Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is the premier legal advisor to technology, life sciences, and other growth enterprises worldwide. We represent companies at every stage of development, from entrepreneurial start-ups to multibillion-dollar global corporations, as well as the venture firms, private equity firms, and investment banks that finance and advise them. The firm's broad range of services and practice areas are focused on addressing the principal challenges faced by the management, boards of directors, shareholders, and in-house counsel of our clients.
Ravix Group provides seasoned consulting expertise to outsource the finance, accounting and human resources functions for early-stage and middle market companies.
Startup Blueprint is the only program designed to fuel profitability for your startup by providing free payment processing and advice. Connecting through top tier incubators, accelerators and VCs, they activate the optimum revenue model for your business. Benefits include a free transaction volume up to $1.5 million USD* ($50,000 USD of PayPal fees waived for 18 months). For Braintree, free transaction volume up to $100,000 USD (braintree fees waived for 18 months).
FounderDating is a network of talented entrepreneurs helping one another start and grow companies. All too often you know people with similar backgrounds and skills sets to your own. With FounderDating you find world-class people with complimentary skill-sets, expert areas and knowledge.
Vet-Tech is the nation's leading startup accelerator for military veterans. With a national network of over 60 veteran led startups in its portfolio, Vet-Tech provides veteran entrepreneurs with expert mentorship, access to funding and helps establish corporate partnerships,
Forming a productive Co-Founder team is a critical step in the process of building a company, yet many people simply jump into Co-Founder relationships without ever making sure their counterparts are on the same page. For example, just because your Co-Founder is a long-time friend or family member doesn't mean that they want... (more available)
3D-Printing is, without argument, a disruptive technology in the healthcare sector. 3D-printing startups are already making healthcare products and processes more accessible and customizable. Although large pharmaceutical companies have yet to feel the change in the market, they should invest in the 3D-printing future.
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Lifograph, a proud partner of the Silicon Valley Founder Institute, is building the "Who's Who" of Silicon Valley and technology. With Lifograph, you can discover the timeline and connections of companies, venture capitalists, angel investors, entrepreneurs, executives, and other people in tech.
Lifograph is hosting a Top ... (more available)
In this syndicated blog post, startup expert Mike Nicholls shares his exclusive insights about what every startup should strive for when pitching their companies and applying to accelerators. Even if you're not pitching your company on a regular basis or have no plans of applying to an accelerator, the wisdom found in this artic... (more available)
Entrepreneurs need to become experts in their industries in order to survive the ocean of startups developing across the globe. By establishing yourself as a leader in your field of interest, you can attract loyal customers and build trust in your product or service. Your expertise differentiates you from competitors, and ultima... (more available)
Do you want to be a leader in your local startup ecosystem? The Founder Institute (the world's largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program) is on a mission to "Globalize Silicon Valley" and is looking for local startup leaders to launch new chapters around the world.
Founder Institute Directors play an essential ro... (more available)
Drawing from the old saying “when you’ve got nothing, you’ve got nothing to lose”, Justin Wilcox encourages founders to recognize their most powerful asset in the early stages of starting up. He says by having nothing to lose, you are the most dangerous person in the room.
The Founder Institute hosts thousands of free startup events across the globe each year, in over 100 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)
In our previous webinar, How To Create A Great Elevator Pitch, serial entrepreneurs turned Silicon Valley investors Carter Laren and Adeo Ressi discussed the struggles that many founders face when pitching to investors, customers, and employees. Founders must constantly compete for attention in the ocean... (more available)
At the Founder Institute, one of our core values is to not shy away from big challenges.
Every day we help and push founders to accomplish their own seemingly insurmountable challenge - to build an enduring technology company. So, it is only natural that we also push towards our own big challenges, and constantly work to preser... (more available)
When MovieLaLa’s co-founders Sahin Boydas and Dana Loberg decided to utilize all their resources to create for their company’s use the best Graphics Interchange Format - or GIF - tool possible, they had no idea the far-reaching effects it would have. In fact, the film-networking-and-marketing firm, which serves both ... (more available)
Diversity in a company has been proven to have many benefits, including increased profitability, market share, and global competitiveness. However many new companies, particularly in the tech industry, face challenges in hiring a diverse range of people. In this post, Stefan Palios shares how companies can go about increasing th... (more available)
"Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family." As Kofi Annan put so eloquently, acquiring and sharing knowledge is key to progress.
