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Posted by Didier Vermeiren on 2014-04-24

The Founder Institute: A life-changing high-speed roller coaster

The testimonial below is written by Tobias Dickmeis, founder of Letsmake and a Graduate of the Berlin Founder Institute, which is now accepting applications for the upcoming Berlin Spring 2014 Semester.  "If you board the Founder Institute, prepare yourself for a ride. It will get fast, it will get intense, ... (more available)

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2013-10-21

From Idea to Startup CEO, by Alex Cammarano

When Alex Cammarano arrived at the San Francisco Founder Institute, he was far from launching a company. Armed with only ideas and a passion for photography, he jumped in headfirst, emerging four months later as the Founder of Daylighted - a platform offering a new way to discover, enjoy and purchase fine art photography.

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2013-08-17

My Experience at the Founder Institute, by Jennifer Seigal

In a post from her blog, Silicon Valley graduate, Jennifer Seigal, shares what it's like to go through the Founder Institute's four month program, and her top 5 tips for success.

Thinking of Joining? Read on to hear how Jennifer successfully launched a companny with in Silicon Valley.

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2013-04-11

Should You Apply to the Founder Institute? by Stefan Broda

Founder Insight gives you feedback from the startup trenches.

In this post from his blog, Founder Institute graduate, Stefan Broda, Founder of BeforeWeDo, shares his experience with the Silicon Valley Founder Institute. His honest and candid feedback is a must-read for any entrepreneur considering the program. Thinking of applying? Check out what Stefan had to say about mentor feedback, networking, time commitment, assignments, and more.

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2013-02-27

Why The Founder Institute? by Darryl Rettig and Renee Zau

Founder Feedback gives you insights from the startup trenches.

In a post from their blog, Darryl Rettig and Renee Zau, Co-founders of DonationMatch, share their experience at the San Diego Founder Institute. Comparing the program to the popular 90's film, The Karate Kid, they suggest the Founder Institute teaches the necessary tools for success by offering "practice in disguise".

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2013-02-14

My Experience at the Founder Institute, by Kiran Bulusu

In this post from his blog, Kiran Bulusu, Founder of Sensory Health Systems and a graduate of the Silicon Valley chapter, shares his recent experience with the Founder Institute.

Read on to learn more about the life of a founder in the Silicon Valley chapter.

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2012-07-03

The Founder Institute was my Startup Muse, by Tom Frazier

The first Sydney Founder Institute program concluded a few weeks ago, with seven promising graduate companies. One of the newly graduated founders, Tom Frazier (Co-Founder of ProcessGo!), posted a review of his experience with the program on his company blog.  According to Tom, "The Founder Institute has become this thing that helps people articulate their ideas, bonds founders within a community and channels creativity into a funnel, and spits out amazing little businesses with big ambitions."

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2012-01-24

3 Lessons Learned from the Founder Institute, by Vladimir Blagojevic

Founder Feedback gives you insights from the startup trenches.

On his blog "Be Launched", Vladimir Blagojevic, Founder of Grant Snap and newly minted Graduate of the Brussels Founder Institute, described the three top lessons he learned from the Founder Institute. 

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2011-07-07

Starting from Scratch with FI, by Andrea Lo

Founder Feedback gives you insights from the startup trenches.

In a guest blog post that ran on Women 2.0 today, Andrea Lo (Founder of Piggybackr) describes how the Founder Institute was just what she needed to start her first company.  

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2011-03-09

FI Reviews Straight from Graduates

Many Graduates from the recent Winter Bay Area Semester have written about their experience with the Institute. Lucky for us, one Graduate (Maren Kate) aggregated the different reviews and posted them on her blog EscapingThe9to5.

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2010-03-18

Comparing the Founder Institute to TechStars, by Scott Yates

TechStars is a great entrepreneurship program, and so is the Founder Institute. We both help grow and foster local start-up communities, but we go about it in different ways. Scott Yates, an accepted Founder in the Spring 2010 Denver Area Semester, has put up a very informative comparison chart on his blog to show the differences. Check it out here

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2009-11-25

Views of an Accepted Founder, by Roy Leban

Roy Leban wrote an in-depth blog post about being accepted into the Founder Institute and his decision to enroll. It provides an interesting insights from the perspective of an experienced entrepreneur and technologist. A snippet from the post is below.

At first glance, I might not seem like the typical candidate for the Founder Institute. I'm not a fresh entrepreneur. I've been doing it a long time and I've had both favorable outcomes (sales) and failures (losing a lot of money). And I even serve as an advisor and mentor to a lot of other entrepreneurs. But, through it all, two things have remained constant: I'm an entrepreneur at heart, and I have a lot to learn.

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