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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-03-04

Why Most New Entrepreneurs are Not Ready to be Mentored

In this post from his Tropical Gringo blog, Alan Colmenares, Managing Partner at Socialatom Ventures and Director of the Bogota Founder Institute, shares his experience as a startup mentor in Colombia.  Below, an excerpt of How to find a good mentor for your startup has been republished with p... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-03-03

Learn How to Interview Customers the Right Way on this Free Online Workshop

Understanding, and solving, your customer's problems is the key to your entrepreneurial success.  But, how do you find customers to ask about their problems? What do you ask them? How do you record their answers? After you get their answers...what do you do with them? This stuff is complex...but during the "Interviewing ... (more available)

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Posted by Daniel Thompson on 2015-03-03

FI Grad WomyAds Obtains 57 Million Users on their Platform

WomyAds has obtained 57 million users on its platform, which was reported in a article titled “Colombian Platform achieved 57 million users”. WomyAds and its Founders Ricardo Gonzalez Vargas and Carolina Cruz Hoyos are Graduates of the Bogotá Founder Institute. The company developed a web and ... (more available)

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Posted by Daniel Thompson on 2015-03-02

FI Grad RushTix Launches at the Launch Festival: A Subscription Worth Leaving the Couch For

Silicon Valley Founder Institute Graduate RushTix launched at the Launch Festival today, in front of thousands of people.   RushTix is the first unlimited subscription service for local arts and culture. For just $99 a month, subscribers get unlimited tickets and can choose from a list expertly curated event... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2015-03-02

Webinar: How To Develop Your Startup Ecosystem, Featuring International Startup Leaders

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. Creating and nurturing a local startup ecosystem is no easy feat, and our success is very much dependent on the passion and tactics of our 200+ Local Foun... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2015-03-01

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 Jonathan Greechan on 2015-03-01

Pre-Sale Tickets Available for the Founder Showcase: Silicon Valley’s International Startup Event

Hosted by and the Founder Institute, the Founder Showcase is Silicon Valley’s leading international seed-stage startup event, gathering global technology founders and investors to hear from top experts, and help launch new companies to greatness.  The 16th edition of the Founder Showcase is scheduled fo... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-02-27

5 Tips to Improve Your Teachings as a Startup Mentor

This post was written by Jimmy Hendricks - CEO and Co-Founder of Deal Current, and top-rated mentor of the San Diego Founder Institute.  It was an honor this year to receive the highest rated global mentor award from Founder’s Institute. I always received feedback from our San Diego organizer, Jeanine Jacobson, that... (more available)

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Posted by Daniel Thompson on 2015-02-27

FI Grad Getable raises $5 Million in Series A, featured on TechCrunch

Getable has raised $5 million in Series A round fund, which has been reported by Ryan Lawler in a TechCrunch article titled “Getable Gets $5 Million To Help Contractors Rent Construction Equipment From An iPad”. Getable and its Founder Tim Hyer is a Graduate of the Bay Area Founder Institute. Founded in 2010, Getab... (more available)

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Posted by Daniel Thompson on 2015-02-27

FI Grad UnBuffer Wins Big at SMAC startup day 2015

UnBuffer, a 2014 Founder Institute graduate of Bangalore, India, participated and won the SMAC (social, mobile, analytics and cloud) startup day 2015 event. On February 19th, SMAC day 2015 took place in Bangalore, India. Respected industry leaders in social, mobile, analytics and cloud technologies led engaging discussions with ... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-02-27

Is Your Startup Fundable?

