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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.

CodigoDelSur
CodigoDelSur is a designer and developer of digital products. Having worked with Founder Institute startups in the past, they come as a highly recommended Founder Institute referral. They are composed of highly skilled software, web, and mobile app developers, who are excited to incorporate the latest technologies into the applications they develop.

100Vets

 

Through the 100Vets Fellowship, any U.S. veteran or service member who wants to start a technology company can apply to a U.S. Founder Institute chapter for free, and the best overall applicant from each chapter will be invited to participate in the Founder Institute's step-by-step startup launch program for free as well.


Veterans and active service members possess the work ethic, high character, and strong leadership skills needed to launch meaningful and enduring technology companies. To inspire and enable the military community to build technology companies, the Founder Institute has partnered with Vet-Tech, the nation's leading startup accelerator for military veterans, to offer the 100Vets Fellowship.

Through this Fellowship, any U.S. veteran or service member who wants to start a technology company can apply to a U.S. Founder Institute chapter for free, and the best overall applicant from will be invited to participate in the Founder Institute's step-by-step startup launch program for free as well.

Learn more about the program at http://FI.co/vets.


Eligibility: In order to be eligible for the 100Vets Fellowship for the upcoming semester, you must complete your application and admissions test by Sunday, December 11th, 2016, using this link.


Grant: The recipient of the 100Vets Fellowship will be awarded within 5 days after the deadline.


Click here to apply for the 100Vets Fellowship.


Xero
Xero is everything you need to run your business financials. Work with a beautiful small business accounting software complete with accounting, invoicing, payroll, inventory and more. Xero seamlessly integrates with over 500+ business apps, including CRM, point-of-sale, time tracking, ecommerce, just to name a few. Join the 700,000+ businesses using Xero in more than 180 countries.

Startup Weekend

 

Through the Startup Weekend Fellowship, members of the Startup Weekend Community who want to start a technology company can apply to the Silicon Valley Founder Institute chapter for free, and the best overall applicant will be invited to participate in the Founder Institute's step-by-step startup launch program for free as well.



Eligibility: In order to be eligible for the Startup Weekend Fellowship for the upcoming semester, you must complete your application and admissions test by Sunday, December 11th, 2016, using this link.


Grant: The recipient of the Startup Weekend Fellowship will be awarded within 5 days after the deadline.


Click here to apply for the Startup Weekend Fellowship.


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Posted by Jillian Campbell 30 minutes ago

One Thing You Cannot Pivot: Your Company Name

What's in a name? When it comes to the name of your company, the answer is: a whole lot. In this excerpt from his book How to Launch a Brand, Fabian Geyrhalter walks readers through the various things to consider when naming your company, explaining how different types of names can either serve the company or pose challenge... (more available)

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Posted by Adeo Ressi 30 minutes ago

How to Make Better Decisions, Faster

When you ask a successful entrepreneur how they did it, you are almost guaranteed to hear them cite “luck” as a prominent factor. Why? Because most major decisions in a startup are "life or death," and to succeed you need to make the correct call on many of these decisions. In such a context, survival and success ap... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2016-12-02

Founder Institute to Host Female Founder Online Demo Day to Showcase Up-and-Coming Startups

Since 2009, the Founder Institute has helped launch over 600 female-led businesses across six continents, which have collectively raised over $65M in funding. On Tuesday, December 13th, the Founder Institute will host a special, live Female Founder Online Demo Day, in which five up-and-coming female-led startups from aroun... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2016-12-01

5 Biggest Product Development Mistakes

In this syndicated post, Nicolas Amarelle (Founder/CEO, CodigoDelSur) outlines some of the most common mishaps that companies make during the product development process, and gives advice on what can be done to prevent them. The post, "5 Biggest Mistakes that Startups Make Without Product Development", originally appe... (more available)

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Posted by Daniel Thompson on 2016-11-30

The Perfect Pitch, According to Adeo Ressi

Practice makes perfect, and that goes with pitching as well. Adeo Ressi, Co-Founder & CEO of the Founder Institute was featured in the Huffington Post article, “Perfecting Your One Sentence Pitch,” which was reported by Kevin Siskar, Director of the New York Founder Institute. Put simply, if you can't describe y... (more available)

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Posted by Drew Zias on 2016-11-29

The Baltics & Nordics are a Hotspot for Startups, and These FI Grads Demonstrate Why

The Baltic and Nordic Region has long been regarded as a hotbed of innovation and design. It is no surprise, then, that although countries like Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland represent just 2% of the world’s GDP, they have also accounted for 9% of global billion dollar exits.  It is only a matter of time before ... (more available)

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Posted by Drew Zias on 2016-11-28

The Most Comprehensive Guide to the Silicon Valley Startup Ecosystem Ever Created

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 - from ideation to scaling - and outline a b... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2016-11-28

San Diego Startup Email Copilot Acquired By Return Path

“We are incredibly proud,” announces Al Bsharah, the CEO and co-founder of Email Pilot in regards to its acquisition by Return Path, a leading email data solutions provider. Because all of Email Pilot's technical assets were also acquired, Return Path can now offer even more comprehensive solutions to their own custo... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2016-11-28

Founder Institute Partner Lifograph Hosts a Pitch Night with 2 Angel InvestorS

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 even... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2016-11-28

Where the Next $1B Company Will Come From & Other Insights from Chamath Palihapitiya

At the 16th Founder Showcase, audiences were treated to a special Q&A session between Chamath Palihapitiya, Founder and Managing Partner of The Social+Capital Partnership, and owner of the NBA's Golden State Warriors; and Jessica E. Lessin, Founder & Editor in Chief at The Information. In the discussion, Chamath describ... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2016-11-28

Do You Want to Truly Understand Your Audience? Do This One Thing.

