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Silicon Valley Spring 2013
Applications: Mar 17, '13
Sessions: Apr 01, '13 - Jul 09, '13
Our vision is to Globalize Silicon Valley by creating and fostering local startup ecosystems in promising markets across the globe. We aim to help launch 1,000 technology companies per year in over 50 cities worldwide.
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is the premier legal advisor to technology and growth enterprises worldwide, as well as the investment banks and venture capital firms that finance them. Over the past four decades, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has established its reputation by having an unmatched knowledge of its clients' industries and deep and long-standing contacts throughout the technology sector. The firm's legal expertise serves clients at all stages of growth, from venture-backed start-up companies to multibillion-dollar global enterprises. The firm's clients include some of the most recognized names in the technology, retail, life sciences, venture capital, and finance sectors. The firm has offices in Austin, Palo Alto, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Shanghai, and Washington, D.C.
First Republic Bank and its subsidiaries provide private banking, private business banking and the full range of wealth management services with an emphasis on exceptional relationship-based service and a solid commitment to responsiveness and action.
Ravix Group - Ravix Group Inc.provides seasoned consulting expertise to outsource the finance, human resources, and facilities functions of early-stage and middle market companies so that management can focus on their priorities to increase the value of their company.
Purplepatch Services is a strategy consulting firm offering technology firms Marketing Communications and User Experience Design solutions.
Forbes Analyzes the Founder Institute’s Findings on Entrepreneurial DNA
Our latest infographic on Entrepreneurial DNA recently caught the attention of Forbes journalists Kate Harrison and David K. Williams who both examined the outcomes this week in the articles "Predictors of Entrepreneurial Success Are Not What You Expect" and "Do You Have Entrepreneurial DNA? A Test to Help You Decide".
The two journalists were pleasantly surprised by our findings, and were pleased to report that age can actually be of significant benefit to those looking to start a company. In fact, entrepreneurs age 34- 40 have the greatest chance of success, and it doesn’t appear to go downhill from there. Work and life experience contribute to a more disciplined and knowledgeable entrepreneur - “Let’s hear it for the world’s gray-haired entrepreneurs!” touts Williams.
Another surprising finding reveals that IQ is virtually irrelevant to predicting long term success; the real point of focus is fluid intelligence. One’s ability to apply known rules to new problems and adapt rapidly to new situations will get you far. That plus high openness, moderate agreeableness, and a passion to change the world will put you on the fast track to success (that is, of course, if you’ve got a great business idea to go along with your entrepreneurial traits).
In addition to IQ being regarded as irrelevant, conscientiousness does not have a strong correlation to success either. There are, of course, always exceptions to every rule. Whether you’re just out of college or have founded multiple companies, the program is open to existing and prospective technology founders of all kinds. To see if you have entrepreneurial DNA, apply today www.fi.co/join.