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Posted by Jensen Hsiao 1 day ago

What Not to Say to an Investor - Insights from Jason Calacanis

The Founder Institute hosts webinars every month so that we can help entrepreneurs on any stage succeed. These webinars discuss a wide range of topics, bestowing global entrepreneurs with invaluable resources. If you want even more expert startup advice, apply to a Founder Institute program near you! We once welcomed top angel... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-06-22

Kindara Teams with SeedInvest to Offer Shares in Upcoming Series A

Kindara, a women’s fertility charting system and Graduate of the New York Founder Institute, is proud to announce a partnership with SeedInvest, an equity-based crowdfunding platform, to offer the chance to reserve shares for their Series A funding round, with the intent to officially accept investments later this summer w... (more available)

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Posted by Paula Taas on 2017-06-21

How to Find the Perfect Startup Co-founder

"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... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-06-20

Dublin: The Silicon Valley of Europe?

When most people think about global startup hubs, Ireland may not be everyone’s first thought. However, according to Adeo Ressi (CEO and co-founder of the Founder Institute), Ireland is ready to become a thriving center of entrepreneurial activity in Europe, even in the wake of Brexit and the effects it has on the European... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-06-20

The Founder Institute is Looking for Startup Ecosystem Leaders. Do You Have What It Takes?

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)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2017-06-19

Begin Your Entrepreneurial Journey at a Free Startup Event

The Founder Institute hosts thousands of free startup events across the globe each year, in over 170 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 Joe Garza on 2017-06-19

4 Pitching Secrets from an Entrepreneur Whose Company Sold for $170M

Pitching your startup is both an art and a science: not only must it be tastefully presented, but it needs a structure that addresses the important aspects of your offering. However, with the multitude of resources available, it can be difficult to determine just what your startup pitch needs. To remedy this, we’ve compil... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-06-16

5 Steps to Introduce Your New Company to the World

You can have the biggest and best idea for a new product or service ever, you can get all the investors in the world, and if you don’t have good content, your idea will fizzle. That’s because the key to sustaining and growing a startup is a multi-pronged approach to engaging a market. One of the ways to engage your ... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-06-15

Baggizmo Returns to Kickstarter to Launch their Smart Wallet, Wiseward

Because one successful Kickstarter campaign just wasn’t enough, Baggizmo has returned to the crowdfunding platform to promote its newest product: a smart wallet called “Wiseward”. The company’s goal is $35,000, but since they’ve already raised nearly a third of that as of this writing, with alm... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-06-15

What is Growth Hacking and How to Use it for Your Startup

With digital media always changing, it's important for startups to constantly keep abreast of the best marketing strategies. And that's why marketing expert and friend of the Founder Institute Shivankit Arora has written this guest post that outlines the basic strategies a startup can employ to increase their internet prese... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-06-14

Madrid Startup Beonprice Raises €1.4 Million to Help Hotels Maximize Revenue

After recently going back to America to explore many of our top graduates at Founder Institute, we now turn back to Europe, particularly in Madrid, Spain. There, we want you to see a new startup we're proud to say recently raised €1.4 million through a new funding round led by K Fund. What's notable about this is the u... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-06-14

A Message to Founders: "Do Something Important"

In this guest blog post, Gabe Zichermann (CEO/Co-Founder of Onward and former Director of the New York Founder Institute) gives you the motivation you need to accomplish something big in your life - no matter how young or old you are. We’re at that most bizarre and head-scratching time of year: commencement address s... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-06-13

Creating an Onboarding Experience to Recruit the Best Talent & Keep Employees Happy

In this guest blog post, Designli CEO/Co-Founder and friend of the Founder Institute Keith Shields outlines what startups can do to attract the qualified job candidates and how to keep existing employees happy with their jobs. Imagine your first day at a new office. You show up early, eager, dressed for succ... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-06-13

Silicon Valley-based Founder Institute Officially Launches New Startup Program in Vienna

