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Posted by Paula Taas on 2015-06-23

7 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Avoid Financial Instability

When launching your own company, encountering some sort of financial burden is not uncommon. Normally, being a full-time entrepreneur means giving up a stable job with a steady stream of income at a large corporation. With that said, entrepreneurs who need to rely on their own finances to start a company must be more wary of the... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-06-22

How Jeanine Jacobson Became a Startup Ecosystem Leader in Southern California

Jeanine Jacobson is the longest tenured Founder Institute Local Director, and as such she has been instrumental in growing the product, curriculum, and local programs. In fact, while we currently operate chapters in over 100 cities worldwide, Jeanine launched the first ever chapter outside of Silicon Valley way back in Aut... (more available)

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Posted by Jensen Hsiao on 2015-06-22

The Four Qualities Needed to Build an Industry with Your Startup

Gabe Zichermann is an expert on gamification, which entails using the power of games to engage customers and build strong loyal communities. He has written four books on the subject, his most recent book being Gamification by Design 2. In addition, Zichermann is the founder of Gamification.co, the leading publication for the in... (more available)

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The Santiago Startup Ecosystem Canvas: A List Of 200+ Startup Resources In Chile

Startup ecosystems can be fragmented, competitive, and hidden to newcomers, which is detrimental for local startups and community growth. The Startup Ecosystem Canvas seeks to provide local entrepreneurs with a clear list of resources for every stage of their startup journey, and outline a basic framework for communities to map ... (more available)

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Posted by Paula Taas on 2015-06-19

How to Strengthen Your Startup Community

People often surround themselves with those who share their similar interests and goals. Unfortunately, building a network of fellow entrepreneurs is not always simple. For other founders around the world, location can become a large barrier. In TheNextWeb article, “How a Community is Born: The Rise of Polish Startups&rdqu... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2015-06-19

Till Death Do Us Part - Secrets of the Most Successful Founding Teams

“We were meant to be together,” a common phrase used by most couples. Despite the cliché, it’s been proven to be applicable for business partners and founding teams. Hiring the right cofounder takes patience and persistence. Like getting married, you’ll go through different relationship stage... (more available)

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Posted by Daniel Thompson on 2015-06-18

Dhaka Startups Raise Money, ShapeTrace Labs Wins Competition, and more Grad News

Since launching in 2009, the Founder Institute has helped launch over 1,310 new technology companies across 85 cities, 40 countries, and six continents. These companies have gone on to do great things, and create over 10,000+ new jobs. Over the past week, two Dhaka startups receive seed funding from leading global venture capi... (more available)

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Posted by Paula Taas on 2015-06-17

Does Your Startup Have Potential?: An Investor’s POV

At the early stages of growing a startup, one of the hurdles entrepreneurs face is the lack of financial support. When this occurs, founders often turn to investors for funding assistance. But what exactly entices investors to back a startup? In the article “Sajid Rahman On Investment, Big Ideas, Great Founders, And Start... (more available)

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Posted by Jensen Hsiao on 2015-06-17

The Perks of Investing in Young Startup Ecosystems

With entrepreneurial ecosystems popping up all over the globe, opportunities for startups, investors and customers are rapidly increasing. But each culture is different, and the way something works in one ecosystem may not work in another. Nevertheless it’s good to explore your options and it’s best to explore with t... (more available)

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Posted by Daniel Thompson on 2015-06-16

Two Startups In Dhaka Who Captured The Attention of a Global Venture Capital Firm

Two Founder Institute Dhaka graduates received seed investments from Fenox Venture Capital in a pitch session organized by Founder Institute Dhaka. Both SmartKompare and HandyMama, received $15,000 as a cash prize for their great pitches. The report was originally delivered by Ibrahim Mahbub in a Future Startup article titled &l... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-06-12

The Weekend Habits of Successful Entrepreneurs

So much has been written about the traits and skills one must have to be a successful entrepreneur that it’s easy to forget that sometimes it is the little things in life that lead to the greatest success. In Entrepreneur Habits, we provide you with simple yet effective habits that any fledgling founder can employ in... (more available)

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Posted by Daniel Thompson on 2015-06-11

How The Peer-to-Peer Industry is Transforming Local Lending

Imagine arriving home with a new Ikea table. With excitement, you tear open the box, laying out each component nicely on the floor. You then head to your toolbox only to discover that you’re missing a specific wrench needed to assemble the piece of furniture. What do you do? While some may head to the closest convenience ... (more available)

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Posted by Daniel Thompson on 2015-06-11

