Month: May 2013

Paul Spaan Offers 3D Printing Show & Tell Fri-May-24 at Mountain View BB

Join other entrepreneurs for serious conversations about growing a business based on internal cash flow and organic profit at a Bootstrappers Breakfast®. Paul Spaan, CEO of Spaan Enterprises, will offer a seven minute briefing on “3D Printing For Bootstrappers” and circulate examples of prototype products he has printed. Paul’s briefing will be followed by our regular roundtable …

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Founder Story: Ari Halberstadt of Catalee on Founder’s Dilemmas and Residential Energy Market

Theresa Shafer met Ari Halberstadt at a Bootstrapper Breakfast in SF earlier this year and was very impressed with his approach to his new startup, Catalee. Ari volunteered to talk with me about Noam Wasserman‘s “The Founder’s Dilemmas” as well as Catalee. Here is a 12 minute podcast and transcript of our phone call. Or download …

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Reminder: Successful Consulting Engagements With Startups at IEEE-CNSV Tue-May-21

Quick reminder:  I will be moderating a panel on “Successful Consulting Engagements with Startups” at the May 21 IEEE-CNSV meeting. I volunteered to pull this panel together after a long thread on the CNSV e-mail list June about the topic. I have been fortunate to attract three knowledgeable and experienced engineers to take part in the …

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Due Diligence Checklist For Evaluating A Service Business for Acquisition

We did some work recently advising a client on  a possible acquisition a small service business and came up with a checklist of items to review: key employees – plan for retention and role in merged entity financials check register – all checks in last two years bank statements income sheet and balance statement contracts …

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Podcast with Pete Tormey on Forming a Team, Dividing Equity, and Gaining Early Traction

Pete Tormey and I decided to do a podcast to address a number of team formation, business formation, and early revenue issues that we have seen in our own startups, in our practices, or hear questions about at the various Bootstrapper Breakfasts® meetings we take part in. Pete is a serial entrepreneur and patent attorney …

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Get Out of Your Batcave: Customer Development for Lean Startups

Join us on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 for a new class “Get Out Of Your Batcave: Customer Development for Lean Startups” from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM at Education @ PARISOMA in San Francisco, CA. You’ll learn how to: Establish “ground truth” in an early market Use an MVP (minimum viable product)  to explore the …

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Simon Sinek: How Great Leaders Inspire Action

A talk I enjoyed by Simon Sinek (@simonsinek) on “How Great Leaders Inspire Action.” Simon Sinek: How Great Leaders Inspire Action Some great insights from Apple, Dr. Martin Luther King, and the Wright Brothers: Why  -> How -> What Start with Why Why is not “to make a profit” that’s a result.. Why is your purpose, your …

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