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Interview with Kitae Kwon, serial entrepreneur: Startups are like riding a tiger

Company-engineer-turned-entrepreneur Kitae Kwon talks laptop attachments, beginner’s naiveté, and why startups are like riding a tiger. Can you tell me about your first startup company? My first startup company was LandingZone, which began in March, 2011. I designed a computer docking station for the MacBook Air. I came up with the idea, filed the patents,

Founder Story: Scott Swaaley

Founder and CEO of MAKESafe Tools Scott Swaaley talks power tools, startup savvy, and how an electrical engineer became dedicated to improving workplace safety. Gaby: Can you briefly describe your company? Scott: My company is MAKESafe Tools. It’s a company that develops and manufactures safety products for the manufacturing industry, like our “power tool brake.”

Cheryl Lynn Nelson: Bootstrapping a legal document workbook for 18 year olds

Cheryl Lynn Nelson is a certified paralegal, income tax advisor, Notary Public and a parent. Cheryl knew that most parents were completely unaware that their rights regarding his or her child’s medical decisions changed once the child turned 18 and that few resources available to help them navigate these changes. This led her to create

Allen Hirashiki: How To Keep Bootstrapping Team Together and Moving Forward

Allen Hirashiki gave a briefing at the Tue-Oct-17 Bootstrappper Breakfast in Sunnyvale on team and project management practices he had found effective in keeping the Mindframers bootstrapping team together and moving forward on the design of a complex wearable device. Here is the description for the breakfast and a handout that Allen provided to summarize

Hardware Startup Lessons Learned: Risk & Cost Management, Building Your Prototype and Pilot Hardware to Ensure Successful Production Ramp

Bob Mattoon, President of ISC Networks, will share tips for building your prototype and transitioning your product to production. He will be discussing best practices for methodically generating your pilot product and to focus on its functionality. His expert tips come from many years of managing supply chain and contract manufacturers (onshore and offshore) through

Travis Johnson discuss formation of Foodjunky and pivots driven by customer feedback

A couple of weeks ago, Jeremy Brinkerhoff had the chance to interview a Chicago bootstrapper and founder of Foodjunky, Travis Johnson. Jeremy:  Please give us a brief description of your company. Travis:  Foodjunky simplifies the way companies order food for group meetings. Instead of going around with a menu asking what everyone wants, you use

Thank you from Charlie

Recently I got this from the Philadelphia's Bootstrappers Breakfast meetup group. I think it sums up our meetings very well .... I just wanted to mention that is was an absolute pleasure meeting and getting to know everyone this morning ... What a very impressive group of individuals! I would also like to thank each

Bootstrappers’ Breakfast Interview with Rentalutions’ Ryan Coon

A couple of weeks ago, I had the chance to interview a long-time Chicago bootstrapper, Ryan Coon founder of Rentalutions.  Ryan was very candid about his lessons learned and I appreciate his willingness to share and help others. Theresa: Please tell us briefly about yourself? Ryan: I have always been an entrepreneur at heart, but