Thanks Stefan, this question deserves a much longer response (probably a whole essay).
I don’t think Lean and bootstrapping is the same thing.
I think the question of raising money before Product/Market Fit depends on a lot of things.
Hi Adam, good points. My idea is that as many people as possible on the original team should be technical, because the technology is the the vast majority of the cost in an early stage startup. If you can limit the costs you can live much healthier and stable.
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