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My name is Mike Jirout and the image above is my view as I write this blog post. It’s three weeks after the close of my first successful tech exit. My company developed Ship Mate, an application to help cruise-goers get excited about and prepared for their vacation.  Our motto is “let’s get shipfaced,” and I’ve been aggressively reinforcing the brand this week.

Over the past three years, we’ve had over 600k mobile downloads and reached #2 in Apple’s Top Paid Travel Apps (behind Kayak), bootstrapping the company the entire way. And by bootstrapping, I mean cooking Hot Pockets on irons bootstrapping. Here’s my advice for fellow entrepreneurs:

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