Originally referred to "pulling yourself up by your BootStrap-s". Historical note: this term derives from 'bootstrap loader', a short program that was read in from cards or paper tape, or toggled in from the front panel switches.

Now typically refers to starting an activity with relatively few resources (more specifically, avoiding OPM), and having a mechanism to build momentum. Similar to (but different from, or may use) Viral Marketing, Lean Startup, Micro ISV, Grunt-Fund.

also book by Thierry Bardini ISBN:0804737231 about Douglas Engelbart: Bootstrapping: Douglas Engelbart, Co-Evolution, and the Origins of Personal Computing

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