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Founder Insight

Posted by Ezra Oyarce on 2015-02-04

What Investors Are Looking for in Your Startup

Getting funding for your startup company can be difficult, as most investors hear thousands of pitches and only have the time and money to give funding to a small number of entrepreneurs. As Tim Weingarten, a Venture Capitalist and CEO of The Hunt says, the first questions you must ask yourself before you go looking for funding... (more available)

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Posted by Ezra Oyarce on 2015-02-03

How You Can Build a Socially Impactful Company

In a recent VentureBeat article titled “How to Build a World-Saving Startup”, graduate of the Washington, D.C. Founder Institute and CEO of Causevox Rob Wu writes about how difficult it is to create a lasting company; especially one that has the intention of making a social impact. He says:   Social good sta... (more available)

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Posted by Travis Levell on 2015-02-02

How to Have Your Customer Build Your Product for You

Do you know why most startup projects fail? Some attribute it to a lack of funding. Others might say that they didn’t have enough time to build their product or they didn't learn how to tell a great brand story. But in the midst of all of those excuses, the real element that is lacking is customers. If you had customers k... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-01-30

Three Lessons I Learned While Starting My Company

Everyone knows the saying, “hindsight is 20/20”, but too often in life do we fail to appreciate the meaning of the phrase. And in the world of entrepreneurship, sometimes second chances are hard to come by. That’s why as a founder, it’s important to learn as much as you can before launching a company to a... (more available)

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Posted by Ezra Oyarce on 2015-01-29

How to Create Your Minimum Viable Product

So after you learn that the market for your business is validated, where do you go from there? It’s time to create a Minimum Viable Product. A hugely important concept to startups and entrepreneurs, the MVP can help set your business on the right track. But what exactly is an MVP? How do you use it and what purpose does it... (more available)

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Posted by Travis Levell on 2015-01-28

4 SaaS tricks to Increase your Customer Engagement and Retention

The following is a guest post from Dave Schneider, of Ninja Outreach. The post covers 4 techniques that they are currently using to increase their customer engagement and retention. Use this real life actionable business advice to increase your customer retention and engagement. Enjoy! At NinjaOutreach, our blogger prospecting ... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-01-22

5 Essential Steps for Developing a Winning Startup Idea

A company is only as strong as the idea it grew from. However, for many entrepreneurs conceiving a billion dollar startup idea is not as easy as we would like. Because the process of ideation can be daunting, we often give up on our dreams of launching and running successful companies. For, as Napoleon Hill once said, "All achie... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-01-22

Six Reasons Why Washington, D.C. Is A New Hub For Female Entrepreneurs

A lack of gender and ethnic diversity is a pervasive issue in the world of entrepreneurship. However, more and more efforts are being made to ensure that businesses are more inclusive and diverse, and that those that are typically left out of entrepreneurship are given the same opportunities as everyone else to launch ventures o... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-01-20

How This Consultant Turned His Idea Into a Startup

Ryan King has never liked working for people. As he says it, he is “psychologically inept at working for other people.” A native of Melbourne, Australia, King started his own graphic design business after graduating from high school. Having studied and worked for several architecture projects, King joined the Melbour... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-01-14

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. RSV... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-01-14

Why Profits Are Not Enough: Mitch Kapor Asks Startups to Strive for Impact

Sure, “traction”, ARPU, and profits are important for a startup to succeed, but do too many startups overlook the potential for generating a positive social impact, as well? Mitch Kapor, the Founder of the Lotus Development Corporation and designer of Lotus 1-2-3, certainly thinks so. A pioneer in personal computing... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-01-13

If You Wouldn’t do Your Job for Free, then Quit - by Dave Fuhriman

Founder Feedback gives you insights from the startup trenches. Countless professionals take jobs primarily because they pay well, provide extensive benefits packages, or offer other perks. However, too many of these professionals realize too late that working should be about more than obtaining holiday bonuses, health insurance... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-01-07

How to Handle a Failed Crowdfunding Campaign

Every entrepreneur knows that crowdfunding can be an effective financing campaign for a startup company. However, many crowdfunding campaigns are not lucrative, and many entrepreneurs don't know what to do when a crowdfunding campaign falls short of funding goals. As Rob Wu states, "It’s a tough pill to... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2014-12-30

The Top 10 Most Valuable Founder Videos of 2014

You’re an entrepreneur and you’re busy, we get it! That’s why we compiled the shortest and most valuable Founder Institute sessions, interviews, and speeches of 2014. As you sift through the hectic holiday season, you may not find time to delve into lengthy articles and long-winded blog posts. Whether you&rsqu... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2014-12-29

15 Quotes That Will Help You Position Your Business for 2015

“The future is already here—it is just unevenly distributed.” - William Gibson Amid the holiday bustle, the New Year offers a fresh breathe of air for business owners looking to revamp strategies and focus efforts. As the market evolves and customer needs widen, it is imperative for leaders to guide their team... (more available)

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Posted by Travis Levell on 2014-12-25

The 10 Best Posts of 2014

As 2014 is coming to an end, entrepreneurs everywhere are preparing to enter 2015 with a plan to reach new heights. Whether that means starting a new business, or continuing to improve an existing one, creating a solid roadmap will help you achieve your goals faster and more effectively. We’ve compiled a list of our best,... (more available)

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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 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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