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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-06-05

Ebloo featured on Tportal, Zipmark highlighted in Forbes, Easy Beauty goes BETA, and more Grad News

Since launching in 2009, the Founder Institute has helped launch over 1,200 new technology companies across 66 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, Ebloo was featured on ... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-06-05

FI Grad Visiobike Creates iPhone-Controlled Bike, Featured on TechCrunch

Visiobike has created what may very well be the world’s most hi-tech bike, featuring an assortment of gadgets that would make Batman jealous. News of Visiobike’s gizmo-packed two-wheeler was covered by John Biggs in a TechCrunch article titled The iPhone-Controlled Visiobike Will Take You For A Ride. Visiobike and i... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-06-05

Are Startup Incubators Worth Your Time?

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 Jonathan Greechan on 2014-06-02

Successful Entrepreneurs: Get Your "Entrepreneur DNA Profile" from the Founder Institute

The Founder Institute’s Predictive Admissions Test has been featured in the The New York Times, CNN, and Forbes because of it’s ground-breaking ability to identify people with “entrepreneurial personality traits.” In fact, the test was created over a five year period with leading ... (more available)

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Posted by Duke Lee on 2014-05-31

Been Busy? We've Got You Covered: Top Articles of the Week for Entrepreneurs

Each week we scour the web for insightful articles to share with our Founder Institute network. This week's top articles include branding tips for your startup; what personal computing legend Mitch Kapor thinks of the current state of startups; and more. Check out the top startup and entrepreneur articles from the week of May ... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-05-29

BBVA Open Talent 2014 hosted by Founder Institute Partner

Join our friends at BBVA as they host a special event that promotes and supports projects by entrepreneurs from around the globe: BBVA Open Talent 2014. Now in its sixth edition, this year’s event features three competitions - BBVA Open Talent Europe, BBVA Open Talent Central-South America, and BBVA Open Talent North Amer... (more available)

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Posted by Duke Lee on 2014-05-29

Starting Is Easier, But Startups Are Harder According to Mitch Kapor

The Mentor Minute gives you exclusive startup video clips from the Founder Institute's worldwide network of 3,100+ mentors. For more Mentor Minutes, visit our Startup Founder 101 YouTube Channel.  In this week's Investor-edition of the Minute, personal computing pioneer Mitch Kapor, Partner at Kapor Cap... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-05-29

FI Grad DigitalGroundUp Teams with Facebook to Create Educational Courses

DigitalGroundUp has just announced a collaboration with Facebook at the 2014 Marketing Association of Credit Unions (MAC) Conference, held in San Diego. DigitalGroundUp, an interactive technology platform that teaches digital marketing through experiential online courses, is a Graduate of the Chicago Founder Institute. Through... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-05-28

Peerby highlighted in The Guardian, GeoMoby wins Global Hackathon, and more Grad News

Since launching in 2009, the Founder Institute has helped launch over 1,200 new technology companies across 66 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, Peerby was highlighted... (more available)

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Posted by Duke Lee on 2014-05-24

The Weekly Dose of Knowledge Articles for Entrepreneurs

Each week we scour the web for insightful articles to share with our Founder Institute network. This week's top articles include an Investor Minute with Bloomberg Beta partner James Cham; an investor manifesto for Europe; two resources for crowdfunders; and more. Check out the top startup and entrepreneur articles from the wee... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-05-23

How to Handle a Failed Crowdfunding Campaign

Every entrepreneur knows that crowdfunding can be an effective financing campaign for a startup company. However, many crowdfunding campaigns are not lucrative, and many entrepreneurs don't know what to do when a crowdfunding campaign falls short of funding goals. As Rob Wu states, "It’s a tough pill to... (more available)

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Posted by Duke Lee on 2014-05-22

Stop Pitching Investors As If They’re All The Same

The Mentor Minute gives you exclusive startup video clips from the Founder Institute's worldwide network of 3,100+ mentors. For more Mentor Minutes, visit our Startup Founder 101 YouTube Channel.  In this special Investor-edition of the Minute, James Cham, Partner at Bloomberg Beta and Founder Showcase ... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-05-22

Itembase secures investment from UPS Strategic Enterprise Fund

Itembase recently announced an investment from the UPS Strategic Enterprise Fund, the private equity strategic investment arm of UPS. News of this development has been covered by Evigo, High-Tech Gründerfonds, and FinSMEs. Itembase Founder and CEO Stefan Jørgensen is a Graduate of the Berlin Founder Institute. An o... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-05-21

Whale Path featured on Silicon Valley Business Journal, Zirtual featured on BloombergTV, and more Grad News

Since launching in 2009, the Founder Institute has helped launch over 1,200 new technology companies across 66 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, Whale Path was fe... (more available)

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Posted by Duke Lee on 2014-05-21

Does Startup Speed Kill or Build?

