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Founder Insight

Posted by Joe Garza about 6 hours ago

How to Build Your Local Startup Ecosystem

"Every successful individual knows that his or her achievement depends on a community of persons working together." - Paul Ryan As an entrepreneur, you probably have more than enough to keep you busy. Whether you’re a successful founder with several companies under your belt or getting ready to launch your first startup, ... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-07-02

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 Jensen Hsiao on 2015-07-01

The Importance of Timing the Market for a Startup

Gabe Zichermann is the leading expert on gamification – using the power of games to engage customers and build strong loyal communities. He has written four books on the subject of Gamification, his most recent book being Gamification by Design 2. Zichermann is the founder of Gamification.co the leading... (more available)

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Posted by Paula Taas on 2015-06-29

3 Reasons Entrepreneurs Should Share Their Ideas with Everyone

Entrepreneurs often find themselves hesitant in sharing their new business ideas for a multitude of reasons. Perhaps they find their idea too premature to be shared or they’re afraid the idea could be stolen. These are adequate concerns, but certainly not enough grounds to justify keeping the idea to oneself. Bill Gates on... (more available)

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Posted by Paula Taas on 2015-06-26

An Inside Look Into the Traits of Successful Founding Teams

“We were meant to be together,” a common phrase used by most couples. Despite the cliché, it’s been proven to be applicable for business partners and founding teams. Hiring the right cofounder takes patience and persistence. Like getting married, you’ll go through different relationship stages, fr... (more available)

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Posted by Jensen Hsiao on 2015-06-22

The Four Qualities Needed to Build an Industry with Your Startup

Gabe Zichermann is an expert on gamification, which entails using the power of games to engage customers and build strong loyal communities. He has written four books on the subject, his most recent book being Gamification by Design 2. In addition, Zichermann is the founder of Gamification.co, the leading publication for the in... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2015-06-19

Till Death Do Us Part - Secrets of the Most Successful Founding Teams

“We were meant to be together,” a common phrase used by most couples. Despite the cliché, it’s been proven to be applicable for business partners and founding teams. Hiring the right cofounder takes patience and persistence. Like getting married, you’ll go through different relationship stage... (more available)

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Posted by Jensen Hsiao on 2015-06-17

The Perks of Investing in Young Startup Ecosystems

With entrepreneurial ecosystems popping up all over the globe, opportunities for startups, investors and customers are rapidly increasing. But each culture is different, and the way something works in one ecosystem may not work in another. Nevertheless it’s good to explore your options and it’s best to explore with t... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-06-08

Creating a Startup Pitch Deck? Start with this Easy-to-Use Template

If you are an entrepreneur, you are probably familiar with the 10-14 slides that comprise a typical investor pitch deck. But do you even know why you need a pitch deck in the first place? Or what you should include in your deck to increase your chances of getting funded? Malcolm Lewis - a serial entrepreneur (6 startups in 18 y... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2015-06-07

The Ultimate Guide to Hiring Your First Employees - Insights From the CEO of JobScore

There is no “I” in startup. You inevitably will need a build a team competent enough to carry your company through different stages of growth. By constructing a process during the early years of business, you’ll be able to successfully onboard your first three to one hundred employees. Most importantly, you ca... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-06-06

Adeo Ressi on What it Feels Like to Shape the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

This article was written by Adeo Ressi, Founder of the Founder Institute. Follow him on Twitter @AdeoRessi. The Founder Institute is now in nearly 100 cities worldwide, and our success is growing. We are constantly tweaking and improving the process to create stronger and better graduates. There is the usual barrage of startup-... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-06-04

The One Minute Startup Pitch Template

Perfecting a startup pitch may seem like a daunting task for most, if not all, beginning entrepreneurs. However, effectively pitching your company is a deceptively simple undertaking that falls under the "so-easy-it's-hard" category. In the post below, Founder Institute Directors J. Ramphis Castro and Marcos Polanco de... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2015-06-03

Six Steps to Creating a Hiring Process for Your Startup

The post was written by Erin Engstrom of Recruiterbox, a web-based applicant tracking software that helps growing companies manage their incoming job applications. A founding team usually consists of the first two to three hires. If you’re tech-savvy, you’ll hire someone who can market.... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-06-03

Startuptelling: Startup Storytelling the SMART Way

The article, "Startuptelling: Startup Storytelling the SMART Way", was written by Ben Larson, the Director of the Summer 2015 Semester of the San Francisco Founder Institute. It has been republished with permission below. I recently returned to Silicon Valley from an amazing whirlwind trip through Europe where I had t... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-05-29

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 support a startup idea, 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 – a) you don&rs... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-05-29

Where the Next $1B Company Will Come From and 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 Nailah Morgan on 2015-05-22

3 Ways to Acquire Backers Before the Launch of Your Crowdfunding Campaign

The post was written by Seedkicks, a crowdfunding portal that helps entrepreneurs raise capital to fund their business.  Crowdfunding can be a great source of startup capital, but most entrepreneurs are confused on what it takes to have a successful campaign. The truth is, most backers to your project are go... (more available)

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Posted by Travis Levell on 2015-05-18

How to Become a Balanced Entrepreneur, with Ben Larson

Being a great entrepreneur takes no small amount of finesse. From one perspective, you are supposed to be composed, calculating, and have it all figured out. From another perspective, you are supposed to be slightly crazy, have endless amounts of energy, and the ability to “just do it.” With all that a great entrepr... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-05-18

How Effective Writing Can Increase Your Startup’s Success

Good writing is an important skill that is too often forgotten in the process of launching a tech company. In this blog post we outline the fundamentals you need to utilize writing to boost your company's chances of success.

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-05-14

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 Jonathan Greechan on 2015-05-08

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 Jonathan Greechan on 2015-05-04

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 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 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 2015-04-22

How To Win Over Angel Investors and Boost Your Brand Credibility With Just One Pitch

Founder Insight gives you feedback from the startup trenches.

From telling a stranger on the bus to pitching in front of thousands at a major competition, each and every chance one gets to pitch is golden. Not long ago, Jilliene Helman (Founder, Realty Mogul) had her golden opportunity at the 13th Founder Showcase. Read on to hear what she learned from the experience and how her pitch earned her Investments from Angels and valuable brand credibility.

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