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Posted by Paula Taas 1 day ago

The What, Why, and How of Leading a Startup Ecosystem

A startup ecosystem is formed by active pieces including: individuals in support of the startup economy, startups in their various stages, and various types organizations/institutions (eg: educational systems or financial establishments). All of these pieces interact as a system to produce new startup companies. So, why build a... (more available)

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Your Guide to the Costa Rica Startup Ecosystem

Startup ecosystems can be fragmented, competitive, and hidden to newcomers, which is detrimental for local startups and community growth. The Startup Ecosystem Canvas seeks to provide local entrepreneurs with a clear list of resources for every stage of their startup journey, and outline a basic framework for communities to map ... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-08-26

Don’t "Look" for a Technical Co-Founder - "Earn" One with These Tips

Inside FI gives you exclusive access inside the training sessions of the Founder Institute. To get updates when we release new videos, follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.  A startup is a network of human relationships, often centered around the relationship between Co-Founders. As Misha Ch... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-08-25

The Founder Institute is Looking for Startup Ecosystem Leaders. Do You Have What It Takes?

Do you want to be a leader in your local startup ecosystem? The Founder Institute (the world's largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program) is on a mission to "Globalize Silicon Valley" and is looking for local startup leaders to launch new chapters around the world. Founder Institute Directors play an essential ro... (more available)

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Posted by Paula Taas on 2015-08-24

Marketing Growth Tactics You Need To Try

"Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family." As Kofi Annan put so eloquently, acquiring and sharing knowledge is key to progress. In our Roundtable Discussion Series, we've asked our network to share their personal knowledge and experien... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-08-24

50 Bootstrapping Hacks for Every Stage of Your Startup

Bootstrapping is an attractive way to launch and run a startup for many founders, primarily because it gives more freedom to the founders than getting investors to invest in the company. However, bootstrapping is also a very risky move, as doing so means you may not have lasting funds to cover operational costs. Too many promis... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-08-24

Begin Your Entrepreneurial Journey at a Free Startup Event

The Founder Institute hosts thousands of free startup events across the globe each year, in over 100 cities across six continents. These events are designed to help aspiring entrepreneurs improve their ideas and entrepreneurial skills, all in a low-pressure environment. At Founder Institute events, you can ... (more available)

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Posted by Valerie Pang on 2015-08-21

Women’s Health App Kindara Raises $5.3M In Seed Funding Round

Kindara, a New York Founder Institute graduate, focused on women’s health recently raised $5.3 million in a seed funding round. This round was led by Boston Seed Capital, SOS Ventures, Good Works Ventures, PV Ventures, MENA Venture Investments and 62 Mile Ventures.  Since its launch in 2012, Kindara has hel... (more available)

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Posted by Jensen Hsiao on 2015-08-20

The Importance of Testing Your Product Before Launch - Insights from Jason Calacanis

The Founder Institute hosts webinars every month so that we can help entrepreneurs on any stage succeed. These webinars discuss a wide range of topics, bestowing global entrepreneurs with invaluable resources. For more videos on the "Startup Movers, Builders, & Shakers" series visit our FITV YouTube Channel. Recently, we w... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-08-19

Great Startups Can Be Built Anywhere: A Look at Regional Entrepreneurial Strengths

At the Founder Institute, we believe that great startups can be built anywhere... Who says that Silicon Valley is the best place to found a startup? According to the Founder Institute’s “Entrepreneur DNA" test, there are talented founders everywhere, and you don’t have to move to Silicon Valley to launch a sta... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-08-19

How Alan Colmenares Became a Startup Ecosystem Leader in Latin America

Alan Colmenares, the Director of the Bogota and Medellin Founder Institute, has been crucial in helping the Founder Institute launch chapters in not only Colombia, but throughout all of Latin America. Since launching in the first Latin American chapter in 2011, the Founder Institute has helped launch over 75... (more available)

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Posted by Paula Taas on 2015-08-19

How to Create a Startup Community Epicenter

People often surround themselves with those who share their similar interests and goals. Unfortunately, building a network of fellow entrepreneurs is not always simple. For other founders around the world, location can become a large barrier. In TheNextWeb article, “How a Community is Born: The Rise of Polish Startups&rdqu... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-08-18

The Vast Potential for Startups in Latin America

Our 150+ Directors are the backbone of the Founder Institute - providing the passion, dedication, and support that has helped launch over 1000 businesses across the globe. Alan Colmenares, the Director of the Bogota Founder Institute, has been crucial in helping the Founder Institute launch chapters in not only Colomb... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-08-17

Sunday is the Final Deadline to Apply to the Autumn 2015 Founder Lab

As the world’s largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program, the Founder Institute has launched more than 1,500 companies across 50 countries since 2009. As part of our efforts to accelerate exceptional founders to the next step in their development, the Founder Institute is proud to announce the return of the Founder Lab program.

