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.

Startup Accounting Tactics

Summer 2009 Bay Area Semester

How do you set-up an accounting solution for your startup? What do you really need? How do you grow your needs over time? What are the tricks of the trade? Understanding accounting practices on financing and business growth. Creating automated systems to make things more efficient and your life easier. Understanding why accounting is so important. How accounting and financial statements differ and their relationship with each other. How to use accounting and financial statements to help run your business. Learning about basic accounting principles: cost principle, accounting and financial statements to help run your business. Value of an engineer vs. business guy. General expenses per funding stage and hidden expenses to expect along the way. Looking at the general breakdown of expenses for an actual startup.

Set-up accounting for your startup
2009-06-30, 06:30 PM


Michael Diamant
CEO, Skip Hop

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Aaron Patzer
Founder and CEO,

Aaron Patzer is both the visionary and technical mind behind With 10 patents filed or pending, Aaron brings strong innovation skills to Mint. Prior to founding Mint, Aaron worked in the fields of bioinformatics, optical networking, computer architecture (includ...

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