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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-06-18

How to Stimulate Business Growth, According to the Experts

Who doesn't want great advice?  But with the plethora of knowledge out there, who has the time to keep track of which advice is the have-to-know's or must-do's? We do! By sifting through recent articles, guides, top ten lists, and infographics written by experts around the web, we've distilled the Top 3 pieces of advice ... (more available)

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Posted by Shannon Toole on 2014-06-17

Does Setting a Concrete Goal Help You or Hurt You?

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 Duke Lee on 2014-06-14

This Week’s Top 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 the top 3 traits of successful entrepreneurs; the one thing that almost always destroys a startup; kickstarting your local startup ecosystem; and more. Check out the top startup and entrepreneur arti... (more available)

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Posted by Shannon Toole on 2014-06-13

Learn About Tech Innovation at SYNC 2014 San Francisco

Join our friends at PingWest as they host a special event about tech innovation: SYNC 2014 San Francisco: Sexy & unSexy Innovation. SYNC is the flagship series of summits and meetups by PingWest. Aimed at bringing together entrepreneurs who are looking to sync ideas and products over platforms and geographic ... (more available)

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Posted by Duke Lee on 2014-06-12

The One Thing that Almost Always Destroys a Startup, According to Thomas Korte of AngelPad

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 Minute, Thomas Korte, Founder of AngelPad, speaks with Founder Showcase on-cam... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-06-12

Feetz Looking to Revolutionize the Shoe Industry, Featured on PandoDaily

Lucy Beard and her innovative company Feetz were recently profiled in a PandoDaily article by James Robinson titled Feetz wants to 3D print shoes and revolutionize the shoe store. But is it too early in the space? Feetz is a Graduate of the San Diego Founder Institute and a winner of the 15th Founder Showcase. After leaving he... (more available)

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Posted by Shannon Toole on 2014-06-12

Top Five Ways for Founders to Nail the Pitch

One of the most important things that determines the fate of a startup is the pitch. For founders, the simple explanation of what their company is and why it is worth supporting can have considerable impact on their startup’s success, according to Benjamin Chong, Director of the Sydney Founder Institute. Below are Chong&r... (more available)

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Posted by Duke Lee on 2014-06-11

3 Traits Every Successful Entrepreneur Must Have, According to the Experts

Who doesn't want great advice?  But with the plethora of knowledge out there, who has the time to keep track of which advice is the have-to-know's or must-do's? We do! By sifting through recent articles, guides, top ten lists, and infographics written by experts around the web, we've distilled the Top 3 pieces of advice ... (more available)

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Posted by Duke Lee on 2014-06-10

Feetz Looks to Continue Post-Showcase Success at Southland Conference 2014

Following up on their big win at the 15th Founder Showcase, Feetz was recently announced as one of 40 tech companies invited to attend Southland Conference 2014, in which ten startups will be selected to pitch for the grand prize of $100,000, as well as expert business coaching and media exposure through a partnership ... (more available)

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Posted by Shannon Toole on 2014-06-10

Founder Institute to Help Budding Entrepreneurs in Singapore, Featured on e27

The Founder Institute is looking to help local entrepreneurs in Singapore with a summer 2014 semester. News of the Founder Institute’s return to Singapore was recently covered by Elaine Huang in an e27 article titled Are you the one Founder Institute is looking for in Singapore? The Singapore chapter of the Founder Instit... (more available)

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Posted by Duke Lee on 2014-06-07

The Top Entrepreneur Articles for Weekend Reading

Each week we scour the web for insightful articles to share with our Founder Institute network. This week's top articles include an explanation why startups need to focus on sales instead of marketing; why you can't fool investors like 14th-ranked Mike Maples, Jr.; keys to exponential growth; and more. Check out the top startu... (more available)

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2014-06-07

Gamifying Your Pitch to Raise Big Money, by Christoph Sollich

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. Play to win! (Or pitch to win in this case). In this entertaining talk, Christoph Sollich gamifies pitching to raise ca... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-06-06

FI Graduate Gagan Biyani’s Big Ambitions featured on Newsweek

Gagan Biyani was recently featured in a Newsweek article by Katrina Brooker, titled How Greylock Partners Finds the Next Facebook. Biyani is a Graduate of the Bay Area Founder Institute, and is the co-founder of Udemy and the Growth Hackers Conference. Since graduating from the Founder Institute, Biyani’s ambition hasn&rs... (more available)

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Posted by Duke Lee on 2014-06-06

Just “Doing” A Startup Won’t Fool Anyone, According to Midas List Investor Mike Maples, Jr.

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, 14th-ranked Forbes Midas List investor Mike Maples, Jr., Fou... (more available)

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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 1,230 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 1,230 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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