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.

Business Metrics & Budgets

Summer 2009 Bay Area Semester

What metrics should you be tracking in your business? How do you build a budget to meet your metrics? How do you adjust your budgets based on missing, hitting, or exceeding your goals? Planning for uncertainty, understanding risks, weighting risk, finding growth, targeting goals. ROR Process (Responsible. Objective. Results.) Budgeting metrics and how business drivers affect them. Process of budgeting and planning. How VCs view budgets and projections. How to build a model that will attract investors.

How to track your progress and your cash
2009-07-07, 06:30 PM


Ken Ross
Founder/CEO, ExpertCEO

Ken Ross is the Founder/CEO of ExpertCEO, a private online community for CEOs and other senior executives. Previously, Ken was the founder and CEO of numerous information technology companies including Seriosity, Extricity, Pillar, Documentum and Ross Systems. He has also...

Barry Thompson
CEO, Tervela

Barry Thompson brings almost 20 years experience to Tervela, a company he founded in 2004 where he currently serves as Chief Executive Officer and board member. A self-taught technologist, he began his career as a consultant, designing solutions ranging from embedded robo...

David Kidder
CEO, Clickable, Inc.

David S. Kidder is the co-Founder and CEO of Clickable, an online advertising web service based in New York City. Prior to Clickable, Kidder co-founded SmartRay Network, a mobile advertising delivery pioneer acquired by LifeMinders. Kidder is a graduate of the Rochester I...

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