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Founder Insight 2/22/12

TheFunded.com Open Letter

Posted by Gopal Kamath on 2012-02-22

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Inside the Founder Institute

’How to Tell a Compelling Story in Your Investor #Pitch?’ by @loveletters- In this talk, Rebecca Lovell, Chief Business Officer of GeekWire, discusses philosophies and approaches to investor pitches.

Great Discussions on TheFunded:

Bridge Loan for Company

Preferred Shares in a Round

Recommended Resources:

The End of the Mexican Road [Both Sides of the Table]

Best Time to Start a Company [Inc.]

Upcoming Events:

Guadalajara Ideation Bootcamp
Date/Location: February 22, 2012: 6:00 PM-9:00 PM: Zapopan, Mexico
Description: In just three hours the Founder Institute will help you improve your startup ideas, improve your pitching skills, and recruit potential cofounders. Best of all it's free, and many local CEOs will be in attendance - including Daniel Pandza and John E. Cooper.

Redmond Ideation Bootcamp
Date/Location: February 23, 2012: 6:30 PM-8:30 PM: Redmond, Washington
Description: In just three hours the Founder Institute will help you improve your startup ideas, improve your pitching skills, and recruit potential cofounders. Best of all it's free, and many local CEOs will be in attendance - including Dave Parker.

Denver Ideation Bootcamp
Date/Location: February 27, 2012: 6:00 PM-9:00 PM: Denver, Colorado
Description: In just three hours the Founder Institute will help you improve your startup ideas, improve your pitching skills, and recruit potential cofounders. Best of all it's free, and many local CEOs will be in attendance - including Mike Stemple and Jim Franklin.

St. Louis Ideation Bootcamp
Date/Location: February 29, 2012: 6:00 PM-9:00 PM: St. Louis, Missouri
Description: In just three hours the Founder Institute will help you improve your startup ideas, improve your pitching skills, and recruit potential cofounders. Best of all it's free, and many local CEOs will be in attendance - including Peter Griess and Kyle Welborn.

Los Angeles Ideation Bootcamp
Date/Location: March 6, 2012: 6:00 PM-9:00 PM: Culver City, California
Description: Improve your startup ideas, and more.

Budapest Pitch Bootcamp
Date/Location:March 8, 2012: 5:30 PM-7:30 PM: Budapest, Hungary
Description: In just three hours the Founder Institute will help you improve your startup ideas, improve your pitching skills, and recruit potential cofounders. Best of all it's free, and many local CEOs will be in attendance - including Salim Ismail and Balázs Vinnai.

Lisbon Ideation Bootcamp
Date/Location:March 15, 2012: 6:30 PM-8:30 PM: Lisbon, Portugal
Description: Improve your startup ideas, and more. It's free, and Francisco de Almeida and Jose Luis Pinto Basto will speak.

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Founder Insight 2/16/12

TheFunded.com Open Letter

Posted by Gopal Kamath on 2012-02-16

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’Should You Sell Your #Startup, or Not?' by @DanShapiro- In this talk, Dan Shapiro, Founder and CEO of Sparkbuy, discusses how to approach the potential sale of a company.

Great Discussions on TheFunded:

Buy Stock Back at Discount to Prevent Possible Lawsuit?

Competitors in a VC’s Portfolio

Recommended Resources:

How Old is Too Old to Start a Great Company? [Inc.]

The 5 Whys [Eric Ries via Harvard Business Review]

Upcoming Events:

Sydney Ideation Bootcamp
Date/Location: February 16, 2012: 6:00 PM-9:00 PM: Sydney, Australia
Description: In just three hours the Founder Institute will help you improve your startup ideas, improve your pitching skills, and recruit potential cofounders. Best of all it's free, and many local CEOs will be in attendance - including Benjamin Ranck and Matt Cameron.

Seattle Ideation Bootcamp
Date/Location: February 21, 2012: 6:30 PM-8:30 PM: Seattle, Washington
Description: In just three hours the Founder Institute will help you improve your startup ideas, improve your pitching skills, and recruit potential cofounders. Best of all it's free, and many local CEOs will be in attendance - including Dave Parker.

Guadalajara Ideation Bootcamp
Date/Location: February 22, 2012: 6:00 PM-9:00 PM: Zapopan, Mexico
Description: In just three hours the Founder Institute will help you improve your startup ideas, improve your pitching skills, and recruit potential cofounders. Best of all it's free, and many local CEOs will be in attendance - including Daniel Pandza and John E. Cooper.

Redmond Ideation Bootcamp
Date/Location: February 23, 2012: 6:30 PM-8:30 PM: Redmond, Washington
Description: In just three hours the Founder Institute will help you improve your startup ideas, improve your pitching skills, and recruit potential cofounders. Best of all it's free, and many local CEOs will be in attendance - including Dave Parker.

Denver Ideation Bootcamp
Date/Location: February 27, 2012: 6:00 PM-9:00 PM: Denver, Colorado
Description: In just three hours the Founder Institute will help you improve your startup ideas, improve your pitching skills, and recruit potential cofounders. Best of all it's free, and many local CEOs will be in attendance - including Mike Stemple and Jim Franklin.

St. Louis Ideation Bootcamp
Date/Location: February 29, 2012: 6:00 PM-9:00 PM: St. Louis, Missouri
Description: In just three hours the Founder Institute will help you improve your startup ideas, improve your pitching skills, and recruit potential cofounders. Best of all it's free, and many local CEOs will be in attendance - including Peter Griess and Kyle Welborn.

Budapest Pitch Bootcamp
Date/Location:March 8, 2012: 5:30 PM-7:30 PM: Budapest, Hungary
Description: In just three hours the Founder Institute will help you improve your startup ideas, improve your pitching skills, and recruit potential cofounders. Best of all it's free, and many local CEOs will be in attendance - including Salim Ismail and Balázs Vinnai.

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Founder Insight 2/8/12

TheFunded.com Open Letter

Posted by Gopal Kamath on 2012-02-29

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’Slowly Reveal Complexity in your #Product’ by @gzicherm- In this talk from the Founder Institute, Gabe Zichermann, author of "Game-Based Marketing," discusses how to use game thinking and mechanics to engage audiences and solve problems.

Great Discussions on TheFunded:

Cofounder is AWOL

Advice: Best Bank for Startup?

Recommended Resources:

What a Facebook IPO Means for Silicon Valley [GigaOM]

Startup Lessons from 17 Hard-Hitting Quotes in "Moneyball" [OnStartups]

Upcoming Events:

Sydney Startup Ideation Bootcamp
Date/Location: February 16, 2012: 6:00 PM-9:00 PM: Sydney, NSW
Description: In just three hours the Founder Institute will help you improve your startup ideas, improve your pitching skills, and recruit potential cofounders. Best of all it's free, and many local CEOs will be in attendance - including Benjamin Ranck and Matt Cameron.

Guadalajara Startup Ideation Bootcamp
Date/Location: February 22, 2012: 6:00 PM-9:00 PM: Zapopan, Mexico
Description: In just three hours the Founder Institute will help you improve your startup ideas, improve your pitching skills, and recruit potential cofounders. Best of all it's free, and many local CEOs will be in attendance - including Daniel Pandza and John E. Cooper.

Women 2.0 PITCH Competition 2012
Date/Location: February 14, 2011: Mountain View, CA
Description: The full-day conference will be the only platform that unites the entire ecosystem to nurture and support the fastest-growing demographic in the startup space - women - as creators and consumers. Over 800 investors, entrepreneurs, engineers and designers will be exploring up-and-coming trends in innovation and discussing "nuts & bolts" solutions through case studies. Founder Insight readers get 10% off using the code 'FOUNDER'.

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Founder Insight 2/1/12

TheFunded.com Open Letter

Posted by Gopal Kamath on 2012-02-02

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Editor's Note: The Application Deadline for the New York Founder Institute's Spring Semester is this Saturday, February 4th. If you or someone you know could benefit from expert training and feedback to launch a technology startup in New York City, then apply today.

- Jonathan Greechan (@jonnystartup)

Inside the Founder Institute

’The Devil is in the Details of Your Term Sheet’ by @BarrySilbert- In this talk from last year’s New York Founder Institute, Barry Silbert, Founder and CEO of Second Market shares insights into the funding process he gained from angel investing and raising several rounds of financing.

Great Discussions on TheFunded:

Angels vs. P VC vs. Private Equity

SEC Regulation D

Recommended Resources:

How to Build Your Startup Without Learning Code [VentureBeat]

Getting Your Product in Front of a VC [Jeff Clavier via TechCrunch]

Upcoming Events:

Sydney Startup Ideation Bootcamp
Date/Location: February 16, 2012: 6:00 PM-9:00 PM: Sydney, NSW
Description: In just three hours the Founder Institute will help you improve your startup ideas, improve your pitching skills, and recruit potential cofounders. Best of all it's free, and many local CEOs will be in attendance - including Benjamin Ranck and Matt Cameron.

