I'm going to share an article, which TechCrunch Japan posted as an acquisition story of bootstrapped business: Skeb, illustration commission service, was acquired for 1 billion yen.
At first glance, Skeb may appear to be a marketplace where artists sells their artworks. But it's not. Here is what you can do as a client.
At Skeb, there are various rules, most of which are to support creators.
As a result of being supportive, sincere service for creators, Skeb achieved massive success, ¥2 billion transaction per month. The founder's next project is something like a platform for VR avatar.
The interesting thing is the fact TechCrunch Japan reported this story. I think it used to be a rare case for them to cover exit stories of bootstrapped founders. Given the fact that they also covered an exist story of bootstrapped service, Zenn, a knowledge sharing service for engineers, it's safe to say that they've recognized an importance of bootstrapped startup. It's a step in a right direction for IndieHackers in Japan.