I am a strong believer in bootstrapped services, it’s easy for them to be accountable, to grow with the users.
The funding thing is nice, but it leaves space for service to fail, badly.
This type of failure is often accompanied with a bunch of people who were absolutely deluded by the service closure.
Funding, on the other hands, allows services to do bigger things.
Many revolutionary services wouldn’t be born without the flow of money of a funding mostly because creating a big revolutionary system requires money, at least on a large scale.
Growing slow isn’t sexy, we are used to read about how Facebook, whatsapp, and other tools were born, and we forget that many of them grew slowly.
Many multi million business weren’t born in a night.
Some of them did, but many of them grew slowly and steadily.
The boostrapped way.