A New Wearable for Tech Savvy Urbanites

Each year, The Founder Institute helps launch dozens of technology companies across the globe. Once founders graduate from our 4-month program, they quickly begin using techniques like crowdfunding campaigns to drum up interest and obtain funding. To help further their efforts, we’ve introduced the series,&... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-06-11

Founder Institute Partner Lifograph hosts a Startup Fundamentals Workshop #1 - "Doing a Startup Right"

Lifograph, a proud partner of the Silicon Valley Founder Institute, is building the "Who's Who" of Silicon Valley and technology. With Lifograph, you can discover the timeline and connections of companies, venture capitalists, angel investors, entrepreneurs, executives, and other people in tech.  Lifograph is hosting ... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-06-10

Can You Launch a Company With Passion Alone?

There is no "one right way" to build a company.  As a result, entrepreneurs seeking guidance will always be given contradictory advice on how to build their business, from both "experts" and the uninformed alike. Ultimately, it is up to the entrepreneur to evaluate the opinions they receive and pursue the path they feel is... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-06-08

Creating a Startup Pitch Deck? Start with this Easy-to-Use Template

If you are an entrepreneur, you are probably familiar with the 10-14 slides that comprise a typical investor pitch deck. But do you even know why you need a pitch deck in the first place? Or what you should include in your deck to increase your chances of getting funded? Malcolm Lewis - a serial entrepreneur (6 startups in 18 y... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2015-06-07

The Ultimate Guide to Hiring Your First Employees - Insights From the CEO of JobScore

There is no “I” in startup. You inevitably will need a build a team competent enough to carry your company through different stages of growth. By constructing a process during the early years of business, you’ll be able to successfully onboard your first three to one hundred employees. Most importantly, you ca... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-06-06

Adeo Ressi on What it Feels Like to Shape the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

This article was written by Adeo Ressi, Founder of the Founder Institute. Follow him on Twitter @AdeoRessi. The Founder Institute is now in nearly 100 cities worldwide, and our success is growing. We are constantly tweaking and improving the process to create stronger and better graduates. There is the usual barrage of startup-... (more available)

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Posted by Daniel Thompson on 2015-06-05

How The Sharing Economy Is Transforming How We Do Business

Entrepreneurs need to become experts in their industries in order to survive the ocean of startups developing across the globe. By establishing yourself as a leader in your field of interest, you can attract loyal customers and build trust in your product or service. Your expertise differentiates you from competitors, and ultima... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-06-04

The One Minute Startup Pitch Template

Perfecting a startup pitch may seem like a daunting task for most, if not all, beginning entrepreneurs. However, effectively pitching your company is a deceptively simple undertaking that falls under the "so-easy-it's-hard" category. In the post below, Founder Institute Directors J. Ramphis Castro and Marcos Polanco de... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2015-06-03

Six Steps to Creating a Hiring Process for Your Startup

The post was written by Erin Engstrom of Recruiterbox, a web-based applicant tracking software that helps growing companies manage their incoming job applications. A founding team usually consists of the first two to three hires. If you’re tech-savvy, you’ll hire someone who can market.... (more available)

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Posted by Daniel Thompson on 2015-06-03

Udemy Raises $65M, GoFar Raises $200K on Kickstarter, and more Grad News

Since launching in 2009, the Founder Institute has helped launch over 1,310 new technology companies across 85 cities, 40 countries, and six continents. These companies have gone on to do great things, and create over 10,000+ new jobs. Over the past week, Udemy Raises $65M Series D funding round, GoFar raises $200K in cro... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-06-03

Startuptelling: Startup Storytelling the SMART Way

The article, "Startuptelling: Startup Storytelling the SMART Way", was written by Ben Larson, the Director of the Summer 2015 Semester of the San Francisco Founder Institute. It has been republished with permission below. I recently returned to Silicon Valley from an amazing whirlwind trip through Europe where I had t... (more available)

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Infographic of 200+ Startup Resources in Orange County (Startup Ecosystem Canvas)

Startup ecosystems can be fragmented, competitive, and hidden to newcomers, which is detrimental for local startups and community growth. The Startup Ecosystem Canvas (beta) seeks to provide local entrepreneurs with a clear list of resources for every stage of their startup journey, while also outlining a basic sequent... (more available)

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Posted by Daniel Thompson on 2015-06-02

The Storytelling Device Keeping Loved Ones Connected Anywhere In The World

Each year, The Founder Institute helps launch dozens of technology companies across the globe. Once founders graduate from our 4-month program, they quickly begin using techniques like crowdfunding campaigns to drum up interest and obtain funding. To help further their efforts, we’ve introduced the series, “Crowdfun... (more available)

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