In our Roundtable Discussion Series, we've asked our network to share their personal knowledge and experience so that we, ... (more available)
Customer development is one of the first and most integral steps that entrepreneurs have to take when they go about launching a startup. Yet, many first-time entrepreneurs don't really know how to do it well.
In a talk from Barcelona Founder Institute, Justin Wilcox, Founder of Customer Dev Labs shares his ... (more available)
"PR should be practiced to serve the public interest, to develop mutual understanding between organizations and their publics.” – James E. Grunig
The benefits of getting press for a startup are numerous, from attracting more customers to enticing investors and more, so it’s no wonder that so many founders stri... (more available)
Since launching in 2009, the Silicon Valley Founder Institute has helped launch dozens of up-and-coming startups, including Udemy, Retailigence, Spikes Security, MovieLaLa, and many more. However, none of these companies would be where they are today without the help of experienced mentors to guide them ... (more available)
The Founder Institute, the world's premier idea-stage accelerator and startup launch program, has helped more than 100 new technology companies launch in our New York City chapter in just over 5 years. Since its launch in 2009, FI has contributed greatly to the local startup ecosystem while providing mentorship from some of... (more available)
Startup ecosystems can be fragmented, competitive, and hidden to newcomers, which is detrimental for local startups and community growth. The Startup Ecosystem Canvas seeks to provide local entrepreneurs with a clear list of resources for every stage of their startup journey, and outline a basic framework for communities to map ... (more available)
Entrepreneurs often have to make hard choices when deciding on the path that their startup should take. In this post, Henri Duong shares the difficult decisions he had to make while building his startup and the importance these decisions hold.
Henri Duong is the Digital Product Officer of SugarsGone, and the Founder and Instruc... (more available)
In developing a startup, interviewing customers is an integral activity that entrepreneurs must do in order to find out what their customers really need or want. In this post from the Customer Dev Labs blog, Founder Institute mentor, Justin Wilcox, shares the process of how he interviews customers to get insight on how to build ... (more available)
Purva Gupta, Founder of Lily, graduated as the highest rated founder in the Silicon Valley Program of Founder Institute.
Purva's record with the Founder Institute is just the most recent event in an impressive series of accomplishments. In 2009, she graduated from Shri Ram College of Commerce, the top commerce school in India w... (more available)
Being a great entrepreneur takes no small amount of finesse. From one perspective, you are supposed to be composed, calculating, and have it all figured out. From another perspective, you are supposed to be slightly crazy, have endless amounts of energy, and the ability to “just do it.”
With all that a great entrepr... (more available)
The Founder Institute, the world’s premier idea-stage accelerator and startup launch program, announced today that it is officially launching its newest chapter in Penang, Malaysia. The Silicon-Valley based program decided to officially launch in Penang after a successful test launch this Winter 2016 attract... (more available)
Time is running out to apply to the Silicon Valley Winter 2016 semester of the Founder Institute, the world's premier idea-stage accelerator and startup launch program. There are only a few spots left, and the Final Application Deadline is this Sunday (2016-01-31).
If you are serious about launching a startup in Silicon Valley and could use expert tra... (more available)
Here at the Founder Institute, we know what it's like to market a startup on budget. The following is a guest post from Travis Levell, Founder of Project Pivotal where he goes over an effective strategy that will make it seem like you've got $5K to invest in marketing. Enjoy!
Every day thousands of aspiring entrepreneurs have n... (more available)
The Founder Institute is the world’s premier startup launch program for talented entrepreneurs. If you are up to the challenge, our comprehensive step-by-step program will give you the structure, mentor support, and network of entrepreneurs you need to start an enduring company. Based in Silicon Valley and with chapters across 58 countries, the Founder Institute's mission is to "Globalize Silicon Valley" and build sustainable startup ecosystems worldwide.