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Posted by Joe Garza 1 day ago

Here’s How to Find Your First - and Most Important - Customers on Social Media

An amazing product is only worth producing if it can attract customers. However, for a startup that's only recently launched, finding customers can be a tricky and laborious task. And while it may be easy to assume that a great product should be able to sell itself, more often than not, founders have to go out and build their au... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2016-02-10

Why Entrepreneurs Should Focus on Reaching Attainable Goals First

As a budding entrepreneur, it’s easy to get swept away in dreams of becoming the next Bill Gates or Elon Musk. Though it isn’t impossible, it’s more likely that you’ll find success conquering the small feats that lay in front of you. Chicago Founder Institute Mentor and Cultivate Labs Co-Founder Adam S... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2016-02-08

The Art of the Hustle: Unconventional Methods for Building a Startup

“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.” - Joseph Chilton Pearce Creativity is the heart of entrepreneurship. The best companies were founded by people who saw a problem to be fixed, a gap to be filled, a demand to be met. But a creative solution is only as successful as its execution. The be... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2016-02-08

Come to a Free Founder Institute Event and Learn from Top Startup Experts

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 Joe Garza on 2016-02-08

Vietnam FI Graduates Sweep the Samsung Vietnam Venture Cup, winning $30,000

Two Topica Founder Institute graduates aced the Go Live! Vietnam Venture Cup and won a total of $30,000 at the competition held in Ho Chi Minh City on December 22, 2015. Hoayeuthuong.com, a five-year-old flower delivery platform won $15,000 for the “growth startup category”; and Mimosatek, a startup t... (more available)

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Posted by Valerie Pang on 2016-02-05

34 Questions to Ask a Potential Co-Founder

Forming a productive Co-Founder team is a critical step in the process of building a company, yet many people simply jump into Co-Founder relationships without ever making sure their counterparts are on the same page. For example, just because your Co-Founder is a long-time friend or family member doesn't mean that they want... (more available)

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Posted by Rachel Sheppard on 2016-02-05

4 Ways 3D-Printing Startups Will Change the Pharma Industry

3D-Printing is, without argument, a disruptive technology in the healthcare sector. 3D-printing startups are already making healthcare products and processes more accessible and customizable. Although large pharmaceutical companies have yet to feel the change in the market, they should invest in the 3D-printing future. Don&rsqu... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2016-02-04

18 Short & Simple Lessons Every Entrepreneur Applying to an Accelerator Needs to Learn

In this syndicated blog post, startup expert Mike Nicholls shares his exclusive insights about what every startup should strive for when pitching their companies and applying to accelerators. Even if you're not pitching your company on a regular basis or have no plans of applying to an accelerator, the wisdom found in this artic... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2016-02-03

How Video Game Startups are Changing the Way Children Learn

Entrepreneurs need to become experts in their industries in order to survive the ocean of startups developing across the globe. By establishing yourself as a leader in your field of interest, you can attract loyal customers and build trust in your product or service. Your expertise differentiates you from competitors, and ultima... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2016-02-02

Strengthen Your Local Startup Community with the Founder Institute’s Help

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 Jonathan Greechan on 2016-02-01

Founders With Nothing to Lose are the Most Dangerous

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.

Drawing from the old saying “when you’ve got nothing, you’ve got nothing to lose”, Justin Wilcox encourages founders to recognize their most powerful asset in the early stages of starting up. He says by having nothing to lose, you are the most dangerous person in the room.

