We bootstrapped Endcrawl for seven years while holding down day jobs. We didn’t relocate to San Francisco (or L.A.). We wrote a Perl MVP. And when we finally raised a $450k seed round, we closed one check entirely over Twitter DMs.
But off-script raises are also becoming a new normal. Tech capital for bootstrappers and indie hackers is sneaking up on an inflection point oddly similar to independent cinema in the early 1990s.
If you're thinking of raising money, I hope our story is helpful.