Bootstrappers Breakfasts Expands To Satisfy Growing Demand For Serious Conversations Among Entrepreneurs

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Bootstrappers Breakfasts Expands To Satisfy Growing Demand For Serious Conversations Among Entrepreneurs

The following is a press release going out tomorrow to announce our expansion to San Diego and Minneapolis in 2010. I have added links to help provide background.

Bootstrappers Breakfast® ( fosters early morning discussions among entrepreneurs at local restaurants. The focus is on technology businesses whose next stage of growth is based on internal cash flow and organic profits. Entrepreneurs who like to “eat problems for breakfast” bring business issues and challenges to discuss with peers.

Bootstrappers Breakfast was started informally in 2003 by Sean Murphy, CEO of SKMurphy, Inc., and formally met at Coco’s in the heart of Silicon Valley in 2005. Since that time, they have grown to multiple locations in Silicon Valley and San Francisco.

The year 2010 brings additional Bootstrapper Breakfasts in San Diego, CA and Minneapolis, MN.

After attending Silicon Valley networking meetings for more than a decade, Murphy became disenchanted with the extreme emphasis on venture capital and fund raising. He wanted to create a place for entrepreneurs to discuss their real challenges like time management, finding partners, attracting customers, payroll issues, human resources–issues that entrepreneurs may not normally talk about in other networking meetings.

The meeting format is based on Lee Felsenstein‘s moderation techniques for the Home Brew Computer Club and Doug Engelbart‘s model for a bootstrapping a network improvement community.

Why the name Bootstrapper?

Bootstrapping is a technique for starting a computer system from scratch in a self-sustaining process. When applied to startups it indicates a business that relies on customer revenue to fuel growth without relying on a large amount of initial investment to get started. Doug Engelbart applied the term to methodologies for improving the improvement process in a firm or system.

The key objective for the group is to enable entrepreneurs to help each other improve their own businesses. Murphy explained some of the ways that attendees have benefited from the breakfast meetings: “you can get feedback on your startup or your idea for your startup from other entrepreneurs, meet potential co-founders or partners, or have a serious conversation about other aspects of bootstrapping a technology startup.”

About Bootstrappers Breakfasts®

Bootstrappers Breakfasts  are meetings for founders of early stage 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 professionals who are serious about growing their business. Information about dates, times, and locations of the Bootstrappers Breakfast may be found at

About SKMurphy

SKMurphy, Inc. ( offers workshops and consulting services that focus on early customers and early revenue for high-tech startups. The firm’s clients have offerings in electronic design automation, artificial intelligence, web-enabled collaboration, proteomics, text analytics, legal services automation, and medical services workflow.

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  1. […] I am not arguing against the “mastermind model” where you have a experienced consultant facilitating a conversation among a group of entrepreneurs who have committed to meet together for a period of time, just that facilitated peer to peer advice that’s more ad hoc can also provide a lot of value, especially to folks who are just starting out. Starting in 2010 we expanded to Minneapolis and San Diego. If you like “eating problems for breakfast” and are interested in bringing the Bootstrappers Breakfast® to your city please contact us: one of the first steps we will ask you to take is to find the time to visit at least one breakfast so you can get a sense of what’s involved. Another is to look for at least one more person who can act as a moderator who can assist you, both as a backup and preferably with complementary skills and experience. Moderator positions are volunteer and require facilitation skills and a demonstrated passion for entrepreneurship. […]

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