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Posted by Daniel Thompson on 2016-01-31

7 Best Tips For Capturing and Captivating an Audience For Your Startup Idea

In our previous webinar, How To Create A Great Elevator Pitch, serial entrepreneurs turned Silicon Valley investors Carter Laren and Adeo Ressi discussed the struggles that many founders face when pitching to investors, customers, and employees. Founders must constantly compete for attention in the ocean... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2016-01-28

Mission Possible: A View of the Founder Institute’s Progress in 2015

At the Founder Institute, one of our core values is to not shy away from big challenges. Every day we help and push founders to accomplish their own seemingly insurmountable challenge - to build an enduring technology company. So, it is only natural that we also push towards our own big challenges, and constantly work to preser... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2016-01-28

MovieLaLa Adds GIF Maker to Their Suite of Tools to Help Movie Marketers

When MovieLaLa’s co-founders Sahin Boydas and Dana Loberg decided to utilize all their resources to create for their company’s use the best Graphics Interchange Format - or GIF - tool possible, they had no idea the far-reaching effects it would have. In fact, the film-networking-and-marketing firm, which serves both ... (more available)

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Posted by Valerie Pang on 2016-01-26

How to Increase Diversity in your Company

Diversity in a company has been proven to have many benefits, including increased profitability, market share, and global competitiveness. However many new companies, particularly in the tech industry, face challenges in hiring a diverse range of people. In this post, Stefan Palios shares how companies can go about increasing th... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2016-01-25

4 Key Hacks for Hiring First Employees

"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 experience so that we, ... (more available)

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Posted by Valerie Pang on 2016-01-25

The Right Way to Do Customer Development (HINT: It does NOT include surveys)

Customer development is one of the first and most integral steps that entrepreneurs have to take when they go about launching a startup. Yet, many first-time entrepreneurs don't really know how to do it well.  In a talk from Barcelona Founder Institute, Justin Wilcox, Founder of Customer Dev Labs shares his ... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2016-01-25

The Bootstrapper’s Guide to Startup PR

"PR should be practiced to serve the public interest, to develop mutual understanding between organizations and their publics.” – James E. Grunig The benefits of getting press for a startup are numerous, from attracting more customers to enticing investors and more, so it’s no wonder that so many founders stri... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2016-01-25

Startup Superheroes: Silicon Valley’s Top Founder Institute Mentors

Since launching in 2009, the Silicon Valley Founder Institute has helped launch dozens of up-and-coming startups, including Udemy, Retailigence, Spikes Security, MovieLaLa, and many more. However, none of these companies would be where they are today without the help of experienced mentors to guide them ... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2016-01-22

Meet the Most Promising New York Founder Institute Graduates in 2015

The Founder Institute, the world's premier idea-stage accelerator and startup launch program, has helped more than 100 new technology companies launch in our New York City chapter in just over 5 years. Since its launch in 2009, FI has contributed greatly to the local startup ecosystem while providing mentorship from some of... (more available)

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The Definitive Guide to the Barcelona Startup Ecosystem: 350+ Resources for Entrepreneurs

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 Valerie Pang on 2016-01-20

The 3 Hard Choices Entrepreneurs Have To Make

Entrepreneurs often have to make hard choices when deciding on the path that their startup should take. In this post, Henri Duong shares the difficult decisions he had to make while building his startup and the importance these decisions hold. Henri Duong is the Digital Product Officer of SugarsGone, and the Founder and Instruc... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2016-01-20

Interviewing Customers is a Special Kind of Torture. Here’s How to Fix That.

In developing a startup, interviewing customers is an integral activity that entrepreneurs must do in order to find out what their customers really need or want. In this post from the Customer Dev Labs blog, Founder Institute mentor, Justin Wilcox, shares the process of how he interviews customers to get insight on how to build ... (more available)

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Posted by Drew Zias on 2016-01-20

Dreaming Big: Profile on Purva Gupta, Founder of Lily

Purva Gupta, Founder of Lily, graduated as the highest rated founder in the Silicon Valley Program of Founder Institute. Purva's record with the Founder Institute is just the most recent event in an impressive series of accomplishments. In 2009, she graduated from Shri Ram College of Commerce, the top commerce school in India w... (more available)

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Posted by Travis Levell on 2016-01-19

How to Become a Balanced Entrepreneur, with Ben Larson

Being a great entrepreneur takes no small amount of finesse. From one perspective, you are supposed to be composed, calculating, and have it all figured out. From another perspective, you are supposed to be slightly crazy, have endless amounts of energy, and the ability to “just do it.” With all that a great entrepr... (more available)

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