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Posted by Shannon Toole about 4 hours ago

Emberlight’s "Smart" Light Product Profiled on TechCrunch

Atif Noori and his company Emberlight were recently featured in a TechCrunch article by Sarah Perez titled Emberlight Turns Any Dimmable Bulb Into a “Smart” Light You Control With Your Phone. Emberlight is a graduate of the Bay Area Founder Institute and was a Finalist in the 15th Founder Showcase. Emberlight ai... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan about 18 hours ago

Don’t Pitch Your Product, Pitch Your Passion

The Founder LaunchPad gives aspiring entrepreneurs exclusive tips and tricks through video clips from the Founder Institute's worldwide network of 3,100+ mentors. For more Founder LaunchPads, visit our Startup Founder 101 YouTube Channel. In this week's Founder LaunchPad, Marcos Polanco, Co-Director of the P... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza 1 day ago

Startup Misconceptions: Entrepreneurship has to be Done Alone

Entrepreneurship is hard. REALLY hard. But with countless tales of how entrepreneurs made it big with almost nothing, it’s easy for a budding founder to jump into the startup world full of unbridled enthusiasm.  Luckily, Startup Misconceptions is here to clear up the myths, delusions, and fancies surrounding entrepre... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza 1 day ago

Startup Toolkit: Discovering Your Idea

If you are new to the world of entrepreneurship, launching a startup can seem like a daunting task. Let’s be honest, it is. In fact, countless individuals have abandoned their entrepreneurial dreams to avoid scaling the precipitous path of entrepreneurship. For those of you who find yourselves hesitant about taking that f... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-07-23

Realty Mogul featured on Crowdfund Insider, Zirtual featured on Broadway World, and more Grad News

Since launching in 2009, the Founder Institute has helped launch over 1,185 new technology companies across 66 cities, 40 countries, and six continents. These companies have gone on to do great things, and create over 10,000 new jobs.  Over the past week, Realty Mogul was ... (more available)

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Posted by Shannon Toole on 2014-07-22

SimpleReach Raises $9M in Funding, Featured on TechCrunch

Edward Kim and his company SimpleReach recently secured $9 million in Series A funding, as described in a TechCrunch article by Anthony Ha titled SimpleReach Raises $9M To Measure Content Marketing and Native Ads. SimpleReach, a company that allows marketers to determine the effectiveness of their content, is a Graduate of... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2014-07-22

The Founder Institute is Hiring to Help Create 1 Million Startup Jobs

Are you interested in entrepreneurship? The Founder Institute is the best place in the world to be immersed in the startup ecosystem and culture.   The Founder Institute is scaling up, and hiring for multiple roles - including Regional Coordinators, Operations Associates, a Director of Sales, a Controller, Entrepeneurs in ... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2014-07-21

Attend a Free Founder Institute Event and Learn How You Can Launch a Startup

The Founder Institute hosts thousands of free startup events across the globe each year, in over 66 cities across six continents. These events are designed to help aspiring entrepreneurs improve their ideas and entrepreneurial skills, all in a low-pressure environment. At Founder Institute events, you can ... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2014-07-17

Have a Startup Idea? Get Live Feedback from Silicon Valley on these Free Webinars!

Do you have an idea for a startup? Could you use feedback on your ideas from a leading Silicon Valley entrepreneur?  Then join us for an upcoming Founder Hotseat Webinar, with Adeo Ressi, the CEO of the Founder Institute. During this live and interactive online event, viewers can pitch their startups to Adeo, either throug... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-07-17

Insights from a Founder Institute Dropout

Becoming an entrepreneur isn’t easy -- which is why, as a program designed to turn would-be founders into bona fide entrepreneurs, the Founder Institute aims to make its semesters as challenging as possible. The rigorous program isn’t for everyone; fewer than 40% generally make it through and graduate. But what beco... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-07-17

Is Passion for Your Business Helpful or Harmful?

There is no "one right way" to build a company.  As a result, entrepreneurs seeking guidance will always be given contradictory advice on how to build their business, from both "experts" and the uninformed alike. Ultimately, it is up to the entrepreneur to evaluate the opinions they receive and pursue the path they feel is... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-07-16

Nexercise featured on NOLA, Retailigence featured on AdExchanger, and more Grad News

Since launching in 2009, the Founder Institute has helped launch over 1,185 new technology companies across 66 cities, 40 countries, and six continents. These companies have gone on to do great things, and create over 10,000 new jobs.  Over the past week, Nexercise was featured... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-07-16

