Microsoft BizSpark has thrown support behind the Institute as our first charter sponsor. Microsoft has an excellent, Founder-centeric offering:

  • Founders will have access to the full suite of Microsoft products for development purposes,
  • Founders will gain access to the BizSpark network for investor, vendor, and advisor contacts,
  • Five Founders will be BizSpark Fellows, receiving a scholarship to the institute,
  • Microsoft will make facilities available for Summer 2009 sessions.

The Founders Fund is looking for strong teams who believe their companies can transform an industry or create a new one. Successful founders not only articulate their vision with passion, but build a roster with expertise in engineering, product design, and business development. We want to meet both new entrepreneurs with fresh vision and seasoned veterans who've learned from experience. We value innovation and inspiration, but also the attention to detail and hard work needed to operate a company that will realize its value for employees and shareholders.


Charles River Ventures has a clear investment focus: seek out visionary entrepreneurs, and give them the support they need to build great companies from the ground up. Since 1970, Charles River Ventures has helped startups turn ideas into real businesses. Companies like Cascade, CIENA, ChipCom, NetGenesis, Parametric Technology, Sonus, Speechworks, Stratus Computer, Sybase, Vignette and dozens more have realized stunning success with the backing and support of CRV.


See some other partners here.

Recruiting Success

Summer 2009 Bay Area Semester

Who are the best in your field? Can you sell them on your vision? Why building a great team matters. How to identify, recruit, and screen for the best of the best? How to negotiate and compensate. Identifying when and how your hiring needs change. Recruiting for the 2 hardest positions to fill: sales and engineering.

Goal:
Identify world-class talent

Date:
2009-07-21, 06:30 PM

Mentors


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Mark Pincus
CEO, Esper

Mark Pincus is CEO of Zynga, an online social gaming network. Previously, Mark founded Tribe Networks in 2003, one of the first online communities. Prior to Tribe, Mark founded and served as chairman and CEO of SupportSoft, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPRT), a publicly traded enterpris...

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Jeff Stewart
Founder & CEO, Lenddo

Jeff Stewart is the Founder of Lenddo, the world’s first online community that empowers the emerging middle class to use their online social connections to build their creditworthiness and access local financial services. Jeff is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor,...

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