Today I spent the morning applying to TinySeed, an accelerator designed for bootstrapped startups. The idea is simple, it is a year long program designed specifically for SaaS (Software as a service) founders. At a very basic level they provide mentorship through contact with some AMAZING people, a community of other founders and enough funding for a year, allowing you quit your job and focus on your company full time. I’ve built my software like many other people, on the side. My job is very flexible and I have enough time built up that I can tend to the needs of my customers during the day if they need me, but for ongoing development efforts, that happens in the evenings, weekends, and vacations. I’m happy with the progress I’ve made with how things are, but if were able to focus on expanding everything full time, this would be amazing for my customers.
The application process was pretty straight forward, and I’m glad I did my homework and knew the answers to the questions. My business class came in handy, and while I could look at my business plan for reference, I had to tailor my answers to the questions. Had I not taken that class, some of the questions would have taken much longer to answer.
I’m excited to have applied. I’m not sure the odds of “winning” however. I suspect with the popularity of the Cofounders of TinySeed, that there will be a lot of competition. I know that one of the founders – Rob Walling has planned conferences in the past, so I’m hoping he understands the problem I’m trying to solve with VenüDesk. I’ll just have to wait and see.
As always, thanks for reading.