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Posted by Joe Garza 2 days ago

Crafting the Perfect Pitch: How to Find Your Secret Sauce

Devising the perfect startup pitch is an essential yet too often overlooked aspect of creating a successful company. Pitching your idea is crucial for attracting co-founders, customers, and, more importantly, potential investors, and special care should be given to effectively communicating your idea. However, as Adeo Ressi, Fo... (more available)

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Posted by Elisha Tan on 2014-10-21

10 Must-Read Articles On Running A Two-Sided Marketplace Startup

A marketplace is a platform that connects a buyer and a seller, and it usually improves efficiency in communication and payment. Such a platform can facilitate buying and selling between companies and individuals (such as Alibaba), or it can facilitate buying and selling between individuals (such as Airbnb). While the... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-10-16

15 Simple Hacks to Boost Your Productivity Today

Entrepreneurs are notorious for taking on more tasks than they can handle, as, when it comes to launching and running a company, there is usually no other way to get things done. While this may be true, remember that there are still countless hacks that you can employ to make your work life a little easier. To prove this, we&rsq... (more available)

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Posted by Elisha Tan on 2014-10-13

How To Choose A Vendor For Your Startup

What should you outsource? 'Non-core' is the classic response." - Jim Franklin, Former CEO of SendGrid and Startup Advisor With so many things going on in a startup, doing everything in-house is often infeasible. Jim Franklin, Mentor for the Denver Founder Institute and the former CEO of SendGrid, suggests that a startup sh... (more available)

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Posted by Elisha Tan on 2014-10-10

Do One Thing Well as a Startup. Identify Your "One Thing" Like This

Doing one thing well is hard. I like to think that you’ll need about 50 people, 5 million bucks and three years to do one thing well. If you have less than that, you will really have to be focused - you don’t have a lot of room for error.” - Jim Franklin, Former CEO of SendGrid and Startup Advisor Startups... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2014-10-08

The Basic Components of Your Startup Financial Model

Creating a Financial Model forces an entrepreneur to plan very specifically how their business will work, how users and customers find and use their products, and how those processes create revenues and costs. As tempting as it might be to outsource this project, it is important to create your own model in order to organize you... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-09-30

Financial Tips For Avoiding Startup Failure

Too many budding entrepreneurs have endeavored to launch a successful startup only to meet failure, oftentimes before their project has even left the ground. With the nearly countless ways in which startups can acquire funding, it is also more important than ever that founders are aware of the financial fundamentals for their st... (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 2014-08-20

Lessons Learned at the Founder Institute

The Founder Institute offers beginner, and veteran, entrepreneurs the unique opportunity to launch a meaningful technology company in an intensive four month program. While those who have graduated from the Founder Institute will tell you that it is not for everyone, many of them will also attest to the invaluable lessons they l... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-08-13

Insights from an Entrepreneurial Dad

We all know launching a company requires a great deal of time and sacrifice. But is it necessary to give up all of the little things that make life worth living? Not according to KJ Park, who has successfully managed to pursue his entrepreneurial aspirations while still fulfilling his role as a father and husband. KJ Park is th... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-07-17

Insights from a Founder Institute Dropout

Becoming an entrepreneur isn’t easy -- which is why, as a program designed to turn would-be founders into bona fide entrepreneurs, the Founder Institute aims to make its semesters as challenging as possible. The rigorous program isn’t for everyone; fewer than 40% generally make it through and graduate. But what beco... (more available)

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2014-07-12

A Reality Check: What Being an Entrepreneur is Really Like

Founder Insight gives you feedback from the startup trenches. In this post from his blog, Berlin Founder Institute mentor, Ramzi Rizk, highlights the challenges startups face. Regardless of what ecosystem a founder calls home, he can be certain that others in every part of the globe will experience his triumphs and tribulation... (more available)

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Posted by Duke Lee on 2014-07-02

How Being a Female Tech Founder is Different

No one can argue that the entrepreneurial ranks have been historically populated by men. Therefore, as Rebekah Campbell describes from her personal experiences, being a woman in this endeavor can be very different and more challenging. Fortunately, as she says, "there are advantages in being a female technology entrepreneur" tha... (more available)

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2014-06-30

A Guide to Startup Employee Equity

Founder Feedback gives you insight from the startup trenches. In a post on his SoCal CTO blog, Tony Karrer, Founder and CTO of TechEmpower, Founder and CTO of Aggregage and organizer of the LA CTO Forum and Startup Specialist Network, shares stories based on his experience working with over 30 startups over the past 15 years.Th... (more available)

