Silicon Valley August/September 2016 Roundup

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A roundup of events for August 2016 for Bootstrappers Breakfast

Sunnyvale Bootstrapper Breakfast Tue-Aug-16 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. We have a featured attendee: David Saxby of SaxbyIoT, he will offer a short briefing on “8 things you should think about (a lot) before you start a company: lessons learned from founding six startups”Dave will share lessons learned from Altera, Parallan, Scotts Valley Instruments, Storymail, Ultimate HD and starting up the PC Server Division at IBM as its first General Manager.

East Bay is on taking the month of August off and returns in September.

The Role of the Cofounder A Silicon Valley Cofounder Academy event at Founder Habitat, 2440 West El Camino Real, 5th Floor, Mountain View, CA A panel of speakers–Milan Saini of Founder Habitat, Van Jepson serial entrepreneur, Ed Ipser of IpserLab, and Sean Murphy of SKMurphy–address the practical considerations for how to evaluate and decide to join a startup as a co-founder or early employee.

“The false goal of everything running smoothly leads to measuring people by their mistakes not their ability to solve problems.” Ed Catmull

Mountain View Bootstrappers Breakfast Fri-Aug-26 9am on 2nd floor of Red Rock Coffee two blocks from Mountain View Train Station. Please arrive early enough to order at the downstairs counter so that we start at 9am upstairs in the Nook area.

Palo Alto Bootstrapper Breakfast Fri-Sep-2 7:30am at Hobees. We have a featured attendee: “Hard Drive” a pseudonym for a frequent Bootstrapper Breakfast attendee who wrote this blog post “Hard Drive: Seven Practices Used to Launch a Successful Startup” will offer a briefing on how to: Be centered and grounded; Avoid conflicts of interest; Create time through effectiveness, building trust and teaming; Separate role performances and resource uses between regular work and your startup; Engage creative thinking for innovation; Adapt the Unfolding Action List to fulfill your goals; Start now: “a journey of a thousand steps starts with the first.”

San Francisco Bootstrapper Breakfast Wed-Sep-7 at 9am at Specialty’s on 1 Post St.

“A speculator is a man who observes the future, and acts before it occurs.”
Bernard Baruch (bootstrapper take: An entrepreneur is midwife to a possible future)

East Bay Bootstrapper Breakfast Tue-Sep-13 9am at Rock Ridge Cafe, 5492 College Ave, Oakland, CA (2 blocks south of Rockridge BART station).

Startup Weekend Santa Clara, November 11 to 13 at Santa Clara University. I will be a mentor for the event and am delighted that the organizing committee has taken this line from the Startup Weekend Manifesto to hear “Startup Weekend aspires to be starting point for entrepreneurs who want to create meaningful and persistent firms” and outlined several goals for the event:

  • The event should live beyond the weekend.
  • Entrepreneurs should come away from the event with a new understanding of their potential impact and should learn new skills along the way.
  • Team building is essential and we should optimize for creating teams and building lasting relationships between attendees, coaches, organizers, sponsors, and judges.

The Bootstrapper Breakfast Is Looking for Entrepreneurs to Share Lessons Learned: If you know someone who would be a good featured attendee at a 2016 Bootstrapper Breakfast we are looking for folks willing to share lessons learned from their entrepreneurial journey.

We had a lively breakfast Tue-Jul-19 in Sunnyvale, here is a recap.

We are fortunate to have CJ Lipe of as our coordinator for South Bay Bootstrapper Breakfasts, she provides contract administrative support for startups and executives, she can be reached at 510-410-5285

Sean Murphy 408-252-9676
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