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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of bootstrap.


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  • If you factor out the "bootstrapped" companies that were actually funded by their founders through savings or a day job, the remainder either (a) got really lucky, which is hard to do on demand, or (b) began life as consulting companies and gradually transformed themselves into product companies.

    A Fundraising Survival Guide

  • This metadata is 'bootstrapped' automatically, I have done no manual work to create this.

    Archive 2003-04-20

  • If you were going to start a company, you "bootstrapped" it.

    Capital Influx - Anil Dash

  • At the time, Stroud said MD Ranger was being self-funded and "bootstrapped" by its partners, and planned to focus initially on California, Arizona and Nevada (coincidentally states where CHW has a major presence).

    San Jose Business News - Local San Jose News | The Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal

  • What I don't want to have happen is see this treatment (or any other treatment, for that matter) "bootstrapped" into legitimacy, where doctors say they think it works often enough that they believe it works rather relying on the evidence that it works.

    Dr. Len's Cancer Blog

  • "OEMC essentially 'bootstrapped' a $23 million contract on an earlier, $350,000 fraudulently obtained purchase." - News

  • I'd love to hear from artists like Jeph Jacques, R Stevens, Meredith Gran and anyone else who bootstrapped New England Webcomics Weekend into existence this year.

    SF Signal is Looking for Mind Meld Topics - What Do You Want To See?

  • All of us bootstrapped with limited resources, and made countless mistakes along the way.

    Blake Mycoskie: Are You Ready to Start Something That Matters?

  • Thanks to the new invention of widespread indirect reciprocity, coevolution bootstrapped the evolution of the social brain of that remarkable creature, Homo sapiens.


  • I am a disabled, formerly homeless veteran who bootstrapped myself back into society mostly through membership in a self-help organization that shall remain anonymous.

    Homeless Veterans: America Will Not Abandon Them


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