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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.

.CO is the web address where the world’s innovators, entrepreneurs, businesses and brands come together to build and grow their ideas and organizations online.

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.

The Story Behind @AdeoRessi and the Founder Institute by @Founderly

Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2012-05-31

Like most entrepreneurs, Adeo Ressi (the Founder Institute's Founder & CEO) has a pretty interesting story. Our friends at San Francisco-based FounderLY specialize in deep-diving the stories behind company founders, and last week they did just that in a series of video interviews with Adeo.

In the videos below, Adeo describes his first succesful entrepreneurial endeavor (printing ironic t-shirts in high school), his first significant exit ($650mm to AOL), his experience on the board of the X-PRIZE foundation, the industry problems that motivated him to launch, and finally, the beginning and end game of the Founder Institute.

According to Adeo, "The Founder Institute's goal is to build an institution that changes entrepreneurship for the better by looking at data, by being brutally honest, and by helping the right people build the right businesses for the future.

The first video below focuses on Adeo's start as an entrepreneur, his involvement with the XPRIZE Foundation, and the creation of; 


Part Two below focuses on the motivation behind, and the beginnings of, the Founder Institute, and the inner mechanics of the Institute's Predictive Admissions Test and data-driven culture;


Special thanks to our friends at FounderLY for the interview. Be sure to check out to see video interviews with other top entrepreneurs, or follow them on Twitter at @founderly

The Story Behind @AdeoRessi and the Founder Institute by @Founderly

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