Bootstrapping a Startup, a Developer's Tale

A session at Nordic Ruby 2013

Friday 7th June, 2013

2:30pm to 3:00pm (CET)

Most developers will be brimming with ideas, some of which end up as side-projects. But what happens when you decide to turn one of these side-projects into an actual business? A product that you charge people money to use and that you hope will one day become your full-time gig?

What follows is a cautionary tale, warts and all, from someone who has been there, done that and got the t-shirt. Hear from a fellow developer: what it’s like to build and launch a product in your spare time; how your developer brain can actually work against you; why your idea might be doomed from the start; and ultimately, how to make the right choices to maximise the chance your bootstrapped startup will be a success.

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Tekin Suleyman

Senior Ruby/Rails consultant, @nwrug and @railsgirlsmcr organiser. Formally @GDSteam & tech lead for @CoopDigital's 1st digital service. Current gig: @FreeAgent bio from Twitter

Tekin Suleyman is a Manchester-based freelance Ruby developer and general builder of things. As well as helping to run the local Ruby user group, he organises the Bootstrap Business Club, a support group for geeks and techies building their own products. The rest of the time, you can probably find him on a bike somewhere.

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Time 2:30pm3:00pm CET

Date Fri 7th June 2013

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