VLab: Successful Seattle Bootstrapped Ventures
These days, we hear a lot about new ways to raise money from investors, but investment can take many forms. It is easy to forget that 99.9% of all new ventures are started without turning to any outside investors and it isn't always just about the money. There are many reasons entrepreneurs may never raise funds from outside investors, but choose instead to grow through personal income, loans from friends and family, sweat or home equity, operating at the lowest possible cost, credit cards, conventional bank borrowing, or cash derived from early sales. So how do you make this work? What do you watch out for along the way? On November 8, come hear from the leaders of two local Seattle bootstrapping success stories who will share their experiences and answer all of your burning questions:
- Chia Chin Lee from Offbeat Creations (Disney), a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software on social media platforms
- J. Harper from PeerSec Networks, Inc., a leading provider of internet security solutions for the next generation of networked devices (Apple)
We look forward to seeing you there!
Chia Chin Lee is an entrepreneur with a passion for technology, media, and entertainment. Chia Chin was the CEO and Co-Founder of Offbeat Creations.
Founded in 2008, Offbeat created fast-growing and profitable free-to-play games, using viral distribution to reach massive audiences. Disney/Playdom acquired Offbeat in 2010. Post-acquisition, Chia Chin led a major collaboration between 3 Disney entities (Marvel, Playdom, and Disney Interactive) to create Marvel: Avengers Alliance, one of the most successful social games in 2012. Previous to founding Offbeat, Chia Chin was Vice President at Sony Computer Entertainment America/Zipper Interactive. Prior to Sony, Chia Chin worked on award-winning products at Microsoft, Valve, and Activision/Raven Software.