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PayPal Startup Blueprint, by PayPal, is a global program that provides innovative startups with tools needed to grow and succeed. 

Posted by Jonathan Greechan about 2 hours ago

Come to a Free Founder Institute Event and Learn How You Can Start Your Own Company

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 about 2 hours ago

Founder Institute & PayPal Look for Entrepreneurs Innovating on Monetization (Scholarships Available!)

According to TechCrunch, "Venture capital investment in payment technologies hit a five-year high in committed capital in the first quarter of 2014". In addition, as competition heats up for consumer and business applications, it is becoming more and more crucial for startups to create innovative revenue models, along with ... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza about 20 hours ago

Sunday Night Blues: Why You Should Plan Your Work Week

Dreading the thought of returning to the office after a restful weekend? You’re not alone; in an international Monster.com poll, 78 percent of respondents reported experiencing the so-called "Sunday Night Blues,” with 47 percent saying they get it "really bad." To help combat this pervasive condition, we provide you... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-09-20

Basic PR Methods for Startups, According to Krista Paul

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. Entrepreneurs face a seemingly endless number of tasks when launching a startup; from conceiving an idea to develo... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-09-19

7 Startup Lessons from Google: There's No Such Thing as Over-Communication

Thomas Korte is a veritable expert in the world of startups and entrepreneurship. He is the Founder of AngelPad, a startup accelerator based in San Francisco and New York. Despite having only been around for a few years, AngelPad was named by MIT’s 2014 Accelerator Research as the #3 U.S. Accelerator, and was recogniz... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2014-09-18

25 Inspirational Quotes on Building a Strong Startup

Entrepreneurs are pulled in so many directions that they oftentimes forget to nurture the most important components that make for an enduring company. From hiring the right team to configuring costs, founders must continuously focus on the key ingredients proven to help startups prosper. To revive your focus, we’ve compile... (more available)

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2014-09-18

Robin Chase on How You Can Build an Effective Startup Brand

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.

With the upcoming launch of the Lisbon Founder Institute and the Istanbul Founder Institute, Europe's newest chapters, we look back at some of our best European sessions. In this video from Robin Chase, one of our highest rated mentors, Robin enlightens founders on the power of branding.

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-09-17

Do You Need to Go to College to be an Entrepreneur?

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 Travis Levell on 2014-09-16

How to Know When You Have a Winning Idea

I recently attended a private seminar on the subject of building a “lean” company that was being held at Stanford College. The main speaker of the event was Tristan Kromer, a major lean startup advocate and product coach for companies such as Swisscom, StumbleUpon, and many more. This event was aimed at Swedish entre... (more available)

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2014-09-16

Ideas Mean Nothing if You Aren’t the Right Person to Execute

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. Launching a startup is one thing, but building a meaningful and enduring company is an entirely different story. In this tal... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2014-09-14

Have a Business Idea? Get Online Feedback from Startup Expert Adeo Ressi

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 2014-09-12

7 Startup Lessons from Google: It's All About Data

Thomas Korte is a veritable expert in the world of startups and entrepreneurship. He is the Founder of AngelPad, a startup accelerator based in San Francisco and New York. Despite having only been around for a few years, AngelPad was named by MIT’s 2014 Accelerator Research as the #3 U.S. Accelerator, and was recogniz... (more available)

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2014-09-12

Startup Fundraising Tips from the Co-Founder of GrubHub

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.  Coming to the decision to pursue funding is no easy matter, but it’s a piece of cake compared to the ominous bea... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-09-10

Realty Mogul featured on Crowdfund Insider, Appota highlighted on Tech In Asia, and More Grad News

Since launching in 2009, the Founder Institute has helped launch over 1,249 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.  Over the past week, Realty Mogul was ... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-09-10

Startup Toolkit: Naming Your Startup

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 Nailah Morgan on 2014-09-09

The Evolution of Entrepreneurship in Washington DC

Primarily known for its influential scene of bureaucrats and politicians, Washington DC is now transforming into a hub for entrepreneurs and startups with government ties. If you’re teetering on the thought of launching a business in the DC area, we’re here to provide you with exclusive insights, laying out the benef... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-09-09

FI Grad Whale Path raises $1.1M seed round, featured on Business Insider

Whale Path recently raised $1.1 million in seed funding, news of which was covered by Cromwell Schubarth in a Business Insider article titled “Whale Path raises $1.1M seed round for research on demand". Whale Path and its Founders Artem Gassan and Colin Gu are Graduates of the Bay Area Founder Institute. An on-demand res... (more available)

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Posted by Travis Levell on 2014-09-09

How You can Demonstrate Traction to Investors

Many entrepreneurs require funding for their company or idea. Although funding may not always be a necessity as early on as many founders think the large benefit that it does offer is the fact that with funding, things can be executed either much more quickly, be launched on a much larger scale, or both. Before deciding what typ... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-09-05

7 Things I Learned at Google: Ask “Why Not?... not “Why?”

Thomas Korte is a veritable expert in the world of startups and entrepreneurship. He is the Founder of AngelPad, a startup accelerator based in San Francisco and New York. Despite having only been around for a few years, AngelPad was named by MIT’s 2014 Accelerator Research as the #3 U.S. Accelerator, and was recognized by... (more available)

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Posted by Travis Levell on 2014-09-04

Companies Innovating in the Payments Sector

According to TechCrunch, "Venture capital investment in payment technologies hit a five-year high in committed capital in the first quarter of 2014". In addition, as competition heats up for consumer and business applications, it is becoming more and more crucial for startups to create innovative revenue models, along with ... (more available)

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2014-09-04

Identifying Your Competition

Founder Feedback gives you insight from the startup trenches. In this post from his blog, George Deeb, Managing Partner at Red Rocket Ventures, explains the various levels of startup research and how to go about identifying your competition. He suggests starting with high level industry research and digging deeper to assess you... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-09-03

FI Grad GoFar wins big at Sydstart's Startup Pitching Battle

GoFar emerged victorious at Sydstart’s highly competitive startup pitching final earlier this week. News of GoFar’s success was recently covered by Alex Heber in a Business Insider article titled “Go Far, A Driving Optimisation App, Took Out Sydstart's Startup Pitching Battle". GoFar and its Founder Danny... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-09-03

The Work Habits of Successful Entrepreneurs

So much has been written about the traits and skills one must have to be a successful entrepreneur that it’s easy to forget that sometimes it is the little things in life that lead to the greatest success. In Entrepreneur Habits, we provide you with simple yet effective habits that any fledgling founder can employ in thei... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2014-09-03

Great Startup Mentors Confirmed for the Washington DC Founder Institute

In the Founder Institute's four-month, part-time program, promising startup entrepreneurs participate in weekly training and feedback sessions that are led by Founder Institute Mentors. Our Mentors provide the passion, experience, and support that helps our Founders launch meaningful and enduring companies. The Founder Institu... (more available)

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Posted by Travis Levell on 2014-09-02

The Pros and Cons of Bootstrapping

Many entrepreneurs require funding for their company or idea. Although funding may not always be a necessity as early on as many founders think the large benefit that it does offer is the fact that with funding, things can executed either much more quickly, be launched on a much larger scale, or both. Before deciding what type o... (more available)

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