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Posted by Joe Garza 19 minutes ago

7 Startup Lessons from Google: There's No Such Thing as Over-Communication

Thomas Korte is a veritable expert in the world of startups and entrepreneurship. He is the Founder of AngelPad, a startup accelerator based in San Francisco and New York. Despite having only been around for a few years, AngelPad was named by MIT’s 2014 Accelerator Research as the #3 U.S. Accelerator, and was recogniz... (more available)

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Posted by Amity Sims 1 day ago

Robin Chase on How You Can Build an Effective Startup Brand

Inside FI gives you exclusive access inside the training sessions of the Founder Institute. To get updates when we release new videos, follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

With the upcoming launch of the Lisbon Founder Institute and the Istanbul Founder Institute, Europe's newest chapters, we look back at some of our best European sessions. In this video from Robin Chase, one of our highest rated mentors, Robin enlightens founders on the power of branding.

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2014-09-16

Ideas Mean Nothing if You Aren’t the Right Person to Execute

Inside FI gives you exclusive access inside the training sessions of the Founder Institute. To get updates when we release new videos, follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our weekly newsletter here. Launching a startup is one thing, but building a meaningful and enduring company is an entirely different story. In this tal... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-09-12

7 Startup Lessons from Google: It's All About Data

Thomas Korte is a veritable expert in the world of startups and entrepreneurship. He is the Founder of AngelPad, a startup accelerator based in San Francisco and New York. Despite having only been around for a few years, AngelPad was named by MIT’s 2014 Accelerator Research as the #3 U.S. Accelerator, and was recogniz... (more available)

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2014-09-12

Startup Fundraising Tips from the Co-Founder of GrubHub

Inside FI gives you exclusive access inside the training sessions of the Founder Institute. To get updates when we release new videos, follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.  Coming to the decision to pursue funding is no easy matter, but it’s a piece of cake compared to the ominous bea... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-09-05

7 Things I Learned at Google: Ask “Why Not?... not “Why?”

Thomas Korte is a veritable expert in the world of startups and entrepreneurship. He is the Founder of AngelPad, a startup accelerator based in San Francisco and New York. Despite having only been around for a few years, AngelPad was named by MIT’s 2014 Accelerator Research as the #3 U.S. Accelerator, and was recognized by... (more available)

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2014-08-27

How to Build a Strong Startup Team

Inside FI gives you exclusive access inside the training sessions of the Founder Institute. To get updates when we release new videos, follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our weekly newsletter here. Why do some startup fail and others succeed? Could it be the idea? Access to capital?  Perhaps the secret to startup su... (more available)

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2014-08-15

Important Startup HR Lessons

Inside FI gives you exclusive access inside the training sessions of the Founder Institute. To get updates when we release new videos, follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.  Your company is only as good as the people building it.  Hiring the right people is an expensive and time consumi... (more available)

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2014-07-13

How to Develop Your "Billion Dollar Idea"

From the Berlin Founder Institute's Startup Ideation Bootcamp we bring you “Fu** not Again: I Just had Another Billion Dollar Idea!” by Christoph Sollich, a freelance startup consultant in Berlin. In this entertaining talk, Christoph gives entrepreneurs tips on how to go about developing their next brilliant idea. 

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2014-07-11

Are You Too Infatuated With Your Startup Idea?

Inside FI gives you exclusive access inside the training sessions of the Founder Institute. To get updates when we release new videos, follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our weekly newsletter here. One of the biggest challenges for new entrepreneurs is trying not to fall in love with your idea. Being blinded by love, lea... (more available)

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2014-07-04

How to Perform Startup Market Research on the Cheap

Inside FI gives you exclusive access inside the training sessions of the Founder Institute. To get updates when we release new videos, follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.  While researching a market and a products viability is one of the first steps to building a company, entrepr... (more available)

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2014-06-07

Gamifying Your Pitch to Raise Big Money, by Christoph Sollich

Inside FI gives you exclusive access inside the training sessions of the Founder Institute. To get updates when we release new videos, follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our weekly newsletter here. Play to win! (Or pitch to win in this case). In this entertaining talk, Christoph Sollich gamifies pitching to raise ca... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2014-04-05

How to Master the Startup Pitch: Watch these Founder Showcase-Winning Pitch Videos

The Founder Showcase, an event hosted by the Founder Institute's Adeo Ressi, has helped seed-stage startups raise over $130 million since 2009. While over 850 startups have competed in the competition, just 115 have competed on stage, and we have crowned only 14 champions. Here are videos of the last ten pitches that won the eve... (more available)

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2014-03-04

Heiko Rauch: "Go Global or Die"

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In this talk from the Berlin Founder Institute, Heiko Rauch shares the research process behind zanox, and how careful planning and a global mindset led his company to become Europe’s leading affiliate marketing network.

