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Posted by Jonathan Greechan about 14 hours ago

Scott Painter (Founder & CEO of TrueCar) to Speak at the Founder Showcase

The Founder Showcase, hosted by TheFunded.com and the Founder Institute, is Silicon Valley's leading seed-stage startup event. In our 14-event history, we've been truly honored by some of the names who have graced our stage, such as Elon Musk, David Sacks, and Phil Libin. Today, we a... (more available)

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Posted by Duke Lee 1 day ago

Don’t Be So Impersonal! Know Your Audience and Tailor Your Pitch

The Founder Institute runs Founder Hotseat Webinars to allow aspiring founders from across the globe to get live feedback on their startup ideas from top Silicon Valley entrepreneurs.  In this Hotseat clip, Jason Calacanis gives expert feedback to Sarah, a Montreal-based entrepreneur pitching Trave... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan 1 day ago

Founder Institute Launches in Siberia! Our Newest Chapter Opens in Tomsk, Russia

The Founder Institute, the world’s largest startup accelerator with over 1,000 graduate companies, announced today that it will be officially launching in Tomsk - it’s first chapter in Siberia, and third chapter in Russia.  With existing chapters in Moscow and Saint Petersburg, the Founder Institute i... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan 1 day ago

Begin Your 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 61 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 Duke Lee on 2014-04-12

Weekly Roundup of the Must-Read 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 pitches from past Founder Showcase winners; a hacker's guide to getting press for startups; the top 10 sources of seed funding; how to get over the intimidating talk about co-founder equity; and m... (more available)

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Posted by Duke Lee on 2014-04-12

Why It’s So Hard to Get People to Support Your Startup (and What You Can Do About It!)

In the early days as an entrepreneur, trying to find people who will under a startup idea, much less support it, is a constant struggle one must face. But according to Rajesh Setty, this applies especially to first-time founders. As Rajesh says, "If this is your first startup, it gets more complex because of double-uncertainty &... (more available)

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Posted by Duke Lee on 2014-04-11

Don’t Make This Mistake When You Find a Great Startup Idea

The Mentor Minute gives you exclusive startup video clips from the Founder Institute's worldwide network of 3,000+ mentors. For more Mentor Minutes, visit our Startup Founder 101 YouTube Channel.  In this episode of the Mentor Minute, Chris Hogg, a mentor for the Silicon Valley Founder Institute and Co-... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2014-04-11

Raising a Seed Round? Just a Few Days Left to Apply to the 15th Founder Showcase

The Founder Showcase is a 100% free pitch competition hosted by TheFunded.com and the Founder Institute. While most other similar events feature companies raising their Series-A, we go one step earlier, as our presenters are all less than two years old and have raised less than $250,000 in funding. As a result, we pride ourselve... (more available)

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Posted by Duke Lee on 2014-04-11

Get Over Your Intimidation of Splitting Co-Founder Equity

It's been well-documented that deciding to take on a co-founder 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 simpl... (more available)

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Posted by Duke Lee on 2014-04-10

Don’t Memorize Your Startup Pitch: Visualize It

The Founder Institute runs Founder Hotseat Webinars to allow aspiring founders from across the globe to get live feedback on their startup ideas from top Silicon Valley entrepreneurs.  In the clip below, Jason Calacanis critiques a Melbourne-based entrepreneur pitching AUUG, a musical device that attaches to mobile de... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2014-04-07

Pitch Your Ideas to Jason Calacanis on This Week’s Special Founder Hotseat Webinar

Do you have an idea for a startup? Could you use feedback on your ideas from a leading entrepreneur and angel investor? Then join us for this week's Founder Hotseat Webinar, with a very special guest: Jason Calacanis, Founder/ CEO of Inside.com, Founder of the Launch Festival, Host of This Week in Startups, and top angel investo... (more available)

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Posted by Duke Lee on 2014-04-07

Entrepreneurial Wisdom from Founder Institute Mentors

The Founder Institute has a worldwide network of 3,000+ mentors that includes many high-profile CEOs and entrepreneurs in the technology startup industry. While going through the structured and proven entrepreneur training program, Founder Institute Graduates are given access to invaluable knowledge and veteran experience from t... (more available)

