Transcript From Elena Krasnoperova’s Learning Hacks for Bootstrappers

The following is an edited transcript of Elena Krasnoperova’s “Learning Hacks for Bootstrappers” briefing at the Bootstrapper Breakfast on Fri-Dec-2-2016. She had a “cheat sheet” she handed out that is interleaved here in her remarks. We have added hyperlinks where they help to clarify or elaborate on her remarks.  […]

By | 2018-07-14T00:48:21+00:00 January 27th, 2017|Founder Story, skmurphy|3 Comments

Founder Story: Steven Kim of edify.me

An interview with Steven Kim, founder of edify.me which provides very well written summaries of business and personal improvement books. I think his summary of the Lean Startup is by far the best and most useful, I profiled it last year in “E-Book Summary for Lean Startup”  […]

By | 2018-07-13T20:19:43+00:00 October 14th, 2016|Founder Story|0 Comments

Something Ventured: Make Money and Change the World for the Better

One documentary worth watching to get some context on the history of entrepreneurship and venture capital is “Something Ventured.” It’s a series of interviews with venture capitalists talking about their investments and their risk mitigation strategies in the 1950’s through 1970’s. It’s clear that they paid a lot of attention [...]

By | 2017-11-07T20:40:25+00:00 October 10th, 2016|Design of Experiments, Founder Story, MVP, skmurphy|0 Comments

Hard Drive: Seven Practices I Used to Launch a Successful Startup

This article explores the specific experiences of an entrepreneur (who uses the pseudonym “Hard Drive,” a nickname he earned early in his career for his tenacity and decisiveness) and lessons learned bootstrapping a high-tech software as a service business in the social media space. His sustained efforts enabled him to [...]

By | 2018-07-13T23:10:29+00:00 August 4th, 2016|Founder Story, Rules of Thumb, skmurphy|5 Comments

Anything You Want By Derek Sivers

Derek Sivers promises that his slim book “Anything You Want” is a one hour read that summarizes 10 years of his entrepreneurial experience into 40 lessons for a new kind of entrepreneur. It’s a practical book that’s well organized and easy to read. It took me much longer than an [...]

By | 2017-06-15T11:59:08+00:00 February 27th, 2016|Books, Founder Story|4 Comments

The Unreasonable Entrepreneur

Unreasonable entrepreneur is almost redundant. By definition entrepreneurs want to change the status quo, offering better products and services as substitutes for established and successful ones. This often requires an unreasonable amount of effort and persistence, sometimes to the point of stubbornness, in the face of not only opposition but [...]

By | 2015-11-13T20:31:37+00:00 November 10th, 2015|Founder Story, Rules of Thumb, skmurphy|5 Comments

Men Who Built America

The History Channel’s “Men Who Built America” documentary recaps the history of the creation of key American industries: railroad, steel, petroleum, automobile, and finance. Covering a period from roughly 1850 to World War 2 it offers reenactments of key events in the evolution of American business. It’s worth an entrepreneur’s time to [...]

By | 2015-06-08T13:53:33+00:00 June 8th, 2015|Founder Story, skmurphy|2 Comments

Founder Story: Edith Harbaugh of LaunchDarkly

I got to know Edith Harbaugh (@edith_h) when she was moderating the Lean Startup Circle Group and published two guest blog posts by her: “It’s Your Execution, Not Your Idea” and “Managing Email Conversations With Customers.” I also invited her to take part in a webinar on Innovator’s DNA: Experimenting [...]

Founder Story: Steve DiBartolomeo of Artwork Conversion Software

Steve DiBartolomeo is co-founder of Artwork Conversion Software, Inc., an EDA software firm headquartered  in Santa Cruz CA with a development office in Manhattan Beach, CA. Founded in 1989, the company develops CAD translation programs, CAD viewers, plotting software and IC packaging software.  Artwork has over 5000 customers worldwide including [...]

By | 2015-01-14T22:22:25+00:00 July 16th, 2014|EDA, First Office, Founder Story, skmurphy|0 Comments

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

Leonard Smith 1927-2014

I didn't know Leonard Smith but I was forwarded a link by John McKenna two days ago to his obituary (originally published in GreenwichTime on Jan. 26, 2014) and I thought it captured the essential personality of people who bring change to organizations in trouble and often start new ones. Here are some [...]

By | 2014-01-31T20:32:08+00:00 February 1st, 2014|Founder Story|2 Comments