Posted by Jonathan Greechan about 1 hour ago

Paying It Forward: How to Help New Startups Rise to the Top

We once asked Seattle Founder Institute mentor, Dan Shapiro why it's so important for experienced entrepreneurs to mentor new founders. To answer our question, Dan directed us to this gem of a blog post. Below, How to Help Startups, has been republished: "It’s been seven years since I started my first company. My su... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-02-23

Start your transition from Employee to Entrepreneur at a free Founder Institute event

The Founder Institute hosts thousands of free startup events across the globe each year, in over 85 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 2015-02-22

To Grow Your Local Startup Community, First Map it Out

If you ask a local startup leader what is holding back their community from growing, chances are the answer you will get is “a lack of capital”. However, in our experience working in nearly 100 markets across the globe, "lack of capital" is nowhere near being the biggest hindrance to startup community growth. In fac... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-02-20

The Lean Branding Approach to Business Naming

For most, if not all, entrepreneurs crafting the perfect name for a company is a daunting task. Not only must a business brand be memorable, but it must also encapsulate the values and mission of the business. Fortunately, Margot Bushnaq, founder of BrandBucket, has delineated a simple yet effective method for creatin... (more available)

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Posted by Ezra Oyarce on 2015-02-19

Feetz and Litesprite Selected as Finalists in the SXSW Accelerator Competition

On January 15th, the South by Southwest Interactive Festival announced its Accelerator Finalists, judges, and emcees. Feetz and Litesprite, two Founder Institute Graduates, were selected as SXSW Accelerator Finalists. The competition will showcase the most innovative technologies from around the world an... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-02-18

Founder Institute Partner Lifograph Hosts a Special Event with David Koehn of Sand Hill Angels

The Silicon Valley Founder Institute is a proud partner of Lifograph, which is building the "Who's Who" of Silicon Valley and technology. With Lifograph, you can discover the timeline and connections of venture capitalists, angel investors, entrepreneurs, executives, and other people in tech. Lifograph is thrilled to present an... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-02-18

Where Do You Fit In? A Founder’s Guide to Startup Roles

For many people who are considering a jump into the startup industry, there is one often mysterious question they must answer: "Where do I fit in?" If not as the founder of your own company, which startup position should you take? As Jason Freedman says, "We startups are collectively still really bad at helping them break into o... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-02-18

Adeo Ressi Gives Insights on Tech Innovators, featured on Entrepreneur

Adeo Ressi, the Founder and CEO of the Founder Institute, was recently profiled by Entrepreneur in a Jason Ankeny-penned article titled “Inside the Mindset of Silicon Valley's Tech Innovators”. Featuring insights from such entrepreneurial experts as Steve Blank, Justin Kan, Milo Yiannopoulos, and Ressi, the article ... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-02-17

A Sneak Peek Into The Founder Institute Advanced Founder Lab

The Founder Institute recently concluded its inaugural Founder Lab program, in which various promising seed-stage startups from around the globe spent a week in Silicon Valley working with world-renowned entrepreneurs and investors. Despite the short duration of the program, participating companies went home with a fully refine... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2015-02-13

A Beginner’s Guide to Brand Storytelling

“Make sure your brand stories are page turners” ~ Susan Gunelius Storytelling is an irreplaceable component of our lives. We think, dream, and communicate through stories. Jeremy Hsu, a science and tech journalist based in NYC, found that "personal stories and gossip make up 65% of our conversations." Narratives app... (more available)

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Posted by Ezra Oyarce on 2015-02-13

Founder Institute Graduate a Semi Finalist in MITEF Greece Startup Competition

Recently, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Enterprise Forum (MITEF) Greece Startup Competition selected eLearning Industries ( as one of its 25 semi-finalists. The competition gives companies with exciting product or services access to practical knowledge, mentorship, and resources to help take their v... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-02-12

Silicon Valley-based Founder Institute Announces Early Launch in London due to High Demand

The Founder Institute, the world’s largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program, announced today that it is officially launching its first chapter in London. The Silicon-Valley based program decided to officially launch in London earlier than scheduled, after a successful trial period in January attracted over ... (more available)

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Posted by Ezra Oyarce on 2015-02-12

FI Grad iCarsClub listed in top 10 best funded startups in Singapore on TechInAsia

