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Posted by Travis Levell on 2015-03-24

Before You Create Your Product, Create Your Value Proposition: A Formula For Success

Your value proposition matters. It is the face of your product and how customers perceive your company. But most founders decide to create their value proposition after they create their product. Why is that? A few weeks ago, I wrote a post, "How to have your customers build your product for you," that covered a variety of top... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-03-23

How to Instill Value into Your Worthless Startup Idea

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. In this talk by Gabe Zichermann, Director of the New York Founder Institute, Zichermann shares critical advic... (more available)

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Posted by Travis Levell on 2015-03-23

How Jeffrey Paine Became a Startup Ecosystem Leader in Singapore

Jeffrey Paine is one of the most active startup ecosystem leaders in all of Asia. Besides being a thought leader in Asia’s most important startup publications, Jeff leads the Singapore Founder Institute, has helped launch numerous Founder Institute chapters across Southeast Asia, and is the Co-Founder and General Partner o... (more available)

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Posted by Daniel Thompson on 2015-03-23

The #1 Reason Why Startups Fail, According to Adeo Ressi

There are plenty of issues that contribute to the failure of startups, such as bad employees, not enough funds to sustain operations, and no clear business direction. However, all these issues stem from a bigger problem, which is a lack of passion and determination to succeed. The Founder Institute CEO, Adeo Ressi explains the ... (more available)

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Posted by Daniel Thompson on 2015-03-23

The Founder Institute launches Exploratory Program in Greenville, South Carolina

The Founder Institute recently launched an Exploratory Program in Greenville, South Carolina which was reported in a GSA Business article titled “Founder Institute offers low-cost program for startups”. The program is seeking people who have ideas for business ventures but aren’t ready to quit their day jobs. ... (more available)

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Posted by Daniel Thompson on 2015-03-20

GIST Tech-I Applications Extended until March 27th. Submit your Startup for a trip to GES

GIST (Global Innovation through Science and Technology), a partner of the Founder Institute, will be accepting applications for their annual competition that attracts the most promising entrepreneurs from emerging economies. Online public voting and entrepreneurship experts decide who competes in the Tech-I Finals, a highly anti... (more available)

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Posted by Daniel Thompson on 2015-03-19

Zirtual expands and provides employment opportunities

Zirtual, Bay Area Founder Institute Graduate, is the leading online service that matches U.S-based virtual assistants with busy professionals has announced that it will be hiring more than a hundred full-time employees throughout the Pacific Coast, which was reported in a PR Newswire article titled “Zirtual, Leader in Virt... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2015-03-19

Logrr to Pitch Silicon Valley Investors at Global Demo Day

See Logrr pitch top Silicon Valley investors Thursday, March 19th at 6pm PT, at our first Virtual Global Demo Day. Logrr is an Identity as a Service platform for enterprises that connects employees to their cloud business applications without using passwords. The security tool ventured through The Founder Institute’s firs... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2015-03-19

See Global Startups Solving Global Problems on this Online Demo Day Event

The Founder Institute is the world's largest entrepreneur training and startup startup launch program, with a portfolio of over 1350 Graduate companies from across 85+ cities and six continents.  In an effort to further "Globalize Silicon Valley", The Founder Institute will host its first ever Global Virtual Demo Day ... (more available)

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Posted by Daniel Thompson on 2015-03-18

Feetz acquires $1.25M in seed funding, Zirtual featured in Fortune Insider, 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, Feetz acquires $1.25M in seed funding, Zirtual featured in Fortune Insid... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2015-03-17

ConnectX to Pitch Silicon Valley Investors at Global Demo Day

See ConnectX pitch top Silicon Valley investors Thursday, March 19th at 6pm PT, at our first Virtual Global Demo Day. ConnectX is launching satellites with storage capacity with the highest level of security, in order to provide the ultimate in high value data storage.  Since it’s launch in 2012 with the Los Ang... (more available)

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Posted by Daniel Thompson on 2015-03-17

New York FI Grad featured on Business Insider "30 Most Creative People In Advertising Under 30"

Aaron Duffy, FI Grad of the New York Founder Institute, was featured on Business Insider as the “30 Most Creative People In Advertising Under 30,” which was reported by Lara O’Reilly. Duffy is one of the most sought after and influential young creatives in the industry, having worked with companies including G... (more available)

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Posted by Daniel Thompson on 2015-03-17

Honest Dollar wins big at South By Southwest Interactive Pitch Competition

Honest Dollar, an Austin-based startup founded by William Hurley and Henry Yoshida, just launched at SXSW Interactive and won the festival’s ReleaseIt startup pitch competition, which has been reported by Ryan Lawler in a TechCrunch article titled “With $3M In Funding, Honest Dollar Hopes To Make Retirement Plans Aff... (more available)