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-08-17

Silicon Valley-based Founder Institute Officially Launches Startup Program in Lagos, Nigeria

The Founder Institute, the world’s largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program, announced today that it is officially launching its first chapter in Nigeria - in the city of Lagos. The Silicon-Valley based program decided to officially launch earlier than scheduled, after a successful trial period this su... (more available)

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Posted by Jensen Hsiao on 2015-08-17

The Significance of Timing, Story, Generosity and Personality when Building an Industry

Gabe Zichermann is the leading expert on gamification – using the power of games to engage customers and build strong loyal communities. He has written four books on the subject of Gamification, his most recent book being Gamification by Design 2. Zichermann is also the founder of Gamification.co the l... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-08-14

Are You Ready to Become an Entrepreneur? Take Your First Step Here.

Are you thinking about leaving your job to start your own company? Don’t dive into the world of entrepreneurship just yet, as you should assess your goals and extensively test your startup idea in the real world before quitting your job. If you think you are ready to start up, follow the guideline below to begin your jour... (more available)

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Posted by Jensen Hsiao on 2015-08-13

4 Tips on How to Secure a Lead Investor Internationally

During our most recent #FIChat Q&A, Carter Laren, Silicon Valley Angel Investor, answered numerous questions about “How to Secure a Lead Investor.” We know that raising money is hard – and raising money outside the plethora of angels and venture capital firms in Silicon Valley is even harder. But with... (more available)

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Posted by Jensen Hsiao on 2015-08-12

How to Get Your Product to Tell Your Story - Insights from Jason Calacanis

The Founder Institute hosts webinars every month so that we can help entrepreneurs on any stage succeed. These webinars discuss a wide range of topics, bestowing global entrepreneurs with invaluable resources. For more videos on the "Startup Movers, Builders, & Shakers" series visit our FITV YouTube Channel. Recently, we w... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2015-08-12

Webinar: How to Become a Leader in Your Startup Community, Featuring David Cohen

"It takes a village to raise a child.” A common adage that also applies to building a startup. Your success as an entrepreneur greatly depends on your environment. Businesses flourish rapidly when they are fostered by communities with an abundance of mentorship and resources. Are you a successful entrepreneur th... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2015-08-12

Don’t Miss TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco

We have partnered with TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco, and would like to personally invite you to their flagship technology conference - the most anticipated tech event of the year! This three-day startup conference and competition explores the debate about what's changing in technology right now, what's causing it ... (more available)

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Posted by Valerie Pang on 2015-08-12

Cashtivity Makes Teaching Business in the Classroom Easy and Fun

Real world business skills are very important, but how can we teach them to students in an engaging and fun manner? Enter Cashtivity, a Sydney Founder Institute Graduate, a simple online tool for students to experience and learn business. Cashtivity provides an easy-to-use digital format of the business-design framewo... (more available)

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Posted by Jensen Hsiao on 2015-08-10

How to Design Addictive Experiences to Keep Users Coming Back for More

What is Design? Why is it important? Many people, especially founders, will focus more on the idea than the design of their product, but this misguided bias is founded in not truly understanding what design is. Copy this code, replace all the bolded with your links. The width and height of the imagery is up to you. In Steve Jo... (more available)

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Posted by Jensen Hsiao on 2015-08-07

Pro Tips From The Most Successful Kickstarter Campaigns

Launching a company is a daunting process, especially if you’re trying to manufacture a product. It can cost huge amounts of capital and you may not even know if it’s a viable idea. Luckily crowdfunding on sites like Kickstarter, Indiegogo and Causevox are perfect for solving both these problems. Founder Institute m... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2015-08-07

Silicon Valley-based Founder Institute Officially Launches in New Delhi, it’s Third Chapter in India

The Founder Institute, the world’s largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program, announced today that it is officially launching in New Delhi, India. With existing chapters in Bangalore and Hyderabad, the Founder Institute now helping to launch enduring technology companies across three cities in Indi... (more available)

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