What we're about

Join Other Entrepreneurs Who Eat Problems For Breakfast.

Compare Notes

Exchange Ideas

Learn from Others’ Mistakes

Brainstorm with Peers

Find Partners

Small Group Atmosphere

Serious Conversation

Bootstrappers Breakfasts® roundtable meetings are for founders of early stage technology startups. It is a chance to compare notes on operational, development, and business issues with peers. These breakfasts were designed for entrepreneurs to share ideas and leverage thoughts with other folks who are serious about growing their business. www.bootstrappersbreakfast.com (http://www.bootstrappersbreakfast.com/)

Our focus is on issues for growing a business, not on VC fundraising. We promote the bootstrap business model.

We have been meeting since October of 2006 and have been on Meetup since October of 2008.

Upcoming events (5+)

Mtn View Bootstrappers Breakfast: Using Referrals to Grow Your Startup in 2019

Come join entrepreneurs who eat problems for breakfast®. At a Bootstrappers Breakfast® we have serious conversations about growing a business based on internal cashflow and organic profit: this is for founders who are actively bootstrapping a startup. The other attendees will all be in startups. It will be a chance to compare notes on operational, development, and business issues with peers. Now in our 13th year in Silicon Valley. In addition to our regular roundtable discussion this morning's breakfast will include a 15 minute interactive exercise on referrals. Special Exercise: Using Referrals to Grow Your Startup in 2019 A referral is an introduction to a prospect with an endorsement and flows from shared success with your customers, colleagues, and others who know your potential and can vouch for your ability to deliver results. A referral is the best way for you to get new business. However, it requires time and energy to build and maintain the relationships that grow your referral networks. This interactive exercise will provide a framework for nurturing referrals and that will help you to identify steps you can take in the next two to three months to grow your business in 2019. Key take-aways from this talk: + Customer satisfaction starts with your brand promise and the key value your product delivers to your customers. + How to cultivate referrals and develop them into testimonials and case studies + The importance of personal thank you's; handwritten cards, hand crafted emails, and serious conversations. + The very real limits of referral based lead generation. Red Rock Coffee is at 201 Castro Street in Mountain View, just a couple of blocks from the Mountain View Caltrain Station! Purchase your drinks and eats downstairs and join us on the second floor a serious conversation with other entrepreneurs. For more information about the group visit bootstrappersbreakfast.com (http://www.bootstrappersbreakfast.com/) Cost is a small fee to offset the coordination cost, everyone pays for their own coffee;

Palo Alto (1st Friday of the month)

Hobee's Restaurant

$10.00

Come join entrepreneurs who eat problems for breakfast®. At a Bootstrappers Breakfast® we have serious conversations about growing a business based on internal cashflow and organic profit: this is for founders who are actively bootstrapping a startup. The other attendees will all be in startups. It will be a chance to compare notes on operational, development, and business issues with peers. Now in our 13th year in Silicon Valley. We meet in the back room, so space is limited — Please RSVP. For more information about the group visit bootstrappersbreakfast.com (http://www.bootstrappersbreakfast.com/) Cost is a small fee to offset the coordination cost, everyone pays for their own breakfast;

Sunnyvale-- Bootstrappers Breakfast

Specialty's

$10.00

Come join entrepreneurs who eat problems for breakfast®. At a Bootstrappers Breakfast® we have serious conversations about growing a business based on internal cashflow and organic profit: this is for founders who are actively bootstrapping a startup. The other attendees will all be in startups. It will be a chance to compare notes on operational, development, and business issues with peers. Now in our 13th year in Silicon Valley. We meet in the back area, so space is limited — Please RSVP. For more information about the group visit bootstrappersbreakfast.com (http://www.bootstrappersbreakfast.com/) Cost is a small fee to offset the coordination cost, everyone pays for their own breakfast. Order at the counter and come back and find us.

Amelia Lin on Learning Fast: Going from Zero to First Paid Customer in 12 weeks

Come join entrepreneurs who eat problems for breakfast®. At a Bootstrappers Breakfast® we have serious conversations about growing a business based on internal cashflow and organic profit: this is for founders who are actively bootstrapping a startup. The other attendees will all be in startups. It will be a chance to compare notes on operational, development, and business issues with peers. Now in our 13th year in Silicon Valley. In addition to our regular roundtable conversation we have a bootstrapper as a featured attendee: Amelia Lin, founder of Keep Life Stories (https://keeplifestories.com/) will share lessons learned "Going from Zero to First Paid Customer in 12 Weeks--with No Coding." Amelia's story: "When I started a service to capture a loved one's life story on audio, I was coming from a completely different background in EdTech. I needed to know: Would people even want such a product? How much would they pay for it? Who were the right people to sell to? Why would they buy my thing instead of something else? ...and I needed to learn all of this, very fast. Here's my top lessons on how I sped up that learning feedback cycle and closed our first paid customer 12 weeks later, without writing any code." About the Bootstrapper: Before starting Keep Life Stories, Amelia Lin (https://www.linkedin.com/in/amelialin) was a product manager at Udacity and worked at a range of Bay Area software startups. Keep Life Stories (https://keeplifestories.com/) is a service to capture a loved one's life story on audio, and came out of her own desire to have her parents' stories recorded for family history. Red Rock Coffee is at 201 Castro Street in Mountain View, just a couple of blocks from the Mountain View Caltrain Station! Purchase your drinks and eats downstairs and join us on the second floor a serious conversation with other entrepreneurs. For more information about the group visit bootstrappersbreakfast.com (http://www.bootstrappersbreakfast.com/) Cost is a small fee to offset the coordination cost, everyone pays for their own coffee;

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