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Bootstrapping Your Startup

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Most entrepreneurs dream of taking an idea and turning it into a successful company, but without funding from VCs or angel investors, your initial cash flow may be really tight. You'll need to watch your spending carefully and make sure that when you do spend, you make it count. That's where the bootstrapping comes in.

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Whether you're a startup or a company of one, you'll need to know the tricks of the trade to stretch your dollars and turn your business into a successful venture. Not funded? This event will show you how to survive and thrive, getting the most from what you have and gain more of what you need.


Bob Crimmins, Founder, Chief Instigator at Startup Haven

Dave Peck, Co-founder of Cloak

Rathna Sharad, Founder & CEO of Runway2Street

Bryan Starbuck, angel investor, and former co-founder / CEO of TalentSpring

Jay Weeldreyer, Chief Experiment Officer at Inquiry Mode

Moderated by Tiffany McVeety, CEO/Founder, Girandola

Event includes food/drinks.

Register now ("Early Bird" tickets are free, others only $10 while they last!) or $25 at the door.

Register early - this event may sell out!

Some of what we'll cover is:

- Growing your company while bootstrapping

- Going LEAN!

- Free tools (online and offline)

- Negotiation and the barter economy (using numbers as strength)

- Creative thinking when it comes to expenses and planning them

- Accounting and accountants

- Save money through social media

- And more

Whether you're an entrepreneur, a startup, or a small company of one - not only could this information save you money, but this could make or break your business.


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Bob Crimmins is a serial entrepreneur and has been an active participant in the Seattle startup community for more than 15 years. In addition to advising Seattle startup companies and entrepreneurs, Bob works closely with Techstars, 9Mile Labs, Seattle Angel Conference and other startup-oriented organizations. Bob is also passionate about youth entrepreneurship and co-founded a pet product company (Wise Walker) with his two 13-year-old daughters. While he spends much more of his time these days on “the business side” of startups, Bob is a career software engineer who wrote his first program on punch cards at age 15 - long before it was either cool or profitable to be a teenage hacker.

Dave Peck is the co-founder of Cloak, a Seattle-based online security company. Cloak is "bootstrapped, profitable, and proud". Prior to Cloak, Dave was a software developer at Microsoft. Dave joined Microsoft when they acquired EQuill, the venture-backed San Francisco startup at which he was the first employee. Dave has a background in computational mathematics.

Rathna Sharad has combined a love for fashion with years of experience in technology, online advertising, and logistics to bring runway2street to life. Prior to launching runway2street, Rathna was the Director of Product Management at Microsoft, where she was responsible for overseeing the Advertiser Marketplace for Bing Ads Business Group. Earlier in her career she held technology leadership positions at UPS, Menlo Worldwide Logistics, and Emery Worldwide.

Bryan Starbuck is a serial entrepreneur. He was the co-founder and CEO of TalentSpring, a B2B Enterprise SaaS company that used machine learning in the recruiting industry, which was acquired in 2010. Bryan now acts as an angel investor and joins as a technical co-founder CTO to build out startups from the first day with a business co-founder.

Jay Weeldreyer comes to entrepreneurship as a vehicle to express curiosity, courage, and creativity. Currently the Chief Experiment Officer at Inquiry Mode, Jay leads early stage development, strategy, culture, and wears many hats as an individual contributor to a bespoke data science provider, a local hedge fund, and several startups (funded and bootstrapped) in Seattle and the Bay area. He’s been bootstrapping businesses solo, partnered on teams, and consulted driven entrepreneurs for almost 30 years. During that time, he founded and grew a financial services firm from $0 to $144MM in 5 years while earning recognition from his peers as “the Future of the Industry,” he's developed and launched products from scratch to capture millions in value in just weeks ("Neighborly"), and he's applied the mindset and beliefs that deliver success in bootstrapped businesses to shake things up in politics, policy, and investing.


Tiffany McVeety - CEO / Founder, Girandola. Her investor matchmaking events facilitated over $50 million in startup and early stage financing for local startups. Her due diligence experience with Seraph Capital prepared her to take over leadership of The International Alliance for Women ( Micro Credit program and speak globally about access to capital programs. Her roles as SBA Women's Business Center Director and international trade banker position her students to successfully secure OPA (Other People's Assets) including bank financing, equity investments, foreign investment, and government grants (SBIR, USDA, Commerce, SBA). Concurrent positions: CEO - Girandola, Co-Founder - GROW Washington, Director - The International Alliance for Women. Through the Girandola family of companies, Tiffany arms would be entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, and existing business owners with tools to create their preferred future. Her books, workshops and step-by-step guides provide you simple solutions and strategies to design and launch a financially successful business - and make an impact that matters. Her signature program, 6 Weeks Idea to Launch, is an online State-certified Entrepreneurship Certificate Program ( Tiffany brings her students a unique background in startup capacity building. Find Tiffany at: or

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