Bootstrap Austin :  A  Self-Service  Community for  Bootstrap Entrepreneurs Bijoy Goswami November 7, 2009
Elements of the Bootstrap Community <ul><li>about  something </li></ul><ul><li>protocols  for interaction  </li></ul><ul><...
Third Way of Entrepreneurship b Cookie Cutter Funding  Driven What is Bootstrap? 1. about Bootstrap!
Bootstrap Community QUEST(ion):  What is Bootstrap? <ul><li>Challenge the Bootstrap Entrepreneur’s Personal Entrepreneursh...
Bootstrap University <ul><li>12 monthly learning sessions (optional) </li></ul><ul><li>Bootstrap Entrepreneur Speakers </l...
Levels of Community Participation Bootstrap Community 2. protocols <ul><li>Appropriate Conduct and  Rules of Engagement </...
Laws of Networks <ul><li>Sarnoff's Law  = the value of a broadcast network is proportionate to the number of viewers / rea...
Subgroups by Stage <ul><li>You </li></ul><ul><li>QUEST(ion) </li></ul><ul><li>Ideation </li></ul><ul><li>Valley of Death <...
Subgroups by Area <ul><li>Interactive </li></ul><ul><li>Food </li></ul><ul><li>Art </li></ul><ul><li>Experience Sustainabi...
How we Build Community <ul><li>Subgroup Monthly Meetings </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Informal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>30min: ...
BootBoards <ul><li>6-8 Bootstrap Founders </li></ul><ul><li>Same Stage </li></ul><ul><li>3-5hr Monthly Meetings </li></ul>...
Free, Open Source <ul><li>Wiki  – repository </li></ul><ul><li>Podcast  & Blog – events, talks, news </li></ul><ul><li>fac...
Contact <ul><li>BijoyGoswami.com </li></ul><ul><li>Follow: @bijoy </li></ul><ul><li>facebook.com/bijoy </li></ul><ul><li>[...
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Bootstrap Austin Community

  1. 1. Bootstrap Austin : A Self-Service Community for Bootstrap Entrepreneurs Bijoy Goswami November 7, 2009
  2. 2. Elements of the Bootstrap Community <ul><li>about something </li></ul><ul><li>protocols for interaction </li></ul><ul><li>members are connected </li></ul><ul><li>takes action </li></ul><ul><li>systems to support its activities </li></ul><ul><li>Note web links (underlined and icons) throughout slides </li></ul>
  3. 3. Third Way of Entrepreneurship b Cookie Cutter Funding Driven What is Bootstrap? 1. about Bootstrap!
  4. 4. Bootstrap Community QUEST(ion): What is Bootstrap? <ul><li>Challenge the Bootstrap Entrepreneur’s Personal Entrepreneurship Model </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing stories + model locks in bootstrappers’ learning </li></ul><ul><li>Consistent language of the key stages, principles, actions of bootstrap entrepreneurship </li></ul><ul><li>Help participants advance through each phase of the venture: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Gain the ‘right’ knowledge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>And make the ‘right’ connections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Leverage their own unique skills and resources, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>in order to ‘Take the right action at the right time’: </li></ul></ul>1. about Ideation VoD Bootstrap Community – Builds shared knowledge of venture building Participant – Builds awareness of next action in venture Growth Knowledge Connections Skills Resources Skills Resources Skills Resources Knowledge Connections Knowledge Connections
  5. 5. Bootstrap University <ul><li>12 monthly learning sessions (optional) </li></ul><ul><li>Bootstrap Entrepreneur Speakers </li></ul><ul><li>Social Media </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Twitter: daily tweet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>facebook: discussion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>BootRap Podcast </li></ul></ul>1. about
  6. 6. Levels of Community Participation Bootstrap Community 2. protocols <ul><li>Appropriate Conduct and Rules of Engagement </li></ul><ul><li>1. Participants </li></ul><ul><li>Attend meetings </li></ul><ul><li>May become active </li></ul><ul><li>2. Active Participants </li></ul><ul><li>Speakers, bloggers, tweeters </li></ul><ul><li>May become contributors, Collaborators or inactive </li></ul><ul><li>3. Contributors </li></ul><ul><li>Lead subgroups </li></ul><ul><li>May become Active Participants Collaborator </li></ul><ul><li>4. Collaborators </li></ul><ul><li>Coordinate overall community </li></ul><ul><li>May become Active, participants or Contributors </li></ul>
  7. 7. Laws of Networks <ul><li>Sarnoff's Law = the value of a broadcast network is proportionate to the number of viewers / readers. </li></ul><ul><li>Metcalfe's Law = value of a network is proportionate to the square of the number of nodes, i.e., n2. (And, connecting two networks creates far more value than the sum of their values as independent networks.) </li></ul><ul><li>Reed's Law = value of a group -forming network is proportionate to the exponential of the number of groups, i.e., 2n </li></ul>3. connected
  8. 8. Subgroups by Stage <ul><li>You </li></ul><ul><li>QUEST(ion) </li></ul><ul><li>Ideation </li></ul><ul><li>Valley of Death </li></ul><ul><li>Growth </li></ul>3. connected
  9. 9. Subgroups by Area <ul><li>Interactive </li></ul><ul><li>Food </li></ul><ul><li>Art </li></ul><ul><li>Experience Sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>Publishing </li></ul><ul><li>Etc... </li></ul>3. connected
  10. 10. How we Build Community <ul><li>Subgroup Monthly Meetings </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Informal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>30min: social (in-person introductions) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1hr Speaker on monthly principle & map </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>15min: participants integrate lessons </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Online </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Twitter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facebook </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>BootRap </li></ul></ul>3. connected
  11. 11. BootBoards <ul><li>6-8 Bootstrap Founders </li></ul><ul><li>Same Stage </li></ul><ul><li>3-5hr Monthly Meetings </li></ul><ul><li>12month commitment </li></ul>4. action
  12. 12. Free, Open Source <ul><li>Wiki – repository </li></ul><ul><li>Podcast & Blog – events, talks, news </li></ul><ul><li>facebook – one-on-one connection, events </li></ul><ul><li>Yahoo groups – member many-to-many communication </li></ul>5. systems
  13. 13. Contact <ul><li>BijoyGoswami.com </li></ul><ul><li>Follow: @bijoy </li></ul><ul><li>facebook.com/bijoy </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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