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Posted by Shannon Toole on 2014-06-12

Top Five Ways for Founders to Nail the Pitch

One of the most important things that determines the fate of a startup is the pitch. For founders, the simple explanation of what their company is and why it is worth supporting can have considerable impact on their startup’s success, according to Benjamin Chong, Director of the Sydney Founder Institute. Below are Chong&r... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-05-23

How to Handle a Failed Crowdfunding Campaign

Every entrepreneur knows that crowdfunding can be an effective financing campaign for a startup company. However, many crowdfunding campaigns are not lucrative, and many entrepreneurs don't know what to do when a crowdfunding campaign falls short of funding goals. As Rob Wu states, "It’s a tough pill to... (more available)

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Posted by Duke Lee on 2014-05-06

Veteran Insights on Everything Entrepreneurial, by Mark Geene

At a recent Startup Grind event in Denver, Mark Geene, Co-Founder and CEO of Cloud Elements, was interviewed and provided insights gained from his 20-year career in sales, consulting, product management, and entrepreneurship. To hear more from Mark, check out the Denver Founder Institute where he will be a mentoring a... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2014-05-05

7 Keys to Pitching at a Competition, by Founder Showcase Champion, Branden Spikes

This guest post was written by Branden Spikes, Founder & CEO of Spikes, who won the Grand Prize at the 12th Founder Showcase. Spikes creates security software for large corporations that virtualizes the browser in the cloud - making getting hacked by browsing the web impossible. Shortly after winning the event, Spikes secu... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-04-22

Top Four Tips on How To Develop a Good Startup Idea, According to Matthew MacFarlane

Budding founders on the path of entrepreneurship are more likely to create successful startups if they keep a few key ideas in mind, according to Matthew MacFarlane, investment director of Yuuwa Venture Capital. Matthew MacFarlane will speak at the forthcoming Perth Founder Institute event, Startup Funding 101: How to Work... (more available)

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Posted by Duke Lee on 2014-04-22

Founder Tip: How to Get Free Hosting for Your Startup

Of the long list of variables entrepreneurs have to deal with, budget, funding and finances sit at the top. Therefore, as Greg Solovyev says, "If you are a founder of a technology startup and you are trying to save money on everything, free hosting can be part of your funding strategy." Greg Solovyev is the Founder and CEO of C... (more available)

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Posted by Duke Lee on 2014-04-17

Where Do You Fit In? A Beginner’s Guide to Startup Roles

For many people who are considering a jump into the startup industry, there is one often mysterious question they must answer: "Where do I fit in?" As Jason Freedman says, "We startups are collectively still really bad at helping them break into our tight-knit community." Jason Freedman, is the founder of 42Floors, a search too... (more available)

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Posted by Duke Lee on 2014-04-12

Why It’s So Hard to Get People to Support Your Startup (and What You Can Do About It!)

In the early days as an entrepreneur, trying to find people who will under a startup idea, much less support it, is a constant struggle one must face. But according to Rajesh Setty, this applies especially to first-time founders. As Rajesh says, "If this is your first startup, it gets more complex because of double-uncertainty &... (more available)

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Posted by Duke Lee on 2014-04-11

How to Split Equity with Business Co-Founders (Excel Template)

It's been well-documented that deciding to take on a co-founder can be a fruitful choice, improving the business prospects for many entrepreneurs. However, if one does partner up, there is one intimidating hurdle that must be overcome: Figuring out how to split equity. For those having trouble with this, Al Bsharah has one simpl... (more available)

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Posted by Duke Lee on 2014-04-07

Entrepreneurial Wisdom from Founder Institute Mentors

The Founder Institute has a worldwide network of 3,000+ mentors that includes many high-profile CEOs and entrepreneurs in the technology startup industry. While going through the structured and proven entrepreneur training program, Founder Institute Graduates are given access to invaluable knowledge and veteran experience from t... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-03-28

“Entrepreneurship… A Creative Journey” by Naveen Lakkur

There is a popular Swami quote for those who are about to embark on a journey: “Start early, drive slowly, and reach safely.” However, Naveen Lakkur, an author and serial entrepreneur, as well as Director of the Bangalore Founder Institute (which is currently accepting applications), feels that this saying applies e... (more available)

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