Guadalajara Startup Ideation Bootcamp
Date/Location: February 22, 2012: 6:00 PM-9:00 PM: Zapopan, Mexico
Description: In just three hours the Founder Institute will help you improve your startup ideas, improve your pitching skills, and recruit potential cofounders. Best of all it's free, and many local CEOs will be in attendance - including Daniel Pandza and John E. Cooper .

Women 2.0 PITCH Competition 2012
Date/Location: February 14, 2011: Mountain View, CA
Description: The full-day conference will be the only platform that unites the entire ecosystem to nurture and support the fastest-growing demographic in the startup space - women - as creators and consumers. Over 800 investors, entrepreneurs, engineers and designers will be exploring up-and-coming trends in innovation and discussing "nuts & bolts" solutions through case studies. Founder Insight readers get 10% off using the code 'FOUNDER'.

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Founder Insight 1/25/12

TheFunded.com Open Letter

Posted by Gopal Kamath on 2012-01-25

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Editor's Note: At last week’s Founder Showcase, we watched a series of amazing interviews on stage with Mark Suster, Mike Maples, Jr., and Dave McClure. Many of the people in the audience told us they were the best talks we've had on stage to date (and that is really saying a lot!).

We will be releasing more news from the event shortly, but in the meantime check out the video of Dave McClure’s interview on TechCrunch here, and Mike Maple’s Jr.’s and Mark Suster’s interviews on All Things Digital here.

- Jonathan Greechan (@jonnystartup)

Great Discussions on TheFunded:

Sharing the Names of VCs that You are Pitching

Bad Credit Score: Funding Options

Recommended Resources:

The Uphill Battle of Social Event Sharing: A Post-Mortem for PlanCast
[Mark Hendrickson via TechCrunch]

Stealth Mode, Schmealth Mode: The Real Reasons Why Startups Don’t Talk
[OnStartups]

Upcoming Events:

New York City Pitch Bootcamp
Date/Location: January 26, 2012: 6:00 PM-9:00 PM: New York, NY
Description: In just three hours the Founder Institute will help you improve your startup ideas, come up with new ideas, and find a cofounder. Best of all it's free, and many local CEOs will be in attendance - including Gabe Zichermann and Ven Medabalmi.

Women 2.0 PITCH Competition 2012
Date/Location: February 14, 2011: Mountain View, CA
Description: The full-day conference will be the only platform that unites the entire ecosystem to nurture and support the fastest-growing demographic in the startup space - women - as creators and consumers. Over 800 investors, entrepreneurs, engineers and designers will be exploring up-and-coming trends in innovation and discussing "nuts & bolts" solutions through case studies. Founder Insight readers get 10% off using the code 'FOUNDER'.

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Founder Insight 1/18/12

TheFunded.com Open Letter

Posted by Gopal Kamath on 2012-01-18

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Editor's Note: The 9th Founder Showcase is just 24 hours away, so things are super-hectic here in Silicon Valley. Newsletter subscribers get a 25% discount at http://foundershowcase.com/tickets using the code 'insightful'.

Mark Suster, Mike Maples, Jr., and Dave McClure will be speaking, many Founder Institute Graduate companies will be competing on stage, and over 150 investors and press in attendance. We hope you'll join us.

- Jonathan Greechan (@jonnystartup)

Inside the Founder Institute

2 Years of Great #FounderShowcase Speeches- Thursday's 9th Founder Showcase event in Mountain View will feature talks by Mark Suster, Mike Maples, Jr., and Dave McClure. But, before we enjoy their talks, let's pay homage to the amazing speakers who have graced our stage in the past.

Great Discussions on TheFunded:

USPTO Issued Patent: Does it Mean Anything to American VCs?

What Phase Does an Application Need to be in Before Approaching Investors?

Recommended Resources:

Things Entrepreneurs Should Avoid When Raising Capital
[Ashkan Karbasfrooshan via TechCrunch]

How to Develop Your Fundraising Strategy
[Both Sides of the Table]

Upcoming Events:

9th Founder Showcase
Date/Location: January 19, 2011: 3:30 PM-9:00 PM: Mountain View, CA
Description: The Founder Showcase brings together leading investors, founders, and press for one action-packed night to network and help launch a startup company to greatness. The 9th Founder Showcase will take place in Mountain View, and only hold 275 people. Guests will be treated to a keynote speech from a top technology investor or CEO, and drinks and appetizers in a networking hall full of emerging companies competing in a Demo Table Competition. This event has sold out the last six times, so register today. Founder Insight readers get 25% off using the code 'insightful'.

New York City Pitch Bootcamp
Date/Location: January 26, 2012: 6:00 PM-9:00 PM: New York, NY
Description: In just three hours the Founder Institute will help you improve your startup ideas, come up with new ideas, and find a cofounder. Best of all it's free, and many local CEOs will be in attendance - including Gabe Zichermann and Ven Medabalmi.

Women 2.0 PITCH Competition 2012
Date/Location: February 14, 2011: Mountain View, CA
Description: The full-day conference will be the only platform that unites the entire ecosystem to nurture and support the fastest-growing demographic in the startup space - women - as creators and consumers. Over 800 investors, entrepreneurs, engineers and designers will be exploring up-and-coming trends in innovation and discussing "nuts & bolts" solutions through case studies. Founder Insight readers get 10% off using the code 'FOUNDER'.

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Founder Insight 1/11/12

TheFunded.com Open Letter

Posted by Gopal Kamath on 2012-01-26

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Editor's Note: At the Founder Showcase next Thursday, we will for the first time host TheFunded.com's Annual Entrepreneur Investor Awards, to celebrate the best startup investors of 2011. These are not your average 'popularity contest'-awards. In fact, the main criteria are the ratings and reviews the investors receive from the Founder and CEO members of TheFunded.com. Yesterday we announced the finalists here. Take a moment to recognize these highly-rated, and entrepreneur-friendly investors.

And, if you'd like to join us, use our best 25% discount for newsletter subscribers at http://foundershowcase.com/tickets with the code 'insightful'. Mark Suster, Mike Maples, Jr., and Dave McClure are speaking, and we'll have over 150 investors and press in attendance.

- Jonathan Greechan (@jonnystartup)

Inside the Founder Institute

’Startup Marketing Metrics for Pirates’ by @davemcclure- In this talk from last year’s Silicon Valley Founder Institute, Dave McClure, founding partner at 500 Startups, outlines a metric based approach to startup marketing.

Great Discussions on TheFunded:

Finder Fee

Need Advice on Potential Cofounder Investing

Recommended Resources:

Spend 2012 on the Right Side of the Haimish Line [Both Sides of the Table]

2012: The Year of the Entrepreneur [TIME]

Upcoming Events:

9th Founder Showcase
Date/Location: January 19, 2011: 3:30 PM-9:00 PM: Mountain View, CA
Description: The Founder Showcase brings together leading investors, founders, and press for one action-packed night to network and help launch a startup company to greatness. The 9th Founder Showcase will take place in Mountain View, and only hold 275 people. Guests will be treated to a keynote speech from a top technology investor or CEO, and drinks and appetizers in a networking hall full of emerging companies competing in a Demo Table Competition. This event has sold out the last six times, so register today. Founder Insight readers get 25% off using the code 'insightful'.

New York City Pitch Bootcamp
Date/Location: February 10, 2012: 6:00 PM-9:00 PM: New York, NY
Description: In just three hours the Founder Institute will help you improve your startup ideas, come up with new ideas, and find a cofounder. Best of all it's free, and many local CEOs will be in attendance - including Gabe Zichermann and Ven Medabalmi.

Women 2.0 PITCH Competition 2012
Date/Location: February 14, 2011: Mountain View, CA
Description: The full-day conference will be the only platform that unites the entire ecosystem to nurture and support the fastest-growing demographic in the startup space - women - as creators and consumers. Over 800 investors, entrepreneurs, engineers and designers will be exploring up-and-coming trends in innovation and discussing "nuts & bolts" solutions through case studies. Founder Insight readers get 10% off using the code 'FOUNDER'.

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Founder Insight 1/4/12

TheFunded.com Open Letter

Posted by Gopal Kamath on 2012-01-04

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Editor's Note: I hope you all had a great New Year’s.
In preparation for the Founder Showcase last Friday we released a collection of our favorite resources for pitching to investors. This led to an article on TechCrunchby our friend Robin Wauters, where we asked startups to submit their best 1-sentence pitches for the chance to win a future article on the site. Amazingly, this led to over 670 submissions, but more importantly, a really interesting pitch-critiquing discussion in the comments section. If you have a few minutes, check out the submissions and discussion at the bottom of the original article, and review the pitches that won the contest here as well. I bet it will get you thinking about your ideas in new ways.

