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Posted by Jonathan Greechan about 10 hours ago

Transition from Employee to Entrepreneur at a Free Founder Institute Event

The Founder Institute hosts thousands of free startup events across the globe each year, in over 66 cities across six continents. These events are designed to help aspiring entrepreneurs improve their ideas and entrepreneurial skills, all in a low-pressure environment. At Founder Institute events, you can ... (more available)

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Posted by Travis Levell about 12 hours ago

The Pros and Cons of Bootstrapping

Many entrepreneurs require funding for their company or idea. Although funding may not always be a necessity as early on as many founders think the large benefit that it does offer is the fact that with funding, things can executed either much more quickly, be launched on a much larger scale, or both. Before deciding what type o... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2014-08-30

The Rise of Female Entrepreneurs in Washington DC

Primarily known for its influential scene of bureaucrats and politicians, Washington DC is now transforming into a hub for entrepreneurs and startups with government ties. If you’re teetering on the thought of launching a business in the DC area, we’re here to provide you with exclusive insights, laying out the benef... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2014-08-28

Why You Should Launch a Startup in Washington DC

Primarily known for its influential scene of bureaucrats and politicians, Washington DC is now transforming into a hub for entrepreneurs and startups with government ties. If you’re teetering on the thought of launching a business in the DC area, we’re here to provide you with exclusive insights, laying out... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-08-28

First Jobs of Successful Entrepreneurs

While the achievements of successful entrepreneurs are usually what make the headlines, it is too often overlooked that they started somewhere, often working typical blue-collar jobs. So if you think your current job is holding you back from launching that dream company of yours, don’t despair, because we have a list of in... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-08-27

The Eating Habits of a Successful Entrepreneur

So much has been written about the traits and skills one must have to be a successful entrepreneur that it’s easy to forget that sometimes it is the little things in life that lead to the greatest success. In Entrepreneur Habits, we provide you with simple yet effective habits that any fledgling founder can employ in... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2014-08-27

Founder Institute Officially Launches in Costa Rica, our First Program in Central America

Today we have some very exciting news - we are officially launching our newest chapter in San Jose, Costa Rica! Although the Founder Institute operates across over 65 cities and six continents, the new Costa Rica Autumn 2014 Semester will actually be our first in Central America. Applications to the program are open now, and a... (more available)

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2014-08-27

How to Build a Strong Startup Team

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. Why do some startup fail and others succeed? Could it be the idea? Access to capital?  Perhaps the secret to startup su... (more available)

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Posted by Travis Levell on 2014-08-26

What is Venture Capital?

Many entrepreneurs require funding for their company or idea. Although funding may not always be a necessity as early on as many founders think (See: Bootstrapping) the large benefit that it does offer is the fact that with funding, things can executed either much more quickly, be launched on a much larger scale, ... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-08-20

Lessons Learned at the Founder Institute

The Founder Institute offers beginner, and veteran, entrepreneurs the unique opportunity to launch a meaningful technology company in an intensive four month program. While those who have graduated from the Founder Institute will tell you that it is not for everyone, many of them will also attest to the invaluable lessons they l... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2014-08-20

The Hobbies of Successful Entrepreneurs

Life as an entrepreneur can be chaotic: you’re the first and last one in and out of the office, Saturdays turn into ‘bring your kids to work day’, and by Sunday you’re lucky if you get enough time to unwind and relax. Most may argue that entrepreneurs should separately manage their work-life balance, but ... (more available)

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Posted by Travis Levell on 2014-08-19

What is an Angel Investor?

Oftentimes, entrepreneurs feel that their idea or company will need funding, whether it is to produce a tangible product on a small scale, or to create an app or service. Although funding may not always be a necessity as early on as many founders think (See: Bootstrapping) the large benefit that it does offer is the fact that wi... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2014-08-19

Founder Institute & PayPal Look for Entrepreneurs Innovating on Monetization (Scholarships Available!)

