Posted by donAdeo about 4 hours ago
Hosted by TheFunded.com and the Founder Institute, the Founder Showcase is Silicon Valley’s leading international seed-stage startup event, gathering global technology founders and investors to hear from top experts, and help launch new companies to greatness.
The 16th edition of the Founder Showcase is scheduled for Tuesday, May 12th at the Microsoft Campus in Mountain View.
As the Founder Institute's network has grown, we are now expecting this to be the most international startup event in Silicon Valley, with top founders, investors, and press from six continents in attendance.
This event will sell out, and tickets are fully-transferable - so what are you waiting for?
If you've never been to a Founder Showcase, here is how it works;
For starters, we get the top figures in Silicon Valley to discuss pressing topics in startups and venture capital. In our 15-event history, we've been truly honored by some of the names who have graced our stage - including Elon Musk, David Sacks, Phil Libin, Keith Rabois, Chris Dixon, Mark Suster, Kevin Rose, and Naval Ravikant, just to name a few. You can check out some awesome videos from past events here.
Second, we have a pitch competition completely geared towards seed-stage companies. How is this different from other pitch competitions? Well, most other events feature companies raising their Series-A, but we go one step earlier, as our presenters are all less than 2 years old and have raised less than $250,000 in funding. In other words, we give you the chance to see some of the most interesting companies of tomorrow before anyone else. Our alumni have gone on to raise over $150 million in funding, and include companies like Udemy, Relay Rides, Thumbtack, Realty Mogul, Kaggle, and many more.
Finally, we have awesome networking with over 400 startup founders, investors and press from all over the world, and an energy brought by our emcee Adeo Ressi that no other event can match.
This all gets mixed into one action packed afternoon and evening, so you can go get back to work building great companies.
We hope you will join us on May 12th!
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If you ask a local startup leader what is holding back their community from growing, chances are the answer you will get is “a lack of capital”.
But in our experience working in nearly 100 markets across the globe, "lack of capital" is nowhere near being the biggest hindrance to startup community growth.
In fact, in nascent and developing markets, we have seen an influx of government and strategic capital actually hurt the local ecosystem more often than it helps it.
Consider the following sequence of events, which we have seen play out time and time again across several continents;
1. New capital to grow a local startup ecosystem is announced, either by the government or foreign investors. This money needs to be allocated fairly quickly, so investment will go to a select few organizations.
2. Organizations in the local ecosystem immediately begin jockeying for the investment. As a result, these organizations start (1) creating exclusive relationships with others in the ecosystem (these become known colloquially as “tribes”), or (2) vertically integrate (ex. co-working spaces that used to partner with accelerators now create their own accelerators, and those same accelerators start looking for real estate).
3. Almost overnight, a once collaborative ecosystem becomes overly competitive and fragmented.
The biggest losers in this scenario? Local entrepreneurs.
Rather than having access to many different options at each stage of their startup journey, they now become funneled into “walled gardens” of services (or “tribes” of partners). This fragmentation limits optionality, and creates a less inviting environment for new entrepreneurs to start up.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t take an influx of capital to create this scenario. As entrepreneurship becomes more “in vogue” and competitive across the globe, we see growing ecosystems become more and more fragmented every day.
The biggest threat to a growing startup ecosystem is not a lack of capital - it is fragmentation and a lack of transparency, because it takes a city to raise a startup.
A Solution: The Startup Ecosystem Canvas
In the must-read book Startup Communities, Brad Feld (Co-Founder of TechStars and Foundry Group) describes the dangers of fragmentation as well. According to Feld, "fragmentation kills local entrepreneurship", and a “philosophy of inclusiveness” is a key pillar of a vibrant startup ecosystem.
Fragmentation can’t be fixed overnight, but if you can map out your local ecosystem, then you can immediately make it more transparent and inviting for newcomers. In other words, if you can lower the barrier to entry for new entrepreneurs to join your startup ecosystem, you can ultimately help it grow.
Hence, we developed the Startup Ecosystem Canvas to help startup leaders map their local ecosystem in a framework that makes it more transparent and inviting for new entrepreneurs.
The Canvas is free to use, and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.
Learn more about the Startup Ecosystem Canvas project at the Founder Institute blog.PRIVATE: Members Only