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Posted by Joe Garza on 2016-03-21

The One Secret to a Successful Startup? Focus, Focus, Focus

Launching a tech startup is an exciting venture for anyone, as such an endeavor is inherently risky, yet is not without its potential for prosperity. However, many founders too often get caught up in the thrill of building a new, possibly game changing product that they lose sight of their main goal and spread themselves too thi... (more available)

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Posted by Drew Zias on 2016-03-17

Entrepreneur DNA - Does It Exist?

For many years, people believed that entrepreneurship and creative success were innate and were thus impossible to measure. As statistical analysis has progressed, the inaccuracy of this old world-view becomes much more clear. At the Founder Institute, the world's premier idea-stage accelerator and startup launch program, we ha... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2016-03-16

Easy Aerial’s New Drone Featured on Science Channel’s All American Makers

New York Founder Institute Graduate Easy Aerial’s new drone, the Easy Drone XL Pro, was featured on the Science Channel’s “All-American Makers” recently, and passed their acid test with flying colors. Touted as able to carry three pounds in flight by maker Ivan Stamatovski, it actually... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2016-03-16

Is Your Startup Idea Viable? Watch This Video to Find Out

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.

Whether or not you’re a serial entrepreneur or on your first venture, every new business begins with the same thing: research. In this video, Bangkok Founder Institute director, Benjamin Ranck, outlines research tips that are sure to save founders time, money, and countless mistakes.

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2016-03-16

Important Startup HR Lessons Every Founder Needs to Learn

Your company is only as good as the people building it. Hiring the right people is an expensive and time consuming process that is crucial to the success of a company. In the video below, Janet Van Pelt explains that “hiring great people is expensive, but hiring bad people is very expensive,” so it is important to in... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2016-03-14

WeWork and Founder Institute Partner to Create a Strong Community for Entrepreneurs

The Montreal Founder Institute is proud to announce a partnership with WeWork, the world's leading provider of space, community, and services to help you make a living.  As part of this new partnership, the Founder Institute (the world's premier idea-stage accelerator and startup launch program) will host training ses... (more available)

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Posted by Drew Zias on 2016-03-14

The Startup Glossary: Revenue Models

The revenue models stage is where startups plan how they will generate revenue and establish a foothold in their market. Successful startups then analyze the potential sources of their revenue and attempt to effectively address their customers' needs. Hungry for more startup terms? Take a look at more s... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2016-03-10

Silicon Valley-based Founder Institute Officially Launches New Startup Program in Chisinau

The Founder Institute, the world’s premier idea-stage accelerator and startup launch program, announced today that it is officially launching its newest chapter in Chisinau, Moldova. The Silicon-Valley based program decided to officially launch in Chisinau after a successful test launch this Spring attracted over... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2016-03-10

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 to receive the highest rated global mentor award from Founder’s Institute. I always received feedback from our San Diego organizer, Jeanine Jacobson, that my teaching was... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2016-03-10

Profits Are Not Enough: 11 Impactful Startups that You Should Know About

Entrepreneurship is not fun and games, and as an early-stage entrepreneur, non-stop work and rejection will become your new normal. If there’s one thing we have learned over seven years at the Founder Institute, with over 2000 companies launched, it is this: In order to power through the hard times of entrepreneurship, m... (more available)

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Posted by Paula Taas on 2016-03-08

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 2016-03-08

Entrepreneurship is a Creative Journey

There is a popular Swami quote for those who are about to embark on a journey: “Start early, drive slowly, and reach safely.” However, Naveen Lakkur, an author and serial entrepreneur, as well as Co-Director of the Bangalore Founder Institute, feels that this saying applies equally well with those venturing into the... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2016-03-07

Marketing Platform Beeketing Graduates from 500 Startups, Featured on TechCrunch

Marketing platform Beeketing graduated from 500 Startups, the latter of which annually combines a diverse list of the best startups in the world. Because 500 also invest in companies, it's become a place that many startups turn to for a chance to enter their accelerator. This year, they proved how international startups are now,... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2016-03-06

Leveraging Partners to Get Big Fast

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.  Determining who to partner with, and what to outsource, is often very difficult. The keys to effectively leveraging pa... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2016-03-03

How to Come Up with the Next Big App

As smart phones continue to rise in popularity, so does the need for a more diverse array of smart phone apps. Because so many apps solve a variety of everyday problems, creating a multi-million user app is the goal of countless entrepreenurs. But how does one go about conceiving an idea for an app that will attract a wide user... (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 Joe Garza on 2016-03-02

Daycare Finder CubbySpot Expands to Major Canadian Cities

Faced with the challenge of finding his infant daughter a spot in one of Toronto's highly in-demand daycare facilities, Regnard Raquedan got a bright idea. Why not create an app that matches up daycare-seeking parents and care providers with openings? "We talked to our friends, we ran some surveys of maybe 100 parents... (more available)

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Posted by Drew Zias on 2016-03-01

FI Grad Hykso Joins Y Combinator, as their Punch Analysis Technology Attracts More Pro Athlete Users

After graduating from Founder Institute's Montreal chapter, Khalil Zahar founded Hykso and developed advanced wrist-detection technology, designed to provide depthful analysis of punches. This analysis enables athletes to optimize their training regiments and perfect their technique. Since then, Hysko has attracted a great... (more available)

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Posted by Drew Zias on 2016-02-29

The Startup Glossary: Research and Customer Development

The research and customer development stage is where startups begin to learn about their intended customers. Successful startups then begin to devise new approaches and tweak their products in order to match their intended customers' needs. Hungry for more startup terms? Take a look at all ten sections of our Startup Gloss... (more available)

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Posted by Drew Zias on 2016-02-29

The Startup Glossary: Vision and Ideas

The startup world is filled with fancy terms, near-indiscipherable slang, and some critical words that any entrepreneur simply needs to know. To help make sense of the madness, we've created a Startup Glossary with all of the most important startup-related terms. Each section of our glossary is based on a stage in the startup pr... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2016-02-26

Here’s Why Startups Require a Balance Between Talent and Passion

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 from the Denver Founder Institute, Jim Franklin helps founders better define their business goals and values. J... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2016-02-24

TapGenes Takes First Place Prize at RootsTech Innovator Showdown

TapGenes took First Place prize at this year's RootsTech Innovator Showdown, the latter of which is now in its second year. As an annual event to showcase innovation in family history apps, this contest has become bigger than ever in finding new talent. The TapGenes win is particularly notable because it takes app technology to ... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2016-02-23

5 Essential Steps for Developing a Winning Startup Idea

A company is only as strong as the idea it grew from. However, for many entrepreneurs conceiving a billion dollar startup idea is not as easy as we would like. Because the process of ideation can be daunting, we often give up on our dreams of launching and running successful companies. For, as Napoleon Hill once said, "All achie... (more available)

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Posted by Drew Zias on 2016-02-22

FI Grad Sworkit Lands Biggest Ever Tech Investment on "Shark Tank"

Since graduating from the Founder Institute's Washington DC chapter, Nexercise has attracted attention from both customers and investors due to their Sworkit app. The trailblazing mobile fitness app, which creates a personalized workout playlist with helpful exercises that require no equipment, has captivated the interest of 14 ... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2016-02-22

Are You the Real Deal or a Poser? How to Win Over Investors with Storytelling

We welcomed angel investor and blogger Jason Calacanis as a guest speaker for our previous webinar, “How to Master Startup Brand Storytelling”, in which he advised founders to design various brand stories depending on their target audience. When telling your story to investors, Calacanis recommends that you sho... (more available)

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