- Jonathan Greechan (@jonnystartup)

Inside the Founder Institute

Our Favorite #Startup VC Pitching Resources. Through both the Founder Showcase and the Founder Institute we come across a lot of great stuff, but here are what we consider to be the best of the best on the subject of pitching to VCs.

Great Discussions on TheFunded:

Patent Licenses

Can a Founder Pay a Finder’s Fee from His Own Shares?

Recommended Resources:

Areas that are Ready for Big Innovation in 2012
[TheNextWeb]

How to Survive Your First Year as an Entrepreneur
[James Altucher via TechCrunch]

Upcoming Events:

New York City Startup Ideation Bootcamp
Date/Location: January 11, 2012: 6:00 PM-9:00 PM: New York, NY
Description: In just three hours the Founder Institute will help you improve your startup ideas,startup idea, improve your pitching skills, and recruit potential cofounders.

9th Founder Showcase
Date/Location: January 19, 2011: 3:30 PM-9:00 PM: Mountain View, CA
Description: The Founder Showcase brings together leading investors, founders, and press for one action-packed night to network and help launch a startup company to greatness. The 9th Founder Showcase will take place in Mountain View, and only hold 275 people. Guests will be treated to a keynote speech from a top technology investor or CEO, and drinks and appetizers in a networking hall full of emerging companies competing in a Demo Table Competition. This event has sold out the last six times, so register today. Founder Insight readers get 25% off using the code 'insightful'.

Women 2.0 PITCH Competition 2012
Date/Location: February 14, 2011: Mountain View, CA
Description: The full-day conference will be the only platform that unites the entire ecosystem to nurture and support the fastest-growing demographic in the startup space - women - as creators and consumers. Over 800 investors, entrepreneurs, engineers and designers will be exploring up-and-coming trends in innovation and discussing "nuts & bolts" solutions through case studies. Founder Insight readers get 10% off using the code 'FOUNDER'.

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Founder Insight 12/28/11

TheFunded.com Open Letter

Posted by Gopal Kamath on 2012-01-10

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Editor's Note: Applications for the Founder Showcase Pitch Competition are due this Saturday, December 31st. If you are a seed-stage startup looking for funding or exposure, you should definitely apply (it's free): http://showcase9.strutta.com

Over $30 million has been raised by previous presenters, and only companies that are less than 2 years old with less than $250,000 in funding are eligible. We're expecting over 150 investors at the event - I hope you'll join us.

Happy Holidays!

- Jonathan Greechan (@jonnystartup)

Inside the Founder Institute

'#Startup Fundraising Hacks’ by @dteten-In this talk from last year’s New York Founder Institute, David Teten, Serial Entrepreneur and Partner at ff Venture Capital, discusses a host of creative and aggressive hacks to identify and win over the optimum investors for your business.

Great Discussions on TheFunded:

Criteria for Stock Redistribution at Founder Change

Change of Control

Recommended Resources:

The End of the Web? Don’t Bet on it. Here’s Why
[Both Sides of the Table]

How To Build a "Lifestyle Business" with 30 Million Visitors Per Month [Xconomy]

Upcoming Events:

New York Startup Ideation Bootcamp
Date/Location: January 11, 2012: 6:00 PM-9:00 PM
Description: In just three hours the Founder Institute will help you improve your startup ideas, come up with new ideas, and find a cofounder. Best of all it's free, and many local CEOs will be in attendance - including Gabe Zichermann and Ven Medabalmi.

9th Founder Showcase
Date/Location: January 19, 2011: 3:30 PM-9:00 PM: Mountain View, CA
Description: The Founder Showcase brings together leading investors, founders, and press for one action-packed night to network and help launch a startup company to greatness. The 9th Founder Showcase will take place in Mountain View, and only hold 275 people. Guests will be treated to a keynote speech from a top technology investor or CEO, and drinks and appetizers in a networking hall full of emerging companies competing in a Demo Table Competition. This event has sold out the last six times, so register today. Founder Insight readers get 25% off using the code 'insightful'.

Women 2.0 PITCH Competition 2012
Date/Location: February 14, 2011: Mountain View, CA
Description: The full-day conference will be the only platform that unites the entire ecosystem to nurture and support the fastest-growing demographic in the startup space - women - as creators and consumers. Over 800 investors, entrepreneurs, engineers and designers will be exploring up-and-coming trends in innovation and discussing "nuts & bolts" solutions through case studies. Founder Insight readers get 10% off using the code 'FOUNDER'.

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Founder Insight 12/21/11

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Posted by Gopal Kamath on 2011-12-21

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Founder Insight is a weekly newsletter that provides global insights from the people building great startups. Each week we’ll send you an exclusive training video from inside the Founder Institute, as well as other helpful resources from startup communities around the globe. Click here to subscribe

Editor's Note: As we wrap up 2011, we are excited to announce our 21st location and 5th continent: Sydney, Australia! If you or someone you know could benefit from expert training and feedback to launch a technology startup in the greater Sydney area, click here to apply. The Early Application Deadline is Sunday, January 29th.

Happy Holidays!

- Jonathan Greechan (@jonnystartup)

Inside the Founder Institute

'Build Something Worth Talking About’ by @peterpham- In this talk from last year’s Silicon Valley Founder Institute, Peter Pham, Serial Entrepreneur and Partner at Science Inc, shares how he used marketing in his companies to drive user acquisition, business development, and recruiting.

Great Discussions on TheFunded:

Urgent Request Need Help

Valuation of Common After First Preferred Round

Recommended Resources:

How Do You Measure Up to the Best CEOs? [OpenView Labs]

2011 in Tech: A Year of Great Losses [TechCrunch]

Upcoming Events:

New York Startup Ideation Bootcamp
Date/Location: January 11, 2012: 6:00 PM-9:00 PM
Description: In just three hours the Founder Institute will help you improve your startup ideas, come up with new ideas, and find a cofounder. Best of all it's free, and many local CEOs will be in attendance - including Gabe Zichermann and Ven Medabalmi .

9th Founder Showcase
Date/Location: January 19, 2011: 3:30 PM-9:00 PM: Mountain View, CA
Description: The Founder Showcase brings together leading investors, founders, and press for one action-packed night to network and help launch a startup company to greatness. The 9th Founder Showcase will take place in Mountain View, and only hold 275 people. Guests will be treated to a keynote speech from a top technology investor or CEO, and drinks and appetizers in a networking hall full of emerging companies competing in a Demo Table Competition. This event has sold out the last six times, so register today. Founder Insight readers get 25% off using the code 'insightful'.

Women 2.0 PITCH Competition 2012
Date/Location: February 14, 2011: Mountain View, CA
Description: The full-day conference will be the only platform that unites the entire ecosystem to nurture and support the fastest-growing demographic in the startup space - women - as creators and consumers. Over 800 investors, entrepreneurs, engineers and designers will be exploring up-and-coming trends in innovation and discussing "nuts & bolts" solutions through case studies. Founder Insight readers get 10% off using the code 'FOUNDER'.

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Founder Insight 12/14/11

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Posted by Gopal Kamath on 2011-12-14

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Founder Insight is a weekly newsletter that provides global insights from the people building great startups. Each week we’ll send you an exclusive training video from inside the Founder Institute, as well as other helpful resources from startup communities around the globe. Click here to subscribe

Editor's Note: Even though it seems like the last Founder Showcase just ended (especially to us ;-), the next one is just around the corner. The 9th Founder Showcase is scheduled for January 19th at Microsoft Silicon Valley, and will be our most exclusive event yet - with just 175 tickets available to the general public. Reduced price tickets end this Sunday, December 18.

To ring in the new year, the 9th Founder Showcase will host TheFunded.com Entrepreneur Investor Awards, where we will celebrate the best Investors of 2011, and discuss the prospects for 2012 with three interactive discussions on stage with top investors.

The Application Deadline to the FREE Pitch Competition is next Friday, December 23rd. Only 8 companies will compete in this Pitch Competition (versus the usual ten), so get your applications in now to start collecting votes. Click here to apply.

We hope you’ll join us!

- Jonathan Greechan (@jonnystartup)

Inside the Founder Institute

'Nobody Cares About What Your #Startup Does’ by @joebez- In this talk from the Chicago Founder Institute, Joe Bezdek, Co-Founder of DivX and FatPencil explains that the way to get people to care about you is to create a brand. He discusses what a brand is, and gives some tips on how to build an effective one.

