Entries from January 2012 ↓

The Inside Story of a Small Startup Acquisition (Part 1)


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Based on the title of this post you might be thinking I have mad stacks of money in the bank.

That I’ve had a few “exits” and instead of hunkering down and writing code for 6 months I opted to talk to a few of my buddies at the yacht club and purchase a primed and growing social network for somewhere in the mid-seven figures.

Indeed, I did buy my latest startup, but the deal was done from a spare bedroom of my suburban home in Fresno, California for less than most people pay for a new car. And the funds came from revenue generated by my portfolio of web applications and websites that I’ve built over the past several years.

This acquisition is a long story, but if you have a few minutes let me tell you the best parts.

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Announcing MicroConf 2012: The Conference for Self-Funded Startups and Single Founders

MicroConf 2012

I can’t believe it’s this time of year again. MicroConf is in the air. If you’re starting, or thinking about starting, a self-funded startup this is the place to be in April.

My co-host and I are crafting a line-up of speakers that will be speaking to your specific needs as a bootstrapper, rather than someone with a bazillion dollars of funding in the bank. Honestly, MicroConf is unlike any conference you’ve ever attended.

First things first, here are the things we’ve nailed down so far:

MicroConf 2012: The Conference for Self-Funded Startups and Single Founders

Speakers Include

128 pre-release tickets will be available next week (until we sell out).

Who Should Attend?
Anyone launching a startup with no outside funding who wants to hang out with and learn from 128 of today’s leading founders and entrepreneurs. We are intentionally keeping the conference small based on feedback from last year.

Wait…you didn’t hear about last year’s MicroConf?! You must check out this blog post or this podcast episode. Then sign up for the early bird notification list.

Sounds Awesome, What Should I Do Next?
We’re limiting total attendance to 128 and expect to sell out quickly. If this is up your alley, here are the next two things you’ll want to do:

  1. Sign up to be notified about discounted pre-release tickets here
  2. Tweet it!

It’s going to be a blast! Hope you can make it.