FI Grad Skimble hits 14 million Downloads and Partners with Samsung

Skimble experienced some recent successes which were highlighted by Aditi Pai in a MobiHealthNews article titled Workout app maker Skimble hits 14M downloads, partners with Samsung. Skimble and its co-founders Gabriel Vanrenen and Maria Ly are Graduates of the Bay Area Founder Institute. Based out of San Francisco, Skimble dev... (more available)

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Posted by Shannon Toole on 2014-07-14

How to Beat the Competition, According to one of Berlin’s Top Entrepreneurs

Entering the startup world can seem rather daunting. As an entrepreneur, you must develop a sound idea, acquire funding, and target a specific market in order to survive in the sink-or-swim realm of business. Simply avoiding failure is challenging enough, let alone dealing with the inevitable threat of cutthroat competition. In ... (more available)

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2014-07-13

How to Develop Your "Billion Dollar Idea"

From the Berlin Founder Institute's Startup Ideation Bootcamp we bring you “Fu** not Again: I Just had Another Billion Dollar Idea!” by Christoph Sollich, a freelance startup consultant in Berlin. In this entertaining talk, Christoph gives entrepreneurs tips on how to go about developing their next brilliant idea. 

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2014-07-12

A Reality Check: What Being an Entrepreneur is Really Like

Founder Insight gives you feedback from the startup trenches. In this post from his blog, Berlin Founder Institute mentor, Ramzi Rizk, highlights the challenges startups face. Regardless of what ecosystem a founder calls home, he can be certain that others in every part of the globe will experience his triumphs and tribulation... (more available)

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2014-07-11

Are You Too Infatuated With Your Startup Idea?

Inside FI gives you exclusive access inside the training sessions of the Founder Institute. To get updates when we release new videos, follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our weekly newsletter here. One of the biggest challenges for new entrepreneurs is trying not to fall in love with your idea. Being blinded by love, lea... (more available)

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Posted by Shannon Toole on 2014-07-10

Startup Misconceptions: Entrepreneurs Have a Better Work-Life Balance

Entrepreneurship is hard. REALLY hard. But with countless tales of how entrepreneurs made it big with almost nothing, it’s easy for a budding founder to jump into the startup world full of unbridled enthusiasm.  Luckily, Startup Misconceptions is here to clear up the myths, delusions, and fancies surrounding entrepre... (more available)

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Posted by Adeo Ressi on 2014-07-07

What Makes a Successful Entrepreneur? Genetics, Circumstance, and Perseverance

Recently, I was asked, "what does it take to be a successful entrepreneur?". In my opinion, successful entrepreneurship is a combination of three things: Genetics Circumstance Perseverance Let's go through all three.                              ... (more available)

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2014-07-04

How to Perform Startup Market Research on the Cheap

Inside FI gives you exclusive access inside the training sessions of the Founder Institute. To get updates when we release new videos, follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.  While researching a market and a products viability is one of the first steps to building a company, entrepr... (more available)

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Posted by Shannon Toole on 2014-07-03

Do You Help Run an Accelerator? Attend The Accelerator Rally 2014

Our friends at FounderFuel and the International Startup Festival are hosting a day-long event next week dedicated to startup accelerators from around the world: Accelerator Rally 2014. If you’re part of an accelerator -- managing director, general manager, program manager, community manager, etc. -- make sure to come to ... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-07-02

Realty Mogul featured on Crowdfund Insider, Peerby featured on New Cities Foundation, and more Grad News

Since launching in 2009, the Founder Institute has helped launch over 1,185 new technology companies across 66 cities, 40 countries, and six continents. These companies have gone on to do great things, and create over 10,000 new jobs.  Over the past week, Realty Mogul was ... (more available)

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Posted by Duke Lee on 2014-07-02

How Being a Female Tech Founder is Different

No one can argue that the entrepreneurial ranks have been historically populated by men. Therefore, as Rebekah Campbell describes from her personal experiences, being a woman in this endeavor can be very different and more challenging. Fortunately, as she says, "there are advantages in being a female technology entrepreneur" tha... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-07-01

Startup Misconceptions: All You Need is a Good Idea

Entrepreneurship is hard. REALLY hard. But with countless tales of how entrepreneurs made it big with almost nothing, it’s easy for a budding founder to jump into the startup world full of unbridled enthusiasm.  Luckily, Startup Misconceptions is here to clear up the myths, delusions, and fancies surrounding entrepre... (more available)

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Posted by Shannon Toole on 2014-06-30

Learn About Driving Growth With Mobile at MobileBeat 2014

 Join our friends at VentureBeat as they host a special event about driving growth with mobile: MobileBeat 2014. MobileBeat --VentureBeat’s seventh annual event on the future of mobile -- is gathering the industry’s brightest minds to unveil brand new case studies and strategies designed to help companies lever... (more available)

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