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 Vienna, Austra. The Silicon-Valley based program decided to officially launch in Vienna after a successful test launch this year attracted over 230 potential ap... (more available)

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Posted by Sergio Escobar on 2017-06-12

Analysts from 6 Venture Capital Funds to Support Founder Institute Montreal Entrepreneurs

Several analysts from six local venture capital funds in Montreal will provide weekly hands-on support and mentorship to entrepreneurs from the upcoming Founder Institute Montreal semester. Many partners from these investment funds have been Mentors for past Founder Institute semesters. As mentors of the Fo... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-06-12

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 Joe Garza on 2017-06-09

Waterloo Startup Quote Kong Wins the Top Prize at the 2017 Fundica Roadshow

The construction industry is still fraught with a lot of complexities that requires help from technology to make procedures less protracted. While many technologies like automation and digital communication tools help, one process that's needed considerable attention is obtaining quotes. Contractors seeking quotes have had a ve... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-06-09

Vanity Metrics are a Distraction. Here’s What You Should Focus On

If your website is getting a lot of monthly users, it's easy to assume that you're doing something right and begin the celebration. But if very few of those users are converting, your company won't last long. Luckily, Ivan Bjelajac (Operating Director at GoDaddy Belgrade and friend of the Founder Institute) has written an a... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-06-08

How to Get the Most Value Out of Your First Product

Many founders begin with an idea for an offering they think people want, often spending months, or even years, developing a product or service without showing it to users or customers. When their offering fails in the market, it happens because the startups never spoke with customers to determine if their product was needed. Th... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-06-07

Which is Better to Launch a Startup - Silicon Valley or New York City?

Silicon Valley is known around the world as the ultimate startup hub, and for good reason, too. However, while it may not have the prestige of Silicon Valley (yet), should entrepreneurs dismiss the entrepreneurial potential of New York City? With a diverse population, a thriving arts and cultural scene, and its reputation as a f... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-06-07

The Right Side of History: Building a Company of the Future

The Founder Institute was proud to welcome top venture capitalist Steve Jurvetson to give a talk at our recent FounderX event. For those not familiar with Jurvetson, he was named to Forbes' "Midas List" of Tech's Top Investors in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2016, and named "Venture Capitalist of the Year" in 2012 by Deloitte. J... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-06-05

Seattle Startup SnapSwap Wins €30,000 Prize in BBVA Open Talent 2017 Identity Competition

We've focused considerably on our Founder Institute Graduates in other countries, and now it's time to return to the U.S. Northwest for another success story. Let's head to Seattle where one of our top graduates just won a major grand prize at BBVA's 2017 Open Talent Identity competition. As part of the K(NO)W Identity Conf... (more available)

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Posted by Paula Taas on 2017-06-05

3 Reasons Entrepreneurs Should Share Their Ideas with Everyone

Entrepreneurs often find themselves hesitant in sharing their new business ideas for a multitude of reasons. Perhaps they find their idea too premature to be shared or they’re afraid the idea could be stolen. These are adequate concerns, but certainly not enough grounds to justify keeping the idea to oneself. Bill Gates on... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-06-04

Don’t Pivot on the Purpose of Your Life - Insights from Adeo Ressi

Adeo Ressi, CEO and co-founder of the Founder Institute, spoke at Startupfest 2015, a festival featuring keynotes, interactive how-to sessions, powerful lessons from battle-scarred founders, and more. While the Lean Startup methodology has provided founders a simple methodology for resource- and time-constrained companies, it h... (more available)

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Posted by Adeo Ressi on 2017-06-03

The Ultimate Frontier

I am proud to announce that Founder Institute will offer anyone building a startup focused on space and space exploration with a fellowship to join any of our programs in over 150 cities for free. Our goal is to help launch 500 new space businesses by 2025. The program, called Star Fellow, is our first effort to inspire more en... (more available)

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