According to TechCrunch, "Venture capital investment in payment technologies hit a five-year high in committed capital in the first quarter of 2014". In addition, as competition heats up for consumer and business applications, it is becoming more and more crucial for startups to create innovative revenue models, along with ... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2014-08-18

Have a Startup Idea? Get Online Feedback on an Upcoming Founder Hotseat Webinar!

Do you have an idea for a startup? Could you use feedback on your ideas from a leading Silicon Valley entrepreneur?  Then join us for an upcoming Founder Hotseat Webinar, with Adeo Ressi, the CEO of the Founder Institute. During this live and interactive online event, viewers can pitch their startups to Adeo, either throug... (more available)

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2014-08-15

Important Startup HR Lessons

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.  Your company is only as good as the people building it.  Hiring the right people is an expensive and time consumi... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-08-13

TrustLeaf featured on Entrepreneur, Emberlight highlighted on BuzzFeed, 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, TrustLeaf was featured... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-08-13

Insights from an Entrepreneurial Dad

We all know launching a company requires a great deal of time and sacrifice. But is it necessary to give up all of the little things that make life worth living? Not according to KJ Park, who has successfully managed to pursue his entrepreneurial aspirations while still fulfilling his role as a father and husband. KJ Park is th... (more available)

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Posted by Travis Levell on 2014-08-13

The Exercise Habits of Successful Entrepreneurs

So much has been written about the traits and skills one must have to be a successful entrepreneur that it’s easy to forget that sometimes it is the little things in life that lead to the greatest success. In Entrepreneur Habits, we provide you with simple yet effective habits that any fledgling founder can employ in... (more available)

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Posted by Travis Levell on 2014-08-12

Is it Worth it to Pivot?

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 Shannon Toole on 2014-08-09

TravelerCar Raises 750k Euros in Funding, Featured on E-commerce Mag

Ahmed Mhiri and his company TravelerCar recently raised 750 000 euros in funding from Network Finances, as featured in a recent E-commerce Mag article by Laura Fortes titled TravelerCar.com lève 750 000 euros. TravelerCar and its Founder Ahmed Mhiri are Graduates of the Paris Founder Institute. The concept behind Travel... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-08-07

How to Adopt an Entrepreneurial Mindset

Making the transition from everyday employee to enterprising entrepreneur is often the most daunting aspect of launching a company. However, Employee to Entrepreneur is here to equip you with the guidance you need to make your transition a smooth one. Each installment focuses on a specific topic related to entrepreneurship, wit... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2014-08-07

Startup Misconceptions: When Business is Good, Life is Good

Entrepreneurship is hard. REALLY hard. But with countless tales of how entrepreneurs made it big with almost nothing, it’s easy for a budding founder to jump into the startup world full of unbridled enthusiasm.  Luckily, Startup Misconceptions is here to clear up the myths, delusions, and fancies surrounding entrepre... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2014-08-05

Checklist: 10 Rules for a Great Startup Idea

Even though it's trendy in startups to say that ideas mean nothing and execution means everything, the reality is much less binary and much more nuanced. For example, even the world’s best entrepreneur with incredible execution will fail if their idea is fundamentally flawed, or if their market is too small. Adeo Ressi, t... (more available)

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Posted by Shannon Toole on 2014-08-01

Founder Institute's First Montreal Semester Graduates Featured on Techvibes

News of the Founder Institute’s Montreal chapter was recently covered by Jacob Serebrin in a Techvibes article titled The Founder Institute’s First Canadian Cohort Graduates in Montreal. In the first class to graduate from the Montreal chapter of the international startup accelerator, 12 aspiring entrepreneurs compl... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2014-07-31

How to Build the Foundation for Your Startup

The Founder LaunchPad gives aspiring entrepreneurs exclusive tips and tricks through video clips from the Founder Institute's worldwide network of 3,100+ mentors. For more Founder LaunchPads, visit our Startup Founder 101 YouTube Channel. In this week's Founder LaunchPad, Marcos Polanco, Co-Director of the Puerto Rico Founder I... (more available)

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