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From Start to Scale: Doing More with Less at a Bootstrapped Startup

Monday, September 16, 2019 @ 10:15 am - 11:45 am

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How do you get off the ground and grow when your company is still in its infancy?

This panel will cover the keys to successful bootstrapping and moving from start to scaling with few resources.  Panel members will share their myriad experiences so that their pain can be your gain:

  • Should you save before building a company?
  • Should you work full time while building a startup on nights and weekends?
  • Once you have traction and enough capital, how can you scale without taking diluted funding?
  • What are some hard lessons you’ve learned from bootstrapping?
  • What has bootstrapping stood in the way of?

You’ll learn this and more in this candid conversation about accelerating on limited resources.

This event is part of the Founders & C-Suite Track at Startup Boston Week 2019. And is perfect for companies in the Early Stage and Growth Stage.

Our Speakers: 

Andrew Bialecki – CEO & Co-founder, Klaviyo

During the first 3 years of Klaviyo, Andrew and his co-founder bootstrapped the company. Fast-forward to today, Klaviyo now has 200 employees and brings in an estimated $48.6M in revenue annually. Their approach? They build a profitable company before looking for funding.

Todd Garland – Founder & CEO, BuySellAds

Todd has spent the past ten years growing BuySellAds to one of the largest advertising marketplaces on the web. His startup now competes with industry giants, selling over 6 billion ad impressions each month. BSA now has 52 employees and an estimated $34.5M in revenue. And they’ve done all of this without ever raising outside capital.

More speakers to be announced soon!

Our Moderator: 

Michelle Carazas – Co-Founder & CEO, Host

Michelle’s background as a full-time bartender became the jumping-off point for launching Host, a bartender sharing app for events that may need an extra hand serving cocktails. With the launch of the bootstrapped company in 2018, the company has been expanding quickly throughout Boston




This is a Startup Boston Week event.

Startup Boston Week is a free, five-day series of events celebrating, educating, and connecting entrepreneurs in Boston. Taking place from September 16th-20th, 2019 Startup Boston Week brings entrepreneurs, company leaders, innovators, and industry experts together to foster collaboration and fuel growth in Boston’s startup ecosystem.

Thank you to our event partners! 

About Matter:

Matter is a Brand Elevation Agency unifying public relations, social media, creative services, and search and digital marketing into strategic, content-rich communications campaigns that inspire action and build value. With 15 years of experience working with companies ranging from startups to large enterprises, we understand the fast speed and challenges inherent in marketing a new brand. Whether you’re building a business or growing a brand, we can help you achieve the success you deserve.

About CIC Boston:

One of Boston’s largest innovation communities, CIC provides office and coworking space, and supports a variety of important programs in Boston’s startup scene including Venture Cafe, District Hall, and MassRobotics.


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Monday, September 16, 2019
10:15 am - 11:45 am
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CIC Boston
50 Milk Street
Boston, MA
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