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Startup Bootstrapping from Scratch to Acquisition with Jeremy Clarke
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January 9 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am PST


Startup Bootstrapping from Scratch to Acquisition with Jeremy Clarke


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On January 9, Jeremy will share how he grew WebMerge to $2 million ARR before even making his first hire.

Tech startups are often characterized by a traditional narrative that features venture capital funding and hockey stick growth. However, Jeremy Clarke’s entrepreneurial journey challenges this conventional narrative.

In 2011, Jeremy founded WebMerge, a document automation software platform. When the startup was acquired eight years later by Formstack in 2019, it was valued at $100 million. Jeremy’s story is one of slow and steady growth, unwavering customer focus, and the power of startup bootstrapping.

Around 80% of startups opt for bootstrapping as their primary method of business development. Bootstrapping is a strategy for launching and scaling a company that doesn’t rely on external investments or funding. Instead, it entails the entrepreneur using their own savings and deploying inventive financial tactics to sustain and grow their business, making it a self-reliant and self-sufficient journey to success.

In his global keynote for Founders Network on January 9, Jeremy will share how he grew WebMerge to $2 million ARR before even making his first hire. He’ll also share why he had a laser focus on customers and how prioritizing their needs enabled him to scale.


Opening Remarks @ 9:30am PT

Join us for opening remarks with Dina Fattom, Member Success Manager at Founders Network, to get the latest updates from the Network and opportunities for getting involved.


Keynote Speaker @ 9:40am PT

Jeremy Clarke is an entrepreneur, investor, father, and actions-sports enthusiast. Starting his first business in high school and others throughout the years, he’s always had the drive and determination to create a highly profitable business. Jeremy enjoys building things from scratch and solving complex problems with simple solutions.

He was the founder of WebMerge, a document automation software platform, with thousands of customers around the world that grew to millions in profit and sold for many millions more.


Stage-Based Roundtables @ 10:30am PT


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About Founders Network:

Founded in 2011, Founders Network offers lifelong peer mentorship to over 600 tech startup founders globally. Our platform, programs and high-touch service facilitate authentic experience sharing, warm introductions and long-term professional relationships. Additional benefits include over $500k in startup discounts and promotion to 2,000 newsletter readers. Members are located in San Francisco, New York City, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Toronto, London and other tech hubs. Each month our Membership Committee admits a new cohort of full-time tech founders who are nominated by an existing member. Learn more about us here

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