This event has ended. Visit the official site or create your own event on Sched.
Meet experts and network with your peers at Techstars Startup Week Seattle!
Back To Schedule
Friday, October 6 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Bootstrapping or fundraising: the debate

Log in to save this to your schedule, view media, leave feedback and see who's attending!

Wondering whether to bootstrap your business or raise funds from investors?  It’s a common dilemma and there will never be a one-size-fits-all answer.  Come join us as we hear from four companies facing this question today.  Our expert debaters - including two bootstrapping pros, two fundraising founders, and a moderator who has been on all sides including a turn as an angel investor  - will discuss the best path forward for these start-ups, teaching us all important lessons along the way.

avatar for John Plaza

John Plaza

EIR, CoMotion Labs
With more than 20 years of experience in the renewable energy, clean technology, and aviation sectors, John Plaza has a proven track record of launching highly successful startups from the ground up, obtaining funding from leading private equity and venture capital firms, successfully... Read More →

avatar for Amy Buckalter

Amy Buckalter

Founder & CEO, Pulse
Amy Buckalter is the founder and CEO of Pulse® (lovemypulse.com), a revolutionary new and patented technology invented to dramatically improve the delivery of “goops” - lotions, gels, creams, oils, lubricants, and other liquid or fluid consistencies within the health and beauty... Read More →
avatar for Rebecca Deutsch

Rebecca Deutsch

Co-founder & CTO, Parlay
Rebecca Deutsch is the CTO and Co-Founder of Parlay, a software startup that helps innovation teams craft the stories of their concepts. Parlay develops tools that help innovation teams spend more time building creative solutions and less time on process and reporting. Over the past... Read More →
avatar for Michele Mehl

Michele Mehl

Founder & CEO, Excy
Michele Mehl has been working in the startup tech industry for over 20 years. Faced with a genetic pathway of heart disease and a job history that has had her working at a desk for over 20 years, she started Excy (short for exercise cycling) to eliminate three major hurdles to exercise... Read More →
avatar for Rathna Sharad

Rathna Sharad

Founder & CEO, FlavorClour
Rathna Sharad started her career in 1997 in the transportation and logistics industry gaining experience at a number of important players in the industry including UPS where she led technology and business teams responsible for route optimization, international hub integrations and... Read More →

Friday October 6, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
The Riveter