Draper University of Heroes Takes Holistic Approach to Teaching Entrepreneurship

Tim Draper, founder of the VC firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson,  is taking a holistic approach to entrepreneurial education with his "Draper University for Heroes" in San Mateo. Here is a promo video from the school's website. [vimeo clip_id="45872530" width="400" height="300" frameborder="0"] In a planning document submitted to the City of [...]

By | 2012-12-07T13:04:18+00:00 July 30th, 2012|1 Idea Stage, Funding, skmurphy|1 Comment

Innovative, Robust, Seamless, Disruptive, and Patented

I am always puzzled when companies use adjectives like: Innovative Robust Disruptive Seamless Patented in their product descriptions, brochures, datasheets, website, marketing and sales decks, videos, trade show booth signage, presentations, etc... These are not adjectives that are on a prospect's "nice to have" checklist, much less their "should have" [...]

“Working For Equity” Panel Session Returns to Silicon Valley Code Camp For Third Year

I am moderating a panel at Silicon Valley Code Camp 2012 on "Working For Equity." Here is the session description: Panel discussion with three software startup CEOs offering their perspective on the practical realities of starting and growing a company. This session is for both aspiring and active entrepreneurs, it [...]

By | 2012-07-17T14:02:46+00:00 July 16th, 2012|Events, Founder Story, skmurphy|0 Comments

Independence Day 2012

For my Independence Day post I have picked three quotes that span the last thousand years or so of the move from kings and tyrants to representative government and the rule of law. "To no one will we sell, to no one deny or delay right or justice." Magna Carta [...]

By | 2015-11-23T19:46:03+00:00 July 4th, 2012|skmurphy|3 Comments

Bootstrappers Breakfast® Website Upgraded

The Bootstrappers Breakfast® website has been re-designed so that it's wider, brighter and now has a banner full of coffee beans across the top--tea drinkers still welcome! Please let us know what you think... ...and drop by a breakfast when it's convenient, there are meetups in Champaign, IL Chicago, IL [...]

By | 2012-07-03T17:50:24+00:00 July 2nd, 2012|Events, skmurphy|0 Comments

Q: Is Building The Wrong Product A Waste Of Time?

Building the “wrong product” is not a waste of time you learn about the market and technical feasibility. Right and wrong are both gray, not black or white. Customer development and technical development typically require a sequence of prototypes that are “less wrong” over time under they become good enough. [...]