Shulman Rogers
Shulman Rogers, a full service law firm with nearly 100 attorneys, provides corporate services including business planning, mergers and acquisitions, securities, employment, intellectual property, immigration, government contracting, tax, telecommunications, cybersecurity, corporate governance, as well as other areas. In addition, the firm has vast experience in real estate transactions, both commercial and residential closings, leasing, landlord-tenant, commercial development, acquisition, sales and related matters. Our litigators offer extensive experience in complex litigation, and all methods of dispute resolution including mediation and arbitration. Personal legal services include trust and estate planning, family law, real estate settlements, medical malpractice and personal injury.

Startup Our Vets

 

Through the Startup Our Veterans Fellowship, any U.S. veteran or service member who wants to start a technology company can apply to a U.S. Founder Institute chapter for free, and the best overall applicant from Washington DC will be invited to participate in the Founder Institute's step-by-step startup launch program for free as well.


Veterans and active service members possess the work ethic, high character, and strong leadership skills needed to launch meaningful and enduring technology companies. To inspire and enable the military community to build technology companies, the Founder Institute has partnered with Vet-Tech, the nation's leading startup accelerator for military veterans, to offer the "Startup Our Veterans" Fellowship.

Through this Fellowship, any U.S. veteran or service member who wants to start a technology company can apply to a U.S. Founder Institute chapter for free, and the best overall applicant from will be invited to participate in the Founder Institute's step-by-step startup launch program for free as well.

Learn more about the program at FI.co/vets.


Eligibility: In order to be eligible for the Startup Our Veterans Fellowship for the Washington DC Spring 2016 Semester, you must complete your application and admissions test by Saturday, April 30, 2016, using this link.


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


Click here to apply for the Startup Our Veterans Fellowship.


Planning Solutions Group
Planning Solutions Group is a financial planning firm that specializes in developing innovative concepts for wealth creation and preservation. PSG is comprised of 3 partners with over 60 years of combined industry experience, a team of associate planners, and a dedicated support staff which includes two an attorney who provides advanced estate and tax planning solutions, and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) for the development of creative investment strategies.

CONNECTPreneur

 

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


The Washington DC Founder Institute is excited to partner with an organization that shares our goal of fostering a strong local startup ecosystem: CONNECTPreneur, a quarterly forum of 350+ top IT entrepreneurs and investors in greater Washington DC region. Through the CONNECTPreneur Fellowship, everyone from the CONNECTPreneur community is invited to apply to the Washington DC 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 ($1,650 value).


Eligibility: In order to be eligible for the CONNECTPreneur Fellowship for the Washington DC Spring 2016 Semester, you must complete your application and admissions test by April 3, 2016, using this link.


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


Click here to apply for the CONNECTPreneur Fellowship.


Q&A With Next Jump CEO, Charlie Kim: Teaching is the Highest Standard of Learning

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2013-08-20

Founder Insight gives you feedback from the startup trenches.

In this post from the Next Jump blog, CEO, Charlie Kim, tells us why mentorship is so important for new startups and shares the most important advice he has ever received.

Charlie first became involved in the NYC Founder Institute Chapter in 2011 and has since been consecutively voted a top mentor in the program. Charlie, always interested in helping entrepreneurs and the NYC tech community, has found it as a way to scale mentorship and help multiple mentees at once. To hear more from Charlie, follow him on Twitter @CharlieKim.

Below are some of the top lessons Charlie has learned during his tenure as an entrepreneur, Founder & CEO and shared with the Founder Institute;


"Why is it so important for experienced founders to mentor new founders?


1. Human beings are the only animals who can pass knowledge down.

2. Teaching is the highest standard of learning.                                


What are the one or two pieces of advice you tell new founders that you wish you knew when you got started?


1. Get your oars in the water: launch quickly in a focused direction and iterate like hell.

2. Investment in loss: no OMGs, no mistakes, only lessons learned.


What is the hardest lesson you had to learn as an entrepreneur?

 

1. Humility. How wrong I can be. No matter how perfect a plan, how great the strategy, how stron the team/board, how much capital…it can still go wrong (many times over).

2. It’s not about the right decision (idea, strategy, plan, team) it’s about making a decision…RIGHT.

3. People won’t do what you want. Great instructions leads to people not thinking for themselves which in the long run leads to worse results. People commit to their own solutions, but they need help (this is where you come in). As you increase the density of talent (smart/driven) this becomes more apparent.



What is the best piece of entrepreneurial advice you ever received?


Learn to trust yourself. You will pay the price/consequences of bad decisions. You know the tradeoffs better than anyone. Trust yourself. You know best."

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