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Partner Event (ENET): Bootstrapping 101: Alternative Ways to fund a Startup without an Angel or VC
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When: November 13, 2012
From 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: Foley Hoag Emerging Enterprise Center
1000 Winter Street
Suite 4000 (North Entrance)
Waltham, Massachusetts  02451
United States

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ENET will devote the evening to "Bootstrapping 101” to discuss a series of topics that will include:
  • Buying used, using eBay and craigslist and controlling your costs
  • Hiring part-time, interns and volunteer help
  • Using equity effectively and outsourcing for expertise
  • Using barter, free resources, and building and using your network
  • Testing small and adapting quick
  • Keeping the day job or consulting to fund the business
  • Leveraging relationships including advances from customers and partners
Apple, Google and HP all began in garages with free rent. We will hear from three experienced CEOs who have also built their business by bootstrapping without VC or angel investment until they achieved important milestones and were well on their away. In some cases, they went all the way through to a successful acquisition exit without external funding.

Karl Büttner, Chief Mentorship Officer, with the Startup competition and incubator Mass Challenge,
Barry Morris, CEO, NuoDB Inc.,, a 21st century database that addresses the challenge of web-scale applications for the cloud
Erica Zidel, founder and CEO of Sitting Around,, an online community that makes it easy for parents to find and coordinate babysitting co-ops in their neighborhoods
Robert Adelson, business and tax attorney and partner at the Boston law firm of Engel & Schultz LLP (, and Chairman of IEEE Boston Entrepreneurs’ Network (ENET)


Register for this event directly on our partner's site. Registration is Free for IEEE ENET Members and $20 for regular admittance (non-member and guest). MDG Member rate is $15.00.

Participants may also attend a pre-meeting self-pay dinner at 5:15pm at Bertucci's Restaurant 475 Winter St., (exit 27B off Route 128), Waltham, MA. No reservation is needed for the dinner.

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