Chicago’s Bootstrappers is back with a party!

We are very excited to have Travis Johnson taking over the Chicago chapter! The first meetup is going to be more of a welcome back party but we will do some bootstrapping as well! Travis is founder of and first attended the Chicago breakfast 5 years ago. With Travis leadership is now the

Thank you Erin Kelley

After many months, Erin Kelley is stepping back from month-to-month operations of the Chicago’s Bootstrappers Breakfast meeting. We will miss her and are grateful for her giving back to so many other bootstrappers. Moving forward we are looking for a new primary moderator and additional ways we can come together to work, mobilize, share, learn,

CoFoundersLab Matchup Chicago

When: Tuesday, July 22nd from 6:30-9:30pm Where: TechNexus (20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 1200) What: CoFoundersLab Matchup Chicago is aimed at helping entrepreneurs find co-founders, advisers & interns and to build strong, core founding teams. Get started networking now with a potential core team member by creating a free profile on Cost: $10, $20

Lean Startup Machine is coming to Chicago!

Lean Startup Machine (LSM), a three-day workshop on starting a successful new business. Register now at! Most new startups fail because they build something no one wants. LSM teaches you a systematic process for learning which products or services will succeed and which ones will not. Over 25,000 entrepreneurs have had their lives changed

Adrian Holovaty: Chicago is For Bootstrappers

Some excerpts from a talk by Adrian Holvaty on Jan 24, 2014 (from his transcript at "Why Chicago needs to stop playing by Silicon Valley’s rules"). Chicago is great for bootstrappers. Let's take advantage of that. "Bootstrapping" has a few different connotations, but what I specifically mean is: small companies with a couple of people,

CoFoundersLab Matchup Chicago

We're quickly approaching our upcoming CoFoundersLab Matchup Chica When: Wednesday, January 15th from 6:30-9:00pm Where: 1871 (222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, 12th Floor) What: CoFoundersLab Matchup Chicago is aimed to help build founding teams in finding co-founders, advisers & interns. Get started networking now with a potential core team member by creating a FREE profile

Join us in thanking Sarah Gray for sharing her time and talent with us.

After many years, Sarah Gray is stepping back from month-to-month operations of the Chicago's Bootstrappers Breakfast meeting. Bootstrappers Breakfast was founded on the premise that entrepreneurs achieve significant learning by sharing their experience with peers. She has embodied this pursuit of knowledge and reinforced our peer learning community. We will miss her. Moving forward we are

First Step – Advice from Chicago Bootstrappers for Startups

One quick tip shared at the recent Chicago Bootstrappers Breakfast First step: If you've got a good product, even if it has potentially universal utility to all demographics, you need to start marketing/targeting ONE particular demographic first.

Highlights from Chicago’s meeting

Here are some highlights: WRITING an e-book. Even if there aren't a ton of initial, direct readers, being "published" can have multiple secondary benefits: lends credibility, can lead to speaking engagements... was recommended as a tool for building community sites. A couple of tips for freelance consultants: It's important to have a deliverable that you