Best Bootstrapped Startup? We Think So!

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Envato is going for a Crunchie award! This year, we’ve decided to try and get a nomination for ‘Best Bootstrapped Startup’ at the 2012 TechCrunch Crunchie awards. If you’re unfamiliar, this is the ‘Oscars’ of the tech world. If you’re willing, we would love your help making it there!

Why are we going for this nomination?

Although I really believe that investment and early funding are an incredibly important part of the startup eco-system, I must admit to being proud that we managed to grow through our early years with our own savings, hard work and careful spending.

– Collis Ta’eed, Offscreen Magazine

Envato’s story most definitely sprung from humble beginnings. The company started out as one site, FlashFox (now ActiveDen), a place where anyone could buy and sell Flash components and templates. Through a lot of hard work, faith in our vision and the efforts of our amazing community, we’ve grown into a huge network of sites working to fulfil our mission of helping people to learn and earn, online.

Collis explains in the Bootstrapped, Profitable and Proud series on 37 Signals on which Envato was featured:

“To get started we spent about $40,000 or so, plus a lot of sweat and hard work. The money came from the cofounders’ savings, and was pretty much the sum total of those savings!”

We’re extremely proud of what we’ve accomplished over the last six years. We’ve come a long way, growing from four young entrepreneurs into a company with more than 100 passionate staff all around the world, over 20,000 talented authors, and 2 million members. But there’s still so much for us to do. We want to continue to grow Envato, and find new ways to achieve our mission of helping people to learn and earn. We want to support our community and spread the word about Envato and the marketplaces – this is why we’re asking for your help in getting this nomination!

We’re Bootstrapped, Profitable and Proud! And we would love your nomination. It only takes a second, and you can nominate every day.

“There were a few horrible moments when we didn’t think we’d make it. But we did!”

– Collis Ta’eed, Offscreen Magazine

Nominate Envato now!
all it takes is two simple clicks!

  • Adrian Try

    I think so too, Jordan – I’ve been nominating us almost every day! And btw – welcome home!

    • Jordan

      Thanks Adrian! It’s nice to be back :)

  • Sherman

    How can I not nominate the company that brings me food on my table?? lol…I’ve voted.

  • Selim Rana

    Done 😀

  • blerc

    Wish you all the best 😀

  • Remi

    Done! Good luck guys!

  • xnorpix

    Done! 😀

  • cengic_adis

    done 😀

  • Igor

    Done, good luck guys!

  • Dilipkumar

    Done :)

  • OFFI

    Already done! 😀

  • lawrence77

    Done, several times 😀

    Jordon you back to Envato??

    What about Tourism?

    • Jordan

      Thanks for the votes! Yup! I’m back!! :)

      I couldn’t stay away from you guys! Tourism Australia just wasn’t the same :)

    • lawrence77

      yay! Welcome back Jordon :)


    Done! :)

  • Phil Larson

    It was called FlashFox? I thought it was FlashDen. That’s news to me. Of course, I voted…. again. 😉

    • Jordan

      It was FlashFox before FlashDen! 😀

  • Zdenek Houb

    Voted! 😉

  • Illusiongraphic

    Done! Best of Luck!

  • Tanveer


  • MeGustaMusic

    yeahhh. Done

  • Ivan Grozdic


  • CaCaDoo

    Voted :)

  • MaxTecb

    Voted :)

  • iGalaxyTheme

    Done, I’m Voted. :-) Good Luck Envato!

  • Antarctic


  • Warren

    The time it takes to process uploads makes it almost impossible to make turn creating graphics on Graphic River into a decent startup company. If you improve that you get my vote.

  • Adnan Suljetović

    Voted! Good luck, Envato!

  • krishna

    I did, good luck :)

  • ideaofart

    Done! Good luck guys! :)

  • Garo

    done :)

  • mounte

    Voted. You earned it. Good luck!

  • Akhtar

    done :)

  • Codemumkys!

    Voted :]

  • nk

    All the best guys.

  • Ali

    Wish the bests :)

  • 11 Ables

    You are the best! Good luck to you!

  • Hao

    All the best guys.

  • Karan Desai

    Good luck guys!! You guys are an inspiration!

  • EXXY

    Done!!! I hope Envato wins

  • NORDiX

    Done! Good Luck Guys!

  • kingkong75

    Voted, You Are The Best.

  • Julian Molla

    Voted. Just for the best! Good Luck!

  • Alwaane

    Done, good luck guys!

  • osunoo


    I love envato!!!

  • Davide Megueni (meg600)

    Just done!! 😉

  • Tony


  • ultimateboss

    done good luck

  • Kamlesh


    Good luck!!

  • tenzhen


  • Rajitha Bandara

    Done! Nominated The Envato. Good Luck.

  • suresh

    I love envato

  • GR88GR

    Done, I am voted. good luck envato!

  • nayel

    Closed :(((

  • shaheen

    Done! Good luck guys!

  • GR88GR

    Done! Good luck your all site!

  • MattAboT

    Good luck guys!
    I hope we grow up together!!