Recommended Resources:

Why Women Have to Work Harder to Do Startups
[VentureBeat]

If You Don’t Fail, You Haven’t Tried Hard Enough
[Sean Parker and Shervin Pishevar via TechCrunch]

Upcoming Events:

St. Louis Startup Pitch Bootcamp
Date/Location: December 15, 2011: 6:00 PM-9:00 PM: St. Louis, MO
Description: In just three hours the Founder Institute will help you refine your ideas, improve your pitch, and find a cofounder. Best of all it's free, and many local CEOs will be in attendance - including Brian Matthews and Gabe Lozano.

New York Startup Ideation Bootcamp
Date/Location: January 11, 2012: 6:00 PM-9:00 PM
Description: In just three hours the Founder Institute will help you improve your startup ideas, come up with new ideas, and find a cofounder. Best of all it's free, and many local CEOs will be in attendance - including Gabe Zichermann and Ven Medabalmi .

9th Founder Showcase
Date/Location: January 19, 2011: 3:30 PM-9:00 PM: Mountain View, CA
Description: The Founder Showcase brings together leading investors, founders, and press for one action-packed night to network and help launch a startup company to greatness. The 9th Founder Showcase will take place in Mountain View, and only hold 275 people. Guests will be treated to a keynote speech from a top technology investor or CEO, and drinks and appetizers in a networking hall full of emerging companies competing in a Demo Table Competition. This event has sold out the last six times, so register today. Founder Insight readers get 25% off using the code 'insightful'.

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Founder Insight 12/7/11

TheFunded.com Open Letter

Posted by Gopal Kamath on 2011-12-07

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Editor's Note: The Founder Institute is now the world’s largest startup incubator, in terms of companies launched. Yes, you read that right. With the recent graduations of our Summer semesters, we have now helped launch 415 technology startups worldwide, and we have done so in less than 2.5 years. TechCrunch covered the story yesterday, here.

Our model is working, and our vision of 'Globalizing Silicon Valley' is starting to take hold. Rather than bringing talent to Silicon Valley, we are going to different markets, gathering their best startup leaders, service providers, and most promising founders, and building local, teamwork-based startup ecosystems from the ground up.

Like any startup, we are celebrating the good news by... well, not celebrating at all. We are just putting our head down and continuing to push forward. We'll be releasing more comprehensive data in the coming days, so stay tuned.

- Jonathan Greechan (@jonnystartup)

Inside the Founder Institute

'Don’t Run Out of Gas Before You Start the Race’ by @wbunker- In this talk from the Silicon Valley Founder Institute, Will Bunker, Co-Founder of the online dating service that became Match.com, discusses how he planned and managed his revenue, profit, and cost structure to grow his online dating service with only a small initial angel investment of $90,000, to the largest personals site.

Great Discussions on TheFunded:

Legal Discovery and Cloud Storage

Negotiating Licenses

Recommended Resources:

How to Be a Better Venture Capitalist: Run a Startup [VentureBeat]

Gratitude as a Business Strategy [Fast Company]

Upcoming Events:

Women 2.0 PITCH Competition 2012
Date/Location: Deadline to Apply is December 7, 2011
Description: Women 2.0 PITCH is open to early-stage ventures from around the world from web to mobile, from double bottom line businesses to connected devices. To be eligible, your startup must be in beta stage, have received less than a million in funding, have a technical co-founder, and have at least one female on the founding team.

St. Louis Startup Pitch Bootcamp
Date/Location: December 15, 2011: 6:00 PM-9:00 PM: St. Louis, MO
Description: In just three hours the Founder Institute will help you refine your ideas, improve your pitch, and find a cofounder. Best of all it's free, and many local CEOs will be in attendance - including Brian Matthews and Gabe Lozano.

New York Startup Ideation Bootcamp
Date/Location: January 11, 2012: 6:00 PM-9:00 PM
Description: In just three hours the Founder Institute will help you improve your startup ideas, come up with new ideas, and find a cofounder. Best of all it's free, and many local CEOs will be in attendance - including Gabe Zichermann and Ven Medabalmi .

9th Founder Showcase
Date/Location: January 19, 2011: 3:30 PM-9:00 PM: Mountain View, CA
Description: The Founder Showcase brings together leading investors, founders, and press for one action-packed night to network and help launch a startup company to greatness. The 9th Founder Showcase will take place in Mountain View, and only hold 275 people. Guests will be treated to a keynote speech from a top technology investor or CEO, and drinks and appetizers in a networking hall full of emerging companies competing in a Demo Table Competition. This event has sold out the last six times, so register today. Founder Insight readers get 25% off using the code 'insightful'.

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Presentation

TheFunded.com Open Letter

Posted by will on 2011-12-01

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So what are early stage vc's looking for in a pitch these days? this is a conference environment --- are people still using ppt or are people embracing other methods --- thx

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Founder Insight 11/30/11

TheFunded.com Open Letter

Posted by Gopal Kamath on 2011-12-21

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Founder Insight is a weekly newsletter that provides global insights from the people building great startups. Each week we’ll send you an exclusive training video from inside the Founder Institute, as well as other helpful resources from startup communities around the globe. Click here to subscribe

Editor's Note: The Final Application Deadline for this Winter's Silicon Valley Founder Institute is this Sunday, December 4th. The program will be led by Will Bunker (Co-Founder of vChatter and the dating service that became Match.com), with weekly sessions from December 14th until March 29th. Click here to apply.

- Jonathan Greechan (@jonnystartup)

Inside the Founder Institute

'How to Embody a #Startup Winner’ by @KristiHedges- In this talk from last year’s Washington DC Founder Institute, Kristi Hedges discusses how entrepreneurs can systematically develop (and replicate) their "A game" by being intentional, building trust, and inspiring through communications.

Great Discussions on TheFunded:

Legal Costs for Series A Financing

During an Acquisition, What are Typical Ways to Incentivize the CEO to Stay?

Recommended Resources:

Business Development: The Goldilocks Principle
[Chris Dixon]

Startups are Hard. So Work Hard, Cry Less, and Quit All the Whining
[Michael Arrington]

Upcoming Events:

Silicon Valley Startup Pitch Bootcamp
Date/Location: November 30, 2011: 6:00 PM-9:00 PM
Description: In just three hours the Founder Institute will help you improve your startup ideas, come up with new ideas, and find a cofounder. Best of all it's free, and many local CEOs will be in attendance - including Adeo Ressi and Will Bunker.

Women 2.0 PITCH Competition 2012
Date/Location: Deadline to apply has been extended to December 7, 2011
Description: Women 2.0 PITCH is open to early-stage ventures from around the world from web to mobile, from double bottom line businesses to connected devices. To be eligible, your startup must be in beta stage, have received less than a million in funding, have a technical co-founder, and have at least one female on the founding team.

St. Louis Startup Pitch Bootcamp
Date/Location: December 15, 2011: 6:00 PM-9:00 PM: St. Louis, MO
Description: In just three hours the Founder Institute will help you refine your ideas, improve your pitch, and find a cofounder. Best of all it's free, and many local CEOs will be in attendance - including Brian Matthews and Gabe Lozano.

9th Founder Showcase
Date/Location: January 19, 2011: 3:30 PM-9:00 PM: Mountain View, CA
Description: The Founder Showcase brings together leading investors, founders, and press for one action-packed night to network and help launch a startup company to greatness. The 9th Founder Showcase will take place in Mountain View, and only hold 275 people. Guests will be treated to a keynote speech from a top technology investor or CEO, and drinks and appetizers in a networking hall full of emerging companies competing in a Demo Table Competition. This event has sold out the last six times, so register today. Founder Insight readers get 25% off using the code 'insightful'.

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Founder Insight 11/23/11

TheFunded.com Open Letter

Posted by Gopal Kamath on 2011-11-23

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Founder Insight is a weekly newsletter that provides global insights from the people building great startups. Each week we’ll send you an exclusive training video from inside the Founder Institute, as well as other helpful resources from startup communities around the globe. Click here to subscribe

Editor's Note: Startups are hard, this much is certain. But on this Thanksgiving, no matter how bleak the outlook, we all have people to be thankful for.

Who were the people that helped you in the past year? Sure you may have investors, advisors, or even us at the Founder Institute ;-). But there are probably scores of others who simply took a minute out of their day to help you, if even with the most trivial of favors. As a startup you need all the luck you can get, so the small things can make a big difference. Give these people a nice, hearty thank you.

And finally, pay-it-forward by responding to that email, returning that call, providing that intro, or reviewing that plan that a fellow aspiring entrepreneur sent you. We all have them buried somewhere in a long list of priorities, but find the time.

Happy Thanksgiving!

- Jonathan Greechan (@jonnystartup)

Inside the Founder Institute:

'The Art of Delegation’ by Jared Goralnick, founder of @AwayFind- In this talk from last year’s Washington DC Founder Institute, Jared Goralnick shares his experiences and lessons learned from delegating to grow his bootstrapped companies.

