How to Ask for Money

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


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.


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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