Have you ever wondered what qualities investors look for in a startup to consider it fundable? Benjamin Chong, a partner at Right Click Capital and a Co-Director of the Sydney Founder Institute, has created a three question test to help determine your answer in the article “Three ways to test if your startup is fundable,&r... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-02-26

Paying It Forward: How to Help New Startups Rise to the Top

We once asked Seattle Founder Institute mentor, Dan Shapiro why it's so important for experienced entrepreneurs to mentor new founders. To answer our question, Dan directed us to this gem of a blog post. Below, How to Help Startups, has been republished: "It’s been seven years since I started my first company. My su... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-02-22

To Grow Your Local Startup Community, First Map it Out

If you ask a local startup leader what is holding back their community from growing, chances are the answer you will get is “a lack of capital”. However, in our experience working in nearly 100 markets across the globe, "lack of capital" is nowhere near being the biggest hindrance to startup community growth. In fac... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-02-20

The Lean Branding Approach to Business Naming

For most, if not all, entrepreneurs crafting the perfect name for a company is a daunting task. Not only must a business brand be memorable, but it must also encapsulate the values and mission of the business. Fortunately, Margot Bushnaq, founder of BrandBucket, has delineated a simple yet effective method for creatin... (more available)

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Posted by Ezra Oyarce on 2015-02-19

Feetz and Litesprite Selected as Finalists in the SXSW Accelerator Competition

On January 15th, the South by Southwest Interactive Festival announced its Accelerator Finalists, judges, and emcees. Feetz and Litesprite, two Founder Institute Graduates, were selected as SXSW Accelerator Finalists. The competition will showcase the most innovative technologies from around the world an... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-02-18

Founder Institute Partner Lifograph Hosts a Special Event with David Koehn of Sand Hill Angels

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

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-02-18

Where Do You Fit In? A Founder’s Guide to Startup Roles

For many people who are considering a jump into the startup industry, there is one often mysterious question they must answer: "Where do I fit in?" If not as the founder of your own company, which startup position should you take? As Jason Freedman says, "We startups are collectively still really bad at helping them break into o... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2015-02-13

A Beginner’s Guide to Brand Storytelling

“Make sure your brand stories are page turners” ~ Susan Gunelius Storytelling is an irreplaceable component of our lives. We think, dream, and communicate through stories. Jeremy Hsu, a science and tech journalist based in NYC, found that "personal stories and gossip make up 65% of our conversations." Narratives app... (more available)

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Posted by Ezra Oyarce on 2015-02-13

Founder Institute Graduate a Semi Finalist in MITEF Greece Startup Competition

Recently, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Enterprise Forum (MITEF) Greece Startup Competition selected eLearning Industries ( as one of its 25 semi-finalists. The competition gives companies with exciting product or services access to practical knowledge, mentorship, and resources to help take their v... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-02-12

Silicon Valley-based Founder Institute Announces Early Launch in London due to High Demand

The Founder Institute, the world’s largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program, announced today that it is officially launching its first chapter in London. The Silicon-Valley based program decided to officially launch in London earlier than scheduled, after a successful trial period in January attracted over ... (more available)

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Posted by Ezra Oyarce on 2015-02-12

FI Grad iCarsClub listed in top 10 best funded startups in Singapore on TechInAsia

This past week, iCarsClub was listed in an article on TechinAsia entitled “Here are the top 10 most well-funded internet companies in Singapore”. Singapore has one of the most supportive governments for startups in the world. Despite this, the author of the article, Daniel Tay, still lists iCarsClub as being one of t... (more available)

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Posted by Ezra Oyarce on 2015-02-11

Udemy Mentioned on the Huffington Post, Heddoko Featured on the Daily Mail, 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. In the past few weeks Udemy was listed among the top online education providers on the Huffi... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-02-11

An Expert Guide to Developing the Perfect Startup Idea

"An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.” – Oscar Wilde For entrepreneurs, ideas that are deemed impossible by the masses are oftentimes the only ones worth pursuing. Yet how does one stumble upon those rare gems that lead to prosperity and recognition? True, many major companies we... (more available)

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Posted by Ezra Oyarce on 2015-02-10

Why These 3 CEOs Quit Their Day Jobs for their Startups

There’s a lot of debate over when and why entrepreneurs should quit their day jobs so that they can fully pursue their startup projects. Some say that entrepreneurs should keep their jobs so that they can keep a steady source of income, while others argue that once you quit your job will you put in the necessary effort int... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-02-09

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 Spring 2015 Semester. The flagship Silicon Valley semester will now be in its 12th edition, with previous semesters having graduated great companies like Udemy, Retailigence,... (more available)

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