I had the wonderful opportunity last week
to meet with the intrepid students at the Acton MBA Program
The Acton program is a new, one year program in Austin, which specifically focuses on entrepreneurship. A key part of the curriculum engages the students to discover their dreams and take practical steps towards bringing them to fruition. The students and I had a far-ranging and spirited discussion, covering topics such as music, bootstrapping, self-publishing, dance partners and finding one's passion.
I just read a wonderful article
about a film released last year. "Lemonade Stories
" tells of the unheralded role of Moms in entrepreneurs' lives.
As I read the quotations
from each of the interviewed entrepreneurs, I can see they have very similar Moms to mine. A major theme that emerges is a Mom's belief "when no one else believes" in the entrepreneur. This support turns out to be the last push needed to tip the entrepreneur to success. I can personally attest to the role of my own Mom, Leela. All my life, I have received nothing but love and total support from her. No matter what I pursued growing up, she always stood by me . And when I've fallen flat on my face, she helped me dust myself off and get back in the game. This has been especially true over the last number of years as a Bootstrapping entrepreneur. Her faith, belief and support have truly kept me going, most
Additionally, these Moms are very independent and risk-takers themselves. When we moved from India to Taiwan, my Mom started teaching as a way to create a second income for the family. She fell into her passion and got her Masters in Early Childhood Education in the US, studying over multiple summers. Her exposure to the American system of education convinced her that her three sons would go to American universities - a seemingly impossible goal at the time. And yet, two decades later, all three of us have done just that. Of course, I know she would not have been able to do it without the total support of my Dad, who went along with her crazy schemes.
Thank you Mom and Dad!
on some of the macro-trends which make it even easier to bootstrap. This is a trend that's hitting many areas including music, publishing, film and technology.
some great insights posted on the Bootstrap Austin blog
This wonderful page of "errors" shows the team Christo and Jeanne-Claude to be awesome bootstrappers in the art world.