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Posted by Drew Zias on 2016-05-02

The Startup Glossary: Bootstrapping and Fundraising

The bootstrapping and fundraising stage is where startups attract investment and begin to scale. Successful startups approach investors with a well-organized pitch and a thorough understanding of the investment process. These startups understand what makes their product remarkable and use their... (more available)

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Posted by Drew Zias on 2016-04-25

The Startup Glossary: Corporate Branding

The corporate branding stage is where startups begin to turn their product(s) into an established brand. Successful startups use this phase to forge name recognition and carve a lasting place in the marketplace. These companies determine the strengths of their brand's perception and play to these strengths.&n... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2016-04-22

5 Best Kept Startup Secrets

Building and growing a startup is a daunting task for every founder. Luckily, serial entrepreneur Jay Samit has kindly shared his wisdom to make the process a little easier. With over 30 years of experience in the digital media space, Samit currently serves as the CEO of SeaChange International, and is the author of Disrupt You!... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2016-04-20

How to Start a $100k Blog with $0 in Startup Capital: 7 Entrepreneurs Reveal Their Secrets

Every founder knows (or should know) that having a quality blog is integral to a startup's success. Not only is it an effective way to build your company's brand among your audience, but it's also essential to establish trust with your customers. However, did you know that running a blog can be a lucrative business in and of it... (more available)

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Posted by Drew Zias on 2016-04-18

"It’ll Be a Massive Bloodbath" - Chamath Palihapitiya on Startup Trends [VIDEO]

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. Do you wa... (more available)

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Posted by Drew Zias on 2016-04-18

The Startup Glossary: Sales & First Customers

The sales generation stage is where startups begin to carve out their position in the marketplace. Successful startups reach out to customers in innovative ways while also maximizing the amount of customers arriving through their funnel. These companies critically evaluate their sales meth... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2016-04-18

The 10 Most Popular Startup Revenue Models

Regardless of how good your product, service, or app is, it’s only useful when you can get it into the hands of your target customers. But once you’ve got a finalized offering, selling it should be easy, right? Not really. There are countless factors that need to be taken into account when you set out to bring your p... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2016-04-14

6 Reasons Why Your App Hasn’t Gone Viral

Since so many people rely on their smartphones to help them in their daily lives, it's no wonder why so many startups got their start by building an app. And while there are countless apps to manage nearly everything, from health and fitness to professional and recreational habits and beyond, it's easy for beginning founders to ... (more available)

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Posted by Drew Zias on 2016-04-11

Top 10 Business Apps for Startups

In the tech world, many people strive to stay on the cutting edge by taking advantage of the newest, most innovative technologies. That is not what this post is about. This post is about the top 10 most helpful business apps for startups. These are established, refined products that your business really should - at the very leas... (more available)

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Posted by Drew Zias on 2016-04-11

The Startup Glossary: Lean Product Development

The lean product development stage is where startups turn their ideas into reality. Successful startups use analytical approaches to craft a useful product and make critical tweaks based on observing customer-product interactions. Hungry for more startup terms? Take a look at all ten sections of our Sta... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2016-04-11

How to Build an All-Star Startup Team

Having the right startup team is half the battle. Investors are not only listening to your pitch, but they are also interested in taking a look at your team’s dynamic. Startup founders should focus on quality, rather than quantity, as part of their job is to connect with people who share their same drive and passion. In a... (more available)

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Posted by Drew Zias on 2016-04-04

Is Equity Crowdfunding the Future of Fundraising?

