Bootstrapping your company / Getting Stuff for Free: April 18, 2012

On  Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 6:30pm, the IEEE Boston Entrepreneurs’ Network (ENET). I will serve as moderator as ENET presents an evening of networking with fellow entrepreneurs and a talk by Venkat Kolluri, CEO of Chitika Inc., who will speak as a successful entrepreneurs who bootstrapped his company on “Getting Stuff for Free” on Wednesday evening, April 18, 2011 from 6:30 PM – 9 PM.  The event will take place at the NERD – Microsoft, New England Research  Development Center One Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02142  – 11th Floor Commons room, and the charge is free for ENET members and $10 for all other attendees, with a light dinner and soft drinks included, catered by Off the Vine caterers.   The event is also co-sponsored by TiE-Boston.

The night will be mainly for networking with a talk from Venkat Kolluri on the theme of the evening  – successes, failures, strategies  and lessons learned in “Getting Stuff for Free” to build your startup company up from nothing when you have little or no cash capital.  Venkat’s ideas will include getting supplies, equipment and services, coaching, mentoring, business and strategic advice, leads, contacts, customers and more, when you start out with little or nothing to build your company into something substantial.

Our featured speaker knows exactly how to get that done. While most associate a startup with investors and outside funding, Venkat, along with co-founder Alden DoRosario, has successfully built his company from the ground up. Today, Chitika is a multi-million dollar, privately owned, revenue generating mega-engine with offices in the U.S. and India.

As CEO, Venkat oversees all of Chitika’s operations and is responsible for setting the strategy and vision. Prior to opening the doors of Chitika, Venkat led the Partner Services group in the Database Marketing & Analytics division at Upromise as a Principle Analyst. Earlier in his career Venkat was a Principle Technology Architect for Lycos where he led network-wide CRM and Marketing Automation programs. Venkat is an active Charter Member of TiE Boston and was honored as TiE Star Award recipient in November 2011. On behalf of Chitika, he also received the Tie Crystal Award for a Charter Member who has built his company from the ground up. A native of Hyderabad, India, Venkat holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University and a PhD in Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh.

For more information or to register for this meeting, go to

Hopefully, this topic and the meeting and networking will be helpful to entrepreneurs in small and early stage companies I represent.

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I remain active in ENET, a Waltham-based group that aids entrepreneurs, small and early stage companies, and people who invest or work in those companies.  I have been on the ENET Board for the last ten years, and for the last three years have served and continue to serve as ENET’s Chairman.

In recent years, I’ve moderated and/or spoken at other ENET meetings on various subject of interest to entrepreneurs including:

  • “Transforming an Idea into a Successful Company,” September 6, 2011
  • “Launching Your Successful Business”,  September 7, 2010
  • “Licensing Technology”,  February 2, 2010
  • Raising first money to take your company from nothing to something”,  October 2, 2007
  • “Building Superior Management Teams”,   March 3, 2009
  • “Strategic Alliances and Partnership”,  November 7, 2006
  • “Protecting Your Intellectual Property”, January 3, 2006

Slides from all of these meetings I moderated including my slides from the five of those meetings where I was also a speaker are available at ENET meeting archives.  Go to: 

We are now in the midst of planning our next ENET calendar of meetings for September 2012 to July 2013.  If there is a topic you would like to see covered on the ENET calendar let me know.

Again, if you would like more information on our group, go to


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