My answer to Do startups and other businesses these days use bartering during their initial phases?
Answer by Ken Larson:
Yes, but the term has been expanded a bit to compass “Bootstrapping” and industry teaming.
Synergism is paramount in teaming with any size company, whether in a lead or subcontracting role. There should be technical, management and market segment similarities between you and any company with whom you are considering teaming. Your prospective team member ideally will not be a direct competitor; rather a business in a related field with whom you share a mutual need for each other's contributions in pursuing large-scale projects.
Relationships must be developed with primes and other small businesses that can help you, team with you and keep you in mind as they search for success.
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