How to Ask for Money

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Scheduled: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 from 2:30 – 3:15pm in B202/03

Excerpt

Have a project that just needs some cash to get off the ground? Need someone to fund beer and food for an event? Have a great idea and want to get paid for implementing it? Come find out how we did it.

Description

Asking for money doesn’t have to be so hard. Whether you’re working on a non-profit, or a small side project. Or you’re bootstrapping a sweet new developer event. Or you want to find angel investing or venture capital… The same skills apply.

Come learn all about how to ask for money from Selena Deckelmann, J Chris Anderson and Teyo Tyree. Selena co-founded Open Source Bridge, raises money for the open source project PostgreSQL and has found funding for many small non- and for-profit projects. J Chris and Teyo both founded VC-backed startups – Couchbase and Puppet Labs – based on open source products.

They’ll lead you through their process, their successes and failures.

You’ll leave with proven strategies for developing relationships, asking the right questions and providing the right information to people who want to give you their money.

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Speakers

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    J Chris Anderson

    Couchbase

    Biography

    Chris Anderson is an Apache CouchDB committer and co-author of the O’Reilly book “CouchDB: The Definitive Guide”. He is a founder of Couchbase and designs and evangelizes the CouchApp JavaScript framework.

    Sessions

      • Title: Intro to CouchDB
      • Track: Cooking
      • Room: B302/03
      • Time: 11:0011:45am
      • Excerpt:

        Overview of Apache CouchDB, who is using it, and how you can too.

      • Speakers: <a href="/users/723">J Chris Anderson</a>
      • Title: No More Joins
      • Track: Cooking
      • Room: B202/03
      • Time: 10:0011:45am
      • Excerpt:

        Everything you learned about database modeling is wrong. At least for document databases like CouchDB and MongoDB. Learn about these differences, the trade-offs, the use cases, and put it all in practice in a discussion about a real-life document database problem. Unlearn SQL habits and relax.

      • Speakers: <a href="/users/722">Nuno Job</a>, <a href="/users/723">J Chris Anderson</a>, <a href="/users/743">Roger Bodamer</a>
      • Title: How to Ask for Money
      • Track: Business
      • Room: B202/03
      • Time: 2:303:15pm
      • Excerpt:

        Have a project that just needs some cash to get off the ground? Need someone to fund beer and food for an event? Have a great idea and want to get paid for implementing it? Come find out how we did it.

      • Speakers: <a href="/users/18">Selena Deckelmann</a>, <a href="/users/723">J Chris Anderson</a>, <a href="/users/625">Teyo Tyree</a>
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    Biography

    Selena Deckelmann is a consultant and database analyst for Emma.

    She’s a major contributor to PostgreSQL. She speaks internationally about free software, developer communities and trolling. Her interests include opening up government data with the City of Portland, urban chickens and finding ways to make databases run faster.

    You can find her on twitter at @selenamarie.

    She founded and was co-chair of Open Source Bridge for its inaugural years, a developer conference for open source citizens. She helped found the PostgreSQL Conference, a successful series of east coast/west coast conferences in the US for PostgreSQL. She’s helped run other conferences like WhereCampPDX, BarCampPDX and PG Days. She is currently on the organizing committees for PgCon and MySQL Users Conference. She’s a contributing writer for the Google Summer of Code Mentor Manual, and Student Guide.

    She founded the pdx11.org site, which is putting a spotlight on the City of Portland’s efforts to transform the Portland tech industry.

    Sessions

      • Title: How to Ask for Money
      • Track: Business
      • Room: B202/03
      • Time: 2:303:15pm
      • Excerpt:

        Have a project that just needs some cash to get off the ground? Need someone to fund beer and food for an event? Have a great idea and want to get paid for implementing it? Come find out how we did it.

      • Speakers: <a href="/users/18">Selena Deckelmann</a>, <a href="/users/723">J Chris Anderson</a>, <a href="/users/625">Teyo Tyree</a>
      • Title: Seven Habits Of Highly Obnoxious Trolls
      • Track: Culture
      • Room: B202/03
      • Time: 9:009:45am
      • Excerpt:

        Developing more effective habits isn’t just for the good guys. We’ll discuss seven methodologies that make trolls more effective—-and tell you what you can do about it.

      • Speakers: <a href="/users/787">Bart Massey</a>, <a href="/users/18">Selena Deckelmann</a>, <a href="/users/445">Duke Leto</a>
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    Teyo Tyree

    Puppet Labs

    Biography

    Co-Founder of Puppet Labs and former Director of IT for 20/20 Research and professional systems administrator, over the past 12 years Teyo has been using and promoting the use of open source tools to enable scaling and efficiency in IT operations. Teyo joined Puppet Labs in July of 2008 and has been traveling the world providing Puppet Labs’ customers with training and consulting.

    Sessions

      • Title: How to Ask for Money
      • Track: Business
      • Room: B202/03
      • Time: 2:303:15pm
      • Excerpt:

        Have a project that just needs some cash to get off the ground? Need someone to fund beer and food for an event? Have a great idea and want to get paid for implementing it? Come find out how we did it.

      • Speakers: <a href="/users/18">Selena Deckelmann</a>, <a href="/users/723">J Chris Anderson</a>, <a href="/users/625">Teyo Tyree</a>