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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 2014-04-04

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 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Posted by Amity Sims on 2013-12-05

The Pursuit of True Wealth: How One Female Entrepreneur Balances Work and Motherhood

In this talk from the New York Founder Institute, Next Jump Co-Founder, Meghan Messenger, shares how she maintains a work-life balance while running a major e-commerce 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.

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2013-12-03

5 Tips to Getting Your Startup Funded, by Kabbage CEO, Rob Frohwein

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.

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2013-11-28

How Viable is Your Startup Idea? by Benjamin Ranck

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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.

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2013-11-22

How to Assemble an All-Star Team for Your Startup, by Kai Bolik

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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.

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2013-11-15

Is VC Money Right for Your Startup? by Dan Shapiro

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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."

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2013-11-08

Ideas are Really Simple - It’s the Execution That’s Hard, by Matt Mandell

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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.

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2013-11-07

The Beginner’s Guide to Starting Up in DC

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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.

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2013-11-06

The Anatomy of a Fundable Startup, by Naval Ravikant

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.

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2013-10-31

Are You Too Infatuated With Your Startup Idea?, by Ofer Akerman

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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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Posted by Amity Sims on 2013-10-25

Getting to Know Your Startup’s Customers and Competitors, by @tamccann

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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.

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2013-10-11

How to Find the Best Co-Founder for Your Startup, by Joe Abraham

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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.

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2013-10-04

Momentous Marketing: How to Manage Your Startup’s Growth Projection, by Joanna Lord

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In this talk from the Seattle Founder Institute, marketing whiz, Joanna Lord, outlines her top 10 lessons for how to effectively market your startup.

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