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.
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.”
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.”
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.
In this talk from the Chicago Founder Institute, Jason Weingarten shares research tips that will help any entrepreneur win their market.
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.
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.
An entrepreneur’s one sentence pitch is often their most valuable weapon. Get it right, and you could be on your way to making it big. Screw up, and you may find yourself back at square one. For many early-stage entrepreneurs, perfecting the elevator is one of the biggest challenges of starting up.
Read on to get tips on how to avoid the top three elevator pitch fails.
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”.
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."
Watch the video after the jump to hear the inspiring story of how this female entrepreneur lives as Mom and Executive in New York City, without compromising a thing.
Rob Frohwein is well aware of the challenges new business owners face, particularly when it comes to funding. His Atlanta-based company, Kabbage Inc., is tackling this problem head on, providing business owners access to working capital. In this interview with MSNBC, Rob offers suggestions to getting funding.
To hear more from Rob, join him this Winter where he will be mentoring for the Atlanta Founder Institute. Click here to learn more and apply today.
Whether or not you’re a serial entrepreneur or on your first venture, every new business begins with the same thing: research. In this video, Bangkok Founder Institute director, Benjamin Ranck, outlines research tips that are sure to save founders time, money, and countless mistakes.
In this talk from the Berlin Founder Institute, Kai Bolik shares his best practices for hiring and firing. He says that through constant peer to peer feedback and maintaining culture as a top priority, you will find yourself with an all-star team.
In this talk from the Seattle Founder Institute, serial entrepreneur, Dan Shapiro, shares insights from his experience fundraising. While many founders dream of big checks from a brand name VC firm, Dan says “you really have to think hard about whether or not VC money is right for you."
Serial entrepreneur, Matt Mandell, knows a thing or two about launching successful startups. Throughout his career, he has learned by doing, and can boil down entrepreneurial success to a few simple things; decide early on what your goals are, and forget the idea, because it’s all about execution.
Thinking of starting up in Washington DC but don't know where to begin? Check out our crash course in entrepreneurship, featuring talks by some of our best DC Founder Institute mentors.
As a Co-Founder of several companies, an angel investor in several more, and Co-Maintainer of two great resources for entrepreneurs - AngelList and Venture Hacks - Naval Ravikant has a unique view of the startup and investing landscape. That's why we asked him to speak at our Founder Showcase event last week in San Francisco to almost 500 founders and investors, and he did not disappoint.
Being blinded by love leaves startup founders vulnerable to making bad decisions. Instead, in this talk from the Berlin Founder Institute, Ofer Akerman advises new founders to stay mindful, and remember - “Investors don’t give you money to stay in love. They give you money to make more money.”
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In this talk from Seattle Founder Institute, T.A. McCann highlights the importance of understanding both your customers and competitors in depth. He also stresses the value of knowing your influencers, being an expert in your space, and expanding your tribe by trading value for value.
In this talk from the 14th Founder Showcase, BOSI Global Founder, Joe Abraham, explains his unique approach to finding a co-founder. By utilizing the BOSI method, startups have a much greater chance of success. Read on to find out why.
In this talk from the Seattle Founder Institute, marketing whiz, Joanna Lord, outlines her top 10 lessons for how to effectively market your startup.