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Posted by Paula Taas 1 day ago

This Online Platform Is Helping Entrepreneurs Get Funding

So you’ve got the idea, the plan, and the MVP, but you don’t have any funds? The reality is most startups won’t receive funding from outside of their network until much later in the game. In fact, the first tier of investing an entrepreneur is likely to receive will come from an inner circle which investors ref... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2015-07-30

Pitch Your Startup Idea to Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs on The 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 the Founder Hotseat Webinar, with a very special guest: Steve Russell, Founder & CEO of Prism Skylabs. Hosted by Carter Laren, Founder of Inara Ventures, and Director of the Foun... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-07-30

Fenox Venture Capital Partners with the Dhaka Founder Institute to Help Aspiring Entrepreneurs

The Founder Institute, the world's largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program, and Fenox Venture Capital, a global venture capital firm, have partnered to fund the next generation of aspiring entrepreneurs in Bangladesh, transforming new ideas into funded startups. The two Silicon... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-07-29

Great Startup Mentors Confirmed for the Silicon Valley Founder Institute

In the Founder Institute's four-month, part-time program, promising startup entrepreneurs participate in weekly training and feedback sessions that are led by Founder Institute Mentors. Our Mentors provide the passion, experience, and support that helps our Founders launch meaningful and enduring companies. The Founder Institu... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-07-28

Learn About the Founder Lab in Exclusive Conference Calls with Program Directors

As the Founder Institute gets ready to host its next Founder Lab program, we will present a series of open Q&A conference calls with Founder Lab program Directors Carter Laren and Luis Guzman. Apply to the Founder Lab today and take your tech startup to the next level with expert training and mentorship. The Founder Lab gi... (more available)

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Posted by Jensen Hsiao on 2015-07-28

The Importance of Being 110% Yourself

Gabe Zichermann is the leading expert on gamification – using the power of games to engage customers and build strong loyal communities. He has written four books on the subject of Gamification, his most recent book being Gamification by Design 2. Zichermann is also the founder of Gamification.co the l... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-07-28

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 Joe Garza on 2015-07-27

The Only List of Bogota Startup Resources You Will Ever Need

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 communiti... (more available)

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Posted by Paula Taas on 2015-07-27

How to Find the Perfect Startup Cofounder

"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 Joe Garza on 2015-07-27

Don’t Pitch Your Startup Until You’ve Read This

Pitching your startup is less about simply describing what your product is or what your offering does. Rather, the art and science of pitching a startup is about captivating your audience, whether it’s your first customers or potential investors. In this blog post, we’ve gathered insights from top startup specialist... (more available)

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Posted by Jensen Hsiao on 2015-07-27

The Importance of Generosity when Building an Industry

Gabe Zichermann is the leading expert on gamification – using the power of games to engage customers and build strong loyal communities. He has written four books on the subject of Gamification, his most recent book being Gamification by Design 2. Zichermann is also the founder of Gamification.co the l... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-07-27

Want More Info on the Founder Institute? Free Startup Events Happening This Week!

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 Jensen Hsiao on 2015-07-23

The Importance of Knowing Your Story

Gabe Zichermann is the leading expert on gamification – using the power of games to engage customers and build strong loyal communities. He has written four books on the subject of Gamification, his most recent book being Gamification by Design 2. Zichermann is also the founder of Gamification.co the leading publication f... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2015-07-22

5 Startup Fundraising Misconceptions

During our first ever #FIChat Q&A, Carter Laren, Silicon Valley Angel Investor, answered numerous questions about “How to Secure a Lead Investor.” From China to Chile to Montreal, our attendees spanned across the globe.  Amid the hundreds of questions posed, it quickly became evident that international... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-07-20

Founder Institute Partner Lifograph Hosts a Speaker Event with AngelList Investors Shawn Merani & Rick Marini

Lifograph, a proud partner of the Silicon Valley Founder Institute, is building the "Who's Who" of Silicon Valley and technology. With Lifograph, you can discover the timeline and connections of companies, venture capitalists, angel investors, entrepreneurs, executives, and other people in tech.  Lifograph is hosting ... (more available)

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Posted by Paula Taas on 2015-07-20

How To Secure A Lead Investor

You’ve created an amazing founding team, you’ve built a brilliant product that has been gaining a lot of traction, and now you’re looking to expand your company. How do you continue to build your business? By searching for a lead investor in your next funding round. The lead investor is the first step in the p... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2015-07-17

Part Two: How To Secure a Lead Investor #FIChat Q&A

The Founder Institute Chat is a question-and-answer webinar that helps entrepreneurs solve complex problems. With a worldwide network of over 6,000 mentors and FI graduates, we’ve gathered some of the most business savvy minds to help founders like you launch and sustain successful companies. Due to the high-demand... (more available)

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Posted by Jensen Hsiao on 2015-07-16

Google Director of Engineering Offers Insight Into Aerospace Technology & Trends in the Hardware Industry

When we think of innovation and tech, we often think of software giants like Facebook, Wikipedia and YouTube. We commonly see new inventive software startups popping up all over the place. This is likely because of software’s low overhead costs to hardware – building physical things takes resources, space, and transp... (more available)

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Posted by Paula Taas on 2015-07-15

E-Commerce Startups Who Are Reinvigorating Their Markets

The ecommerce industry has seen tremendous growth in the past couple of years. According to an article by Business Insider titled US E-Commerce Growth Is Now Far Outpacing Overall Retail Sales, online retail spending grew 14 percent in the last year. On the other hand, overall consumer retail spending increased in meek single di... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-07-15

Presenting the Most Promising New York Founder Institute Startups of 2014

The Founder Institute, the world's largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program, has helped create more than 80 new technology companies from its New York 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 the ... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-07-15

Jilliene Helman’s Realty Mogul is On a Tear, Raises $35MM for Online Real Estate Investing

Yesterday, RealtyMogul.com, the incredibly fast-growing real estate investment marketplace, announced a massive $35 million Series B financing round led by Sorenson Capital.  The company and its CEO, Jilliene Helman, intend to use this new financing to hire more technologists and data scientists and strengthen its rob... (more available)

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Posted by Jensen Hsiao on 2015-07-14

What Not to Say to an Investor - Insights from Jason Calacanis

The Founder Institute hosts webinars every month so that we can help entrepreneurs on any stage succeed. These webinars discuss a wide range of topics, bestowing global entrepreneurs with invaluable resources. For more videos on the "Startup Movers, Builders, & Shakers" series visit our FITV YouTube Channel. Recently, we w... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-07-14

Meet the Most Promising Silicon Valley Founder Institute Grads of 2014

The Founder Institute, the world's largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program, has helped create more than 150 new technology companies from its Silicon Valley chapter in just over 6 years. Since its launch in 2009, FI has contributed greatly to the local startup ecosystem while providing mentorship from some of th... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2015-07-14

How to Attract The Right Investors

The Founder Institute recently concluded its inaugural Founder Lab program, in which various promising seed-stage startups from around the globe spent a week in Silicon Valley working with world-renowned entrepreneurs and investors. Despite the short duration of the program, participating companies went home with a fu... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2015-07-14

4 Ways To Establish Credibility With A Lead Investor

The Mentor Minute gives you exclusive startup video clips from the Founder Institute's worldwide network of 4,112+ mentors. For more Mentor Minutes, visit our Startup Founder 101 YouTube Channel.  In this Investor-edition of the Minute, Nitin Pachisia, Founding Partner of Unshackled - the only angel fund that invests ... (more available)

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