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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.

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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.

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.

Vet-Tech is America's Veteran-led Startup Accelerator headquartered in Silicon Valley. With over 100 military veteran startups in our community, Vet-Tech's top 20 portfolio companies have raised over $10 Million in funding and have been accepted into world class programs like Tech Stars and Founder Institute.

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.

Grad Profile: BetterWeekdays helps MBA graduates discover and pursue career growth

Posted by Emma Tzeng on 2012-08-14

Grad Profiles highlight the personal and professional stories of Founder Institute Graduates from across the globe. 

This profile on Better Weekdays, a Graduate of the Chicago Founder Institute, was written by Emma Tzeng. Founded in 2011 by Chris Motley, Better Weekdays helps top-tier MBA graduates pinpoint goals and pursue career growth.

We’ve all heard and seen the same scenario repeated throughout history: an ambitious top-tier MBA student graduates with full honors, or even at the top of his class, armed with two years’ worth of business theory and knowledge and a handful of contacts, only to find himself at the bottom rung of the corporate ladder in a job that offers little to zero individual fulfillment.

A graduate degree, no matter how coveted, expensive, or prestigious, does not necessarily guarantee career satisfaction. In fact, statistics show that over 60 percent of MBA graduates leave their first jobs within the first three years as a result of career dissatisfaction.

Better Weekdays, a startup based in Chicago, IL, was formed to address this disparity by helping postgraduates pinpoint goals and pursue career growth.

Through the Better Weekdays platform, users can connect with alumni networks through the LinkedIn integration feature and take an extensive assessment that captures personal values, interests, personality, skills, and development style. Better Weekdays then combines users’ alumni network connections with their individual assessment results to suggest relevant career and networking opportunities to support professional growth.

Founded in 2011 by Chris Motley, who has years of management-level business experience and an MBA from Northwestern under his belt, Better Weekdays was built from Motley’s own belief that career growth is achieved through establishing connections with the right people. 

“Always being around the most relevant people escalated my career,” Motley recalls. “That is the core of what Better Weekdays is about.”

Currently, the contingency placement and online recruiting space generates about $8.5 billion annually in revenues. Better Weekdays plans to charge companies a 10 percent placement fee for each hire brought on through its service. Businesses with exclusive MBA hire programs already in place can opt to pay a subscription fee, which is adjusted accordingly with the company’s needs.

As the job recruiting process continues to migrate to the online realm, Better Weekdays is poised to lead the trend with its unique, personalized product offering.

Learn more about Better Weekdays:

Grad Profile: BetterWeekdays helps MBA graduates discover and pursue career growth

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