The virtues of bootstrapping your startup

Mitos Suson · October 21, 2014 · Short URL:

Naveen Jain with founders of Fark, and Backblaze

Naveen Jain, Founder of Immunity Project, joined us as moderator for the panel: "The virtues of bootstrapping" at Vator Splash Oakland. On the panel were Gleb Budman, Founder and CEO, Backblaze, Drew Curtis, Founder and CEO of Fark, and Gary Tsifrin, Founder and CEO of

Thanks to our Vator Splash Oakland video sponsor, Oakland Forward and Bryan Parker, Oakland Mayoral candidate. 


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I am currently affiliated with Vator. I co-produce the Vator Events and enjoy the challenge. I am learning and growing a lot, being involved with Vator and I love it!

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Backblaze, Inc.


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Backblaze provides an online backup service that US News called "The simplest way yet to backup."


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Fark is a satirical news forwarding site.  The Fark community identifies
odd, funny and entertaining news stories from across the Web and Fark
presents them in a clever and engaging way.

In January the site had over 4 million unique visitors and 60 million page
views - and there's tremendous growth potential beyond these numbers.  The
Fark community also submitted 60,000 stories and posted almost 900,000
comments in January alone.

In addition, the site is in a pivotal strategic position as it directs
substantial traffic outbound to other sites (Fark generated approximately 50
million outbound clicks in January).


Naveen Jain

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Naveen Jain is the Chief Marketing Officer and Co-Founder of Immunity Project, a Y Combinator (W14) backed, non-profit dedicated to developing an HIV vaccine and distributing it worldwide for free.

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Drew Curtis

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Founder/CEO/Sole Owner Fark, Inc

Gleb Budman

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