Great Discussions on TheFunded:

Where Do the Unvested Shares Go When a Founder Leaves the Company?

Gifting Stock to Family Members

Recommended Resources:

It is the Best Time Over the Past Decade to Be an Entrepreneur
[Jim Breyer via TechCrunch]

Racism and Meritocracy
[Eric Ries via TechCrunch]

Upcoming Events:

Silicon Valley Startup Pitch Bootcamp
Date/Location: November 30, 2011: 6:00 PM-9:00 PM
Description: In just three hours the Founder Institute will help you improve your startup ideas, come up with new ideas, and find a cofounder. Best of all it's free, and many local CEOs will be in attendance - including Adeo Ressi and Will Bunker.

Women 2.0 PITCH Competition 2012
Date/Location: Deadline to Apply is November 30th, 2011
Description: Women 2.0 PITCH is open to early-stage ventures from around the world from web to mobile, from double bottom line businesses to connected devices. To be eligible, your startup must be in beta stage, have received less than a million in funding, have a technical co-founder, and have at least one female on the founding team.

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Founder Insight 11/16/11

TheFunded.com Open Letter

Posted by Gopal Kamath on 2011-11-16

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Editor's Note: Our own Adeo Ressi will be hosting a free Startup Ideation Bootcamp tonight in Silicon Valley. This intensive, 3-hour workshop helps you improve your startup idea, come up with new ideas, and meet a co-founder. Also speaking will be Will Bunker, Co-Founder of vChatter and the online dating service that became Match.com. There are only a few spots left - be sure to register now at http://sv-ideation-bootcamp.eventbrite.com

- Jonathan Greechan (@jonnystartup)

Inside the Founder Institute

'Don’t Achieve Failure' by Eric Ries- In this talk from last year’s Silicon Valley Founder Institute, Eric Ries outlines the lean startup methodology towards product development.

Great Discussions on TheFunded:

Advice on Independent Board Member?

Patent Advice Needed

Recommended Resources:

The Hardest Thing for Any Entrepreneur is to Start
[Jack Dorsey via TechCrunch]

Why MANY Smart People are Not Social
[Rajesh Setty]

Upcoming Events:

Silicon Valley Startup Ideation Bootcamp
Date/Location: November 16, 2011: 6:00 PM-9:00 PM
Description: In just three hours the Founder Institute will help you improve your startup ideas, come up with new ideas, and find a cofounder. Best of all it's free, and many local CEOs will be in attendance - including Adeo Ressi and Will Bunker.

Silicon Valley Startup Pitch Bootcamp
Date/Location: November 30, 2011: 6:00 PM-9:00 PM
Description: In just three hours the Founder Institute will help you improve your startup ideas, come up with new ideas, and find a cofounder. Best of all it's free, and many local CEOs will be in attendance - including Adeo Ressi and Will Bunker.

Women 2.0 Startup Weekend
Date/Location: November 18-20, 2011: San Francisco, CA
Description: Both men and women are invited to attend Women 2.0 Startup Weekend where developers, designers and idea people start projects and build companies in 54 hours! Come with an idea, or come to join a team with an idea. Over the past two years, Women 2.0 Startup Weekend has launched 41 startups, and speakers at this event include two very succesful alumni: Sarah Allen (Co-Founder & CTO, Mightyverse) and Alexa Andrzejewski (Co-Founder & CEO, Foodspotting). TheFunded members save $25 on a developer ticket using the coupon code "founder".

Women 2.0 PITCH Competition 2012
Date/Location: Deadline to Apply is November 30th, 2011
Description: Women 2.0 PITCH is open to early-stage ventures from around the world from web to mobile, from double bottom line businesses to connected devices. To be eligible, your startup must be in beta stage, have received less than a million in funding, have a technical co-founder, and have at least one female on the founding team.

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Founder Insight 11/2/11

TheFunded.com Open Letter

Posted by Gopal Kamath on 2011-11-02

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Founder Insight is a weekly newsletter that provides global insights from the people building great startups. Each week we’ll send you an exclusive training video from inside the Founder Institute, as well as other helpful resources from startup communities around the globe. Click here to subscribe

Inside the Founder Institute

'Staying on the Startup Rollercoaster’ by Jill Stelfox- In this talk from the Washington DC Founder Institute, Jill breaks down creating an overall company roadmap into funding, people, and corporate roadmaps, and gives advice for best practices along the way.

Editor's Note: Our 8th Founder Showcase event is coming up next Tuesday in San Francisco, so this is your last chance to get tickets. Michael Arrington, General Partner at the CrunchFund and Founder of TechCrunch, will be our Keynote Speaker, and 10 startups will compete onstage in an entertaining Pitch Competition. We'll have over 500 investors, press and founders in attendance - I hope you'll join us! Founder Insight readers get 25% off using the code 'insightful' at http://foundershowcase.com/tickets

Want to win a free Demo Table and a chance to present on stage? Help us spread the word by tweeting a message with the hashtag #FounderShowcase and the URL http://bit.ly/9OlVo8 and, this Friday, November 4th, we will randomly select one winner, announcing the person on our @founding account.

- Jonathan Greechan (@jonnystartup)

Great Discussions on TheFunded:

My Company Recently Failed. The Investors are Taking This Very Personally. What to Do?

Crowdsourcing a Conversation on the Startup Funding Gap

Recommended Resources:

11 Things Every Entrepreneur Should Know About Innovation [GeekWire]

Tips on Networking from 125 Years Ago [Unready and Unwilling]

Upcoming Events:

8th Founder Showcase
Date/Location: November 8, 2011 from 3:30 PM-10:00 PM: San Francisco, CA
Description: The Founder Showcase brings together leading investors, founders, and press for one action-packed night to network, hear talks from leading CEOs, and help launch a startup company to greatness. The 8th Founder Showcase will once again be our largest crowd yet (500+). Guests will be treated to a great keynote speech, an entertaining Pitch Competition featuring 10 promising startups, and drinks and appetizers in a networking hall full of emerging companies competing in a Demo Table Competition. This event has sold out the last five times, so register today. Founder Insight readers get 25% off using the code 'insightful'.

GigaOM Roadmap 2011
Date/Location: Nov 10th, 2011 @ 8:00am - 7:00pm: San Francisco, CA
Description: GigaOM RoadMap explores how connectedness will influence the way we live, create, consume and earn over the next 12 to 18 months. Technology market-makers will join GigaOM editors and GigaOM Pro analysts to create the blueprint for the connected future, mapping out the most significant trends in consumer connectedness.
 See the full speaker lineup here. TheFunded members save $100.

Women 2.0 Startup Weekend
Date/Location: November 18-20, 2011: San Francisco, CA
Description: Both men and women are invited to attend Women 2.0 Startup Weekend where developers, designers and idea people start projects and build companies in 54 hours! Come with an idea, or come to join a team with an idea. Over the past two years, Women 2.0 Startup Weekend has launched 41 startups, and speakers at this event include two very succesful alumni: Sarah Allen (Co-Founder & CTO, Mightyverse) and Alexa Andrzejewski (Co-Founder & CEO, Foodspotting). TheFunded members save $25 on a developer ticket using the coupon code “founder”.

Women 2.0 PITCH Competition 2012
Date/Location: Deadline to Apply is November 30th, 2011
Description: Women 2.0 PITCH is open to early-stage ventures from around the world from web to mobile, from double bottom line businesses to connected devices. To be eligible, your startup must be in beta stage, have received less than a million in funding, have a technical co-founder, and have at least one female on the founding team.

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Suggestion to Adeo & the Funded Track Acquisition Outcomes by Company

TheFunded.com Open Letter

Posted by Anonymous on 2011-10-26

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Hi All,

I've been a member of TheFunded from the very beginning and it has provided a source of information and at times solace through the entire life cycle of my startup. The information about terms and VCs are very valuable; however, I've found that there are areas where I was left with very little information. One in particular is surrounding acquisitions. An entrepreneur can spend years of his or her life building a company, bootstrapping, etc., they could survive unscrupulous investors only to wind up selling to an unscrupulous acquirer.

I believe it is time for TheFunded to add a section that rates acquirers just like it provides VC ratings; after all, these are also buyers of a company's equity. The section should cover the following:

1. Acquisition Terms - This may include multiples on revenue, escrow, who pays for legal fees, earn-out structure, etc.

2. Earn Out Outcome - I've heard some real horro stories of founders getting screwed by how companies handle the earn out, which essentially enabled an acquirer to gain control of a founder's company for significantly less (or nothing) than agreed to.

3. Promises Kept - Acquirers often make promises to founders and startups as part of the acquisition process, e.g., promises about product strategy control, about independence, etc. Were those promises kept? Often, founders make decisions fro reasons other than money, and these promises about fulfilling a vision often induce a founder to select one acquirer over another. If a particular companies has a tendency to make promises and not follow through, then the startup community should know about it.

