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Posted by Amity Sims on 2013-03-01

There is No Room for Haphazard Startups, by Joel Espelien

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In this talk from the Seattle Founder Institute, Joel Espelien outlines his four basic tenants for determining business-worthy ideas. He begins by stating “you have to be the best in the world; there is no room for half-assed startups”.

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2013-02-22

Finding a Balance Between Talent and Passion, by @JimFranklin

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In this talk from the Denver Founder Institute, Jim Franklin helps founders better define their business goals and values. Jim says the key to starting a successful company is honing in on your talents and passions that have potential for economic return.

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2013-02-15

How to be an Effective Startup Leader, by @StephenMeadeLA

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In this talk from the the Los Angeles Founder Institute, Stephen Meade emphasizes the importance of effective leadership. He says a founder’s goal is to convince others to come on the journey with them, and to ultimately see adopt the vision as their own.

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2013-02-01

Nobody is Going to Steal Your Stupid Startup Idea, by Adeo Ressi

In this talk from the Denver Founder Institute, Adeo Ressi reminds founders that more often than not, your great startup idea might not actually be as prolific as originally anticipated. He says that instead of wasting months or years of your life on a dead-end project, it’s crucial to determine the value of an idea as early as possible.

Stay a head of the game - attend a free Startup Workshop and start building your dream company today.

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2013-01-28

Video: Check Out @TWistartups News Roundtable With Adeo Ressi

This week, Founder Institute CEO, Adeo Ressi, was featured as a guest on This Week in Startups. Adeo sat down with Jason Calacanis (Host of This Week in Startups) and Rafe Needleman (Evernote) to discuss the latest news from Apple, Vine, Quora, and more.

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2013-01-18

A Brand is an Emotional Attachment, by Joe Bezdek

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A company’s brand can can either catapult them to success or put them on the fast track to failure. In this talk from Chicago Founder Institute mentor, Joe Bezdek, Joe advises founders on brand development.

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2013-01-11

Establishing Your Fiscal Culture, by Malcolm Lotzof

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In this talk from the Chicago Founder Institute, Malcolm Lotzof explains the various types of revenue models for early-stage companies.

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2013-01-05

Inside FI Course: Where to Start When You’re Starting Up

Is starting a company on your list of New Year's Resolutions?

Take the first step to launching a company in 2013 with our new, private e-course titled “Where to Start When You’re Starting Up”. You'll learn to pursue ideas that align with your passions, to evaluate your business ideas, and to determine your next steps to become an entrepreneur. 

Get the exclusive access code after the jump..

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2012-12-21

Conceptualizing Your Revenue Model, by Ted Greene

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In this talk from the Chicago Founder Institute, Ted Greene explains how to establish your company’s revenue model. He advises founders to keep it simple and to remember that “ideas don’t mean anything until you build a financial model - thats when the rubber meets the road”

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2012-12-14

Video: Leena Rao Interviews David Sacks at the 12th #FounderShowcase

In this exclusive clip from the 12th Founder Showcase, David Sacks, Founder & CEO of Yammer, is interviewed by Leena Rao of TechCrunch. In their interview, David weighs in on fundraising, strategizing, and how he helped build two of Silicon Valley’s most notable companies.

To hear more from influencers like David, join us for the 13th Founder Showcase on Wednesday, March 27th, 2013. Reduced price tickets are available for a limited time.

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2012-12-07

Identifying Your Entrepreneurial Super Power, Marcos Polanco

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Every great company begins with one simple thing: an entrepreneur’s vision for something bigger than themselves. In this talk from the Puerto Rico Founder Institute, Marcos Polanco inspires founders to build a company that exemplifies their best skills and embodies their passions and values.

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2012-11-30

Sell First, Market Later, by Gary Gaessler

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In this talk from the Denver Founder Institute, Gary Gaessler explains why he believes nothing happens until sales are made, and why founders should consider putting marketing on the back burner until revenue begins rolling in.

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2012-11-23

Best Practices for Startup Hiring and Firing, by Ziv Gillat

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In this talk from the Silicon Valley Founder Institute, Ziv Gillat gives founders an overview on the best practices for startup hiring and firing.

