I feel like there's a lot of other founders who are stuck in this stage, so I thought it'd be helpful for the people who have taken the first step and are now trying to build a foundation.
From initial brand building, SEO, partnerships, etc. with no budget, what are some ways to put together your initial runway?
“Starting a company is like jumping off a cliff and assembling a plane on the way down... The reason I like using this metaphor is because it makes it very clear that the default outcome for almost any startup is failure. The challenge for an entrepreneur is to get the company from default dead (falling) to default alive, with revenues that more than cover operating costs (flying). In this metaphor, raising money is like catching a thermal draft; it lifts you further above the surface, but you’re still going to end up crashing if you don’t get your plane running." - Reid Hoffman, Greylock