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== The Bootstrap Community ==
Core Beliefs
Core Beliefs
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Revision as of 20:10, 8 March 2007

The Bootstrap Community

Core Beliefs

(from Bijoy – not just bootstrapping, about trust, community, growth, etc)

Bootstrapping and the Bootstrap Stages

The Bootstrap Network introduces an innovative framework for building a venture for long-term success. While bootstrapping itself is timeless, the Bootstrap Community is about breaks principles of Bootstrapping down to simple stages:

  • Ideation –
  • Valley of Death –
  • Growth –

(from Bijoy)

Goals of the Community

(insert Goals of Bootstrap Community Slide here)

Community Structure

The bootstrap community is one of member contribution. The community has been structured to facilitate the improvement of the organization by making it easy for others to contribute – while at the same time advancing their own venture goals.

(insert info from ‘levels of community Participation here)

(insert short description of structure involving administrative and change of organization)

Resources and Tools

Within Community:

  • Bootstrap Wiki
  • Yahoo Group Archives
  • Bootstrap Blog

Suggested Reading:

  • Books..
  • Websites..




Participant. Participants are members of the bootstrap community that take on a limited level of involvement. A participant, while a bootstrapper, usually does not consider the Bootstrap Community to be one of the top 3 organizations that they participate in. The goal of the typical participant is casual learning, and keeping their eyes open for beneficial activities throughout the group.


  • Must be a bootstrapper

Typical Participation:

  • Observation of Yahoo Group;
  • Observation of Social Networking Community;
  • Casual Learning

Community Systems:

  • Boostrap Social Network;
  • Yahoo Groups

Active Participant. Active participants are bootstrappers who regularly participate in one or many activities within the Bootstrap Community.


  • Active commitment to help him/herself through venture phases;
  • Commitment to interact with others towards the same goal of venture development.

Typical Participation:

  • Monthly Meetings;
  • Participation in one or more Subgroup;
  • Contributes to Yahoo Group;
  • Posts Completed Profile on Bootstrap Social Network.

Community Systems:

  • Bootstrap Social Network;
  • Yahoo Groups;
  • Complimentary Currency (in Development)

Contributor. A contributor is a Bootstrapper who has come to understand the organization, has identified a generalized need of some subset of Bootstrappers, and is willing to contribute to the organization in order to provide some resource that fulfill this need.


  • Has been an Active Participant of the community for 3 months or more;
  • Has completed the registration process for Contribution and, if necessary, new initiative creation.

Typical Participation:

  • Creation and/or management of a subgroup formed by Industry, by Venture Stage, or by Topic.

Community Systems:

  • Bootstrap Social Network;
  • Yahoo Groups;
  • Complimentary Currency (in Development)

Collaborator. A collaborator is a Bootstrapper who has not only generalized a need of the community – but feels they have created a resource to fulfill this need as a product or service. Collaborators use the members of the Bootstrap Community to get product validation, feedback and even customers. Both the community and the Collaborator benefit from this arrangement, and if successful can lead to the a larger market release of the product as a new venture.


  • Has been an Active Participant of the community for 3 months or more;
  • Has completed the registration process for Collaboration;

Typical Participation:

  • Release and Rollout of Alpha/Beta product/service within community;
  • Integration of Product/Service in one or more Bootstrap Initiative;
  • Feedback activity with members of Bootstrap Community

Community Systems:

  • Bootstrap Social Network;
  • Yahoo Groups;
  • Complimentary Currency (in Development)


Becoming a participant within the group is predicated on the desire to contribute mutually to those in the organization.


  • No Solicitation
  • No attacking of community members
  • No complaining about stuff – if its broken then contribute to fix it

Opportunities: The Bootstrap Community is a constantly changing place that holds many different types of activities for its members. The most current list of initiatives can be found here – (insert link to wiki)

  • Learning:
    • Models – Bootstrapping, MRE/5D framework
    • Skills – Breakout sessions, topic specific subgroups
    • Knowledge – Sharing knowledge, subgroups, archives
  • Connection – Meeting others within the group:
    • Meetings
    • Bootstrap Connector
    • Leveraging Bootstrap Social Network
  • Contribution and Collaboration

(insert process to become an Active Participant)


(insert process to become a contributor)


(insert process to become a contributor)


(This section to detail the process of tracking participation with the group – updates on roles, initiatives, etc)

(This section will also address, briefly, a mechanism for change in the organization specific to structure and community participation/contribution)


(this will be a stand-alone page which has easy to reference checklists for fulfilling the preocesses required to join community, actively participate, become a contributor, or collaborator)

Joining the Community

Becoming an Active Participant

Becoming a Contributor

Becoming a Collaborator

This initiative has come out of the Bootstrap Open Source Initiative.