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2012-11-16

Developing your Startup Brand, by Robin Chase

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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 2012-11-05

The Basic Tenets of Fundraising, by David Sacks

In this exclusive talk from the San Francisco Founder Institute, Founder Showcase Keynote Speaker David Sacks, Founder and CEO of Yammer, covers the basics of fundraising and offers founders tips on how to engage investors.

As one of today's most accomplished entrepreneurs, David believes that securing money isn’t your biggest problem – it is finding a great idea.  

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2012-11-02

Surviving the Fundraising Process, by Justin Moore

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In this special edition of Inside FI, we bring you a segment from one of our favorite mentors and 12th Founder Showcase keynote, Justin Moore who gives founders tips on surviving the fundraising process.  

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2012-10-28

11th #FounderShowcase Video: Liz Gannes Interviews Hiten Shah on Utilizing Metrics for Business Development

With the 12th Founder Showcase barely a week away, we look back at previous events and highlight stellar moments in Showcase history. 

In this video from the 11th Founder Showcase, keynote speaker Hiten Shah, CEO of KISSmetrics, sits down with All Things D Senior Editor Liz Gannes to talk about his passion for helping fellow entrepreneurs, and how to utilize metrics to best benefit your business. 

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2012-10-25

Best Practices for Pitching to Journalists and Media, by Robin Wauters

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In this talk from the Brussels Founder InstituteRobin Wauters advises founders on the best practices for pitching to journalists and media. The Brussels Founder Institute will be accepting applications until Sunday, October 28. 

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2012-10-19

11th Founder Showcase Keynote Aaron Levie on Vision, Values, and the Future of Enterprise

As the 12th Founder Showcase rapidly approaches, we look back on previous events and highlight stellar moments in Showcase history. This particular video features Aaron Levie, Founder and CEO of Box as he provides guests with an insightful look at the future of enterprise.

To hear more great insights on the future of Silicon Valley, innovations, and insights from the experts, register for the November 7th Founder Showcase today

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2012-10-05

The Funding Lifecycle; Building Relationships, Selling Yourself, and Staying Connected, by Jon Carder

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In this talk from the San Diego Founder Institute, Jon Carder presents some key tenets to fundraising both in early and more mature stages of one’s business. The art of fundraising may seem like daunting and foreign territory; however, it all comes down to building and maintaining relationships. 

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2012-09-21

Researching and Evaluating the Startup Market, by Thom Kozik

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In this talk from the Los Angeles Founder Institute, Thom Kozik gives critical advice on how to best go about researching where your business fits in the startup market. He advises founders on several elements to consider, yet reminds them that Startup Research is an ongoing project.

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2012-09-14

Best Practices for Managing Your Costs & Revenues, by Nico Perez

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In this talk from the Paris Founder Institute, Nico Perez outlines the best practices for managing revenue, costs, and profits. Finances are imperative to any startup, and at the end of the day, you have to keep the business side of your company in mind.

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2012-09-12

#FounderShowcase Keynote David Sacks Onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt

In August we announced a great first Keynote Speaker for the 12th Founder Showcase, taking place on Wednesday, November 7th at the Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco: David Sacks, Founder & CEO of YammerEarlier today David was interviewed onstage at the Techcrunch Disrupt Conference by Michael Arrington. It is a worthwhile watch for any entrepreneur.

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2012-08-30

Inside FI: How to Earn a Technical Co-Founder, by @MishaChellam

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A startup is a network of human relationships, often centered around the relationship between Co-Founders. In this talk, Misha Chellam, Co-Founder of Scanadu and the leader of the upcoming Silicon Valley Founder Institute, discusses approaches to "earning" a technical co-founder, and explains the topgrading methodology for hiring employees. 

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2012-08-24

Fundraising Advice from Scott Painter, Who Has Started 37 Companies and Raised $1 Billion

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In this talk from the Los Angeles Founder Institute, Scott Painter, Serial Entrepreneur and Founder and CEO of TrueCar, shares his experiences from 37 companies started and over $1 billion raised. In his opinion, raw passion, a calculated business model, and an understanding of the language of investors is imperative.

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