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 2014-05-19

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2013 Founder Institute Graduate Awards

Many companies have made considerable progress since graduating from the Founder Institute. Held in conjunction with the Founder Showcase, the Founder Institute Graduate Awards recognizes the companies that have acquired the most traction across the team, product, user adoption, and investment in 2013. Last week we held a priva... (more available)

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Posted by Duke Lee on 2014-05-14

Investor Pet Peeves You Must Avoid in a Startup Pitch

No matter how much preparation goes into it, an investor meeting pitch might not go perfectly--some founders and investors simply might not be the right fit for each other. However, fund-seeking entrepreneurs can maximize their chances and improve their fit by avoiding certain pitfalls. In the video below, funding experts ... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-05-14

And the Winner of the CrowdPitch Competition is...

Congratulations to Jill Bourque of RushTix, the winner of the 15th Founder Showcase CrowdPitch Competition! Jill was among the top 1/3 of vote getters, and her pitch stood out amongst all of the others because it is exceptionally clear and concise. Well done Jill! Here is her pitch; My company, RushTix, is developing a ... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2014-05-14

Just 1 Day until the Founder Showcase, with Silicon Valley’s Top Startup Investors

The 15th Founder Showcase is now just hours away!  We are expecting a completely packed house of over 400 founders, investors, and press. There are only a handful of tickets left, so be sure to register ASAP! In addition to great startup pitches, demos, and networking, we have an uncredible lineup of speakers. Check... (more available)

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Posted by Duke Lee on 2014-05-13

Elevator Profile: Investing in the “Future of Work” with James Cham of Bloomberg Beta

The Elevator Profile introduces you to the world's top technology game-changers in the same time it takes to give your elevator pitch. Watch and listen to their insights to enhance your entrepreneurial journey. Today's profile features James Cham, Partner at Bloomberg Beta, a new $75 million fund backed by Bloomberg L.P. Previo... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-05-13

And the Finalists for the 15th Founder Showcase Pitch Competition are...

While many worthy companies competed, only a select few could make it to the final round of the Founder Showcase, to compete onstage in front of hundreds of investors and press. Today, we are proud to announce the finalists of the 15th Founder Showcase.  Tickets for the 15th Founder Showcase are still available. Click... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2014-05-12

500 Startups, S23P, Felicis, Javelin & Banister Capital Join Founder Showcase Investor Panel

At the Founder Showcase, we invite Silicon Valley's brightest investors onstage to provide expert feedback and analysis on promising seed-stage companies. They provide the founders on stage, and in the audience, with the most recent insights on the 'fundability' of new companies, asking the key questions that any entreprene... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-05-10

FI Grad Udemy Raises $32 million, Featured on TechCrunch

Earlier this week, Udemy closed a $32 million Series C funding round, bringing their total up to $48 million. News of the impressive payday was covered by Natasha Lomas in a TechCrunch article titled Online Learning Marketplace Udemy Raises $32M To Scale Up Internationally. Udemy and its Founders, Gagan Biyani and Eren Bali, ar... (more available)

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Posted by Duke Lee on 2014-05-10

Investors DO Give Second Chances, According to Alex Gurevich of Javelin Venture Partners

The Mentor Minute gives you exclusive startup video clips from the Founder Institute's worldwide network of 3,100+ mentors. For more Mentor Minutes, visit our Startup Founder 101 YouTube Channel.  In this special Investor-edition of the Minute, Alex Gurevich, Partner at Javelin Venture Partners, explain... (more available)

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Posted by Duke Lee on 2014-05-10

In Case You Missed It: This Week’s Must-Read Articles for Entrepreneurs

Each week we scour the web for insightful articles to share with our Founder Institute network. This week's top articles include Mitch Kapor asking startups to strive for impact; Manu Kumar saying CEOs should make themselves redundant; how social startups can make impacts; and 5 ways to scare off investors. Check out the top s... (more available)

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