This past week, iCarsClub was listed in an article on TechinAsia entitled “Here are the top 10 most well-funded internet companies in Singapore”. Singapore has one of the most supportive governments for startups in the world. Despite this, the author of the article, Daniel Tay, still lists iCarsClub as being one of t... (more available)

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Posted by Ezra Oyarce on 2015-02-11

Udemy Mentioned on the Huffington Post, Heddoko Featured on the Daily Mail, and more Grad News

Since launching in 2009, the Founder Institute has helped launch over 1,310 new technology companies across 85 cities, 40 countries, and six continents. These companies have gone on to do great things, and create over 10,000+ new jobs. In the past few weeks Udemy was listed among the top online education providers on the Huffi... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-02-11

An Expert Guide to Developing the Perfect Startup Idea

"An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.” – Oscar Wilde For entrepreneurs, ideas that are deemed impossible by the masses are oftentimes the only ones worth pursuing. Yet how does one stumble upon those rare gems that lead to prosperity and recognition? True, many major companies we... (more available)

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Posted by Ezra Oyarce on 2015-02-10

Why These 3 CEOs Quit Their Day Jobs for their Startups

There’s a lot of debate over when and why entrepreneurs should quit their day jobs so that they can fully pursue their startup projects. Some say that entrepreneurs should keep their jobs so that they can keep a steady source of income, while others argue that once you quit your job will you put in the necessary effort int... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-02-09

Applications Now Open for Founder Institute’s Flagship Semester in Silicon Valley

The Founder Institute, world's largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program, is now accepting applications for the Silicon Valley Spring 2015 Semester. The flagship Silicon Valley semester will now be in its 12th edition, with previous semesters having graduated great companies like Udemy, Retailigence,... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2015-02-09

Webinar: "How to Master Startup Brand Storytelling", Featuring Jason Calacanis

“If your business is not worth startup storytelling, then you should probably not start one at all.” In a recent study, the London School of Business found that 65-70% of people retain information when shared through a story. An audience will remember a story better than data, and there is deeper engagement when you... (more available)

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Posted by Ezra Oyarce on 2015-02-06

Udemy Named One of the Best Online Education Providers by the Huffington Post

This past week, Udemy's unique service was highlighted by Jonathan Cooper in the article “Teach, Stream, Be Acquired: Why Online Education Investors Are Hot For Teacher” on the Huffington Post. Udemy and its Founders, Gagan Biyani and Eren Bali, are Graduates of the Silicon Valley Founder In... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-02-06

The Definitive Guide on How to Build a Habit-Forming Product

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. Building an addictive product is undoubtedly every startup founder’s goal. Dreams of becoming the next Twitter or Face... (more available)

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Posted by Ezra Oyarce on 2015-02-04

What Investors Are Looking for in Your Startup

Getting funding for your startup company can be difficult, as most investors hear thousands of pitches and only have the time and money to give funding to a small number of entrepreneurs. As Tim Weingarten, a Venture Capitalist and CEO of The Hunt says, the first questions you must ask yourself before you go looking for funding... (more available)

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Posted by Ezra Oyarce on 2015-02-03

Echelon Asia Summit 2015: A Must if You've Got a Tech Startup in Asia

On the 23rd and 24th of June, e27, friends of the Founder Institute, will host the Echelon Asia Summit 2015, an expo featuring 100 of the most promising Asian startup companies. These companies will showcase their innovative ideas and 10 will be selected to pitch their companies on stage at the exposition. Since 2010, Echelon h... (more available)

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Posted by Ezra Oyarce on 2015-02-03

How You Can Build a Socially Impactful Company

In a recent VentureBeat article titled “How to Build a World-Saving Startup”, graduate of the Washington, D.C. Founder Institute and CEO of Causevox Rob Wu writes about how difficult it is to create a lasting company; especially one that has the intention of making a social impact. He says:   Social good sta... (more available)

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Posted by Travis Levell on 2015-02-02

How to Have Your Customer Build Your Product for You

Do you know why most startup projects fail? Some attribute it to a lack of funding. Others might say that they didn’t have enough time to build their product. But in the midst of all of those excuses, the real element that is lacking is customers. If you had customers knocking on your door to give you money for your produ... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-01-30

Three Lessons I Learned While Starting My Company

Everyone knows the saying, “hindsight is 20/20”, but too often in life do we fail to appreciate the meaning of the phrase. And in the world of entrepreneurship, sometimes second chances are hard to come by. That’s why as a founder, it’s important to learn as much as you can before launching a company to a... (more available)

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