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Posted by Amity Sims on 2014-03-14

10 Surprising Clues to See if You Are Startup Material, by Glen Hellman

So you think you’re ready to be a startup founder? According to Glen Hellman, not everyone is cut out for startup life. See Glen’s humorous checklist below to see if you’ve got what it takes to give it your all for entrepreneurship. Glen Hellman is a Principal at Driven Forward LLC., a firm that supp... (more available)

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Posted by Duke Lee on 2014-03-12

Cinco Tips Para Emprendedores Web, por Shai Rosen

Shai Rosen, Director de La Ciudad de México Founder Institute, dice "los usuarios en América Latina cada vez tienen más confianza en las compras electrónicas". Abajo, Shai da cinco tip útiles para emprendedores web que quieren tomar ventaja de esto. El blog, "Cinco Tips Par... (more available)

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2014-03-11

Seven Dilemmas Every First-Time Entrepreneur Must Overcome

Being a first-time entrepreneur is no easy task. There are numerous challenges and unexpected difficulties that can arise at any time. Here, Rajesh Setty outlines seven common dilemmas many new entrepreneurs face--and offers tips for how to cope with the inevitable uncertainty. Rajesh Setty, is an entrepreneur, speaker, Fo... (more available)

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2014-03-09

Why Most New Entrepreneurs are Not Ready to be Mentored

Founder Feedback gives you insight from the startup trenches. 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 ... (more available)

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Posted by Duke Lee on 2014-03-07

Do Entrepreneurs Really Need to Sacrifice Everything? by Mick Liubinskas

Entrepreneurs are always told that in order to build their dream companies, they must possess a deep passion for their ideas, while simultaneously be willing to sacrifice many things. And though these concepts generally hold true for Mick Liubinskas, he also talks about the possibility of having a more nuanced approach to entrep... (more available)

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2014-03-05

How to Nail the Pitch: 17 Storytelling Tips for Startups

Founder Feedback gives you insight from the startup trenches. In this guest post from the Rude Baguette blog, Alexis Niki, a Paris-based founder & CEO of StoryNova, outlines Tyler Crowley's 17 best storytelling tips for startups. Tyler says, when integrating a story into your pitch you not only become more memorable, but mo... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2014-02-11

How to Live in the Future

As an entrepreneur, its important to "live in the future", so that you can identify gaps, see what's missing, and increase your odds of building something meaningful. As LP Maurice puts it, "the entrepreneur closes gaps in the world between the future and the present." LP Maurice is the Co-Founder and CEO of travel startup... (more available)

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2014-02-05

Why All Successful Entrepreneurs Should Mentor New Startups, by Australia’s Top Mentor, Phil Morle

Earlier this year, the Founder Institute recognized 13 extraordinary mentors, who went above and beyond to help entrepreneurs launch hundreds of meaningful and enduring companies in 2012. Among these exceptional individuals, is Phil Morle, Co-Founder of Pollenizer, a full service startup investment machine in Australia. Phil re... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2014-02-04

An Entrepreneur’s Guide To Serendipity: How to Make Your Own Luck

You would be hard pressed to find any successful entrepreneur who doesn't attribute at least some of their success to good luck. And, the same goes for most unsuccesful entrepreneurs as well, whose companies have fallen to odd and seemingly random instances of bad luck. 

In this post, Michael Lisovetsky analyzes the mindset an entrepreneur should have with respect to luck, and even provides guidelines on how to "make your own luck."

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2014-01-28

Notes on the Current State of Startup Funding, from Naval Ravikant of AngelList

On the Datafox blogNiv Dror selects the best video talks from startup luminaries, and then summarizes them into easily-digestable notes - which perfect for startup founders who don't have time to watch hour-long videos. They call it the DataFox Video Notes Series.

Recently, they summarized a talk from a good friend of the Founder Institute: Naval Ravikant, Co-Founder & CEO of AngelList. Check it out here...

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2014-01-14

Pitching Your Business vs. Planning Your Business

Founder Insight gives you feedback from the startup trenches.

In this post from the LivePlan.com blog, LivePlan CEO, Sabrina Parsons, addresses the idea that startup founders are putting more and more emphasis on their pitch and less on their business plan. While a great pitch is critical to getting any business off the ground, a business plan is an essential key to success and shouldn't be neglected.

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2014-01-13

How to Find a Co-Founder for Your Startup, by George Deeb

Founder Insight gives you feedback from the startup trenches.

In this post from his blog, George Deeb, Managing Partner at Red Rocket Ventures and Chicago Founder Institute mentor, outlines steps for how to find the best co-founder for your startup. Deeb says, "as you should when making any new hire, make sure you have thoroughly done your homework on a candidate before "jumping in bed" with them."