4. Individual Ratings. There are lots of people within a company that impact how an acquisition is handled and the post acquisition integration (e.g. CEO, corp dev, etc). People come and go at companies. Just like VCs, we should have individual ratings so if there is a particularly untrustworthy corp dev exec we can be careful in dealing with them.

TheFunded has done a lot to improve the environment for founders/startups by ensuring the VCs who add the most value and behave with honesty and integrity are well known. By rewarding good behavior, the TheFunded has forced a change in the VC culture for the better.

It is time to expand on that to include acquirers because there is nothing worse that killing yourself for 5 years, making incredible personal and family sacrifices, building something of value, and then getting ripped off at the end. If we want startups to continue to provide innovation and create jobs then we need to have some accountability around this to ensure folks still go out there and try to start companies.

Posted by hiker on 2011-10-27 10:27:08

Great suggestion. I know I would have stories to add to this.

Posted by goodform on 2011-10-27 12:33:00

From the Pepperdine University – “Private Capital Markets Project” – August 2009 - “Regarding exit plans, venture capitalists report selling to a public company (49.9%) as the most likely course of action for a liquidity event. Nearly 24.6% indicate their plans to sell to a private company while 16.8% are planning for an initial public offering.”

The more info we can provide from real M&A deals - the better

Elliott Dahan

Posted by Anon on 2011-10-30 16:12:45

This is a great idea. I definitely want to know how the people sitting across the table have treated other founders. I would hate to work so hard and sell my company to folks who would rip me off.

How can we make this new section of TheFunded happen?

Posted by Anonymous on 2011-10-31 14:28:44

Agree. This is a natural extension to what TheFunded already provides.

Posted by Jan Walsh on 2011-11-04 18:25:01

I agree! I would love to share my experience as a founder about an acquirer.

Posted by zerograv on 2011-11-13 16:56:23

Good idea. I don't think Adeo reads this regularly. Someone who knows him might take the lead on emailing him and mentioning it here so that he doesn't get 15 emails about it.

Posted by goodform on 2011-11-15 10:28:13

#6 - Interesting comment you made - "I don't think Adeo reads this regularly. " - kinda speaks volumes.

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Founder Insight 10/26/11

TheFunded.com Open Letter

Posted by Gopal Kamath on 2011-10-26

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Founder Insight is a weekly newsletter that provides global insights from the people building great startups. Each week we’ll send you an exclusive training video from inside the Founder Institute, as well as other helpful resources from startup communities around the globe. Click here to subscribe

Editor's Note: The Application Deadline to the Washington D.C. Founder Institute is this Sunday, October 30th. We've launched 35 DC-based startups since 2009, and joining us to launch the next batch are great mentors like Jill Stellfox, Arman Eshraghi, Cynthia Traeger, Dede Haskins, Jason Berger, Jennifer O'Daniel, Jonathon Perrelli, Matt Baker, Steven Woda, Tim Keough, and many more.

To apply, go to http://www.founderinstitute.com/apply/dc , or come to our free networking event tonight and meet the local FI community.

- Jonathan Greechan (@jonnystartup)

Inside the Founder Institute

'Define Your Customer’ by Todd Hooper- In this talk from the Seattle Founder Institute, Todd outlines an iterative customer development approach for startups to follow.

Great Discussions on TheFunded:

Structuring a Loan from a Cofounder

Venture Debt

Recommended Resources:

How Dropbox Started as a Minimal Viable Product
[Eric Ries via TechCrunch]

How to Be an Uber Investor and Breed Technical CEOs
[Ben Horowitz via VentureBeat]

Upcoming Events:

Washington D.C. Founder Night Out
Date/Location: October 26, 2011 from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM: Arlington, VA
Description: The Founder Night Out is a unique opportunity to enjoy a collaborative and open environment where you can discuss your ideas, ask questions, and learn about launching a startup with the Founder Institute. Many past Founder Institute graduates will be in attendance, along with the local Founder Institute Director and some program Mentors.

London Startup Ideation Bootcamp
Date/Location: November 19, 2011 from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Description: In just three hours the Founder Institute will help you improve your startup ideas, come up with new ideas, and find a cofounder. Best of all it's free, and many local CEOs will be in attendance - including Julian Ranger.

8th Founder Showcase
Date/Location: November 8, 2011 from 3:30 PM-10:00 PM: San Francisco, CA
Description: The Founder Showcase brings together leading investors, founders, and press for one action-packed night to network, hear talks from leading CEOs, and help launch a startup company to greatness. The 8th Founder Showcase will once again be our largest crowd yet (500+). Guests will be treated to a great keynote speech, an entertaining Pitch Competition featuring 10 promising startups, and drinks and appetizers in a networking hall full of emerging companies competing in a Demo Table Competition. This event has sold out the last five times, so register today. Founder Insight readers get 25% off using the code 'insightful'.

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Founder Insight 10/19/11

TheFunded.com Open Letter

Posted by Gopal Kamath on 2011-10-19

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Editor’s Note: When you ask a successful entrepreneur how they did it, you are almost guaranteed to hear them cite "luck" as a prominent factor. Why? Because most major decisions in a startup are "life or death," and to succeed you need to make the correct call on many of these decisions. In such a context, survival and success appear lucky. Well, it's not.

Last week Adeo Ressi shared a simple, startup decision-making framework on the Founder Institute blog. This method helps you boil down any problem into a binary statement, allowing you to simplify the issue and make a decision quickly. Read the full post here

- Jonathan Greechan @jonnystartup

Inside the Founder Institute

'IP May be Your Savior’ by Joe Betts-LaCroix- In this talk from the Silicon Valley Founder Institute, Joe shares his experiences with patents, and gives a framework for how startups should approach IP.

Great Discussions on TheFunded:

Friends and Family Valuation

Can I Sell Burritos, Publicly, Before Filing a Patent for a Machine that Makes it...?

Recommended Resources:

Startup Tools [PBworks]

Stepping Back From the Angel Bubble [Jason Calacanis]

Upcoming Events:

Sydney Startup Ideation Bootcamp
Date/Location: October 19, 2011 from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Description: In just two hours the Founder Institute will help you improve your startup ideas, come up with new ideas, and find a cofounder. Best of all it's free, and many local CEOs will be in attendance - including Darrin Walter, and Michael Fox.

FailCon 2011
Date/Location: October 24, 2011 from 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM: San Francisco, CA
Description: FailCon is a one-day conference for tech entrepreneurs, investors, developers and designers to study their failures and prepare for success. As an entrepreneur, you will inevitably encounter failure; it is overcoming it that is the biggest challenge. FailCon helps you do just that. Join founders from Color, Cuil, Airbnb, PBworks, and more as share advice on how to reach success. Founder Insight readers get 15% off here.

Washington D.C. Founder Night Out
Date/Location: October 26, 2011 from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM: Arlington, VA
Description: The Founder Night Out is a unique opportunity to enjoy a collaborative and open environment where you can discuss your ideas, ask questions, and learn about launching a startup with the Founder Institute. Many past Founder Institute graduates will be in attendance, along with the local Founder Institute Director and some program Mentors.

London Startup Ideation Bootcamp
Date/Location: November 19, 2011 from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Description: In just three hours the Founder Institute will help you improve your startup ideas, come up with new ideas, and find a cofounder. Best of all it's free, and many local CEOs will be in attendance - including Julian Ranger.

8th Founder Showcase
Date/Location: November 8, 2011 from 3:30 PM-10:00 PM: San Francisco, CA
Description: The Founder Showcase brings together leading investors, founders, and press for one action-packed night to network, hear talks from leading CEOs, and help launch a startup company to greatness. The 8th Founder Showcase will once again be our largest crowd yet (500+). Guests will be treated to a great keynote speech, an entertaining Pitch Competition featuring 10 promising startups, and drinks and appetizers in a networking hall full of emerging companies competing in a Demo Table Competition. This event has sold out the last five times, so register today. Founder Insight readers get 25% off using the code 'insightful'.

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Founder Insight 10/12/11

TheFunded.com Open Letter

Posted by Gopal Kamath on 2011-10-14

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Founder Insight is a weekly newsletter that provides global insights from the people building great startups. Each week we’ll send you an exclusive training video from inside the Founder Institute, as well as other helpful resources from startup communities around the globe. Click here to subscribe

Editor’s Note: We are pleased to announce Michael Arrington, General Partner at CrunchFund and Founder of TechCrunch, as the keynote speaker for our Founder Showcase event coming up on November 8th. The Pitch Competition is completely free, so be sure to apply by the due date October 9th, if you’re an early stage technology company looking for funding. Any technology company less than 2 years old with less than $250k in funding can apply here: http://www.foundershowcase.com/apply This event has sold out the last five times, so purchase your inexpensive tickets or demo tables today.

