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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.
Earlier today the Founder Institute's new early-stage investing vehicle, Convertible Equity, was highlighted in the Wall Street Journal in an article by Jessica Vascellaro entitled “New Tack in Early Stage Tech-Investing.”
According to Vascellaro, "The unruly business of early-stage technology investing is starting to look more grown-up."
Today we are excited to announce our newest location - Istanbul, Turkey!
The first ever Istanbul Founder Institute is just around the corner, as the 4-month program is slated to start on November 28th. 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.
As a mentorship-driven accelerator, the Founder Institute leans heavily on our Founder & CEO mentors to provide critical feedback to our early-stage founders. A good portion of this feedback takes place during the "Founder Hotseats" - the portion of our training sessions where founders receive ratings from Mentors on a scale of 1 - 5. Recently we implemented a new rule to our Founder Hotseats across many locations - "no threes allowed". Read more to learn why.
Earlier today Liz Gannes of All Things Digital analyzed the Founder Institute's founder and data-driven approach to scaling entrepreneruship in an article titled "Adeo Ressi's Theory of Quantitative Entrepreneurship."
Liz explains how the Founder Institute meticulously tracks data on each Founder in the program (through a "Founder Dashboard"), relying heavily on this data across all phases of the program. Read the full article on All Things Digital here.
In August we announced a great first Keynote Speaker for the 12th Founder Showcase, taking place on Wednesday, November 7th at the Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco: David Sacks, Founder & CEO of Yammer. Earlier today David was interviewed onstage at the Techcrunch Disrupt Conference by Michael Arrington. It is a worthwhile watch for any entrepreneur.
Today we are excited to announce our 29th location - Helsinki, Finland!
This Sunday, September 30th is the Final Application Deadline for the first ever Finland Founder Institute. If you or someone you know could benefit from expert training and feedback to launch a technology startup in Finland, 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.
Legally cheap and easy, convertible debt has been the primary vehicle to finance early-stage startups for years, but it unnecessarily saddles these startups with debt. Last week the Founder Institute, TheFunded.com, and WSGR introduced convertible equity as an alternative to convertible debt.
The news was covered across several prominent business channels. Click here to learn more about Convertible Equity, and to read the full articles.
Over 50% of startup seed-financings today use Convertible Debt. However, it's ridiculous that the primary way to "invest" in startups is to straddle them with debt through short-term loans. We are bankrupting the future out of the gate, and it's time that we change this.
With the help of WSGR and a top-three accounting firm, we have developed a new financing vehicle that retains all of the popular features of Convertible Debt, but without the debt: "Convertible Equity."
Last week Leslie Brinkley, a Reporter for KGO News Radio, came to a training session of the Silicon Valley Founder Institute to give her listeners an inside look at the program. In the peice, Leslie speaks to current participants and Mentors, Graduates, and Adeo Ressi to describe the program. According to Adeo, "This is not an MBA program where you learn great theory - this is a really practical school of 'hard-knocks.'"
The Founder Institute is an early-stage startup accelerator and global launch network that, in just three years of operation, has helped launch over 550 companies across 28 cities and five continents.
The Institute is currently accepting applications to programs across over 15 cities and 5 continents. If you could benefit from expert training and feedback to launch a technology startup, then apply to the Founder Institute today.
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