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Posted by Daniel Thompson on 2015-03-16

TapGenes set to pitch Silicon Valley Investors at Global Demo Day

Watch TapGenes pitch to top Silicon Valley investors Thursday, March 19th at 6pm PT, at the Founder Institute's first Virtual Global Demo Day. There is no doubt that a lot of problems can be solved by looking at the past. With the help of TapGenes, a Graduate of the Singapore Founder Institute, you can evaluate your genealogy, ... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2015-03-14

Nexercise to Pitch Silicon Valley Investors at Global Demo Day

Watch Nexercise pitch to top Silicon Valley investors Thursday, March 19th at 6pm PT, at the Founder Institute's first Virtual Global Demo Day. Most of us start the New Year with a resolution about losing weight and staying fit, but too many of us fall short of reaching our goals due to a lack of time. This perpetual ... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-03-13

Great Startups Can Be Built Anywhere: A Look at Regional Entrepreneurial Strengths

At the Founder Institute, we believe that great startups can be built anywhere... Who says that Silicon Valley is the best place to found a startup? According to the Founder Institute’s “Entrepreneur DNA" test, there are talented founders everywhere, and you don’t have to move to Silicon Valley to launch a sta... (more available)

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Posted by Daniel Thompson on 2015-03-13

FI Grad IndoTrading Raises $1.5M Series A, featured on TechInAsia

IndoTrading has secured $1.5 million in Series A round, which has been reported by Leighton Cosseboom in a TechInAsia article titled “IndoTrading grabs $1.5M series A funding to get more small businesses into ecommerce.” IndoTrading and its Founder Handy Chang is a Graduate of the Jakarta Founder Institute. IndoTr... (more available)

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Posted by Daniel Thompson on 2015-03-13

FI Grad Feetz raises $1.25M in seed funding, featured on Wall Street Journal

Feetz has raised $1.25 Million in seed funding, which has been reported by Timothy Hay in a Wall Street Journal article titled “Digital Cobbler’ Feetz Walks Off With $1.3 Million for 3-D Printed Shoes”. Feetz and its Founder Lucy Beard is a Graduate of the San Diego Founder Institute. Feetz provides custom f... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2015-03-13

Peerby Set to Pitch Silicon Valley Investors at Global Demo Day

Watch Peerby pitch to top Silicon Valley investors Thursday, March 19th at 6pm PT, at our first Virtual Global Demo Day. Peerby is a neighborhood sharing-economy app that enables consumers in cities to borrow the products they need in 30 minutes or less by virtually asking around in their neighborhood. Since it’s launch ... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-03-13

The Silicon Valley Founder Institute’s Highest Rated Mentors

Silicon Valley is home to a multitude of successful companies and promising startups, so it’s only natural that it also serves as a hub of entrepreneurial expertise. Since launching in 2009, the Silicon Valley Founder Institute has helped launch dozens of up-and-coming startups, including Udemy, MovieLaLa, Spikes Security... (more available)

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Posted by Daniel Thompson on 2015-03-12

Better Weekdays lands a White House deal, Nexercise listed as Top Five Apps, 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, Better Weekdays lands a White House deal, Nexercise listed as Top Five i... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2015-03-11

Founder Institute Recognizes Startup Ecosystem Leaders Across The Globe (Social Competition)

We challenge you to put your city on the map for a chance to win two VIP tickets to our annual Founder Showcase, and other invaluable resources! As the world's largest entrepreneur training and launch program, The Founder Institute has helped launch over 1,350 technology companies across 85+ cities and six continents. Every ec... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-03-11

Interviewing Customers is a Special Kind of Torture. Here’s How to Fix That.

In this post from the Customer Dev Labs blog, Founder Institute mentor, Justin Wilcox, shares the process of how he interviews customers to get insight on how to build great products.    "Interviewing Customers is a Special Kind of Torture. Talk to a stranger. Fun. That stranger is immensely busy…and hates... (more available)

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Posted by Daniel Thompson on 2015-03-11

What it takes to be a Startup Ecosystem Leader, according to Sergio Escobar

Sergio Escobar, a top Director of the Montreal Founder Institute, has played a major role in setting up the foundation of success within his local startup ecosystem. He is a respected startup leader in his community, and has been featured across many notable publications, such as TechVibes, Betakit, Radio-Canada International TV... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-03-11

Our Favorite Startup VC Pitching Resources

Through both the Founder Showcase and the Founder Institute we come across a lot of great stuff, but below are what we consider to be the best of the best on the subject of pitching to VCs. We consider each of these resources absolute must-reads for any technology entrepreneur who is raising funds.  So, in no specific orde... (more available)

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