MIT Enterprise forum of South Florida and FAU Tech Runway presents – How I Funded My Way To The Top
boot·strap/ˈbo͞otˌstrap/verb: get (oneself or something) into or out of a situation using existing resources. “the company is bootstrapping itself out of a marred financial past”
MIT Enterprise forum of South Florida and FAU Tech Runway
Do all companies really need investors? Maybe yours doesn’t. Investors or not, there always comes a time in a company’s life when it must stay afloat to get to that next step. Dare we say it; is there a downside to taking on investors?
Come learn about bootstrapping from the front lines; from Silicon Valley to Boston to South Florida. Hear war stories and tips from entrepreneurs who are currently bootstrapping to the next level or have successfully bootstrapped on their way to exit.
Our expert panel:
Luis Duco, Director of Operations at Starsky Robotics
Luis spearheads Starsky’s effort to make trucking driverless. Luis has a background in sustainable business design, lean process development, analytics, and sales and marketing strategy. While he is currently involved with a San Francisco based early stage company, Luis has long been involved in the South Florida tech community, had has degrees from the University of Central Florida and Nova Southeastern University.
Candice Saffer, CEO Zing Rides
Candice founded Zing rides with the purpose of providing a fun and safe way to get kids to where they need to go daily. Now in tis second year, Zing provides a safe and reliable family-centric, ride-sharing platform that solves the needs of parents, children and the community. Zing was the 2018 winner of MIT Enterprise Forum’s People’s Choice Award at its 2018 Geek Tank event.
Marty Schulz, Cofounder at Objective Ed
Marty Schultz is a mentor-speaker, angel fund investor, award-winning innovator and has boot-strapped and grown five companies in his career, with a combined valuation of over $300M.
A firm believer in sharing his knowledge with others, Marty mentors entrepreneurs and presents at startup and venture capital conferences. He holds degrees from Harvard Business School and Carnegie Mellon University.
David Spector, Partner Tambourine
Dave Spector is a Partner at, a hotel marketing technology firm based in Fort Lauderdale. Since 2013 (with no outside investment) Dave and his partners have grown the firm from 12 to 140 employees and added additional offices in New York, California and Colombia. Earlier in his career, Dave was a founding member of two start-ups that eventually became thriving public companies with current revenues today exceeding $250 million dollars.
Dave lives in Delray Beach with his wife and daughters who constantly remind him that he knows very little about anything.
Howard Gitten, Partner Lewis Brisbois LLP
Howard Gitten is a partner in the Fort Lauderdale office of Lewis Brisbois. Combining experience as General Counsel at a cutting edge technology company with his years of intellectual IP private practice experience, Mr. Gitten brings a unique perspective to legal technology issues. Howard is Vice Chair of the MIT Enterprise Forum, and has lectured at universities across the state on a variety of IP topics.
Date: December 6, 2018
Place: FAU Tech Runway
901 NW 35th St.
Boca Raton, FL