When Apple supremo Steve Jobs was interviewed for the famous 1996 PBS documentary Triumph of the Nerds, he clarified exactly why people get involved in technology start-ups.
"I was worth over a million dollars when I was 23, over $10 million when I was 24, and over $100 million when I was 25," he told interviewer Robert X. Cringely. "It wasn't that important," Jobs continued. "Because I never did it for the money."
Paraphrasing later statements by Jobs, the Apple king, like many entrepreneurs, felt compelled to become a pirate and revolutionise the industry from his own, sometimes leaky, ship rather than "joining the navy" and simply taking a safe job in a large corporate like IBM.
These sentiments can be found everywhere in the Australian technology start-up scene, which is currently bulging at the seams with new companies. Take Bronwen Clune, a former news journalist who is now the energetic leader of Perth-based social news outfit Norg Media.
It's with this energy in mind that I'm starting bootstrappr, a new blog hosted on ZDNet.com.au that will track the fortunes of Australia's technology start-up scene. We'll hang out at Barcamp and keep an eye on twitter, test out the latest and greatest from Aussie entrepreneurs, and be the first to tell you when they fall in a heap.
Of course, while Jobs may not have co-founded Apple for the money, there is no doubt it must be nice to be worth a cool US$5.4 billion (according to Forbes).
So the ultimate judgement that bootstrappr will apply to every start-up we come across will be, simply put, our opinion on whether they have what it takes to "boom", or whether they are likely to hit rock bottom and "bust".