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Posted by Duke Lee on 2014-02-08

If You’re Not Measuring, You’re Not Marketing, by Claire Robertson

Inside FI gives you exclusive access inside the training sessions of the Founder Institute.  In this week's edition of Inside FI, Claire Robertson (Director, Perth Founder Institute) breaks down the differences between "Marketing" and "Sales", as well as the steps necessary to succeed in both. According to Robert... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2014-01-31

Pick a Good Market, or Risk Becoming a Zombie Startup

Inside FI gives you exclusive access inside the training sessions of the Founder Institute. To get updates when we release new videos, follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

In this talk, Russian Entrepreneur Kirill Makharinsky outlines the best practices for startup market research that he learned while launching three companies across three different countries. 

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2014-01-17

The Definitive Guide on How to Build a Habit-Forming Product, by Nir Eyal

Inside FI gives you exclusive access inside the training sessions of the Founder Institute. To get updates when we release new videos, follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our weekly newsletter here. Building an addictive product is undoubtedly every startup founder’s goal. Dreams of becoming the next Twitter or Face... (more available)

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2014-01-10

How to Add Value to Your Startup, One New-Hire at a Time, by Yossi Hasson

Inside FI gives you exclusive access inside the training sessions of the Founder Institute. To get updates when we release new videos, follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

In this talk from the Johannesburg Founder Institute, Yossi Hasson shares his experience launching SYNAQ, a leading cloud-based messaging services leader in South Africa. Hasson says, “be creative about how you tackle a problem - you don’t have to use orthodox ways.”

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2014-01-03

Six Guiding Principles for Developing and Evaluating Your Business Idea, by Dan Fine

Inside FI gives you exclusive access inside the training sessions of the Founder Institute. To get updates when we release new videos, follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

In this talk from the Seattle Founder Institute, serial entrepreneur, Dan Fine, shares six guiding principles for developing and evaluating your business idea. Dan says, “if I can meet these six guidelines it’s a business I want to do.”

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2013-12-31

Best of Inside FI: Founder Institute’s Top 5 Videos of 2013

Founder Institute training sessions are where the magic happens. Each week of the four-month program features talks by the world's most successful entrepreneurs, coming together to share their knowledge with the next generation of startup founders. While all of our mentor's talks are valuable, there are a few that stand out.

Read on to see our top 5 training session videos from 2013.

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2013-12-26

Win Any Market With These Startup Research Tips, by Jason Weingarten

Inside FI gives you exclusive access inside the training sessions of the Founder Institute. To get updates when we release new videos, follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

In this talk from the Chicago Founder Institute, Jason Weingarten shares research tips that will help any entrepreneur win their market.

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2013-12-20

Identifying the Key Drivers of Your Startup’s Financial Model, by Vince Scafaria

Inside FI gives you exclusive access inside the training sessions of the Founder Institute. To get updates when we release new videos, follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Before you can move forward with a business idea, you need to have cash. More importantly, you need to manage that cash wisely. In this talk from the New York Founder Institute, Vince Scafaria explains the necessary components of a financial model, and offers tips for money management.

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2013-12-18

Your Mom is NOT Giving You Honest Feedback

Good, honest feedback is one of the most valuable things a startup founder can come by, says Gabe Zichermann of Gamification Co. The last thing you need is more people saying, “that’s a great idea”.

Watch the video after the jump to learn more.

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2013-12-12

How to Hook Your Audience With Your Startup Presentation, by Glen Hellman

Inside FI gives you exclusive access inside the training sessions of the Founder Institute. To get updates when we release new videos, follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

In this talk from Lima Founder Institute mentor, Glen Hellman, Glen explains how to deliver a memorable presentation. Whether it be pitching to investors or showing off your newest business plan, Glen says, “you have to be intentional when presenting. It's not just about going through the motions”.

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2013-12-05

How to Instill Value into Your Worthless Startup Idea, by Gabe Zichermann

Inside FI gives you exclusive access inside the training sessions of the Founder Institute. To get updates when we release new videos, follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

In this talk by Gabe Zichermann (Director, New York Founder Institute) Zichermann shares critical advice for getting your startup off the ground. "If you’ve already started working on your idea” he says, “you’re ahead of 99 percent of people who want to start a company."

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