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Posted by Duke Lee on 2014-04-05

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 an explanation how entrepreneurship is closely tied to creativity; why employees who solve problems make good startup founders; 100 great questions for entrepreneurs; how the Silicon Valley stereotype... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2014-04-05

How to Master the Startup Pitch: Watch these Founder Showcase-Winning Pitch Videos

The Founder Showcase, an event hosted by the Founder Institute's Adeo Ressi, has helped seed-stage startups raise over $130 million since 2009. While over 850 startups have competed in the competition, just 115 have competed on stage, and we have crowned only 14 champions. Here are videos of the last ten pitches that won the eve... (more available)

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Posted by Amity Sims on 2014-04-04

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 Jonathan Greechan on 2014-04-04

Meet our Newest Founder Showcase Hall of Famers

Earlier this week we were honored to announce that Founder Showcase contestants have now raised over $130 million. As a follow up to that news, today we are excited to introduce the six newest inductees to the Founder Showcase Hall of Fame. After presenting on the Founder Showcase stage, these companies went on to achieve... (more available)

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Posted by Duke Lee on 2014-04-03

If You Like Solving Problems, You’ll Love Being an Entrepreneur by Hicham Ratnani

The Mentor Minute gives you exclusive startup video clips from the Founder Institute's worldwide network of 3,000+ mentors. For more Mentor Minutes, visit our Startup Founder 101 YouTube Channel.  On this week's Mentor Minute, Hicham Ratnani, COO/CFO & Co-Founder of online men's clothier Frank &... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2014-04-01

No April Fools: Founder Showcase Contestants have now Raised over $130 Million

The Founder Showcase, now in it's 15th edition, is a 100% free pitch competition completely geared towards seed-stage companies. While most other similar events feature companies raising their Series-A, we go one step earlier, as our presenters are all less than two years old and have raised less than $250,000 in funding. As a r... (more available)

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Posted by Duke Lee on 2014-04-01

Founder Institute Officially Launches First Japanese Chapter in Kansai

The Founder Institute, the world's largest startup accelerator, is proud to announce that it is launching its first Japanese chapter in Kansai. The first ever semester in Kansai begins this Spring and is currently accepting applications. With plans to run two semesters annually, the program aims to launch over 20 meani... (more available)

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Posted by Duke Lee on 2014-03-29

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 a breakdown of the differences between internal ventures and external startups; a Mentor Minute explaining why startup research should be done from the get-go; a helpful investor update template; an a... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-03-28

“Entrepreneurship… A Creative Journey” by Naveen Lakkur

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 Director of the Bangalore Founder Institute (which is currently accepting applications), feels that this saying applies e... (more available)

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Posted by Duke Lee on 2014-03-28

Just Another Thursday: Founder Institute Grads Receive Combined $19 Million in Funding

As a fantastic way to end their week, two Founder Institute Graduates announced a combined total of $19 million in funding for their respective companies on Thursday. Jilliene Helman, co-founder and CEO of Realty Mogul, received Series A funding for her company totaling $9 million, while Gagan Biyani, co-founder and CEO of ... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-03-27

FI Grad Realty Mogul raises $9 million

Realty Mogul has recently announced that it has raised $9 million in Series A funding, led by Canaan Partners. This development comes right after another bit of news from Realty Mogul, in which they announced that their users have invested $14.6 million dollars in real estate worth over $100 million. Not bad for a startup that h... (more available)

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Posted by Duke Lee on 2014-03-27

Startup Research Isn’t Validation, It’s Where You Begin

The Mentor Minute gives you exclusive startup video clips from the Founder Institute's worldwide network of 3,000+ mentors. For more Mentor Minutes, visit our Startup Founder 101 YouTube Channel.  On this week's Mentor Minute, Alejandro Rivas-Micoud, CEO of Userlytics Corporation explains why doing rese... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-03-26

Zirtual featured in The Huffington Post, Kindara featured in The Wall Street Journal, and more Grad News

Since launching in 2009, the Founder Institute has helped launch over 1,116 new technology companies across 61 cities, 33 countries, and six continents. These companies have gone on to do great things, and create over 10,000 new jobs.  Over the past week, Zirtual was featured i... (more available)

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