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Posted by Jonathan Greechan about 7 hours ago

Founder Institute Expands in Pakistan, Now Officially Launching New Startups in Islamabad

The Founder Institute, the world’s largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program, announced today that it is officially launching in Islamabad, Pakistan. With operations also in Karachi (applications open now!), the Founder Institute is now helping to launch early stage companies across two cities in Pakist... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan about 20 hours ago

Behind the Scenes: Most Successful Founding Teams

“We were meant to be together,” a common phrase used by most couples. Despite the cliché, it’s been proven to be applicable for business partners and founding teams. Finding the right cofounder takes patience and persistence. Like any serious relationship, you’ll go through different stages, ... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan about 20 hours ago

How to Split Equity with Cofounders

It's been well-documented that deciding to take on a cofounder can be a fruitful choice, improving the business prospects for many entrepreneurs. However, if one does partner up, there is one intimidating hurdle that must be overcome: Figuring out how to split equity. For those having trouble with this, Al Bsharah has one simple... (more available)

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Posted by Valerie Pang 1 day ago

Culture Can Make Or Break Your Startup

Have you ever wondered how important culture is to a company and whether having a cultural fit in a company matters? According to Glen Hellman, culture matters, and in his post below, he shares his experiences and explains why.  Glen Hellman is a Principal at Driven Forward LLC., a firm that supports entrepreneur... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-09-02

All of the Tools You’ll Ever Need for Your Bootstrapped Startup

Bootstrapping your company affords you more creative freedom in the overall direction of your company. However, relying on your own resources and funds to launch and run a startup comes with its own share of challenges. Luckily, we’ve compiled a list of startup tools that are free or cost-effective for the budding entrepr... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-09-02

Aspiring Technical Entrepreneurs Wanted in Bangladesh

The Founder Institute, world's largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program, is committed to empower individuals with strong technical backgrounds to solve the world's biggest problems. The Founder Institute has helped founders with strong technical backgrounds, such as Branden Spikes (Former CIO of SpaceX), to... (more available)

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Posted by Valerie Pang on 2015-08-31

Capture Every Moment of Childhood with this App

Each year, The Founder Institute helps launch hundreds of technology companies across the globe. Once founders graduate from our 4-month program, they quickly begin using techniques like crowdfunding campaigns to drum up interest and obtain funding. To help further their efforts, we’ve introduced the series... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-08-31

Turn Ideas and Passion into a Dream Startup at a Free Entrepreneur Event

The Founder Institute hosts thousands of free startup events across the globe each year, in over 100 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 Nailah Morgan on 2015-08-31

Bangladesh Founder Institute Early Applications Due Sunday

The Founder Institute, world's largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program, is preparing to launch a very promising Bangladesh Fall 2015 Semester. We have many great startup mentors confirmed, and impressive founders are beginning to enroll in the program as well. But, time is running out to apply. This Sunday ([e... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-08-31

The A to Z Guide to Getting User Feedback Before Launching Your Product

"Very few of us can create the perfect idea without feedback. If you’ve got a great idea and you present it to someone, and they immediately like it with no reservations, it’s not a good idea." - Tom Blondi (Chief Revenue Officer, SocialWhirled) Your first users are the most important ones. However, failin... (more available)

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Posted by Paula Taas on 2015-08-27

The What, Why, and How of Leading a Startup Ecosystem

A startup ecosystem is formed by active pieces including: individuals in support of the startup economy, startups in their various stages, and various types organizations/institutions (eg: educational systems or financial establishments). All of these pieces interact as a system to produce new startup companies. So, why build a... (more available)

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Your Guide to the Costa Rica Startup Ecosystem

Startup ecosystems can be fragmented, competitive, and hidden to newcomers, which is detrimental for local startups and community growth. The Startup Ecosystem Canvas seeks to provide local entrepreneurs with a clear list of resources for every stage of their startup journey, and outline a basic framework for communities to map ... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-08-26

Don’t "Look" for a Technical Co-Founder - "Earn" One with These Tips

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.  A startup is a network of human relationships, often centered around the relationship between Co-Founders. As Misha Ch... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-08-25

The Founder Institute is Looking for Startup Ecosystem Leaders. Do You Have What It Takes?

