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Our Team: Pete Tormey moderates San Francisco & East Bay meetings

Pete Tormey is a registered patent attorney who specializes in providing patents for Software, Electronics, Life Science Instrumentation and Business Methods. Pete has co-founded two companies and brings extensive experience in both engineering and marketing to our meetings. In a formal way Pete has shared his expertise since 2009: Pete Tormey: When To Apply For

Silicon Valley End of 2015 Event Wrap Up

Community Channels: @bootstrappers | LinkedIn Group | Blog | Meetups: SV | SF | East Bay Warning: The End (of 2015) is Near A roundup of events through the end of 2015 for Bootstrappers Breakfast Thanksgiving Potluck Thu-Nov-26 2pm in San Jose: Don't have family to visit on Thanksgiving? Join us for Thanksgiving dinner. Bring

Pete Tormey: When To Apply For a Patent

This is a guest blog by Pete Tormey, one of the moderators for our San Francisco and East Bay Bootstrappers Breakfasts. Pete is serial entrepreneur and a patent attorney, his firm is Antero Tormey. Pete is also the author of “Startup Guide to Intellectual Property: Early Stage Protection of IP.” It’s a great primer written in a clear conversational style that is practical and to the point. It answers the the basic intellectual property questions for startup founders.

CA New Business Startup Guide by Mark Sheffield

I came across a very good New Business Startup Guide by Mark Sheffield at Abbot Stringham and Lynch. There are great chapters on "Registering with Regulatory Agencies", "Setting up Operations" and "Running Your Business" written for firms that rely primarily on revenue not outside investment to get started. It's available as a free 50 page PDF at

End of Summer Update

It is the end of summer and if it's been awhile since you've been to Bootstrappers Breakfast meeting, please join us again for some real conversation and invite a friend too, someone who's interested in learning from the mistakes of others and where ideas are exchanged and notes compared. Here's what attendees are saying: "Great

Brian Woodall On Key Due Diligence, Approaching Investors and Maximizing Valuations

On February 28th, Brian Woodall of Lamplighter Financial will share his insights on the ‘Financial Preparation for Investor Deals’ Bring your questions on: • Key due diligence items all investors consider • How to approach investors • Maximizing valuations Location: Heavenly Café, 3116 Oak Rd, Walnut Creek, CA Time: 7.30 am Date: February 28th, 2012

Pete Tormey: Minimizing Impact of New Patent Law Oct-21 in SF

Bootstrappers won’t like the recently enacted patent reform law. Called the America Invents Act, it was signed by   President Obama on September 16. The law takes effect March 16, 2013. It provides for a “first to file” patent system. Currently a patent is awarded to the first person to invent and reduce the invention to

Shawn Greene On Tips To Enhance Your Sales Repair Kit

You don't want to miss this one -- on Tuesday Sept. 27, Shawn Green will join us to lead the roundtable discussion about your sales process. Sales Repair Kit • Pointers to help you avoid common errors in prospecting and selling. • Practical tips for effective prospecting on a shoestring budget. • Open forum to

Pete Tormey: New Patent Law Is Bad News for Bootstrappers

Pete Tormey moderates our Walnut Creek breakfasts; he is also a patent attorney at Antero & Tormey LLP. He offered  his analysis of the new patent law update, the America Invents Act (HR 1249 112th Congress), concluding that it is an unfavorable development for bootstrappers. Bootstrappers won’t like the recently enacted patent reform law.  Called

East Bay Roundtable Discussion on “Billboards in the Desert” with Deborah Shea

Bootstrappers Breakfasts® group welcomes special guest - Deborah Shea who will share her "Billboards in the Desert" website tips. The roundtable discussion will cover why you have a business website Increase your prospects list Convert more prospects into leads and customers And brand your business to drive the goals created above as a total process