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Posted by Nailah Morgan about 5 hours ago

Phil Libin's Rule For Startup Timing

The Founder Institute’s “Startup Tips and Tricks” series gives you exclusive video clips from our worldwide network of 4,112+ mentors. For more business hacks, visit our Startup Founder 101 YouTube Channel. In this installment of the Tips and Tricks from Founder Showcase, CEO of Evernote Phil Libin, sheds... (more available)

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Posted by Daniel Thompson about 13 hours ago

Zirtual Reaches 400 Employees And Continues To Expand Its Network

Zirtual, the leader in providing U.S.-based virtual assistants to busy professionals, entrepreneurs, and small teams, now has over 400 employees working as Zirtual Assistants (ZAs), which was reported in a press release on PR Newswire titled, “Zirtual Reaches 400 Employees as the Company Blazes a Trail for Employee-Based C... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan about 13 hours ago

Founder Lab Spring 2015 Kicks Off with 15 Companies from Four Continents

The Spring 2015 Founder Lab is now underway, and we have a great group of companies spending 10 days with us in Silicon Valley to improve their pitch, refine their growth plans, and expand their network of founders and investors. In all, over 300 startups applied to the program, but just 15 companies made it through t... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza about 14 hours ago

The Founder Institute is Looking for Startup Ecosystem Leaders - Now is Your Chance!

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 1 day ago

To Create Startup Value, Channel Your Inner Luke Skywalker

This article, "Use the Force, Luke!", was written by Marcos Polanco, Kauffman Fellow and Co-Director of the Silicon Valley and San Francisco Founder Institute. It has been republished with permission below. Applications to the San Francisco Founder Institute are open now. To get help building your startup with great mentor... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan 1 day ago

Come to a Free Founder Institute Event and Learn from Top Startup Experts

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)

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Posted by Travis Levell on 2015-05-03

What it Takes to be #1 in Your Industry

If you are a startup founder, chances are that you would like to raise significant funding, and become a successful company. But as you know, a very small percentage of companies get funded every year, and even fewer of those become successful. It is apparent that there is a large difference between companies like Facebook, Uber... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2015-05-01

The Right And Wrong Reasons For Becoming An Entrepreneur, According To Evernote CEO Phil Libin

The Founder Institute’s “Startup Tips and Tricks” series gives you exclusive video clips from our worldwide network of 4,112+ mentors. For more business hacks, visit our Startup Founder 101 YouTube Channel. In this installment of Tips and Tricks from the Founder Showcase, CEO of Evernote Phil Libin, ... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-05-01

Why Twitter, Instagram, Lyft, and Mint.com Should Have Failed

Think you have a startup idea that won't go anywhere? Think again. Many of today’s most successful companies started off with a simple, goofy, or ridiculous idea that should have failed. After all, the perception of what is a brilliant conceit and what is a stinker can change over time, and often does. Here’s what M... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-05-01

5 Ways to Scare Off a Startup Investor Panel

At the Founder Showcase we see a lot of pitches. While generally most of our founders eventually knock it out of the park, there are definitely rookie mistakes being made all the time that ultimately scare off investors.  To help our new founders avoid some of these rookie mistakes, I've listed the most common ways entrepr... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-04-30

How to Not Waste Money on Your Event Marketing

You wouldn’t embark on an online advertising campaign without defining clear goals, designing a strategy, and then evaluating your performance with metrics... right? Of course not. That would be a waste of money.  So why do most companies treat their event marketing initiatives more like “fun excursions”... (more available)

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Posted by Daniel Thompson on 2015-04-29

FI Grads Gain Exclusive Coverage With Top Media Distributors, 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. Over the past week, our graduates have been featured in a variety of top media distributors ... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-04-29

The Most Promising Silicon Valley Founder Institute Grads of 2014

The Founder Institute, the world's largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program, has helped create more than 150 new technology companies from its Silicon Valley 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 th... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2015-04-29

Ask Yourself These Questions Before Becoming An Entrepreneur

The Founder Institute’s “Startup Tips and Tricks” series gives you exclusive startup video clips from our worldwide network of 4,112+ mentors. For more business hacks, visit our Startup Founder 101 YouTube Channel. In this first installment of our Showcase-edition of Tips and Tricks, Evernote CEO&nbs... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-04-29

Founder Institute Continues Expansion in Brazil by Officially Launching Startup Program in Curitiba

The Founder Institute, the world’s largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program, announced today that it is officially launching in Curitiba. After launching in Sao Paulo earlier this year, Curitiba becomes the second chapter of the Founder Institute in Brazil.  The Silicon-Valley based program decid... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-04-28

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 Jonathan Greechan on 2015-04-28

Is Silicon Valley Driving Real Change? Founder Showcase to Feature True Change Agents in Tech

Silicon Valley traditionally prides itself upon driving change, but what percentage of the companies getting funded today are addressing major, global problems? How many startups are created each year that actually have a positive and meaningful impact on industries... and humanity? One could argue that the majority of companie... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-04-28

Is This the Most Difficult Question From a VC?

At the 14th Founder Showcase, Slidefish founder Neil Smith knew he would be in for a few hardball questions and some scrutiny from a panel of 5 VC judges. What he wasn't expecting, however, was getting asked one of the toughest questions of his entrepreneur journey. Tickets for the 16th Founder Showcase are on sale now, an... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-04-27

Founder Institute Partner Lifograph hosts a Speaker Event with experts from Airbnb, Google, Irrational Labs, Jawbone and Walmart Labs

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 Spea... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-04-27

Cyan Banister, Javelin, K9, Version One & Expansive Ventures Sign on for the Founder Showcase

At the Founder Showcase, we invite Silicon Valley's brightest investors onstage to provide expert feedback and analysis on promising seed-stage companies. They provide the founders on stage, and in the audience, with the most recent insights on the 'fundability' of new companies, asking the key questions that any entreprene... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-04-25

Anyone Can Pitch Onstage at the Founder Showcase in Silicon Valley

Anyone who attends the Founder Showcase has the opportunity to pitch onstage to hundreds of investors and press with the CrowdPitch Competition. No other event gives attendees access to so much. Since we started the CrowdPitch Competition at the 13th Founder Showcase, all three winners have closed a significant funding round, ... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-04-24

XPRIZE Chairman & CEO Peter Diamandis to Speak at the 16th Founder Showcase

The Founder Showcase, hosted by TheFunded.com and the Founder Institute, is Silicon Valley's leading seed-stage startup event. In our 15-event history, we've been truly honored by some of the names who have graced our stage, such as Elon Musk, David Sacks, and Phil Libin. Today, we are excited... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-04-24

Founder Institute Partner Lifograph Hosts a Free Speaker Event with Andrew Romans of Rubicon Venture Capital

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 free... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-04-24

Make Yourself Redundant as a CEO, says Manu Kumar of K9 Ventures

The Mentor Minute gives you exclusive startup video clips from the Founder Institute's worldwide network of 4,200+ mentors. For more Mentor Minutes, visit our Startup Founder 101 YouTube Channel.  In this special Investor-edition of the Minute, Manu Kumar, Chief Firestarter at K9 Ventures, explains why ... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-04-24

How to Master the Startup Pitch: Watch these Founder Showcase-Winning Pitch Videos

The Founder Showcase, an event hosted by the Founder Institute, has been helping seed-stage startups get exposure to Silicon Valley investors and press since 2009. In fact, previous contestants have gone on to raise over $355 million. While more than 900 startups have competed in the competition, just 130 have competed on stage... (more available)

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