Thanksgiving 2014

We did something different for Thanksgiving 2014: we held a Bootstrapper's Potluck and hosted a dinner for a dozen people or so with our family. Thanksgiving 2014: Bootstrapper's Potluck It was a chance for my sons to meet some real entrepreneurs and give folks who were new to the area [...]

By | 2017-11-24T18:11:37+00:00 November 27th, 2014|Events|4 Comments

Chris Yonge on 3D Printing: Past, Present, Future

The following is a guest post by Max Murphy, a mechanical engineering student who is interested in the implications of  3D printing or positive manufacturing for  mechanical design, its synergies with animation, and potential for fostering new opportunities for entrepreneurs. Max is an intern at DreamWorks and returns to his sophomore [...]

By | 2015-06-23T16:20:46+00:00 August 22nd, 2014|Events, Video|5 Comments

Ilya Semin on “Bootstrapping DataNyze to $1M/ARR” Sep-5-2014 in Palo Alto

Ilya Semin, founder of Datanyze, joins us at the Palo Alto Bootstrapper Breakfast 7:30am on Fri-Sep-5-2014 at Hobees in Palo Alto. Ilya will share what he learned bootstrapping Datanyze to $1M+ ARR and 9 employees. DataNyze provides competitive intelligence for Web analytics, Widgets, CDN, DNS, and related firms. It can answer questions like [...]

By | 2014-09-07T20:03:58+00:00 August 11th, 2014|Events, skmurphy|1 Comment

Matt Oscamou of Frontier Bites on the value of the Bootstrapper Breakfast

Matt Oscamou, the founder of Frontier Bites, talked about lessons learned getting a food startup off the ground at the April 15 Bootstrapper Breakfast in Sunnyvale. Here is a short recording of his introduction, the benefits the Bootstrapper Breakfast® has offered him, and how he came to bootstrap Frontier Bites [...]

By | 2014-09-07T20:19:10+00:00 June 30th, 2014|Audio, Events, Founder Story, skmurphy|3 Comments

Favorites from Maker Faire Bay Area 2014

source: Maker Faire I attended the SF Bay Area Maker Faire again this year. Here are some of my favorite finds. Shannon Chappell's Steampunk Rock Golem. Provided by Solarbotics source: Makezine   Michael Gard's Lift: Luminous Sculpture http://youtu.be/OLMexL-1PXM Justin Kohn's Channelled Alien Mechanicals http://youtu.be/fqLqXibQgDA  

By | 2015-05-29T19:49:47+00:00 June 7th, 2014|Events|1 Comment

Silicon Valley Robot Block Party 2014

Recently, I attended the Silicon Valley Robot Block Party. Like a mini-makers faire, it was a lot of fun.  Folks were there with business robotics, home robotics, toy and entertainment robotics, and homemade robotic products by hobbyists and students. Some of the robots showcased. […]

By | 2015-05-27T22:06:45+00:00 April 11th, 2014|Events|0 Comments

Video from Lean Innovation 101 Talk at SF Bay ACM Nov-20-2013

The video from my "What is Lean--Lean Innovation 101" talk is up: Here is the description for the talk "Lean" provides a scientific approach for creating a product and developing new businesses. Teams can iteratively building products or services to meet the needs of early customers by adopting a combination [...]

Getting More Customers Workshop on March 25, 2014

Let's face it, finding customers can be quite a challenge. In this interactive workshop, we will cover a variety of proven marketing techniques for growing your business: attendees will select one or two that fit their style and develop a plan to implement them in their business in the next [...]

Semifore Execs Share Bootstrapping Lessons and 2014 Scaling Up Plans at Jan-17-2014 MVP Clinic

Semifore , Inc. was founded in 2006 by Richard Weber based on his system design experience at several startups and some larger systems firms. All of them struggled with the need for  tools and methods to keep the hardware architecture in sync with software architecture and to ensure that the [...]

By | 2014-01-17T21:59:56+00:00 January 16th, 2014|4 Finding your Niche, 5 Scaling Up Stage, EDA, Events, skmurphy|2 Comments