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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.
Adeo Ressi on Predicting Entrepreneurial Success - @Forbes Interview by @JJColao
One of the most distinctive tenets of the Founder Institute is the unique application process, which, as many of you may know, includes an hour-long aptitude test. A bit unconventional compared to our peers, the test aims to measure the success of potential and current participants of the Institute.
Our unique approach sparked the curiosity of Forbes writer J.J. Colao, who recently wrote an article entitled “Can An Hour-Long Aptitude Test Predict Startup Home Runs? Adeo Ressi Thinks So”. Colao interviewed the Founder Institute’s CEO, Adeo Ressi regarding the institute and the test, digging to the premise behind why it is an integral part of enrollment.
The basic premise of the test was originally to eliminate admissions bias - the fact that venture firms funded mostly 20-something white male Ivy League grads annoyed Ressi, hence he sought to develop a means of introducing diversity to the startup ecosystem. With over two years in use and over ten thousand test results measured, the Founder Institute and the test’s developer have determined that “entrepreneurs have more in common with artists than they do with managers" and don't always score highly on IQ or conscientiousness. A somewhat surprising find that indicates successful entrepreneurs lean more towards open mindedness, “a Big Five [personality] trait associated with curiosity, creativity and a penchant for novelty."
Any practice that is viewed as out of the ordinary naturally evokes some amount of skepticism, however, so far the the test has proven to be highly successful, and a great asset for predicting entrepreneurial success. To learn more about the aptitude test read the full article on Forbes here. The article will also appear in the December 10th print issue of Forbes Magazine.