Richard Friesen

Are you a bootstrapper or did you seek seed-funding? Was that the right decision in retrospect? by Richard Friesen

I have both bootstrapped and raised 22 million for a startup during the dot com boom. In hindsight, the VCs should not have invested in my company. I had the kernel of an idea that in the long term, was valuable and produced patents that are now widely used, but I was way ahead of my customers and the ability of the financial markets to change. My bootstraps have produced only modest success. However, the experience of it all has honed my skills and created value for my clients and readers of my book that could not have happened otherwise.

About Richard Friesen

Richard Friesen works with professionals and business leaders who want to increase their personal effectiveness with joy and grace. His neuroscience-based Mind Muscles™ model gives his clients the opportunity to reach their goals with online training, simulations, interactive exercises, group support, and real-time decision processes. He has condensed three decades as the founder of a trading firm, trainer and coach to professional money managers in his new book “A Private Conversation with Money.” This book observes the main character “Joe” who deals with all the conflicts, self-sabotage, and belief systems around money and wealth. Richard has been a futures broker for Merrill Lynch, a floor trader on the CME, CBOT, and the options floor of the Pacific Exchange where he built and sold a successful options trading firm where he served on the Exchange's board of directors. He also founded and built a financial software company and is the inventor of ten significant trading interface patents. This combined with his Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology, Neurolinguistic Programing Master’s certification, and neuroscience focus, brings a unique framework to business, investing, and career success.

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