ACC1Ó

 

The ACC1Ó Fellowship is awarded to the most extraordinary applicant from the ACC1Ó Community, giving them the opportunity to enroll in the Barcelona Founder Institute for free. The recipient will be recognized as somebody with the utmost potential to become a successful technology entrepreneur.


The Barcelona Founder Institute is excited to partner with an organization that shares our goal of fostering a strong local startup ecosystem: ACC1Ó, a new start-up that helps companies scale up internationally, be financially viable, and differentiate themselves from their competitors. Through the ACC1Ó Fellowship, everyone from the ACC1Ó community is invited to apply to the Barcelona Founder Institute for free, and the best overall applicant from the community will receive a Fellowship to participate in the program for free as well ($900 value).


Eligibility: In order to be eligible for the ACC1Ó Fellowship for the Barcelona Spring 2016 Semester, you must complete your application and admissions test by January 17, 2015 using this link.


Grant: The recipient of the ACC1Ó Fellowship will be awarded within 5 days after the deadline.


Click here to apply for the ACC1Ó Fellowship.


Imagine

 

The Imagine Creativity Center Fellowship is awarded to the most extraordinary applicant from the Imagine Community, giving them the opportunity to enroll in the Barcelona Founder Institute for free. The recipient will be recognized as somebody with the utmost potential to become a successful technology entrepreneur.


The Barcelona Founder Institute is excited to partner with an organization that shares our goal of fostering a strong local startup ecosystem: Imagine Creativity Center, an organization that shares our goal of fostering creativity and strong local startup ecosystems across the globe. Through the Imagine Fellowship, everyone from the Imagine community is invited to apply to the Barcelona Founder Institute for free, and the best overall applicant from the community will receive a Fellowship to participate in the program for free as well ($900 value).


Eligibility: In order to be eligible for the Imagine Fellowship for the Barcelona Spring 2016 Semester, you must complete your application and admissions test by January 17, 2015 using this link.


Grant: The recipient of the Imagine Fellowship will be awarded within 5 days after the deadline.


Click here to apply for the Imagine Fellowship.


Wayra

 

The Wayra Fellowship is awarded to the most extraordinary applicant from the Wayra Community, giving them the opportunity to enroll in the Barcelona Founder Institute for free. The recipient will be recognized as somebody with the utmost potential to become a successful technology entrepreneur.


The Barcelona Founder Institute is excited to partner with an organization that shares our goal of fostering a strong local startup ecosystem: Wayra, a Telefónica Digital's global startup accelerator. Through the Wayra Fellowship, everyone from the Wayra community is invited to apply to the Barcelona Founder Institute for free, and the best overall applicant from the community will receive a Fellowship to participate in the program for free as well ($900 value).


Eligibility: In order to be eligible for the Wayra Fellowship for the Barcelona Spring 2016 Semester, you must complete your application and admissions test by January 17, 2015 using this link.


Grant: The recipient of the Wayra Fellowship will be awarded within 5 days after the deadline.


Click here to apply for the Wayra Fellowship.


Is Manual Scaling Right for You? by Jason Freedman

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2013-05-02

Founder Feedback gives you insight from the startup trenches. 

In a post from the 42 Floors blogJason Freedman, FI mentor and co-founder of 42 Floors, offers insight into his personal experience building 42 Floors from the ground up. He also suggests three basic questions startup founders should ask themselves before attempting to scale manually. 

Below, Manual Scaling by Jason Freedman has been republished. 

 

"At 42Floors, we’re trying to change the way people search for commercial real estate.  It’s an enormous undertaking.  Gathering commercial real estate listings data is not trivial.  The data comes from many different sources, all of which must be cleaned and normalized.  We sign agreements with landlords to scrape their websites.  We do deals with brokerages to take feeds.  We parse emails from industry distribution lists. And a half a dozen other messy methods.

So when you see a nice listing with a picture show up on 42Floors, it’s usually because of some fairly schleppy stuff we’ve done.   It would seem obvious that we have to automate all of these operations and that the technology behind routing all this data, normalizing it, cleaning it and presenting it, is the core technology of the company.  But what’s not obvious is just how long we’ve been able to go without building any of it.

Early on, we didn’t have website scrapers.  We just hired people to manually enter each of the listings.  As we started receiving inbound distribution lists by email, we didn’t immediately build our email parser to transcribe the email blasts.   We just hired some people off TaskRabbit to manually go through each email blast.

And as the numbers kept growing, we kept scaling our manual processes, we worked with an offshore firm to manually enter even more data. In fact, when you look at each aspect of our operations, you will find a fairly sophisticated manual operations process predating every piece of technology that we’ve built.  Our wonderful Director of Vibe, Alison, manages all these processes while she does a million other things.

So now, your turn.

 

Is manual scaling right for you?  3 Questions to Ask Yourself


Have you achieved product-market fit?

If the answer is no, you’re a prime target for manual scaling.  In the pre-product-market fit stage, you are really just running an experiment.  Anything you do that allows you to test your thesis faster is worth it—even if it means doing a bunch of manual work that will have to be replaced later.

Would outsourcing save you time?

If you have a process in your company that could be outsourced, you should.  The cost of outsourced labor is so low compared to writing code, that you should almost always pursue it first.  Later on, when your startup is showing great traction metrics, you’ll have more time and more money to write the automated version that will be the future of your company.

Will your users even care?

If all you’re doing is changing some back end process that doesn’t actually touch your users, they won’t care.  They want their problem solved.  They don’t care if it’s through beautiful code or some hacked-together manual process.  If the latter is 10x faster to get to market, you should take it."

 

Jason Freedman is a mentor for the Silicon Valley Founder Institute and the co-founder of 42 Floors. To hear more from him, check out the 42 Floors blog and follow him on Twitter @JasonFreedman

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