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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-04-21

Becoming an Entrepreneur: 37 Quotes About Getting Started

What’s the difference between entrepreneurs and “wantrepreneurs”? Entrepreneurs actually get started. Yes, success and failure are not the metrics by which entrepreneurs are measured. Rather, it is whether or not they actually set out to build an impactful company that defines their entrepreneurial qualities. ... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2017-04-19

4 Key Hacks for Hiring First Employees

"Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family." As Kofi Annan put so eloquently, acquiring and sharing knowledge is key to progress. In our Roundtable Discussion Series, we've asked our network to share their personal knowledge and experience so that we, ... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-04-19

Presenting the Graduates of the Silicon Valley Founder Institute’s Winter 2017 Semester

The Founder Institute, the world's largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program, is proud to announce the graduation of Silicon Valley’s Winter 2017 semester. After an intensive, four-month program of expert training sessions, challenging company building assignments, and constant evaluation and feedback from ... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-04-19

Join Us Summer 2017 as We Help Entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley Launch Global Startups

Today, the Founder Institute, the world's premier idea-stage accelerator and startup launch program, is excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for the Silicon Valley Summer 2017 Semester! If you want to launch a startup in Silicon Valley and could use expert training and feedback, then apply to the Silicon Valley Founder Institute today, o... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-04-19

How this Company Skyrocketed their Facebook Presence in Just a Few Months

With all of the noise that clogs up social channels, it can be difficult, almost impossible, to make your startup stand out. Luckily, Tom Comerota, the founder and CEO of DentalStores (and Graduate of the New York Founder Institute), has outlined his strategy to dramatically increase your audience and boost engagement on Fa... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-04-18

Penang Startup Poladrone Wins Big at Echelon Malaysia Top 100 Competition

Many Asian countries have become strong leaders in the business startup world, and Malaysia is an epicenter of amazing ideas. While some startups are perhaps a little under the radar due to competition, many are starting to rise to the top in bringing practical solutions to complex problems. One such company is P... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-04-18

Strengthen Your Local Startup Community with the Founder Institute’s Help

Do you want to be a leader in your local startup ecosystem? The Founder Institute (the world's largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program) is on a mission to "Globalize Silicon Valley" and is looking for local startup leaders to launch new chapters around the world. Founder Institute Directors play an essential ro... (more available)

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2017-04-17

Learn from Successful Entrepreneurs & Get Feedback. Attend a Free Event in Your City

The Founder Institute hosts thousands of free startup events across the globe each year, in over 150 cities across six continents. These events are designed to help aspiring entrepreneurs improve their ideas and entrepreneurial skills, all in a low-pressure environment. At Founder Institute events, you can ... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-04-17

Startup Quick Tips: Generate a Bunch of Startup Ideas - Right Now!

Yes, yet another article devoted to helping you come up with a startup idea. However, after reading and writing numerous blog posts on startup ideation, I thought it was my moral duty to shed some light on a useful and unique approach to coming up with a startup idea. A whole bunch of them. Right now. While there is definitel... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-04-13

Awkward Co-Founder Discussions that You Need to Have

Believe it or not, it's necessary to address some complex, and even uncomfortable, subjects before you and your co-founder set out to launch a company. And that's why Founder Institute Mentor and business consultant Dave Parker has outlined the important conversations co-founders should have in the blog post, "Awkward Co-Fo... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2017-04-13

Build A Product That Will Interest You

The Founder Institute regularly hosts webinars to help entrepreneurs at any stage succeed. These webinars discuss a wide range of topics, bestowing global entrepreneurs with invaluable resources. If you’d like updates on upcoming Founder Institute Webinars, subscribe to Founder Insight. During our previous webi... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-04-12

Silicon Valley Startup VisaBot Now Helps With H-1B Visa Transfers and Applications

Immigration in America is a controversial topic at the moment, though it's clear to all it's still a protracted process. Visa applications alone usually involve hiring a lawyer, plus complex paperwork to sign. It also means excessive fees, which can become financially draining when entering the country with little money. Thanks... (more available)

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Posted by Paula Taas on 2017-04-12

9 Elements You Need for Your Business Model Canvas

When it comes to building a startup, entrepreneurs put a multitude of things at risk. As an entrepreneur, how can one know whether it is worth the gamble to grow their idea into a company? Though there is no guaranteed way to found a successful startup, there are various ways entrepreneurs can identify and minimize many of the ... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-04-12

