Pune OCC Meet "Bootstrapping" Saturday, September 13th, 4pm-7pm at SICSR

We will have a Pune OpenCoffee Club meeting this Saturday, September 13th, from 4pm to 7pm at SICSR.

Thanks to Navin Kabra and Manas Garg for setting up a stellar event for all of us here at the Pune OCC.

Agenda is:
4pm-5pm: Discussion: How to Bootstrap your startup
5pm-6pm: Startup Spotlight: ThinkingSpace Technologies (ActiveCiti & EventAZoo)
6pm-7pm: General Networking

Bootstrapping your startup:
We will talk about the pros and cons of bootstrapping vs. venture funding a startup. Tips and techniques on how to bootstrap. We have invited three successful Pune-based entrepreneurs who have gone through this and will guide the discussion and share their experience. The panelists have over 50 years of combined experience and about 8 startup avataars.

Details of the invited panelists are given below.

Startup Spotlight:
Pune-based startup ThinkingSpace Technologies will talk about their two products, ActiveCiti (which is already up and running) and EventAZoo (which is in a pre-launch phase). They will be looking for feedback, suggestions, collaborators, etc. In addition, they will also share some experiences they had regarding copyright (somebody copied their entire product), which should be instructive for other startups.

About the invited panelists:
Anand Soman, founder of Infinishare Technologies, after having two successful startups in the past, one of which was bootstrapped, and the other one was VC-funded. His current startup is again bootstrapped.
For more on Anand see http://www.linkedin.com/pub/3/35/291

Tarun Malaviya, CEO of Mithi, has also seen both sides of the issue, initially having presided over a successful bootstrapped phase of Mithi, and then a later VC-funded re-incarnation.
For more on Tarun see http://www.linkedin.com/pub/0/a3b/218

Shridhar Shukla, founder and MD of GSLab, and has used a services business to successfully bootstrap their products business.
For more on Shridhar see http://www.linkedin.com/pub/0/108/37b

Venue: Symbiosis Institute of Computer Studies and Research (SICSR), 7th floor, Atur Center, Model Colony, Pune, India (Map)

Date/time: 4pm - 7pm, Saturday, 13th September

Registration: this event is free for everyone. Please RSVP at

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