Posted by Joe Garza 1 day ago

Why Twitter, Instagram, Lyft, and Mint.com Should Have Failed

Think you have a startup idea that won't go anywhere? Think again. Many of today’s most successful companies started off with a simple, goofy, or ridiculous idea that should have failed. After all, the perception of what is a brilliant conceit and what is a stinker can change over time, and often does. Here’s what M... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-12-18

Crowdfunding is About More Than Money

True, successful crowdfunding campaigns can be a potentially prosperous means of raising funds for a startup. However, too many people get too caught up in the monetary rewards, that they overlook the other benefits of launching a crowdfunding campaign for their product or service. Read on to learn the other ways that a crowdfu... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2014-12-18

The Truth About Co-Founders

From beginning to finish, launching a startup is a complex and laborious endeavor. Everyday is an adventure, and problems will arise quickly.   How will you find solutions? By sourcing quick tips from founders who’re facing the same challenges as you. To offer assistance along your journey, the Founder Institute has ... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2014-12-16

What to Consider When Starting Up in the U.S. as an Expat

It can be a frightening feat to leave your home country and establish business on foreign lands. Though it may seem impossible, many have succeeded, defying the odds and hurdling through loopholes to do so. In a recent webinar titled, "How Expats can Start Up in the U.S.", founders Nitin Pachisia of Unshackled and Mike Galarza ... (more available)

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Posted by Travis Levell on 2014-12-15

Infographic: How to Make the Leap from Employee to Entrepreneur

Countless employees every day dream of launching their own company. They feel that they either have the correct skills or ideas to be able to enter an industry and create a successful business. But they haven't pursued any of their business ideas yet. Why is that? If you have had an idea for a company, but have not yet pursued ... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2014-12-15

Come to a Free Startup Event and Learn How You Can Launch a Company Now

The Founder Institute hosts thousands of free startup events across the globe each year, in over 85 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 Joe Garza on 2014-12-11

6 Steps to Building an MVP

For many founders, creating a functioning prototype of their product and substantiating its usefulness may seem like a daunting task. However, would you believe that this can be achieved in only six steps? Mark Geene, the CEO and co-founder of Cloud Elements, certainly thinks so. Check out the guest post below for a simple plan ... (more available)

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Posted by Taylor Jolliffe on 2014-12-10

FI Grad Udemy mentioned on VentureBeat, Up Performa featured on Nikkei, and more Grad News

Since launching in 2009, the Founder Institute has helped launch over 1,310 new technology companies across 85 cities, 40 countries, and six continents. These companies have gone on to do great things, and create over 10,000+ new jobs. Over the past week, Udemy was highlighted on VentureBeat, Up Performa featured on Nikkei, ... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-12-10

CoFoundersLab and Founder Institute Partner Up to Help Startup Founders

When entrepreneurs Anson Liang and Daniel Lieser first matched on CoFoundersLab, there was a mutual feeling of exuberance as the elusive search for a cofounder was finally over. Both founders were excited to get started, but there was a lot more work to do before their company, TrustLeaf, could take off. One of these crucial fir... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2014-12-10

Fundraising is a Full-Time Job

“You’re going to need to spend at least 20 hours a week on fundraising.” According to Adeo Ressi, founder of Expansive Ventures and Founder Institute, an entrepreneur must spend a large portion of each week raising money for as long as the business is operating. This steady dedication can generate up to one th... (more available)

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Posted by Elisha Tan on 2014-12-09

Save Up To $1 Million With These Goodies

Resources are the lifeblood of a startup. As a founder, you need to figure out product-market fit before your money runs out. The common ways most founders do to get monetary resources is either by raising funds or by crowdfunding. If you have done any of this, you will know that both ways take up a lot of time away from buil... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2014-12-09

How I Hacked My U.S. Startup Visa

Founder Insight gives you feedback from the startup trenches. In this post by Silicon Valley grad, Mike Galarza (CEO, Entryless), Mike addresses the flaws of the US immigration system, and shares the story of how he managed to get his visa to launch a startup in the US . How I Hacked My US Startup Visa originally appeared on ... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2014-12-08

How to Acquire These 3 Sources of Capital

“You need to get good at asking people for money.” A feat every entrepreneur must conquer on the protracted road of startup fundraising. Adeo Ressi, founder of Expansive Ventures and Founder Institute, encourages entrepreneurs of all stages, to get familiar with the three most prominent sources of capital; Frie... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2014-12-06