Silicon Valley-based Founder Institute Officially Launches New Startup Program in Dublin

The Founder Institute, the world’s premier idea-stage accelerator and startup launch program, announced today that it is officially launching its newest chapter in Dublin, Ireland. The Silicon-Valley based program decided to officially launch in Dublin after a successful test launch this year attracted over 360 potential a... (more available)

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Posted by Drew Zias on 2017-04-09

Asian Startups are on the Rise: A View of the Founder Institute in Asia

At the Founder Institute, our mission is “Globalize Silicon Valley” and empower talented and motivated people to build impactful companies that create one million jobs. We are proud to have achieved a lot of milestones towards this mission in Asia last year, launching countless amazing companies across the regi... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-04-09

How to Lead the Next Generation of Startups

The world needs startup for their innovative solutions to pervasive problems, both big and small. But to ensure that this generation, and future generations, of startups have what it takes to take on major issues, the world also needs startup leaders. The Founder Institute is looking for startup leaders around the world. Click... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-04-09

You Need to Ditch Your Innovation Lab

The article, "It’s time to ditch your innovation lab", was originally written by Anderee Berengian, a Mentor for the Orange County Founder Institute, and has been republished here with permission. A half decade into Corporate America’s love affair with innovation, it’s time to admit it’s not working... (more available)

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Posted by Sergio Escobar on 2017-04-06

Montreal Startup "Lean Systems" Selected for "Techstars New York" Accelerator

The Founder Institute, the World's Premier Startup Early-Stage Accelerator Program, is honoured to announce that Sébastien Roy and Graham Mann (Co-founders at Lean Systems) from our Montreal chapter in Canada have graduated for the prestigious Techstars New York accelerator. The New York startup ecosy... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-04-06

Toronto Startup CubbySpot Accepted into Community Innovation Lab’s Social Enterprise Accelerator Program

Finding proper daycare for children is one of life's biggest challenges when starting a family. While searching daycare online has become the norm, it's still a very protracted process with hundreds of options. Also challenging is finding the perfect daycare center, only to become placed on long waiting lists. A startup in Toro... (more available)

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Posted by Nailah Morgan on 2017-04-06

Startup Misconceptions: When Business is Good, Life is Good

Entrepreneurship is hard. REALLY hard. But with countless tales of how entrepreneurs made it big with almost nothing, it’s easy for a budding founder to jump into the startup world full of unbridled enthusiasm.  Luckily, Startup Misconceptions is here to clear up the myths, delusions, and fancies surrounding entrepre... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-04-05

Everything You Need for the Perfect ‘About Me’ Page

What if there was a page on your site that could drive more sales, registrations, and subscribers, but right now you're ignoring it?That page is your ‘About Me’ page.When you look at Google Analytics, most likely it's one of the top 10 pages on your site (It was for me). And if your 'About Me' page isn’t built ... (more available)

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Posted by Drew Zias on 2017-04-03

Major Key: Know Your Customers Better Than They Know Themselves

Tech startups are not easy undertakings. Many entrepreneurs spend years of their life and tremendous amounts of money on ideas that ultimately yield no results. While some of these failed ideas are doomed from the start, many others fall victim to a lack of customer learning. This doesn’t mean that these companies failed ... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-04-02

The Guide to Startup Revenue Models

Every startup needs to make money, but how you do it can greatly effect the success - or failure - of your company. Luckily, Orange County Founder Institute Director Henri Duong outlines the essentials of revenue models for aspiring founders in the article ,"The Startup Guide to Revenue Models", which has been republished below ... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-03-30

Simple PR Strategies for Your Startup

Inside FI gives you exclusive access inside the training sessions of the Founder Institute. To get updates when we release new videos, follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our weekly newsletter here. Entrepreneurs face a seemingly endless number of tasks when launching a startup; from conceiving an idea to develo... (more available)

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Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-03-29

Jilliene Helman, Founder & CEO of LA Startup Realty Mogul, Named Fintech Woman of the Year

The world of real estate has long been one involving protracted procedures in raising capital, acquiring property, and monitoring the property's economic growth. All of these steps normally require separate actions in order to make a real estate investment successful, not including landlord duties. Jilliene Helman, founder and ... (more available)

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