A roundup of events for December 2016 for Bootstrappers Breakfast

December 2016 Event Roundup for Bootstrappers Breakfast Silicon Valley

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“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few.”  Shunryu Suzuki

Palo Alto Bootstrapper Breakfast Fri-Dec-2 7:30am at Hobees. Look for us in back room. Elena Krasnoperova is a featured attendee who will offer a briefing on “Learning Hacks for Bootstrappers.” Elena will introduce the AAA learning framework: Acquire, Absorb, Apply–and offer useful hacks for each of the 3 stages. Attendees will receive a cheat sheet of learning tools to take home. Elena Krasnoperova is a former executive at eBay, PayPal, Zong and oDesk, and the founder of two bootstrapped companies in the “family tech” space: SimplyCircle and Calroo.

“The accumulation of experience does not weigh people down; it lightens them up.” Gary Klein in

Sources of Power

San Francisco Bootstrapper Breakfast Wed-Dec-7 at 9am at Split Bread, 560 Mission St. Focus topic: Financing your startup. Pete Tormey, an experienced entrepreneur and attorney, will address the variety of funding options available to startups from a bootstrapping perspective. Besides introducing some of the options, he will provide some tips and tricks gleaned from his years working with startups.

“I can assure you that there is the greatest practical benefit in making a few failures early in life. You learn that which is of inestimable importance–that there are a great many people in the world who are just as clever as you are. You learn to put your trust, by and by, in an economy and frugality of the exercise of your powers, both moral and intellectual; and you very soon find out, if you have not found it out before, that patience and tenacity of purpose are worth more than twice their weight of cleverness.”
Thomas Huxley in On Medical Education (1870)

Sunnyvale Bootstrapper Breakfast Tue-Dec-20 at 7:30am at Specialty’s 605 Tasman Drive 94089, Sunnyvale, CA across from light rail station. Order at counter, we are at the big table in the back.

“They think that intelligence is about noticing things are relevant (detecting patterns); in a complex world, intelligence consists in ignoring things that are irrelevant (avoiding false patterns)”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb in “The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical and Aphorisms“

Mountain View Bootstrapper Breakfast Wed-Dec-28 Note that we are meeting at Red Rock on the Wednesday between Christmas and New Years.

The Bootstrapper Breakfast Is Looking for Entrepreneurs to Share Lessons Learned: If you know someone who would be a good featured attendee at a 2017 Bootstrapper Breakfast we are looking for folks willing to share lessons learned from their entrepreneurial journey. Here are some recaps of recent breakfasts: