BaconBizConf — Philadelphia, May 30 & 31

I mentioned in my last big post, 30×500 Is Dead – Long Live 30×500! that we would be putting on a smaller, redesigned, rethought bootstrapping product conf in Philadelphia on May 30/31. WELL, GUESS WHAT?

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We are putting on a SMALL, INTIMATE, and CHILLAXING bootstrapping conference here in Philadelphia on May 30th – 31st!

SMALL – Just 45 attendees

INTIMATE – Held in our awesome industrial loft-office, with a 1:10 speaker:attendee ratio

Day 1 is headline talks, panels, & Q&A with generous breaks & catering
Day 2 is lightning talks and social/outdoor activities so we have more time to “network” (aka: meet & make friends, and learn from each other!) and see what The Most Historic Square Mile in America has to offer you!

It’s called BaconBizConf — cuz bootstrappers are bringin’ home the bacon! And it’s going to rock your world, if you let it.


So far we have:

  1. The founders of a 15-person SaaS business
  2. An automated marketing whiz who sells a mix of infoproducts, SaaS, and consulting
  3. A relative newbie who started with ebooks and is just about to launch a software offering
  4. another in the works… shhh!

And a host of experienced bootstrappers who will be in attendance, and giving 5-15 minute lightning talks. We expect the audience to be as awesome to talk to, and as interesting to know, as the speakers themselves! :)

Also: unlike the Roundtable we did last week, none of our headline speakers are 30×500 alums. They’re a truly diverse crowd!

And every headliner will give a talk that’s specifically HOW TO DO something that you can take and use in your business right away.

Meet Our Headline Speakers (so far!)

These are just some of the folks you’ll get to learn from if you come to BaconBizConf on May 30-31 in Philly:


Yes, patio11. Yes, “the Bingo Card guy”… the former American salaryman living in Japan. Who made a high five-figure business out of selling bingo card software to teachers (the most notoriously tight-pursed market ever!). Who turned what he learned in that escapade into marketing and conversion optimization genius. In the flesh!


Our second headliners are the best two-for-one deal ever: Chris and Natalie Nagele, founders of Wildbit. You may not know their company name, but you know their products: Beanstalk and Postmark. Two infrastructure services the startups of the world rely on.

Natalie and Chris have grown their bootstrapped business to 15+ employees in at least 3 countries. (It’s hard for me to keep track!) In addition to being brilliant and driven and full of great stories… they’re hilarious.


It seems like Nathan Barry came out of nowhere. But of course he didn’t. You may know Nathan from such products as The App Design Handbook and ConvertKit. But those are “only” the culmination of his bootstrapping product journey.

Not long ago (compared to our other speakers!), Nathan was able to quit his dayjob and go full steam ahead on his growing, bootstrapped product empire.


We’re in talks with several folks to fill out our day with 1-2 more headline speaker slots, and to join our panels for compare & contrast, debate and Q&A. Every single person we’re in talks with is amazing. This is going to be epic!

Confirmed Lightning Talks for Day 2

Each of our lightning speakers will be teaching you one specific skill, or telling you one specific story and what they learned from it. Focus is what creates results! And these guys will focus:

  • Brennan Dunn, Planscope (and The Blueprint, and, and, and…)
  • Garrett Dimon, Sifter
  • Ian Borders, MergePay, who’ll be skyping in from Thailand (wicked)
  • Anthony Eden, who recently went full time on DNSimple, skyping in from France!
  • Ben Curtis, and RailsKits fame
  • Lindsay Nixon, Happy Herbivore, skyping in from CA (about her sleeper-hit business)
  • Ian Landsman, Userscape
  • Dave Martorana, Domino! in the App Store (for contrast: he’s going to talk about what it really takes to create a full-time iPhone game company!)
  • Scott Watermasysk, Kickoff Labs
  • more in the works!

Plan Your Trip

Like to start planning your trip now? We suggest that you …

ARRIVE: May 29th, afternoon (or earlier) (pre-party!)

DEPART: ideally June 1, but late in the day May 31st at the earliest! You don’t want to miss out on lightning talks & the activities we’ve got planned!

AIRPORT: PHL is just 15-20 min by taxi from the venue/nearby hotels

HOTELS: For walkability, look near 2nd St & Arch St, Philadelphia 19106. Here’s a map showing nearby hotels. (We recommend the Penn’s View and the Kimpton Monaco. Be careful with the hotels on the other side of the freeway; it can be an annoying walk. If you want to stay further afield, taxis in Philadelphia are plentiful and cheap!)

We’ve worked hard to make this event as affordable as possible. How much will it cost? For two days, $529. Your ticket price includes at least two catered meals, and fun activities on the 31st, and we’re working on the budget to see if we can do more.

BTW, we won’t be making a penny profit off BaconBizConf… any extra money we’ve got, we’ll put to work for you, using our long list of “Extra-Budget Awesomeness.” Repeat: This is not a money-maker for us, not at all! We’re doing this for the community. So there’ll BE a community! :)

(Won’t it be nice to go to a ‘startup’ event where there’s not a single talk about funding types or how to attract investors or unicorn-like hockey stick growth?)

We hope you’ll come hang out with us, learn with us, and have a blast with us in May!

Keep an eye out on our twitter stream, this blog…

PS — we’re not kidding about our razor thin margins. Would your business like to get in front of 45 driven bootstrappers who are motivated to pay for education and tools? Become one of our sponsors, and fund & brand a tasty catered meal or our after-party! Drop me a tweet at @amyhoy and if it seems like a good fit, I’ll email you!

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  1. Jack

    I only just learned about this. Would have loved to have gone.

    Are there any recordings for sale?

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