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At Bootstrap Maryland's fourth big event, we're going to accept that our first big idea may not be the right one, and instead talk about how to get to that right idea and right business model. We want you to be ready for success, to know what to look for, to shift path--how to get to plan B.

You've moved on since your first relationship. You learned a bit, got hurt, and maybe you've even figured things out by now. Well, you're not going to get your first business idea right either. But if you still have money and a kickass team then there's nothing to stop you from swinging the bat again. But (perhaps like that first relationship) some ideas should've died long ago. In this panel we'll talk about how to experiment with your business ideas and business models so that you don't walk away broke and broken hearted...with your business. Instead, maybe you'll hit it out of the park on your second or third try. Score.

Panelists for this event are still being confirmed but they'll be some people who've seriously failed and seriously gotten things right. People who now have a system that you can learn from.

This event was inspired by the lean startup movement and Getting to Plan B, a book by John Mullins and Randy Komisar.

Getting to Plan B
6:00 - 7:00 Networking and Hors d'oeuvres
7:00 - 8:30 Panel Presentation
8:30 - 9:00 Networking
Signature Sponsors
Pillsbury Law


Media Sponsors
Tech Cocktai


Past Events

Second Annual Conference: It's All About The Customers
Saturday, April 10, 2010
University of Maryland College Park, MD
Aligning Your Business With Your Customers
Registration and Breakfast
Keynote: Aaron Dragushan
Talk by Kevin DeWalt: Applying Lean Startup Principles to Customer Learning
Applying Lean Startup Principles to Customer Learning (i.e., responding to your customers to build the best and most profitable application)
Hiring on the cheap and outsourcing
Ignite Talk: Martin Ringlein
Workshop and exercises in small groups
Organized by Tim Grahl
Talk by Jill Stelfox: Generating serious buzz on a budget
Generating serious buzz on a budget (i.e., finding your market through both testing and outreach, then getting your message out to them)
Ignite Talk: Brent Halliburton
Closing Remarks

What You Need to Know About Money for Your Startup in 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Pillsbury Law, 2300 N St, NW, Washington DC
Networking and hors d'oeuvres
Panel Discussion

Things are different today: it cost less to build a startup, but venture funding is harder to come by. It's possible to accomplish "ramen profitability", but it's challenging to achieve hockey-stick growth.

Learn from two skilled entrepreneurs who have invested their own money, taken outside funding, and had opportunities to sell in more than one business. To keep the talk relevant and offer more nuanced perspective, a venture capitalist and attorney, both with experience working with hundreds of startups, will round out the panel.

Be prepared to learn what you really need in terms of funding or financing.and also how to structure your business so that, should you change your mind, you'll still have a business.


  • Jay Virdy is the CEO and Founder of Summize, which recently sold to Twitter. Prior to that he had launched a venture-backed business that he sold to AOL in 2000. Read more...
  • Paul Singh is Founder of Philtro, a real-time relevancy search for Twitter. He has spent the last several years commuting between DC and Silicon Valley, where he served as a Director for PBWiki (now PBWorks). Read more...
  • John Burke is a Partner at True Ventures, a venture capital firm based out of Silicon Valley with an office in Northern Virginia. Some of True's investments include Automattic, KISSmetrics, and Meebo. Read more...
  • Matt Swartz is a Partner at Pillsbury Law with focus on M&A; and venture capital. He has represented a diversity of technology companies from Microsoft to Voxant and has experience both in Washington and Silicon Valley. Read more...

Bootstrap Maryland's Inaugural Conference
Saturday, May 2, 2009
University of Maryland College Park, MD
Opening remarks
What you need (and don't need) to get a technology business started
How to market inexpensively with social media, events, and creative public relations
Workshop and exercises in small groups
Organized by Tim Grahl
Getting your technology right...and what people are using to develop today
Introductions to local groups and events
Success stories and lessons learned
Confirmed Panelists: Matthias Broecheler, Martin Ringlein, David Troy (moderated by Jared Goralnick)

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Startup Sponsors
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Bootstrap Maryland brings together young entrepreneurs and the necessary tools for running a lean and successful technology business. We want to see Maryland, DC, and Virginia flourish with innovation.

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