Inside the Founder Institute

'Startup HR Lessons Learned’ by Janet Van Pelt- In this talk from last year's Washington DC Founder Institute, Janet shares invaluable HR tips and lessons learned she gained from 20 years of building and growing technology companies.

Great Discussions on TheFunded:

Moving the Startup from the USA to India

Finally Got an Appointment with a High Profile VC Partner, but I’m the Only One Left at the Company

Recommended Resources:

Choosing a Minimally Viable Cofounder
[OnStartups.com]

Why You Should Embrace Opposing Views at your Startup
[Both Sides of the Table]

Upcoming Events:

New York Startup Ideation Bootcamp
Date/Location: October 13, 2011 from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM: NYC
Description: In just three hours the Founder Institute will help you improve your startup ideas, come up with new ideas, and find a cofounder. Best of all it's free, and many local CEOs will be in attendance. This event will sell out, so reserve your spot today.

Sydney Startup Ideation Bootcamp
Date/Location: October 19, 2011 from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Description: In just two hours the Founder Institute will help you improve your startup ideas, come up with new ideas, and find a cofounder. Best of all it's free, and many local CEOs will be in attendance - including Darrin Walter, and Michael Fox.

FailCon 2011
Date/Location: October 24, 2011 from 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM: San Francisco, CA
Description: FailCon is a one-day conference for tech entrepreneurs, investors, developers and designers to study their failures and prepare for success. As an entrepreneur, you will inevitably encounter failure; it is overcoming it that is the biggest challenge. FailCon helps you do just that. Join founders from Color, Cuil, Airbnb, PBworks, and more as share advice on how to reach success. Founder Insight readers get 15% off here.

Washington D.C. Founder Night Out
Date/Location: October 26, 2011 from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM: Arlington, VA
Description: The Founder Night Out is a unique opportunity to enjoy a collaborative and open environment where you can discuss your ideas, ask questions, and learn about launching a startup with the Founder Institute. Many past Founder Institute graduates will be in attendance, along with the local Founder Institute Director and some program Mentors.

London Startup Ideation Bootcamp
Date/Location: November 1, 2011 from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Description: In just three hours the Founder Institute will help you improve your startup ideas, come up with new ideas, and find a cofounder. Best of all it's free, and many local CEOs will be in attendance - including Julian Ranger.

8th Founder Showcase
Date/Location: November 8, 2011 from 3:30 PM-10:00 PM: San Francisco, CA
Description: The Founder Showcase brings together leading investors, founders, and press for one action-packed night to network, hear talks from leading CEOs, and help launch a startup company to greatness. The 8th Founder Showcase will once again be our largest crowd yet (500+). Guests will be treated to a great keynote speech, an entertaining Pitch Competition featuring 10 promising startups, and drinks and appetizers in a networking hall full of emerging companies competing in a Demo Table Competition. This event has sold out the last five times, so register today. Founder Insight readers get 25% off using the code 'insightful'.

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Founder Insight 10/5/11

TheFunded.com Open Letter

Posted by Gopal Kamath on 2011-10-05

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Editor’s Note: We are pleased to announce Michael Arrington, General Partner at CrunchFund and Founder of TechCrunch, as the keynote speaker for our Founder Showcase event coming up on November 8th. The Pitch Competition is completely free, so be sure to apply by the due date October 9th, if you’re an early stage technology company looking for funding. Any technology company less than 2 years old with less than $250k in funding can apply here: http://www.foundershowcase.com/apply . This event has sold out the last five times, so purchase your inexpensive tickets or demo tables today.

On a final note: This Sunday is the Final Application Deadline for our San Diego/Orange County and Jakarta Chapters. This Sunday is also the Early Application Deadline for New York and Washington DC. If you apply before the Early Application Deadline on October 9th, the fee to take the Predictive Admissions Test is waived, and you have the best chance of being accepted. We have overwhelming demand, but we can never get enough quality applicants - so if you know somebody, send them here: http://founderinstitute.com/join

Inside the Founder Institute

'Your #Startup Brand is Your Reality’ by Robin Chase- In this talk from the Paris Founder Institute, Robin shares how she created an authentic brand that helped Zipcar grow to the largest car sharing company in the world.

Great Discussions on TheFunded:

Key Employee Equity Level

Does NDA Imply Non-Compete?

Recommended Resources:

Mental Model for Minimum Viable Product [Chris McCann’s Blog]

Why Aren’t There More Female Entrepreneurs? [Both Sides of the Table]

Upcoming Events:

Washington D.C. Startup Ideation Bootcamp
Date/Location: October 5, 2011 from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM: Washington, D.C.
Description: In just three hours the Founder Institute will help you improve your startup ideas, come up with new ideas, and find a cofounder. Best of all it's free, and many local CEOs will be in attendance. This event will sell out, so reserve your spot today.

San Diego Startup Ideation Bootcamp
Date/Location: October 5, 2011 from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM: San Diego, CA
Description: In just three hours the Founder Institute will help you improve your startup ideas, come up with new ideas, and find a cofounder. Best of all it's free, and many local CEOs will be in attendance. This event will sell out, so reserve your spot today.

Chicago Startup Ideation Bootcamp
Date/Location: October 11, 2011 from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM: Chicago, Il
Description: In just three hours the Founder Institute will help you improve your startup ideas, come up with new ideas, and find a cofounder. Best of all it's free, and many local CEOs will be in attendance - including Sal Cilella, and David Roth. This event will sell out, so reserve your spot today.

New York Startup Ideation Bootcamp
Date/Location: October 13, 2011 from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM: NYC
Description: In just three hours the Founder Institute will help you improve your startup ideas, come up with new ideas, and find a cofounder. Best of all it's free, and many local CEOs will be in attendance. This event will sell out, so reserve your spot today.

Sydney Startup Ideation Bootcamp
Date/Location: October 13, 2011 from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Description: In just two hours the Founder Institute will help you improve your startup ideas, come up with new ideas, and find a cofounder. Best of all it's free, and many local CEOs will be in attendance - including Darrin Walter, and Michael Fox.

FailCon 2011
Date/Location: October 24, 2011 from 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM: San Francisco, CA
Description: FailCon is a one-day conference for tech entrepreneurs, investors, developers and designers to study their failures and prepare for success. As an entrepreneur, you will inevitably encounter failure; it is overcoming it that is the biggest challenge. FailCon helps you do just that. Join founders from Color, Cuil, Airbnb, PBworks, and more as share advice on how to reach success. Founder Insight readers get 15% off here.

London Startup Ideation Bootcamp
Date/Location: November 19, 2011 from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Description: In just three hours the Founder Institute will help you improve your startup ideas, come up with new ideas, and find a cofounder. Best of all it's free, and many local CEOs will be in attendance - including Julian Ranger.

8th Founder Showcase
Date/Location: November 8, 2011 from 3:30 PM-10:00 PM: San Francisco, CA
Description: The Founder Showcase brings together leading investors, founders, and press for one action-packed night to network, hear talks from leading CEOs, and help launch a startup company to greatness. The 8th Founder Showcase will once again be our largest crowd yet (500+). Guests will be treated to a great keynote speech, an entertaining Pitch Competition featuring 10 promising startups, and drinks and appetizers in a networking hall full of emerging companies competing in a Demo Table Competition. This event has sold out the last five times, so register today. Founder Insight readers get 25% off using the code 'insightful'.

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Founder Insight 9/28/11

TheFunded.com Open Letter

Posted by Gopal Kamath on 2011-09-28

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Founder Insight is a weekly newsletter that provides global insights from the people building great startups. Each week we’ll send you an exclusive training video from inside the Founder Institute, as well as other helpful resources from startup communities around the globe. Click here to subscribe

Editor’s Note: Last February we unveiled a new program named the Female Founder Fellowship, to grow the number of female tech founders by providing free Course Fees for the best female applicants to the Founder Institute. The FFF program helped spur a 30% increase in female graduates globally in just a few months time. I'm happy to report we have now graduated nearly 100 female founders: 21% of our total.
To continue increasing the number of female founders, we are reinstating the FFF program for all ten of our Fall 2011 Semesters. Our partner Women2.0 covered the story yesterday here. Any female who applies is eligible, and applications for Amsterdam, Brussels and Paris are due this Sunday.
Apply here today: http://founderinstitute.com/join

Inside the Founder Institute

'Bad Markets Create Zombie #Startups’ by Kirill Makharinsky- In this talk from last year's Brussels Founder Institute, Kirill Makharinsky, Co-Founder of Quid, YouNoodle, and Ostrovok.ru, shares insights on startup market research.

Great Discussions on TheFunded:

Need Help With Changing the Terms of a Convertible Promissory Note

Is it Bad Form to Tell Other Investors that You Have a Term Sheet?

