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Washington DC Autumn 2013
Sessions: 2013-11-19 - 2014-03-04
Our vision is to Globalize Silicon Valley by creating and fostering local startup ecosystems in promising markets across the globe. We aim to help launch 1,000 technology companies per year in over 75 cities worldwide.
The fast pace of the startup environment easily consumes founders, CEOs, and entrepreneurs. With the holidays upon us however, it's time to take a step back and remind ourselves of all the things that we have to be thankful for.
Happy Thanksgiving, and a big thank you to all of our supporters, team members, directors, and founders, for all of your hard work and dedication.
Founder Insight gives you feedback from the startup trenches.
In this post from his blog, Berlin Founder Institute mentor, Ramzi Rizk, highlights the challenges startups face. Regardless of what ecosystem a founder calls home, he can be certain that others in every part of the globe will experience his triumphs and tribulations at some point or another.
Each week we scour the web for insightful articles to share with the FI network.
This week's top articles include lessons learned from kickstarter; how to make your mobile app stand out; what investors need to learn from your business plan; and more.
Read on to see our picks for this week's top articles:
In this talk from the Berlin Founder Institute, Kai Bolik shares his best practices for hiring and firing. He says that through constant peer to peer feedback and maintaining culture as a top priority, you will find yourself with an all-star team.
Zagreb Founder Institute grad, Festomat, is changing the way Croatians experience events. The startup is transforming the traditional perception of music festivals into interactive and entertaining experience using NFC tickets, wristbands and smartphones. After launching in Zagreb in March of 2013, Festomat has gained some serious traction and is likely on its way to dominating the local ticketing market.
The Founder Institute has helped launch over 1,000 new technology companies across 55 cities and six continents.
This past week, Beatsy was featured on Arctic Startup; Kindara raised $370k; BuilderBuzz was featured on AlleyWatch; Pieces of There was featured on Crains Chicago; Peerby was interviewed for The Next Woman; and Arithmetic was featured on Beautylish.
New York Founder Institute graduate, Kindara, announced today they have received $370k in funding via Angellist - half of their current fundraising goal. The team released this update this morning, explaining their progress and what they plan to do with the round.
What does it take to kick ass on Kickstarter? Ask serial entrepreneur, Dan Shapiro, who's most recent project, Robot Turtles, landed the title as the most successful Kickstarter campaign, ever, for a board game. In this post from his blog, Dan shares the lessons he learned from beginning to end, including tips for how to have a successful campaign of your own.
Don't miss out on getting feedback on your startup from Dan- join him Thurs, Nov 21 in Seattle for Founder Office Hours 101.
As part of our Top Mentor Q&A series, we recently asked Seattle Founder Institute mentor, Dan Shapiro, 'why it's so important for experienced entrepreneurs to mentor new founders?'. To answer our question, Dan directed us to this gem of a blog post.
Read on to learn more about How to Help Startups.
In response to the Founder Institute’s most recent feature on the New York Times, Colombia Founder Institute Director, Alan Colmenares, shared some thoughts on the Colombian startup ecosystem. In addition, Alan was recently featured in a video by Periodismo de Hoy (Spanish).
Read on to hear what Alan had to say.
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