Do you want to be a leader in your local startup ecosystem? The Founder Institute (the world's largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program) is on a mission to "Globalize Silicon Valley" and is looking for local startup leaders to launch new chapters around the world. Founder Institute Directors play an essential ro... (more available)

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Posted by Paula Taas on 2015-08-24

Marketing Growth Tactics You Need To Try

"Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family." As Kofi Annan put so eloquently, acquiring and sharing knowledge is key to progress. In our Roundtable Discussion Series, we've asked our network to share their personal knowledge and experien... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-08-24

50 Bootstrapping Hacks for Every Stage of Your Startup

Bootstrapping is an attractive way to launch and run a startup for many founders, primarily because it gives more freedom to the founders than getting investors to invest in the company. However, bootstrapping is also a very risky move, as doing so means you may not have lasting funds to cover operational costs. Too many promis... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-08-24

Founded in Bangladesh Partners with Founder Institute to Boost Startups in Dhaka

As we get ready for the Bangladesh Fall 2015 semester, we are excited to announce a partnership with Founded in Bangladesh, an organization that shares our mission of fostering new startups in Bangladesh. Founded in Bangladesh is an online list and community of startups proudly built in Bangladesh.  Through this part... (more available)

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Posted by Valerie Pang on 2015-08-21

Women’s Health App Kindara Raises $5.3M In Seed Funding Round

Kindara, a New York Founder Institute graduate, focused on women’s health recently raised $5.3 million in a seed funding round. This round was led by Boston Seed Capital, SOS Ventures, Good Works Ventures, PV Ventures, MENA Venture Investments and 62 Mile Ventures.  Since its launch in 2012, Kindara has hel... (more available)

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Posted by Jensen Hsiao on 2015-08-20

The Importance of Testing Your Product Before Launch - Insights from Jason Calacanis

The Founder Institute hosts webinars every month so that we can help entrepreneurs on any stage succeed. These webinars discuss a wide range of topics, bestowing global entrepreneurs with invaluable resources. For more videos on the "Startup Movers, Builders, & Shakers" series visit our FITV YouTube Channel. Recently, we w... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-08-19

Great Startups Can Be Built Anywhere: A Look at Regional Entrepreneurial Strengths

At the Founder Institute, we believe that great startups can be built anywhere... Who says that Silicon Valley is the best place to found a startup? According to the Founder Institute’s “Entrepreneur DNA" test, there are talented founders everywhere, and you don’t have to move to Silicon Valley to launch a sta... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-08-19

How Alan Colmenares Became a Startup Ecosystem Leader in Latin America

Alan Colmenares, the Director of the Bogota and Medellin Founder Institute, has been crucial in helping the Founder Institute launch chapters in not only Colombia, but throughout all of Latin America. Since launching in the first Latin American chapter in 2011, the Founder Institute has helped launch over 75... (more available)

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Posted by Paula Taas on 2015-08-19

How to Create a Startup Community Epicenter

People often surround themselves with those who share their similar interests and goals. Unfortunately, building a network of fellow entrepreneurs is not always simple. For other founders around the world, location can become a large barrier. In TheNextWeb article, “How a Community is Born: The Rise of Polish Startups&rdqu... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-08-19

Founder Institute and BASIS Partner to Help Tech Entrepreneurs in Dhaka

As we get ready for the Bangladesh Fall 2015 semester, we are excited to announce a partnership with BASIS (Bangladesh Association of Software & Information Services), an organization that shares our mission of building an innovative culture around technology in Bangladesh.  BASIS is the national trade body for Software &am... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-08-18

The Vast Potential for Startups in Latin America

Our 150+ Directors are the backbone of the Founder Institute - providing the passion, dedication, and support that has helped launch over 1000 businesses across the globe. Alan Colmenares, the Director of the Bogota Founder Institute, has been crucial in helping the Founder Institute launch chapters in not only Colomb... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-08-17

Silicon Valley-based Founder Institute Officially Launches Startup Program in Lagos, Nigeria

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

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