WSGR
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is the premier legal advisor to technology, life sciences, and other growth enterprises worldwide. We represent companies at every stage of development, from entrepreneurial start-ups to multibillion-dollar global corporations, as well as the venture firms, private equity firms, and investment banks that finance and advise them. The firm's broad range of services and practice areas are focused on addressing the principal challenges faced by the management, boards of directors, shareholders, and in-house counsel of our clients.

CodigoDelSur
CodigoDelSur is a designer and developer of digital products. Having worked with Founder Institute startups in the past, they come as a highly recommended Founder Institute referral. They are composed of highly skilled software, web, and mobile app developers, who are excited to incorporate the latest technologies into the applications they develop.

100Vets

 

Through the 100Vets 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 each chapter 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 100Vets 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 http://FI.co/vets.


Eligibility: In order to be eligible for the 100Vets Fellowship for the upcoming semester, you must complete your application and admissions test by Sunday, December 11th, 2016, using this link.


Grant: The recipient of the 100Vets Fellowship will be awarded within 5 days after the deadline.


Click here to apply for the 100Vets Fellowship.


Xero
Xero is everything you need to run your business financials. Work with a beautiful small business accounting software complete with accounting, invoicing, payroll, inventory and more. Xero seamlessly integrates with over 500+ business apps, including CRM, point-of-sale, time tracking, ecommerce, just to name a few. Join the 700,000+ businesses using Xero in more than 180 countries.

Startup Weekend

 

Through the Startup Weekend Fellowship, members of the Startup Weekend Community who want to start a technology company can apply to the Silicon Valley Founder Institute chapter for free, and the best overall applicant will be invited to participate in the Founder Institute's step-by-step startup launch program for free as well.



Eligibility: In order to be eligible for the Startup Weekend Fellowship for the upcoming semester, you must complete your application and admissions test by Sunday, December 11th, 2016, using this link.


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


Click here to apply for the Startup Weekend Fellowship.


Our Most-Shared Entrepreneurship Articles of 2013

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2014-01-26

With chapters operating in over 155 and six continents, the Founder Institute keeps its ear to the ground on the best possible startup resources. After all, entrepreneurship is a constantly evolving discipline, and our entrepreneur training program celerates knowledge-sharing from successful technology founders.

Our goal in sharing these articles is simple; to help inspire and educate founders to build meaningful and enduring companies. 


In 2013 we shared several thousand startup articles and resources across our Twitter and Facebook accounts, coming from our directors, mentors, and popular publications. 

 

Below are our network's most shared articles of 2013;


Your Product is Bulls*** and You're Going to Fail if You Don't Ask Users to Pay
In this article, David Spinks, CEO of Feast, gets straight to the point about your product. In David's words, "t’s true. I’m sorry I have to be the one to tell you. Most people don’t want to hurt your feelings."
The Best Entrepreneurs are Older, Have Less Ego
Over the last four years, the Founder Institute has developed a Predictive Admissions Test to psychologically profile applicants to the program. After collecting data from over 15,000 and analyzing results from over 1,000 graduate companies, there are several traits that correlate with entrepreneurial success. NOTE: The infographic is broken on the Mashable site, but you can see the Entrepreneur DNA Infographic here.
The Importance of Realism in Startups
In this video, Mark Suster, a successful entrepreneur turned venture capitalist, shares candid thoughts on his failures, and how they were ultimately critical to his success. In Mark's words, "I made many classic first-time mistakes which makes it easier for me to spot when others make similar bad choices."
57 Startup Lessons
There are already very good lists of startup lessons written by really talented, experienced people. I’d like to add another one. I learned these lessons the hard way in the past four years. If you’re starting a company, I hope you have an easier path.
Only Fools Launch Startups for Fame and Fortune
In this exclusive Q&A, Chicago Founder Institute mentor, Joe Abraham, shares valuable insights from his experience as a serial entrepreneur. His most prudent piece of advice: don't do it for the fame or fortune.
Don't Found a Company Unless you Love Excel

About half of Americans dream of opening their own businesses, according to a recent survey by the UPS Store, but with 50% of small businesses failing within the first five years, how do you know if you're an entrepreneur ... or a "wanna-preneur"? Before you take the leap, Steenerson suggests taking an honest inventory of your skill set. He offers these ten clues that you're not cut out to launch a business:

Investors don't want to meet you. They wanted to be introduced to you. 

Jason Freedman, Co-Founder of 42 Floors, says that this was one the most important revelations he made during his journeys in fundraising. In this article, he outlines a step-by-step guide on how to get the all-important warm introduction to your target investors.  

Why Entrepreneurs are Happier

There are many struggles that can come with being an entrepreneur: constant pressure, long hours, financial insecurity, the never ending need to find new clients or retain the ones you have, or perhaps lack of insurance to name just a few. But don’t despair! Studies show that starting your own business is likely to make you a happier person!

10 Ways You'll Probably F**k up Your Startup

In this article, Laurence McCahill, the Founder of Spookstudio and HappyStartups, shares the 10 most common mistakes he sees with early-stage startups. 

10 Rules for a Great Startup Idea, featured on Business Insider

In this infographic, the Founder Institute shares its "10 Rules for a Great Startup Idea". If an early-stage founder can check off these ten items, then they have a solid foundation by which to start a company, and your chances of success are much, much higher. 

How do you Stay Motivated when you're not making any Money?

In this article, bootstrapping-advocate and Freckle Founder Amy Hoy, shares her thoughts on startup motivation. According to Amy, "If you love your business, you’ll do what you have to do to ensure its survival, regardless of how you feel in the moment. Waiting for “motivation” to move your butt is just a clever way to avoid taking responsibility."

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