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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-12-18

Crowdfunding is About More Than Money

True, successful crowdfunding campaigns can be a potentially prosperous means of raising funds for a startup. However, too many people get too caught up in the monetary rewards, that they overlook the other benefits of launching a crowdfunding campaign for their product or service. Read on to learn the other ways that a crowdfu... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-12-11

6 Steps to Building an MVP

For many founders, creating a functioning prototype of their product and substantiating its usefulness may seem like a daunting task. However, would you believe that this can be achieved in only six steps? Mark Geene, the CEO and co-founder of Cloud Elements, certainly thinks so. Check out the guest post below for a simple plan ... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2014-12-10

Fundraising is a Full-Time Job

“You’re going to need to spend at least 20 hours a week on fundraising.” According to Adeo Ressi, founder of Expansive Ventures and Founder Institute, an entrepreneur must spend a large portion of each week raising money for as long as the business is operating. This steady dedication can generate up to one th... (more available)

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Posted by Elisha Tan on 2014-12-09

Save Up To $1 Million With These Goodies

Resources are the lifeblood of a startup. As a founder, you need to figure out product-market fit before your money runs out. The common ways most founders do to get monetary resources is either by raising funds or by crowdfunding. If you have done any of this, you will know that both ways take up a lot of time away from buil... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2014-12-09

How I Hacked My U.S. Startup Visa

Founder Insight gives you feedback from the startup trenches. In this post by Silicon Valley grad, Mike Galarza (CEO, Entryless), Mike addresses the flaws of the US immigration system, and shares the story of how he managed to get his visa to launch a startup in the US . How I Hacked My US Startup Visa originally appeared on ... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2014-12-08

How to Acquire These 3 Sources of Capital

“You need to get good at asking people for money.” A feat every entrepreneur must conquer on the protracted road of startup fundraising. Adeo Ressi, founder of Expansive Ventures and Founder Institute, encourages entrepreneurs of all stages, to get familiar with the three most prominent sources of capital; Frie... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2014-12-06

How to Get an Angel Investor to Say Yes

“You never ask for something until you think you’re going to get a yes.” A rule Adeo Ressi, founder of Expansive Ventures and Founder Institute, recommends every entrepreneur follow when meeting with investors to obtain funding. Timing is everything, and if you meet with an investor prematu... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-12-05

Mitch Kapor on Why Diversity is Essential for Startup Success

Mitch Kapor is a pioneer in personal computing and information technology; his software, Lotus 1-2-3, is what popularized the personal computer in the business world in the 1980s. Today, he is a Partner at Kapor Capital, which invests in seed stage tech startups that create a positive social impact, as well as a Co-Cha... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-12-05

How Benjamin Young of Nexercise Went From Employee to Entrepreneur

Making the leap from employee to entrepreneur is no easy task. Just ask Benjamin Young, the founder and CEO of Nexercise, a mobile app that uses friendly competition and real rewards to motivate busy people to lose weight and stay in shape. Benjamin and Nexercise are also Graduates of the Washington, D.C. Founder Institute. Pri... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2014-12-04

How this Angel Fund is Paving the Way For Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Some of the most lucrative Fortune 500 companies have been founded by immigrants in the U.S., employing millions of people around the world. Entrepreneurs like Russian-born Sergey Brin and German-native Marcus Goldman, make up almost 50% of what has been deemed the “New American” Fortune 500. Though many foreigners ... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-11-28

The Importance of Social Impact in Startups, According to Mitch Kapor

Mitch Kapor is a pioneer in personal computing and information technology; his software, Lotus 1-2-3, is what popularized the personal computer in the business world in the 1980s. Today, he is a Partner at Kapor Capital, which invests in seed stage tech startups that create a positive social impact, as well as a Co-Chair at the ... (more available)

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Posted by Taylor Jolliffe on 2014-11-26

How to Skyrocket Past Your Crowdfunding Goal, with Dema Tio of Vibease

With more and more startups turning to crowdfunding to make their business ventures a reality, it’s important to know how to successfully launch a fundraising campaign in order to gain traction in today’s market. In the recent webinar hosted by the Founder Institute, “How to Raise a Successful Crowdfunding Camp... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-11-24

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 Joe Garza on 2014-11-20

Crowdfunding Campaign and Video Success Tips from Indiegogo’s Ben Bateman

Despite the abundance of stories of how startups far exceeded their crowdfunding goals, there are far more tales of campaigns that failed to match even the smallest target. Even worse, too little attention is given to just how much effort and tactical prowess is required when launching a successful crowdfunding campaign. Luckil... (more available)

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Posted by Elisha Tan on 2014-11-19

3 Things I Learned From Running My Marketplace Startup

I’m a graduate of the Singapore Founder Institute and I founded Learnemy as part of the program. Learnemy is an online marketplace where people can find trusted instructors for sports, music and programming. There is a wealth of resources on how to run a marketplace, and I want to share the 3 things I’ve learned si... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2014-11-12

How to Split Equity with Co-Founders

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 Joe Garza on 2014-11-11

How to Exceed Your Crowdfunding Goals, According to Atif Noori of Emberlight

As crowdfunding continues to grow in popularity as a viable funding option for startups and small businesses, founders must constantly stay abreast of the tips and tricks to help them execute a successful crowdfunding campaign. For guidance on the ins and outs of launching and running a lucrative crowdfunding campaign, we look ... (more available)

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Posted by Elisha Tan on 2014-11-05

Cheap and Quick Startup Tips for the Non-Technical Founder

More often than not, an aspiring entrepreneur without any technical background will find it much harder to start a tech startup. Although it is getting easier to pick up programming skills with platforms like Codecademy, Khan Academy and the likes, learning enough technical skills to be proficient enough for your tech startup st... (more available)

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Posted by Taylor Jolliffe on 2014-11-04

Turning Failure into Success with a Founder Graduate

The Founder Institute provides would-be entrepreneurs with the all the right tools to launch their startup. Through the intensive, 4-month program, potential Founders “learn by doing” with structured training courses, practical business-building assignments, and expert feedback. The Founder Institute program prides ... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-11-03

The Economic Benefits of Crowdfunding

As more and more projects rely on crowdfunding to get off the ground, more and more entrepreneurs are becoming comfortable with the idea of asking complete strangers to fund their startups. In addition to serving as a viable means of funding a company, crowdfunding's economic benefits continue to manifest themselves in more ways... (more available)

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Posted by Taylor Jolliffe on 2014-10-31

7 Great Reasons Why You Should Start A Business In Brussels

As the capital city of Belgium and a cultural hotspot of Europe, Brussels is a strong contender for places to launch your startup. Their combination of support networks, international mindedness and location is hard to beat. Whether you're already living in the city or are looking for a great place to launch your business, Bruss... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2014-10-30

How to Win Friends and Influence Bankers

Handling the finances of a growing startup can be an incredibly daunting task for most, if not all, founders. Luckily, Dawn Fotopulos, an experienced entrepreneur and small-business turnaround expert who has rescued hundreds of small business from financial disaster, has taken the time to delineate some basic concepts to help th... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2014-10-30

How Darma Raised $100K in the First Day of their Kickstarter Campaign

Kickstarter campaigns are often employed by entrepreneurs to showcase their products online through videos, graphics, and text on one page. Founders can set funding goals and deadlines, obtaining backers (supporters) who donate money to help creators launch their product or creative project. Some campaigns fail miserably using ... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-10-22

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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