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Posted by Joe Garza on 2016-03-08

Entrepreneurship is a Creative Journey

There is a popular Swami quote for those who are about to embark on a journey: “Start early, drive slowly, and reach safely.” However, Naveen Lakkur, an author and serial entrepreneur, as well as Co-Director of the Bangalore Founder Institute, feels that this saying applies equally well with those venturing into the... (more available)

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Posted by Drew Zias on 2016-02-29

The Startup Glossary: Research and Customer Development

The research and customer development stage is where startups begin to learn about their intended customers. Successful startups then begin to devise new approaches and tweak their products in order to match their intended customers' needs. Hungry for more startup terms? Take a look at all ten sections of our Startup Gloss... (more available)

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Posted by Drew Zias on 2016-02-29

The Startup Glossary: Vision and Ideas

The startup world is filled with fancy terms, near-indiscipherable slang, and some critical words that any entrepreneur simply needs to know. To help make sense of the madness, we've created a Startup Glossary with all of the most important startup-related terms. Each section of our glossary is based on a stage in the startup pr... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2016-02-23

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 Jonathan Greechan on 2016-02-18

Six Crucial Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting a Company

In our experience, many people start a company for the wrong reasons. For example, if you are trying to make money, then starting a company is not a practical way of doing that. Similarly, if you are trying to create more free time, starting a company won't help you achieve that either. Phil Libin, the Co-Founder & Former ... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2016-02-17

A Beginner’s Guide to Brand Storytelling

“Make sure your brand stories are page turners.” - Susan Gunelius Storytelling is an irreplaceable component of our lives. We think, dream, and communicate through stories. Jeremy Hsu, a science and tech journalist based in NYC, found that "personal stories and gossip make up 65% of our conversations." Narratives ap... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2016-02-08

The Art of the Hustle: Unconventional Methods for Building a Startup

“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.” - Joseph Chilton Pearce Creativity is the heart of entrepreneurship. The best companies were founded by people who saw a problem to be fixed, a gap to be filled, a demand to be met. But a creative solution is only as successful as its execution. The be... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2016-02-05

4 Ways 3D-Printing Startups Will Change the Pharma Industry

3D-Printing is, without argument, a disruptive technology in the healthcare sector. 3D-printing startups are already making healthcare products and processes more accessible and customizable. Although large pharmaceutical companies have yet to feel the change in the market, they should invest in the 3D-printing future. Don&rsqu... (more available)

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Posted by Valerie Pang on 2016-01-25

The Right Way to Do Customer Development (HINT: It does NOT include surveys)

Customer development is one of the first and most integral steps that entrepreneurs have to take when they go about launching a startup. Yet, many first-time entrepreneurs don't really know how to do it well.  In a talk from Barcelona Founder Institute, Justin Wilcox, Founder of Customer Dev Labs shares his ... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2016-01-25

The Bootstrapper’s Guide to Startup PR

"PR should be practiced to serve the public interest, to develop mutual understanding between organizations and their publics.” – James E. Grunig The benefits of getting press for a startup are numerous, from attracting more customers to enticing investors and more, so it’s no wonder that so many founders stri... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2016-01-20

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

In developing a startup, interviewing customers is an integral activity that entrepreneurs must do in order to find out what their customers really need or want. 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 ... (more available)

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Posted by Travis Levell on 2016-01-19

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 Drew Zias on 2016-01-18

Startup Marketing: 7 Steps to Getting Started with $100

Here at the Founder Institute, we know what it's like to market a startup on budget. The following is a guest post from Travis Levell, Founder of Project Pivotal where he goes over an effective strategy that will make it seem like you've got $5K to invest in marketing. Enjoy! Every day thousands of aspiring entrepreneurs have n... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2016-01-15

How to Create a Basic Financial Model: An Entrepreneur’s Guide

Creating a Financial Model forces an entrepreneur to plan very specifically how their business will work, how users and customers find and use their products, and how those processes create revenues and costs. As tempting as it might be to outsource this project, it is important to create your own model in order to organize you... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2016-01-12

The 5 Key Things You Can Learn from The Startup Playbook

Being an entrepreneur can be difficult and challenging. Entrepreneurs pour countless hours and resources into projects and know that success is far from guaranteed. One nagging question constantly lurks in the back of every entrepreneur’s mind: “Am I wasting my time?” Entrepreneur and author David Kidder explo... (more available)

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Posted by Valerie Pang on 2016-01-11

What You Need to Know About Branding & Team Building

Branding and team building are some of the most important activities a company needs to do well in to succeed. As a small startup, how should you approach these two activities in the right way? In a talk from the New York Founder Institute, Charlie Kim, CEO of Next Jump shares his experiences building his company, surviving the... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2016-01-04

Every Resource You Need to Launch a Startup in 2016

What is your New Year’s resolution? Does it involve launching a startup? If so, then read on because we’ve collected some of our most popular blog posts of the past year that offer useful insights for every stage of launching a startup. And if your New Year’s resolution has more to do with losing weight, quitt... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-12-21

How to Create the Perfect Cofounder Agreement with Your Business Partner

You’ve just conceived a brilliant billion dollar startup idea; you’ve defined the perfect value proposition for you company; and you just met the perfect cofounder (or cofounders) to help you get your idea off the ground. You’re ready to launch a startup, right? Not quite. If you plan on starting a business w... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-12-10

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 Adeo Ressi on 2015-12-03

How to Make Better Decisions, Faster

This post was written by Adeo Ressi - Founder & CEO of the Founder Institute and TheFunded.com, and board member of the X PRIZE Foundation. When you ask a successful entrepreneur how they did it, you are almost guaranteed to hear them cite “luck” as a prominent factor. Why? Because most major decisions in a sta... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-11-12

Keep Your Startup from Failing with this Guide

"It's fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure." - Bill Gates Failure is a large part of starting a business. In fact, about 90% of all startups fail. And in the world of entrepreneurship, failure is not only expected, it’s embraced. From “Fail Fast, Fail Often&rdqu... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-10-26

3 Steps to Finding the Biggest Risks to Your Startup (and How to Eliminate Them)

“Risk comes from not knowing what you're doing.” - Warren Buffett There are a multitude of risks that come along with launching a tech startup. When you take your first step on the path of entrepreneurship, not only do you have to invest your own personal funds in the venture, but you must sacrifice your family, soc... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-10-05

3 Steps to Find Amazing Company Ideas

"The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas." - Linus Pauling There is no better time to breathe life into your startup idea. Everyday, successful companies are revolutionizing every industry you can think of - and industries you didn’t even know existed. But, while industry publications glorify the miles... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-09-30

Don’t Pivot on the Purpose of Your Life - Insights from Adeo Ressi

Adeo Ressi, CEO and cofounder of the Founder Institute, recently spoke at Startupfest 2015, a festival featuring keynotes, interactive how-to sessions, powerful lessons from battle-scarred founders, and more. While the Lean Startup methodology has provided founders a simple methodology for resource- and time-constrained compani... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-09-21

How to Start a Tech Company: 21 Crucial Steps

It’s easy to get caught up in the glamour of launching a successful startup with the possibility of it becoming the next Google or Facebook. However, because of the proliferation of overnight success stories, too many founders dive into entrepreneurship without a plan, limiting their chances of fortune and glory. That is ... (more available)

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