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!
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57 thoughts on “Best Bootstrapped Startup? We Think So!

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

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

  1. 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.

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