Best Bootstrapped Startup? We Think So!

by posted in News
Nov 29

Envato is going for a Crunchie award! This year, we’ve decided to try and get a nomination for ‘Best Bootstrapped Startup’ at the 2012 TechCrunch Crunchie awards. If you’re unfamiliar, this is the ‘Oscars’ of the tech world. If you’re willing, we would love your help making it there!

Why are we going for this nomination?

Although I really believe that investment and early funding are an incredibly important part of the startup eco-system, I must admit to being proud that we managed to grow through our early years with our own savings, hard work and careful spending.

– Collis Ta’eed, Offscreen Magazine

Envato’s story most definitely sprung from humble beginnings. The company started out as one site, FlashFox (now ActiveDen), a place where anyone could buy and sell Flash components and templates. Through a lot of hard work, faith in our vision and the efforts of our amazing community, we’ve grown into a huge network of sites working to fulfil our mission of helping people to learn and earn, online.

Collis explains in the Bootstrapped, Profitable and Proud series on 37 Signals on which Envato was featured:

“To get started we spent about $40,000 or so, plus a lot of sweat and hard work. The money came from the cofounders’ savings, and was pretty much the sum total of those savings!”

We’re extremely proud of what we’ve accomplished over the last six years. We’ve come a long way, growing from four young entrepreneurs into a company with more than 100 passionate staff all around the world, over 20,000 talented authors, and 2 million members. But there’s still so much for us to do. We want to continue to grow Envato, and find new ways to achieve our mission of helping people to learn and earn. We want to support our community and spread the word about Envato and the marketplaces – this is why we’re asking for your help in getting this nomination!

We’re Bootstrapped, Profitable and Proud! And we would love your nomination. It only takes a second, and you can nominate every day.

“There were a few horrible moments when we didn’t think we’d make it. But we did!”

– Collis Ta’eed, Offscreen Magazine

Nominate Envato now!
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  1. Adrian Try on the 29th November

    I think so too, Jordan – I’ve been nominating us almost every day! And btw – welcome home!

    • Jordan on the 29th November

      Thanks Adrian! It’s nice to be back :)

  2. Sherman on the 29th November

    How can I not nominate the company that brings me food on my table?? lol…I’ve voted.

  3. Selim Rana on the 29th November

    Done :D

  4. blerc on the 29th November

    Wish you all the best :D

  5. Remi on the 29th November

    Done! Good luck guys!

  6. xnorpix on the 29th November

    Done! :D

  7. cengic_adis on the 29th November

    done :D

  8. Igor on the 29th November

    Done, good luck guys!

  9. Dilipkumar on the 29th November

    Done :)

  10. OFFI on the 29th November

    Already done! :D

  11. lawrence77 on the 29th November

    Done, several times :D

    Jordon you back to Envato??

    What about Tourism?

    • Jordan on the 29th November

      Thanks for the votes! Yup! I’m back!! :)

      I couldn’t stay away from you guys! Tourism Australia just wasn’t the same :)

    • lawrence77 on the 30th November

      yay! Welcome back Jordon :)

  12. ZERGE on the 29th November

    Done! :)

  13. Phil Larson on the 29th November

    It was called FlashFox? I thought it was FlashDen. That’s news to me. Of course, I voted…. again. ;)

    • Jordan on the 29th November

      It was FlashFox before FlashDen! :D

  14. Zdenek Houb on the 29th November

    Voted! ;)

  15. Illusiongraphic on the 29th November

    Done! Best of Luck!

  16. Tanveer on the 29th November


  17. MeGustaMusic on the 30th November

    yeahhh. Done

  18. Ivan Grozdic on the 30th November


  19. CaCaDoo on the 30th November

    Voted :)

  20. MaxTecb on the 30th November

    Voted :)

  21. iGalaxyTheme on the 30th November

    Done, I’m Voted. :-) Good Luck Envato!

  22. Antarctic on the 30th November


  23. Warren on the 30th November

    The time it takes to process uploads makes it almost impossible to make turn creating graphics on Graphic River into a decent startup company. If you improve that you get my vote.

  24. Adnan Suljetović on the 30th November

    Voted! Good luck, Envato!

  25. krishna on the 30th November

    I did, good luck :)

  26. ideaofart on the 1st December

    Done! Good luck guys! :)

  27. Garo on the 1st December

    done :)

  28. mounte on the 2nd December

    Voted. You earned it. Good luck!

  29. Akhtar on the 3rd December

    done :)

  30. Codemumkys! on the 3rd December

    Voted :]

  31. nk on the 3rd December

    All the best guys.

  32. Ali on the 3rd December

    Wish the bests :)

  33. 11 Ables on the 4th December

    You are the best! Good luck to you!

  34. Hao on the 5th December

    All the best guys.

  35. Karan Desai on the 6th December

    Good luck guys!! You guys are an inspiration!

  36. EXXY on the 6th December

    Done!!! I hope Envato wins

  37. NORDiX on the 7th December

    Done! Good Luck Guys!

  38. kingkong75 on the 7th December

    Voted, You Are The Best.

  39. Julian Molla on the 8th December

    Voted. Just for the best! Good Luck!

  40. Alwaane on the 8th December

    Done, good luck guys!

  41. osunoo on the 9th December


    I love envato!!!

  42. Davide Megueni (meg600) on the 9th December

    Just done!! ;)

  43. Tony on the 10th December


  44. ultimateboss on the 10th December

    done good luck

  45. Kamlesh on the 10th December


    Good luck!!

  46. tenzhen on the 10th December


  47. Rajitha Bandara on the 11th December

    Done! Nominated The Envato. Good Luck.

  48. suresh on the 18th December

    I love envato

  49. GR88GR on the 29th December

    Done, I am voted. good luck envato!

  50. nayel on the 10th January

    Closed :(((

  51. shaheen on the 15th January

    Done! Good luck guys!

  52. GR88GR on the 19th January

    Done! Good luck your all site!

  53. MattAboT on the 21st January

    Good luck guys!
    I hope we grow up together!!

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