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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 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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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-04-15

10 Experiments To Test Your Startup Hypothesis

The article, "Ten Experiments To Test Your Startup Hypothesis", was written by David Teten, a Mentor for the New York Founder Institute, as well as a Partner at ff Venture Capital. It has been republished with permission below. You know that a new idea has gained dominance when it becomes practically a cliché. ... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2015-04-06

Crowdfunding Checklist: 10 Steps To Launching A Successful Campaign

The post was written by Seedkicks, a crowdfunding portal that helps entrepreneurs raise capital to fund their business.  Crowdfunding is a great way for entrepreneurs to access capital, gain social proof, and promote their brand. Traditionally to start a company you would need to pay for inventory out of pocket a... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-03-25

Customer Definition: Customers Are People Too

The article, "Customer Definition: Customers Are People Too", 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. One of the biggest and most common mistakes that I see early entrepreneurs make is a failure to properly define ... (more available)

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Posted by Travis Levell on 2015-03-24

Before You Create Your Product, Create Your Value Proposition: A Formula For Success

Your value proposition matters. It is the face of your product and how customers perceive your company. But most founders decide to create their value proposition after they create their product. Why is that? A few weeks ago, I wrote a post, "How to have your customers build your product for you," that covered a variety of top... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-03-11

Interviewing Customers is a Special Kind of Torture. Here’s How to Fix That.

In this post from the Customer Dev Labs blog, Founder Institute mentor, Justin Wilcox, shares the process of how he interviews customers to get insight on how to build great products.    "Interviewing Customers is a Special Kind of Torture. Talk to a stranger. Fun. That stranger is immensely busy…and hates... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2015-03-08

How to Embrace Failure as You Transition from Employee to Entrepreneur

Transitioning from employee to entrepreneur isn’t an impossible feat, but it does come with its share of obstacles and failures. To fail, is to succeed at testing an assumption, and this notion is laughably demonstrated in the comic #entrepreneurfail. Due to personal experience, creators Kriti and Shivraj Vichare, underst... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-03-04

Why Most New Entrepreneurs are Not Ready to be Mentored

In this post from his Tropical Gringo blog, Alan Colmenares, Managing Partner at Socialatom Ventures and Director of the Bogota Founder Institute, shares his experience as a startup mentor in Colombia.  Below, an excerpt of How to find a good mentor for your startup has been republished with p... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-02-27

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 this year to receive the highest rated global mentor award from Founder’s Institute. I always received feedback from our San Diego organizer, Jeanine Jacobson, that... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-02-27

Is Your Startup Fundable?

Have you ever wondered what qualities investors look for in a startup to consider it fundable? Benjamin Chong, a partner at Right Click Capital and a Co-Director of the Sydney Founder Institute, has created a three question test to help determine your answer in the article “Three ways to test if your startup is fundable,&r... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-02-26

Paying It Forward: How to Help New Startups Rise to the Top

We once asked Seattle Founder Institute mentor, Dan Shapiro why it's so important for experienced entrepreneurs to mentor new founders. To answer our question, Dan directed us to this gem of a blog post. Below, How to Help Startups, has been republished: "It’s been seven years since I started my first company. My su... (more available)

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