Just a few years ago, if someone stated that their company raised $2.2 million in early funding raised in a single weekend, most people would assume that they were talking about venture capital. You could all but guarantee that they went to speak to a few investors or an investment firm, made a pitch, and secured the big investm... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2016-04-04

Make Your Startup Stand Out With a Unique Domain Name

One of the most overlooked elements to a successful startup is choosing a domain that not only describes what a company does, but is memorable for their audience. Luckily, the fine folks over at Radix have provided a guest post that outlines the importance of domain names for startup founders. Did you know February 8th was... (more available)

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Posted by Drew Zias on 2016-04-04

The Startup Glossary: Finding a Team and Co-Founders

The finding a team and co-founders stage is where startups enter the world of hiring, firing, and equity distribution. Successful startups use this stage to build a valuable, cohesive team of individuals with complementary skills who work together to build great products. Hungry for more startup terms? ... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2016-04-04

How to Find the Customers Who Need Your Product

Aspiring founders who think they’ve developed an amazing offering often believe that their product will sell themselves. While there are occasional instances of unique apps, software, hardware, and services that were so valuable that they instantly made their founders famous, this is rarely the case. For the rest of us, we... (more available)

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Posted by Drew Zias on 2016-04-01

Major Key: Know Your Customers Better Than They Know Themselves

Tech startups are not easy undertakings. Many entrepreneurs spend years of their life and tremendous amounts of money on ideas that ultimately yield no results. While some of these failed ideas are doomed from the start, many others fall victim to a lack of customer learning. This doesn’t mean that these companies failed ... (more available)

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Posted by Drew Zias on 2016-03-28

The Startup Glossary: Legal & IP

The legal and intellectual property (IP) stage is a critically important element of creating a startup, where business matters are put onto paper and agreements become binding. Successful startups enter this stage with a well-developed plan along with knowledgeable legal counsel.  Hungry for more startup terms? T... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2016-03-22

Five Reasons Why Los Angeles is Perfect for Tech Entrepreneurs

While not as established in the world of entrepreneurship as its Northern California counterpart Silicon Valley, Los Angeles has been making a name for itself in the global startup scene over the past several years. Applications to the Los Angeles Founder Institute are now open! If you're not convinced of L.A.'s pote... (more available)

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Posted by Drew Zias on 2016-03-21

Customer Acquisition through Twitter – It Works!

Regardless of how great a startup idea may be, almost every startup struggles to find their first few users. Gaining traction is often a struggle, and many entrepreneurs fail to anticipate how much self-promotion is required to generate attention. In the post below, Anshuman Bapna explains that customer acquisition can... (more available)

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Posted by Drew Zias on 2016-03-21

The Startup Glossary: Naming and Positioning

The naming and positioning stage is where startups begin to forge their image with a catchy company name a successful web page. The most successful startups choose relevant and powerful names for themselves and benefit from a memorable website. Hungry for more startup terms? Take a look at all ten sections of our ... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2016-03-21

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 2016-03-17

Entrepreneur DNA - Does It Exist?

For many years, people believed that entrepreneurship and creative success were innate and were thus impossible to measure. As statistical analysis has progressed, the inaccuracy of this old world-view becomes much more clear. At the Founder Institute, the world's premier idea-stage accelerator and startup launch program, we ha... (more available)

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Posted by Drew Zias on 2016-03-14

The Startup Glossary: Revenue Models

The revenue models stage is where startups plan how they will generate revenue and establish a foothold in their market. Successful startups then analyze the potential sources of their revenue and attempt to effectively address their customers' needs. Hungry for more startup terms? Take a look at more s... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2016-03-10

5 Tips to Improve Your Teachings as a Startup Mentor

This post was written by Jimmy Hendricks - CEO and Co-Founder of Deal Current, and top-rated mentor of the San Diego Founder Institute. It was an honor to receive the highest rated global mentor award from Founder’s Institute. I always received feedback from our San Diego organizer, Jeanine Jacobson, that my teaching was... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2016-03-10

Profits Are Not Enough: 11 Impactful Startups that You Should Know About

Entrepreneurship is not fun and games, and as an early-stage entrepreneur, non-stop work and rejection will become your new normal. If there’s one thing we have learned over seven years at the Founder Institute, with over 2000 companies launched, it is this: In order to power through the hard times of entrepreneurship, m... (more available)

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