In this guest blog post, Shawn Parrotte, Marketing Manager at Designli and friend of the Founder Institute, describes what tech startups can do to understand their audience and how to capitalize on their findings. It’s safe to say many businesses start from the thought: “wouldn’t it be cool if&hellip... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2016-11-28

Seattle Startup Puzzazz Makes Headlines for Detailed Analysis of New York Times’ Crossword Puzzles

The New York Times crossword puzzle is a daily ritual for many Americans. Players will always feel a certain way about the difficulties of the puzzles offered, but now thanks to Puzzazz, a Seattle tech start-up, users of their application can find out how just how difficult the daily puzzle is. The company was founded by Ro... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2016-11-21

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 155 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 2016-11-21

Don’t Build a Business Unless You’re Ready to Give Your All

Adeo Ressi, the co-founder and CEO of the Founder Institute, is a major proponent of perseverence as an entrepreneurial virtue. Because so many aspiring founders, unfortunately, believe that launching a company is easy and is an effective means to gain money and fame, Adeo, along with those of the rest of us at the Founder Insti... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2016-11-21

San Diego Startup Feetz Shakes Up the 3D Printing Market with its Customizable Shoes

Feetz, a Graduate of the San Diego Founder Institute, and founder Lucy Beard are changing the way we think about footwear. How are they doing this? Feet is changing the name of the footwear game by printing durable, stylish, and most importantly, comfortable shoes.  Founded in 2013, Feetz has come a long way since tur... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2016-11-18

5 Risk-Free Ways to Improve Your Google Rankings

Search engine marketing for companies can be tricky, especially for those just starting out. However, this guest post from Lisa Griffin outlines some of the simplest yet most effective ways marketers can employ to boost their company's search rankings. These days people are coming up with more and more new ways of rec... (more available)

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Posted by Jillian Campbell on 2016-11-17

Join FOCUS Con: A Virtual, Online Conference on How to Interview Customers for Your Product

"I get nervous just thinking about interviewing customers." Customer Interviews are an essential step in finding Product-Market fit. FOCUS Con would argue that it's both the most important and most difficult step in doing so. Being passionate about your product and the customers you will serve with it doesn't make this an easy ... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2016-11-17

The One Secret to a Successful Startup? Focus, Focus, Focus

Launching a tech startup is an exciting venture for anyone, as such an endeavor is inherently risky, yet is not without its potential for prosperity. However, many founders too often get caught up in the thrill of building a new, possibly game changing product that they lose sight of their main goal and spread themselves too thi... (more available)

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Posted by Drew Zias on 2016-11-17

Canadian Startups are Seeing Hockey Stick Growth: A Look at the Founder Institute in Canada

At the Founder Institute, one of our core values is to not shy away from big challenges. Our challenge, and our mission, is to “Globalize Silicon Valley”, empowering talented and motivated people to build impactful companies that create one million jobs. While seemingly insurmountable, we achieved a lo... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2016-11-17

How to Launch a Startup in Europe

In recent years, countries throughout Europe have become hubs of innovation in the global startup scene. In fact, nearly every major European region has produced a wealth of promising tech companies in just about every vertical, from mobile to cloud services, healthcare to social impact, and many more. However, the European sta... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2016-11-15

Founder Institute Partners with DigitalOcean to Help Promising Grads

The Founder Institute, world’s premier startup launch program for talented entrepreneurs, is proud to partner with DigitalOcean, a cloud company that serves technologists around the world, to provide assistance for promising FI Graduates. DigitalOcean recently launched Hatch, an online global incubator program designed to... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2016-11-14

5 Common Errors to Avoid In Your Email Marketing

In this blog post, Laura Johnson, a friend of the Founder Institute network, talks about the frequent mistakes that many founders make when carring out an email marketing campaign. When done right, email marketing can improve any type of business. It can improve a brick-and-mortar business, like a restaurant that sends its... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2016-11-14

Should You Give Away Equity to Build Your App?

The article, "Should You Give Away Equity to Build Your App?",  by Jennifer Marsh was originally published on Designli's blog and been republished below with permission. Equity as a replacement for high-priced development is a tempting proposal for a new app owner with a small budget. Some developers – free... (more available)

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Posted by Jillian Campbell on 2016-11-14

Veterans Build Tech Startups for the Future

The Founder Institute works with entrepreneurs from all walks of life. While some are serial entrepreneurs working on their second or third company, many enter the program having left a completely different industry or type of job. In this post, we'll introduce you to two companies started by founders who had no experience in te... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2016-11-14

Chicago Startup Better Weekdays Profiled On Silicon Prairie News

Chicago Founder Institute Graduate Better Weekdays was recently profiled on Silicon Prairie News. Millennials are occupying a significant amount of the workforce and Better Weekdays is focused on getting hiring employers information out to young students early and often to help with influencing car... (more available)

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