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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-07-16

Nexercise featured on NOLA, Retailigence featured on AdExchanger, and more Grad News

Since launching in 2009, the Founder Institute has helped launch over 1,129 new technology companies across 66 cities, 40 countries, and six continents. These companies have gone on to do great things, and create over 10,000 new jobs.  Over the past week, Nexercise was featured... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-07-16

FI Grad Skimble hits 14 million Downloads and Partners with Samsung

Skimble experienced some recent successes which were highlighted by Aditi Pai in a MobiHealthNews article titled Workout app maker Skimble hits 14M downloads, partners with Samsung. Skimble and its co-founders Gabriel Vanrenen and Maria Ly are Graduates of the Bay Area Founder Institute. Based out of San Francisco, Skimble dev... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-07-02

Realty Mogul featured on Crowdfund Insider, Peerby featured on New Cities Foundation, and more Grad News

Since launching in 2009, the Founder Institute has helped launch over 1,129 new technology companies across 66 cities, 40 countries, and six continents. These companies have gone on to do great things, and create over 10,000 new jobs.  Over the past week, Realty Mogul was ... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-06-18

Say Mmm highlighted on Lifehacker, Zipmark featured on Crain’s New York Business, and more Grad News

Since launching in 2009, the Founder Institute has helped launch over 1,129 new technology companies across 66 cities, 40 countries, and six continents. These companies have gone on to do great things, and create over 10,000 new jobs.  Over the past week, Say Mmm was highlighte... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-06-12

Feetz Looking to Revolutionize the Shoe Industry, Featured on PandoDaily

Lucy Beard and her innovative company Feetz were recently profiled in a PandoDaily article by James Robinson titled Feetz wants to 3D print shoes and revolutionize the shoe store. But is it too early in the space? Feetz is a Graduate of the San Diego Founder Institute and a winner of the 15th Founder Showcase. After leaving he... (more available)

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Posted by Duke Lee on 2014-06-10

Feetz Looks to Continue Post-Showcase Success at Southland Conference 2014

Following up on their big win at the 15th Founder Showcase, Feetz was recently announced as one of 40 tech companies invited to attend Southland Conference 2014, in which ten startups will be selected to pitch for the grand prize of $100,000, as well as expert business coaching and media exposure through a partnership ... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-06-06

FI Graduate Gagan Biyani’s Big Ambitions featured on Newsweek

Gagan Biyani was recently featured in a Newsweek article by Katrina Brooker, titled How Greylock Partners Finds the Next Facebook. Biyani is a Graduate of the Bay Area Founder Institute, and is the co-founder of Udemy and the Growth Hackers Conference. Since graduating from the Founder Institute, Biyani’s ambition hasn&rs... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-06-05

Ebloo featured on Tportal, Zipmark highlighted in Forbes, Easy Beauty goes BETA, and more Grad News

Since launching in 2009, the Founder Institute has helped launch over 1,129 new technology companies across 66 cities, 40 countries, and six continents. These companies have gone on to do great things, and create over 10,000 new jobs.  Over the past week, Ebloo was featured on ... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-06-05

FI Grad Visiobike Creates iPhone-Controlled Bike, Featured on TechCrunch

Visiobike has created what may very well be the world’s most hi-tech bike, featuring an assortment of gadgets that would make Batman jealous. News of Visiobike’s gizmo-packed two-wheeler was covered by John Biggs in a TechCrunch article titled The iPhone-Controlled Visiobike Will Take You For A Ride. Visiobike and i... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-05-29

FI Grad DigitalGroundUp Teams with Facebook to Create Educational Courses

DigitalGroundUp has just announced a collaboration with Facebook at the 2014 Marketing Association of Credit Unions (MAC) Conference, held in San Diego. DigitalGroundUp, an interactive technology platform that teaches digital marketing through experiential online courses, is a Graduate of the Chicago Founder Institute. Through... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-05-28

Peerby highlighted in The Guardian, GeoMoby wins Global Hackathon, and more Grad News

Since launching in 2009, the Founder Institute has helped launch over 1,129 new technology companies across 66 cities, 40 countries, and six continents. These companies have gone on to do great things, and create over 10,000 new jobs.  Over the past week, Peerby was highlighted... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-05-22

Itembase secures investment from UPS Strategic Enterprise Fund

Itembase recently announced an investment from the UPS Strategic Enterprise Fund, the private equity strategic investment arm of UPS. News of this development has been covered by Evigo, High-Tech Gründerfonds, and FinSMEs. Itembase Founder and CEO Stefan Jørgensen is a Graduate of the Berlin Founder Institute. An o... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-05-21

Whale Path featured on Silicon Valley Business Journal, Zirtual featured on BloombergTV, and more Grad News

