Some of you may have followed a recent discussion on my blog, 18,000 People On The Bench At Infosys.

I have to say, I am continuously frustrated by aspiring entrepreneurs telling me that they cannot move forward because seed funding is not available in India. My message has always been, bootstrap the beginning, and then you can raise funding after your business thesis has been validated. That way, you preserve equity, and have the option also to not raise money at all. In my book, Bootstrapping: Doing More With Less, which comes out in India in September, I have discussed this topic at length. Even in Entrepreneur Journeys (Volume One), I opened the book addressing the issue of bootstrapping. This book has been available in India for a few months now.

Indian entrepreneurs, you must learn to bootstrap. Here’re some short video interview clips that Dwevesh Divedi of Breaking the 9 to 5 Jail produced where I have discussed the topic further. If you have a 9-5 job, you are in a perfect position to bootstrap a venture on the side. Hundreds and thousands of aspiring Indian entrepreneurs in corporate jobs: your seed capital is coming to you in form of a pay check. Use it, my friends.

Sramana

Sramana Mitra is Founder and CEO of One Million by One Million (1Mby1M), a global virtual accelerator that aims to help one million entrepreneurs to reach $1 million in revenue and beyond. She writes and speaks frequently about the intersection of entrepreneurship and technology and was named one of LinkedIn’s Top 10 Influencers in 2015. As an entrepreneur CEO, Sramana ran three companies and she has a master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT.