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<h2 class="no-top-margin">Why bootstrapd?</h2>
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<li>You love making products for the web, and you're good at it.</li>
<li>You might be a UX designer, marketeer, a programmer, a product owner, or all four.</li>
<li>You want to get your own startup off the ground, with no outside funding.</li>
<li>You want to share experiences with bootstrappers from around the world.</li>
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<p>Whether you're already bootstrapping a startup or just aspire to, this event will give you the practical advice, support and inspiration you need to achieve your goals.</p>
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Only 40 places available - Register today.
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<a href="http://bootstrapd.eventbrite.co.uk/" id='price'>£75</a>
<a href="http://bootstrapd.eventbrite.co.uk/" id='cta'>Buy your ticket today</a>
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<p class="price-description">Not for profit - surplus revenue will go behind the bar in the evening.</p>
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<h3>Speakers</h3>
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Bootstrapd is an <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unconference">open-space event</a>. That means no keynote speakers, just <a href="/schedule.html">sessions organised by bootstrappers, for bootstrappers</a>.
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<h3>On the internet</h3>
<p>Check out our <a href="http://lanyrd.com/2012/bootstrapd/">Lanyrd</a> page, follow us on <a href="http://twitter.com/bootstrapd">Twitter</a> or come and join the <a href="https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/bootstrapd">Google Group</a>.</p>
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<h3>Where is it?</h3>
<img src="images/abden-house.jpg" alt="Photo Abden House, Edinburgh" width="70" height="70" />
<p>Abden House, Pollock Halls Campus, Edinburgh, UK
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<a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Abden%20House@55.9377733903,-3.1689322783">View on a map</a></p>
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<h3>Who's behind all this?</h3>
<img src="http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1174/530582428_36f804b317_m.jpg" alt="Photo Matt Wynne" width="70" height="70" />
<img src="images/tookey.jpg" alt="Photo Steve Tooke" width="70" height="70" />
<p>Bootstrapd is organised by <a href="http://twitter.com/mattwynne">@mattwynne</a> and <a href="http://twitter.com/tooky">@tooky</a></p>
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<h3>I'm very busy you know! What makes bootstrapd special?</h3>
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We're organising this conference simply because we're trying to bootstrap our own product businesses, and we'd like to spend a day with other people who are in the same boat. Bootstrapping can be lonely at times, and we believe that creating a support network where we can share ideas and lessons learned will give us all a massive boost.
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We believe great spaces can inspire great thinking, so we've carefully chosen a special venue in the heart of Edinburgh: a grand old baronial mansion with breathtaking, unrestricted views of Arthur's Seat from the private gardens.</p>
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Bootstrapping is all about taking initiative, so we're deliberately hosting this as an open space, where <a href="/schedule.html">delegates decide the programme and propose and run sessions that are relevant to them</a>. We'll facilitate the event to ensure it runs smoothly, but the content is up to all of us. Every open space we've been to has been a terrific experience.
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Making a profit has nothing to do with our goal for this event. Any surplus revenue will go behind the bar.
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