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2014-01-07

Michael Reuter Describes his Experience Mentoring Founder Institute Companies

Founder Insight gives you feedback from the startup trenches.

Founder Institute Mentors provide the support, feedback, and guidance that has helped our early-stage founders launch over 1,310 businesses since the Institute was founded in 2009. 

In this post from his personal blogFounder Institute Mentor Michael Reuter shares his experience being a mentor in the Munich Founder Institute. 

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2013-12-26

Pitching Investors the Right Way

Founder Insight gives you feedback from the startup trenches.

In this post from the Wicked Start blog, New York Founder Institute mentor, Bryan Janeczko, shares some key tips for pitching your startup to investors. "One of the toughest moments in your business life will probably be asking someone else to give you money to fund your dream", says Bryan.

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2013-12-19

Five Lessons from Scuba Diving on How to Survive a Startup

Founder Insight gives you feedback from the startup trenches.

In this post from the PlayFitness blog, New York Founder Institute grad, Pavel Asanov, compares his experience as a long-time scuba diver, to his most recent endeavor - starting a company. Pavel suggests scuba diving and startups have a lot more in common than you might initially suspect.

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2013-12-11

5 Things I Learned as an Entrepreneur This Year

Founder Insight gives you feedback from the startup trenches.

In this post from his blog, Lima Founder Institute mentor, Bradley Joyce (CEO, Socialyzer), shares 5 important lessons in entrepreneurship he learned last year.

Bradley is a mentor for the Lima Founder Institute, which is currently accepting applications for the upcoming Summer 2014 Semester. 

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2013-12-08

How I Hacked My US 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 Quartz.com and has be republished to the FI blog.

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2013-12-03

Get to No as Fast as You Can

Founder Insight gives you feedback from the startup trenches.

The following post is by CodeGuard CEO, and Atlanta Founder Institute mentor, David Moeller. An experienced startup founder, Moeller offers advice to new founders on how to survive the challenges of launching a new company. "Don’t give up", he says. "It has to be tough. And you wouldn’t want it any other way."

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2013-11-20

Lessons Learned from the Largest Kickstarter Campaign in History for a Board Game

What does it take to kick ass on Kickstarter? Ask serial entrepreneur, Dan Shapiro, who's most recent project, Robot Turtles, landed the title as the most successful Kickstarter campaign, ever, for a board game. In this post from his blog, Dan shares the lessons he learned from beginning to end, including tips for how to have a successful campaign of your own.

Don't miss out on getting feedback on your startup from Dan- join him Thurs, Nov 21 in Seattle for Founder Office Hours 101.

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2013-11-20

Paying It Forward: How to Help New Startups Rise to the Top, by Dan Shapiro

As part of our Top Mentor Q&A series, we recently 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.

Read on to learn more about How to Help Startups.

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2013-11-18

What Investors Want to Learn From Your Business Plan, by Sabrina Parsons

Founder Insight gives you feedback from the startup trenches.

In this post from the LivePlan.com blog, LivePlan CEO, Sabrina Parsons, outlines how draft a business plan that will effectively sell your business to investors and seal the deal you're after.

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2013-11-14

Launch a New Founder Institute Chapter and Wire the Silicon Valley Mindset into your Community [Infographic]

Governments around the world routinely invest massive sums of money into taxpayer-supported venture funds, extravagant office parks, and even whole cities, in the hopes of “creating the next Silicon Valley.”  But Silicon Valley cannot be replicated from the top down with money and facilities.

Why, you ask? Because Silicon Valley is not a place. It’s a mindset.

Learn more about how to wire your community for innovation here.

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2013-11-12

Only Fools Launch Startups for Fame and Fortune

Learning from someone who has been there, done that, is always huge bonus when starting something new. Having professional insight to the ins and outs of starting up can help aspiring entrepreneurs avoid lethal mistakes, and maybe even get a leg up on the competition.

In this Q&A, Founder Institute mentor, Joe Abraham, shares valuable insights from his experience as a serial entrepreneur. His most prudent piece of advice: don't do it for the fame or fortune.

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2013-11-11

Interviewing Customers is a Special Kind of Torture

Founder Insight gives you feedback from the startup trenches.

In this post from the Customer Dev Labs blog, Founder Institute mentor, Justin Wilcox, shares the process of how he interviews customers. If you would like to hear more from Justin, join him Nov 14 for Lean Startup Modeling 101.

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2013-11-04

5 Tips to Improve Your Teachings as a Startup Mentor, by Jimmy Hendricks

In this guest post by Jimmy Hendricks, CEO and Co-Founder of Deal Current and top rated mentor for the San Diego Founder Institute, Jimmy shares what he has learned throughout his years mentoring new startups. He outlines five best practices for new mentors, and those looking to improve their teaching.

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