Chicago: Topics and advice from the last meeting

My notes from our last meeting: Advice on incorporation Limiting product features: If you're creating a program/app/service, pick 2 or 3 features. Focus on making those 2-3 features awesome, and market that, rather than saying, "We have a million features", all of which are pretty mediocre-- which users would hate. For bootstrappers w/ a limited

Chicago: January recap & February Signups

Happy February! Our next breakfast is two weeks from today, Wednesday, February 27. I'd love to see both newcomers & bootstrappers veterans at the breakfast. You can sign up here: In January, we had a lively meetup with about 20 people. As always, topics ranged the gamut and we had lively discussions. At the

Dear Chicago Bootstrappers Breakfast,

Spirtle Space, Chicago's newest coworking space in the loop, would like to personally invite you to visit us and attend our two upcoming events during the Open House Weekend. --- The Launch Party on Friday, February 8th from 5-9pm --- There will be free beer (yay!), refreshments, good internet, socializing, and lots of other Chicagoans

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

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

Interesting Crowdfunding Meetup in Chicago

If you're interested in Crowdfunding & the JOBS act impact on it, do yourself a favor and signup for this meet up next week: It promises to provide some good insight into the what / why / how of the crowd funding legislation.

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

This Summer – Chicago Entrepreneurs Eat Problems for Breakfast

CHICAGO, July 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Chicago entrepreneur group, Bootstrappers Breakfast, pours the first cup of coffee at 7:30 a.m. on the fourth Wednesday of every month. The next gathering for entrepreneurs who enjoy "eating problems for breakfast" is Wednesday, July 25 at 7:30 a.m. at Cafe300 (300 N LaSalle St). Attendees, all with

Please join us

Please join us in thanking Griffin Caprio for his great leadership and welcoming Sarah Gray. Griffin Caprio is stepping back from month-to-month operations of the Chicago's Bootstrappers Breakfast meeting. Under his founding leadership the Chicago chapter of Bootstrappers Breakfast has attracted an incredible group of entrepreneurs. He plans to continue attending breakfasts and be involved

Meet Sarah Gray – Chicago’s latest leadership team

Sarah Gray LinkedIn: Twitter: @fablednet Sarah Gray is the co-founder of She is a technical co-founder and entrepreneur with a background in theater directing. Sarah has been developing software professionally for 10 years and worked for a number of early-stage startups before dropping out to build her own products. She is currently working