How to Get an Angel Investor to Say Yes

“You never ask for something until you think you’re going to get a yes.” A rule Adeo Ressi, founder of Expansive Ventures and Founder Institute, recommends every entrepreneur follow when meeting with investors to obtain funding. Timing is everything, and if you meet with an investor prematu... (more available)

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The Value of Visiting Other Startup Ecosystems

The Founder Institute has graduated over 1,310 companies across 85 cities since 2009.   As part of our efforts to accelerate exceptional Graduates to the next step in their development, we recently introduced the first-ever Founder Institute "Master Graduate EIR Program" that gathered top Graduates from across the globe to... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-12-05

Mitch Kapor on Why Diversity is Essential for Startup Success

Mitch Kapor is a pioneer in personal computing and information technology; his software, Lotus 1-2-3, is what popularized the personal computer in the business world in the 1980s. Today, he is a Partner at Kapor Capital, which invests in seed stage tech startups that create a positive social impact, as well as a Co-Cha... (more available)

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Posted by Taylor Jolliffe on 2014-12-05

FI Grad ContractIQ's unique services featured on India Economic Times

FI Grad ContractIQ, who has been catching the media's attention recently, was featured last week in the India Economic Times. The article, “How Chennai’s ContractIQ is drawing up a huge vendor’s list of software/app outsourcing”, highlights the growing company’s unique services. ContractIQ and its ... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-12-05

How Benjamin Young of Nexercise Went From Employee to Entrepreneur

Making the leap from employee to entrepreneur is no easy task. Just ask Benjamin Young, the founder and CEO of Nexercise, a mobile app that uses friendly competition and real rewards to motivate busy people to lose weight and stay in shape. Benjamin and Nexercise are also Graduates of the Washington, D.C. Founder Institute. Pri... (more available)

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Posted by Taylor Jolliffe on 2014-12-04

FI Grad LawCanvas Gains Traction in Singapore, featured on Tech in Asia

FI Grad LawCanvas has been making waves in the Singapore tech scene. In the recent article, “LawCanvas wants to be the legal eagle for Singaporean startups”, Steven Millward for Tech in Asia reports on the fast-growing company and its plans for the future.   LawCanvas and its Founder Daniel Leong are Graduates ... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2014-12-04

How this Angel Fund is Paving the Way For Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Some of the most lucrative Fortune 500 companies have been founded by immigrants in the U.S., employing millions of people around the world. Entrepreneurs like Russian-born Sergey Brin and German-native Marcus Goldman, make up almost 50% of what has been deemed the “New American” Fortune 500. Though many foreigners ... (more available)

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Posted by Taylor Jolliffe on 2014-12-03

FI Grad ISOSIZE featured on Innovation Center Brussels, Heddoko receives startup grant, and more Grad News

Since launching in 2009, the Founder Institute has helped launch over 1,310 new technology companies across 85 cities, 40 countries, and six continents. These companies have gone on to do great things, and create over 10,000+ new jobs. Over the past week, ISOSIZE was featured on Innovation Center Brussels, Heddoko received s... (more available)

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Posted by Travis Levell on 2014-12-03

Why Your Career is Moving Slowly, and How You can Change it

Some professionals climb their career ladders in a flash while others take years, if not, decades to reach their goals. These successful individuals have the ability to become an integral part of an organization that they join within months, or if they choose, to launch a successful company of their own. What is it that allows ... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2014-12-02

Webinar: "How Expats can Start Up in the U.S.", featuring Entryless and Unshackled

Thousands of expats are coming to work in the U.S. every year, and as a result are tied to contracts. Due to these legal obligations, many lose hope in launching their own companies in the U.S. If you're facing a similar challenge, or know someone who is, join us on our upcoming "How Expats can Start Up in the U.S." webinar, an... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2014-11-28

The Importance of Social Impact in Startups, According to Mitch Kapor

Mitch Kapor is a pioneer in personal computing and information technology; his software, Lotus 1-2-3, is what popularized the personal computer in the business world in the 1980s. Today, he is a Partner at Kapor Capital, which invests in seed stage tech startups that create a positive social impact, as well as a Co-Chair at the ... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2014-11-27

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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