Since launching in 2009, the Founder Institute has helped launch over 1,129 new technology companies across 66 cities, 40 countries, and six continents. These companies have gone on to do great things, and create over 10,000 new jobs.  Over the past week, Whale Path was fe... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-05-19

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2013 Founder Institute Graduate Awards

Many companies have made considerable progress since graduating from the Founder Institute. Held in conjunction with the Founder Showcase, the Founder Institute Graduate Awards recognizes the companies that have acquired the most traction across the team, product, user adoption, and investment in 2013. Last week we held a priva... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-05-10

FI Grad Udemy Raises $32 million, Featured on TechCrunch

Earlier this week, Udemy closed a $32 million Series C funding round, bringing their total up to $48 million. News of the impressive payday was covered by Natasha Lomas in a TechCrunch article titled Online Learning Marketplace Udemy Raises $32M To Scale Up Internationally. Udemy and its Founders, Gagan Biyani and Eren Bali, ar... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-05-07

Marc Benioff invests in MovieLaLa, Zipmark launches a new mass payments product, and more Grad News

Since launching in 2009, the Founder Institute has helped launch over 1,129 new technology companies across 66 cities, 40 countries, and six continents. These companies have gone on to do great things, and create over 10,000 new jobs.  Over the past week, Marc Benioff invested ... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-05-06

FI Grad MovieLaLa Funded by Marc Benioff, Featured on TechCrunch

MovieLaLa recently received a considerable investment from Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce, bringing the startup to $750,000 in funding. News of the investment was covered by Josh Constine in a TechCrunch article titled Marc Benioff Funds Social Network For Film Lovers “MovieLaLa”. Sahin Boydas, Founder of... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2014-04-28

Founder Institute Graduate Awards: Nominees Announced

Right before the Founder Showcase on May 15th, the Founder Institute will be host a Private Awards Luncheon to celebrate the best performing Founder Institute Graduate companies in 2013. Of our 1,100+ Graduates, these companies have demonstrated exceptional progress with their business in 2013, securing nota... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-04-16

Appota featured on Tech in Asia, ReadyPulse featured on Digital Journal, and more Grad News

Since launching in 2009, the Founder Institute has helped launch over 1,129 new technology companies across 66 cities, 40 countries, and six continents. These companies have gone on to do great things, and create over 10,000 new jobs.  Over the past week, Appota featured on Tec... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-04-16

FI Grad ReadyPulse raises $2 million, featured on Digital Journal

ReadyPulse recently announced the close of their Series A investment round, totaling $2 million in funding. The press release detailing their success was featured on Digital Journal. Co-Founders Srinivas Penumaka and T. Vinod Gupta, the President and CTO of ReadyPulse, respectively, are Graduates of the Seattle Founder Institut... (more available)

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Posted by Duke Lee on 2014-03-28

Just Another Thursday: Founder Institute Grads Receive Combined $19 Million in Funding

As a fantastic way to end their week, two Founder Institute Graduates announced a combined total of $19 million in funding for their respective companies on Thursday. Jilliene Helman, co-founder and CEO of Realty Mogul, received Series A funding for her company totaling $9 million, while Gagan Biyani, co-founder and CEO of ... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-03-27

FI Grad Realty Mogul raises $9 million

Realty Mogul has recently announced that it has raised $9 million in Series A funding, led by Canaan Partners. This development comes right after another bit of news from Realty Mogul, in which they announced that their users have invested $14.6 million dollars in real estate worth over $100 million. Not bad for a startup that h... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-03-26

Zirtual featured in The Huffington Post, Kindara featured in The Wall Street Journal, and more Grad News

Since launching in 2009, the Founder Institute has helped launch over 1,129 new technology companies across 66 cities, 40 countries, and six continents. These companies have gone on to do great things, and create over 10,000 new jobs.  Over the past week, Zirtual was featured i... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-03-19

FI Grad Realty Mogul’s users invest over $14.6 million in real estate, featured on TechCrunch

After only their first year in business, Realty Mogul's users have invested more than $14.6 million in real estate worth $100 million in properties that have been backed through their platform. The story was covered by Anothny Ha on TechCrunch. Jilliene Helman, the Founder and CEO of Realty Mogul, is a Graduate of the Los Angel... (more available)

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Posted by Duke Lee on 2014-03-14

The Fastest Growing Silicon Valley Graduates in 2013

The Founder Institute, the world's largest startup accelerator, has helped launch over 130 new technology companies from its Silicon Valley chapter in less than 5 years. It has created billions of dollars in shareholder value while providing mentorship from some of the top entrepreneurs in the technology startup industry. ... (more available)

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