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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-07-14

Meet the Most Promising Silicon Valley Founder Institute Grads of 2014

The Founder Institute, the world's largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program, has helped create more than 150 new technology companies from its Silicon Valley chapter in just over 6 years. Since its launch in 2009, FI has contributed greatly to the local startup ecosystem while providing mentorship from some of th... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2015-07-14

How to Attract The Right Investors

The Founder Institute recently concluded its inaugural Founder Lab program, in which various promising seed-stage startups from around the globe spent a week in Silicon Valley working with world-renowned entrepreneurs and investors. Despite the short duration of the program, participating companies went home with a fu... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2015-07-14

4 Ways To Establish Credibility With A Lead Investor

The Mentor Minute gives you exclusive startup video clips from the Founder Institute's worldwide network of 4,112+ mentors. For more Mentor Minutes, visit our Startup Founder 101 YouTube Channel.  In this Investor-edition of the Minute, Nitin Pachisia, Founding Partner of Unshackled - the only angel fund that invests ... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-07-14

Help The Founder Institute Support Promising Young Companies in Afghanistan

At the Founder Institute, our vision is to Globalize Silicon Valley and create sustainable startup ecosystems. With this vision in mind, today were are announcing a crowdfunding campaign to secure the capital needed to bring top international mentors to advise the aspiring entrepreneurs in our upcoming Kabul, Afghanistan Founde... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-07-09

Every Startup Has a Story

Founder Feedback gives you insights from the startup trenches. In a story posted by Women 2.0, Maren Kate Donovan, Founder of Zirtual and Graduate of the Silicon Valley Founder Institute, describes the unconventional path she took to become an entrepreneur, and some lessons she learned along the way. ... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-07-08

Great Startup Mentors Confirmed for the Silicon Valley Founder Institute

In the Founder Institute's four-month, part-time program, promising startup entrepreneurs participate in weekly training and feedback sessions that are led by Founder Institute Mentors. Our Mentors provide the passion, experience, and support that helps our Founders launch meaningful and enduring companies. The Founder Institu... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-07-08

The Corporate Ladder: Climbing Versus Building

In a post from her blog, Maren Kate Donovan, Founder of Zirtual and Graduate of the Silicon Valley Founder Institute, describes how she decided to go from climbing the corporate ladder to building her own. After becoming fed up with jumping through hoops and the looming thought of the often inescapable glass-ceiling, Maren ... (more available)

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Posted by Daniel Thompson on 2015-07-08

These Innovative Startups Are Re-Inventing Outsourcing

As entrepreneurs, we are often conflicted with the idea of hiring in-talent or outsourcing roles to other entities. Both options have their strenghts and weaknesses, but with innovative startups launching everyday, new companies are providing cheaper and more efficient alternatives to the hiring process. Need to find a great pe... (more available)

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Posted by Daniel Thompson on 2015-07-08

The Benefits of Outsourcing For Small Businesses

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 Jonathan Greechan on 2015-07-08

Fear is Designed to Help You Succeed

Founder Feedback gives you insight from the startup trenches. In a post from his blog, Jon Carder, CEO of Mogl.com and a Mentor for the San Diego Founder Institute, explains why the fear of failure can be beneficial for entrepreneurs. He says “fear can produce two critical components of success; energy and enlightenm... (more available)

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Posted by Paula Taas on 2015-07-07

Control Your Home From Across 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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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-07-06

Applications Now Open for Founder Institute’s Flagship Semester in Silicon Valley

The Founder Institute, world's largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program, is now accepting applications for the Silicon Valley Summer 2015 (POSTPONED) Semester. The flagship Silicon Valley semester will now be in its 13th edition, with previous semesters having graduated great companies like Udemy, Retailigence,... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-07-05

How to Build Your Local Startup Ecosystem

"Every successful individual knows that his or her achievement depends on a community of persons working together." - Paul Ryan As an entrepreneur, you probably have more than enough to keep you busy. Whether you’re a successful founder with several companies under your belt or getting ready to launch your first startup, ... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-07-02

A Reality Check: What Being an Entrepreneur is Really Like

Founder Insight gives you feedback from the startup trenches. In this post from his blog, Berlin Founder Institute mentor, Ramzi Rizk, highlights the challenges startups face. Regardless of what ecosystem a founder calls home, he can be certain that others in every part of the globe will experience his triumphs and tribulation... (more available)

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Posted by Jensen Hsiao on 2015-07-01

The Importance of New Perspectives for Innovation - Insights from Jason Calacanis

The Founder Institute hosts webinars every month so that we can help entrepreneurs on any stage succeed. These webinars discuss a wide range of topics, bestowing global entrepreneurs with invaluable resources. For more videos on the "Startup Movers, Builders, & Shakers" series visit our FITV YouTube Channel. Recently, we w... (more available)

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Posted by Jensen Hsiao on 2015-07-01

The Importance of Timing the Market for a 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 publica... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-06-29

Meet the Most Promising Graduates from the Bogota Founder Institute

The Founder Institute, the world's largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program, has helped create more than 15 new technology companies from its Bogota chapter in just five years. Since launching in 2011, the Bogota Founder Institute has contributed greatly to the local startup ecosystem while providing mentors... (more available)

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Posted by Paula Taas on 2015-06-29

Change The World One Gift Card at a Time

Choosing to become an entrepreneur is usually fueled by the desire to be different. For many, the drive comes from the desire to create a meaningful life. Some want to create a life that differs from the norm, while some want to build a company that completely changes the norm. One such startup currently working to make a differ... (more available)

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Posted by Paula Taas on 2015-06-29

3 Reasons Entrepreneurs Should Share Their Ideas with Everyone

Entrepreneurs often find themselves hesitant in sharing their new business ideas for a multitude of reasons. Perhaps they find their idea too premature to be shared or they’re afraid the idea could be stolen. These are adequate concerns, but certainly not enough grounds to justify keeping the idea to oneself. Bill Gates on... (more available)

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Posted by Paula Taas on 2015-06-26

Bankity Hits 40K Downloads, Better Weekdays Awarded $50K, and other 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, Bankity reached over 40K downloads, Better Weekdays received $50K from A... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-06-26

The Toronto Founder Institute’s Most Promising Graduates of 2015

The Founder Institute, the world's largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program, has helped create more than 20 new technology companies from its Toronto chapter in just over a year. Since launching in 2014, the Toronto Founder Institute has contributed greatly to the local startup ecosystem while providing ment... (more available)

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Posted by Paula Taas on 2015-06-26

An Inside Look Into the Traits of 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 stages, fr... (more available)

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Bangalore Is A Fast Growing Startup Ecosystem. Here Is A List Of All The Local Resources

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 2015-06-25

CEO of Tappsi Talks About Growing a Successful Startup in a Developing Country

Juan Salcedo, Co-founder and CEO of Tappsi, as well as Mentor of the Founder Institute Bogota sits down with Alan Colmenares, Director of the Founder Institute Medellin and Bogota, for an interview with Start Up Grind. In the interview, he discusses his early background, passion for coding, meeting his co-founder, and growing Ta... (more available)

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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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