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Jonathan Greechan is a Partner at the Founder Institute, the world's largest startup accelerator. He is also the Executive Producer of the Founder Showcase, a quarterly startup pitch and networking event in Silicon Valley. Throughout his career Jonathan has advised hundreds of startups on marketing and PR. Follow him on Twitter at @jonnystartup.
Most startups don't have much, if any, money to spend on marketing and growing their audience. However, as Rajesh Setty, Puerto Rico Founder Institute mentor, explains startups do have one asset that they can market for free - knowledge.
Even though its trendy in startups to say that ideas mean nothing and execution means everything, the reality is much less binary and much more nuanced. For example, even the world’s best entrepreneur with incredible execution will fail if their idea is fundamentally flawed, or if their market is too small.
Today we are excited to announce our newest location - Honolulu, Hawaii!
Sunday, June 2nd is the Early Application Deadline for the first ever Honolulu Founder Institute. If you could benefit from expert training and feedback to launch a technology startup in Hawaii, click here to apply. The program is open to existing and prospective technology founders of all kinds - with or without an idea, young or old, and with a full-time job or unemployed.
Company updates are crucial for an early-stage startup, in order to help keep investors, potential investors, advisors, mentors, and other stakeholders informed of your progress, and engaged in your success.
Across the Founder Institute's 800+ companies we have seen many flavors of these updates, but bar none the most professional updates come from Adriana Herrera, Founder & CEO of Fashioning Change. See her template here...
Earlier this year, Founder Institute Graduate Gridblaze was acquired for a seven figure sum. This was a pretty amazing accomplishment for Mikhail Choo, the company's founder, who fully bootstrapped the company and sold it less than a year after graduating from the Singapore Founder Institute program.
Read more here..
In this talk by Russian Entrepreneur, Kirill Makharinsky (Co-Founder Ostrovok.ru), Kirill outlines the best practices for market research. He says, even though researching a market and its need for a product is one of the first steps to building a company, not doing this properly can spell long-term doom.
Founder Feedback gives you insight from the startup trenches.
In this post from his blog, David Teten, Partner at ff Venture Capital and New York Founder Institute Mentor, lays out a variety of ways founders can hack the PR game and generate free buzz for their startup.
At the 13th Founder Showcase on Wednesday, March 27th in Mountain View, three companies will get pitch onstage in front of hundreds of investors and press during a special "Office Hours" session with the Founder Institute's Founder & CEO, Adeo Ressi.
Learn how you can participate here.
You wouldn’t embark on an online advertising campaign without careful planning and performance evaluation... So why do most companies treat their event marketing initiatives more like “fun excursions”, and less like marketing campaigns with real costs and expected returns?
In this article, Jonathan Greechan, Producer of the Founder Showcase, shares a simple framework for planning and executing an event marketing strategy to help you avoid flushing money down the toilet.
Founder Insight gives you insight from the startup trenches.
In a post from the Gridblaze blog, Mikhail Choo, Founder and CEO of Gridblaze, lists his favorite user acquisition hacks for startups in the early, middle, and late stages. A Graduate of the Singapore Founder Institute and a Founder Showcase finalist, Gridblaze was recently acquired by an indisclosed Silicon Valley-based technology company for a reported seven figure amount.
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