically it was an inspiring way to spend a Saturday. Thanks to Joshua Baer for inviting me to help out, and to the whole crew, led by Austen Trimble, for being so awesome to spend the day with. Amazing and talented people.
Biggest epiphany: Bijoy Goswami, in his interview, defined “bootstrapping” as the process of discovering your personal business model…a process that can take up to 10 years for some entrepreneurs.
I had never defined bootstrapping as a primarily personal discovery, instead of a business model one. I’ve always mentally blurred the line between the business model and the entrepreneur – not all models work for all entrepreneurs – but I hadn’t articulated the connection so clearly.
It means that as of this year, I am officially a bootstrapper. It feels good to say that.