Recommended Resources:

Women Wired to be Better Entrepreneurs [Women 2.0]

How Startups Should Report Financial Results [Teten Advisors]

Upcoming Events:

Washington D.C. Startup Ideation Bootcamp
Date/Location: October 5, 2011 from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM: Washington, D.C.
Description: In just three hours the Founder Institute will help you improve your startup ideas, come up with new ideas, and find a cofounder. Best of all it's free, and many local CEOs will be in attendance. This event will sell out, so reserve your spot today.

San Diego Startup Ideation Bootcamp
Date/Location: October 5, 2011 from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM: San Diego, CA
Description: In just three hours the Founder Institute will help you improve your startup ideas, come up with new ideas, and find a cofounder. Best of all it's free, and many local CEOs will be in attendance. This event will sell out, so reserve your spot today.

Chicago Startup Ideation Bootcamp
Date/Location: October 11, 2011 from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM: Chicago, Il
Description: In just three hours the Founder Institute will help you improve your startup ideas, come up with new ideas, and find a cofounder. Best of all it's free, and many local CEOs will be in attendance - including Sal Cilella, and David Roth. This event will sell out, so reserve your spot today.

FailCon 2011
Date/Location: October 24, 2011 from 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM: San Francisco, CA
Description: FailCon is a one-day conference for tech entrepreneurs, investors, developers and designers to study their failures and prepare for success. As an entrepreneur, you will inevitably encounter failure; it is overcoming it that is the biggest challenge. FailCon helps you do just that. Join founders from Color, Cuil, Airbnb, PBworks, and more as share advice on how to reach success. Founder Insight readers get 15% off here.

8th Founder Showcase
Date/Location: November 8, 2011 from 3:30 PM-10:00 PM: San Francisco, CA
Description: The Founder Showcase brings together leading investors, founders, and press for one action-packed night to network, hear talks from leading CEOs, and help launch a startup company to greatness. The 8th Founder Showcase will once again be our largest crowd yet (500+). Guests will be treated to a great keynote speech, an entertaining Pitch Competition featuring 10 promising startups, and drinks and appetizers in a networking hall full of emerging companies competing in a Demo Table Competition. This event has sold out the last five times, so register today. Founder Insight readers get 25% off using the code 'insightful'.

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Founder Insight 9/21/11

TheFunded.com Open Letter

Posted by Gopal Kamath on 2011-09-21

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Founder Insight is a weekly newsletter that provides global insights from the people building great startups. Each week we’ll send you an exclusive training video from inside the Founder Institute, as well as other helpful resources from startup communities around the globe. Click here to subscribe

Editor’s Note: Applications for the 8th Founder Showcase Pitch Competition are due in less than 3 weeks. Over $20MM has been raised by previous presenters, and we are not 'pay-to-pitch' so you will never be asked to pay a dime in the Pitch Competition. Any company less than 2 years old with less than $250k in funding can apply here: http://www.foundershowcase.com/apply

Inside the Founder Institute

'Managing the Fundraising Lifecycle’ by Jeff Stewart- In this talk from last year's New York Founder Institute, Jeff Stewart, serial entrepreneur and CEO of Urgent Group, shares insights into the funding lifecycle he gained from raising over $100 million throughout his career.

Great Discussions on TheFunded:

IP Issue Regarding a Product We Built While Our Previous Startup was Still Open, but Not Operating

What’s the Best Way to Approach Other Companies About Partnerships?

Recommended Resources:

Launch Small and Early [Forbes]

25 Best Startup Failure Post Mortems of All time [ChubbyBrain]

Upcoming Events:

Washington D.C. Startup Ideation Bootcamp
Date/Location: October 5, 2011 from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM: Washington, D.C.
Description: In just three hours the Founder Institute will help you improve your startup ideas, come up with new ideas, and find a cofounder. Best of all it's free, and many local CEOs will be in attendance. This event will sell out, so reserve your spot today.

San Diego Startup Ideation Bootcamp
Date/Location: October 5, 2011 from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM: San Diego, CA
Description: In just three hours the Founder Institute will help you improve your startup ideas, come up with new ideas, and find a cofounder. Best of all it's free, and many local CEOs will be in attendance. This event will sell out, so reserve your spot today.

Chicago Startup Ideation Bootcamp
Date/Location: October 11, 2011 from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM: Chicago, Il
Description: In just three hours the Founder Institute will help you improve your startup ideas, come up with new ideas, and find a cofounder. Best of all it's free, and many local CEOs will be in attendance - including Sal Cilella, and David Roth. This event will sell out, so reserve your spot today.

FailCon 2011
Date/Location: October 24, 2011 from 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM: San Francisco, CA
Description: FailCon is a one-day conference for tech entrepreneurs, investors, developers and designers to study their failures and prepare for success. As an entrepreneur, you will inevitably encounter failure; it is overcoming it that is the biggest challenge. FailCon helps you do just that. Join founders from Color, Cuil, Airbnb, PBworks, and more as share advice on how to reach success. Founder Insight readers get 15% off here.

8th Founder Showcase
Date/Location: November 8, 2011 from 3:30 PM-10:00 PM: San Francisco, CA
Description: The Founder Showcase brings together leading investors, founders, and press for one action-packed night to network, hear talks from leading CEOs, and help launch a startup company to greatness. The 8th Founder Showcase will once again be our largest crowd yet (500+). Guests will be treated to a great keynote speech, an entertaining Pitch Competition featuring 10 promising startups, and drinks and appetizers in a networking hall full of emerging companies competing in a Demo Table Competition. This event has sold out the last five times, so register today. Founder Insight readers get 25% off using the code 'insightful'.

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Founder Insight 9/14/11

TheFunded.com Open Letter

Posted by Gopal Kamath on 2011-09-14

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Founder Insight is a weekly newsletter that provides global insights from the people building great startups. Each week we’ll send you an exclusive training video from inside the Founder Institute, as well as other helpful resources from startup communities around the globe. Click here to subscribe

Editor’s Note: Today we're excited to announce our newest location: Chicago. We're really excited with the demand we've found in Chicago, as we sold out a recent Pitch Bootcamp we ran there, and over 50 people applied to a private, prospective call for applications. This will be our 11th U.S. city, but still our first city in the Midwest. If you or someone you know could benefit from expert training, advice, and feedback to launch a technology company in Chicago, go to http://www.founderinstitute.com/join/chicago. If you apply before the Early Application Deadline on Sept. 25th, the fee to take the Predictive Admissions Test is waived, and you have the best chance of being accepted.

Inside the Founder Institute

'Startup Revenue Planning 101’ by Nico Perez- In this talk from last year's Brussels Founder Institute, Nico Perez, co-founder of Mixcloud, shares how he explored different revenue models as a bootstrapped company in the music space.

Great Discussions on TheFunded:

How Much Diligence Before a Term Sheet?

What’s a Good (Compensation) Package for an Advisor/Board Member for a Very Early Stage Startup?

Recommended Resources:

The Tricks Investors Use Against Founders [The Private Equiteer]

The Long Grind Before You Become an Overnight Success [Business Insider]

Upcoming Events:

Gamification Summit NYC
Date/Location: September 15-16, 2011: New York City, New York
Description:Gamification Summit NYC is the leading, must-attend event that demonstrates how to leverage the power of games to create breakthrough engagement with your customers and employees. Mingle with experts and thought leaders as they share insights, case studies, statistics, and hands-on training workshops at GSummit NYC. Join us and learn how gamification is rewriting the rules of marketing, product design, customer relationship management, and user behavior–and how you can get your business in the game. Friends of TheFunded save 50% on registration with the code FUNDED50 here

FailCon 2011
Date/Location: October 24, 2011 from 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM: San Francisco, CA
Description: FailCon is a one-day conference for tech entrepreneurs, investors, developers and designers to study their failures and prepare for success. As an entrepreneur, you will inevitably encounter failure; it is overcoming it that is the biggest challenge. FailCon helps you do just that. Join founders from Color, Cuil, Airbnb, PBworks, and more as share advice on how to reach success. Founder Insight readers get 15% off here.

8th Founder Showcase
Date/Location: November 8, 2011 from 3:30 PM-10:00 PM: San Francisco, CA
Description: The Founder Showcase brings together leading investors, founders, and press for one action-packed night to network, hear talks from leading CEOs, and help launch a startup company to greatness. The 8th Founder Showcase will once again be our largest crowd yet (500+). Guests will be treated to a great keynote speech, an entertaining Pitch Competition featuring 10 promising startups, and drinks and appetizers in a networking hall full of emerging companies competing in a Demo Table Competition. This event has sold out the last five times, so register today. Founder Insight readers get 25% off using the code 'insightful'.

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