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Posted by Nailah Morgan about 5 hours ago

Behind the Scenes: 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. Finding the right cofounder takes patience and persistence. Like any serious relationship, you’ll go through different stages, ... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan about 5 hours ago

How to Split Equity with Cofounders

It's been well-documented that deciding to take on a cofounder 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 simple... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-08-31

The A to Z Guide to Getting User Feedback Before Launching Your Product

"Very few of us can create the perfect idea without feedback. If you’ve got a great idea and you present it to someone, and they immediately like it with no reservations, it’s not a good idea." - Tom Blondi (Chief Revenue Officer, SocialWhirled) Your first users are the most important ones. However, failin... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-08-24

50 Bootstrapping Hacks for Every Stage of Your Startup

Bootstrapping is an attractive way to launch and run a startup for many founders, primarily because it gives more freedom to the founders than getting investors to invest in the company. However, bootstrapping is also a very risky move, as doing so means you may not have lasting funds to cover operational costs. Too many promis... (more available)

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Posted by Jensen Hsiao on 2015-08-17

The Significance of Timing, Story, Generosity and Personality when Building an Industry

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 also the founder of Gamification.co the l... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-08-14

Are You Ready to Become an Entrepreneur? Take Your First Step Here.

Are you thinking about leaving your job to start your own company? Don’t dive into the world of entrepreneurship just yet, as you should assess your goals and extensively test your startup idea in the real world before quitting your job. If you think you are ready to start up, follow the guideline below to begin your jour... (more available)

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Posted by Jensen Hsiao on 2015-08-13

4 Tips on How to Secure a Lead Investor Internationally

During our most recent #FIChat Q&A, Carter Laren, Silicon Valley Angel Investor, answered numerous questions about “How to Secure a Lead Investor.” We know that raising money is hard – and raising money outside the plethora of angels and venture capital firms in Silicon Valley is even harder. But with... (more available)

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Posted by Jensen Hsiao on 2015-08-10

How to Design Addictive Experiences to Keep Users Coming Back for More

What is Design? Why is it important? Many people, especially founders, will focus more on the idea than the design of their product, but this misguided bias is founded in not truly understanding what design is. Copy this code, replace all the bolded with your links. The width and height of the imagery is up to you. In Steve Jo... (more available)

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Posted by Travis Levell on 2015-08-03

The Sales and Partnerships Playbook: Your Guide to Early Growth

Business development is one of the most elusive terms in the startup world. There’s always the technical co-founder, and the “other founder” that has to find a way to be good at marketing, accounting, fundraising and “biz dev.” Founding teams always put a high price on technical co-founders, but be... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-08-03

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 Jensen Hsiao on 2015-07-28

The Importance of Being 110% Yourself

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 also the founder of Gamification.co the l... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-07-27

Don’t Pitch Your Startup Until You’ve Read This

Pitching your startup is less about simply describing what your product is or what your offering does. Rather, the art and science of pitching a startup is about captivating your audience, whether it’s your first customers or potential investors. In this blog post, we’ve gathered insights from top startup specialist... (more available)

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Posted by Jensen Hsiao on 2015-07-27

The Importance of Generosity when Building an Industry

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 also the founder of Gamification.co the l... (more available)

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Posted by Jensen Hsiao on 2015-07-23

The Importance of Knowing Your Story

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 also the founder of Gamification.co the leading publication f... (more available)

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Posted by Paula Taas on 2015-07-20

How To Secure A Lead Investor

You’ve created an amazing founding team, you’ve built a brilliant product that has been gaining a lot of traction, and now you’re looking to expand your company. How do you continue to build your business? By searching for a lead investor in your next funding round. The lead investor is the first step in the p... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-07-09

Every Startup Has a Story

Founder Feedback gives you insights from the startup trenches. In a story posted by Women 2.0, Maren Kate Donovan, Founder of Zirtual and Graduate of the Silicon Valley Founder Institute, describes the unconventional path she took to become an entrepreneur, and some lessons she learned along the way. ... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-07-08

The Corporate Ladder: Climbing Versus Building

In a post from her blog, Maren Kate Donovan, Founder of Zirtual and Graduate of the Silicon Valley Founder Institute, describes how she decided to go from climbing the corporate ladder to building her own. After becoming fed up with jumping through hoops and the looming thought of the often inescapable glass-ceiling, Maren ... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-07-08

Fear is Designed to Help You Succeed

Founder Feedback gives you insight from the startup trenches. In a post from his blog, Jon Carder, CEO of Mogl.com and a Mentor for the San Diego Founder Institute, explains why the fear of failure can be beneficial for entrepreneurs. He says “fear can produce two critical components of success; energy and enlightenm... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-07-05

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 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 publica... (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 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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