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Startup and Go - First Steps to Building a Technology Company by Founder Institute And StartupDigest
The Founder Institute and StartupDigest University have teamed up to give you ldquo;Startup and Gordquo; ndash; a crash course on the initial steps to creating a meaningful and enduring technology company. ldquo;Startup and Gordquo; is a collection of talks from the very beginning of thenbsp;Founder Institutersquo;s startup accelerator programnbsp;-nbsp;which, in less than two years, has launched over 250 technology companies in over 15 cities worldwide. Taught by some of the programrsquo;s highest-rated Mentors, this course helps you create a strong foundation for a technology startup ndash; from a properly vetted and researched idea, to a strong initial team. Wersquo;ve also included some follow-on assignments to help you turn these lessons into immediate action. The goal? To help you finally Startup and Go build your dream company.nbsp;This course includes three topics - Startup Ideation, Startup Research, and Startup Hiring, Firing amp; Co-Founders.nbsp;Lecture 1: Startup Ideation ndash; Ideas, Vision, and ValuesWe all have many ldquo;greatrdquo; ideas, but how do we best choose which one to pursue? nbsp;What are the components of a good technology business idea? What is your key differentiator? What type of business will you build? How will you make money? Can you quickly articulate your idea?nbsp;Course Lectures:Adeo Ressi ndash; ldquo;Holy Shit, My Idea Sucksrdquo;Adeo is the Founder of the TheFunded.com, an online community of entrepreneurs, and the Founder Institute, a pre-seed startup incubator launching hundreds of technology companies per year across four continents. The Institute is the eighth startup that he has founded or built - four of which were acquired and three of which are still in operation. Adeo also sits on the board of the X PRIZE Foundation, a non-profit organization solving the world's greatest challenges through prize competitions.nbsp;Phil Libin ndash; ldquo;So You Want to be an Entrepreneur?rdquo;nbsp;Phil Libin is the CEO of Evernote, a web service designed to allow users to easily capture and store information, memories, and content in any environment. Phil was a founder of two other successful tech startups, is an investor and advisor in several startups, is the inventor of several issued and pending technology patents, and holds a top-secret security clearance from the Department of Defense.Lecture 2: Startup ResearchAlmost any entrepreneur can play with some numbers and say ldquo;our market is worth billions of dollarsrdquo; ndash; but what is your actual serviceable market? Is your target market big enough? And growing fast enough? Where can you find this information, and how should you interpret it?Course Lectures:Jim Kaskade ndash; ldquo;Get used to Startup Research ndash; You Never Stop Performing Itrdquo;Jim Kaskade has been a successful CEO of 10 years, and an expert in large data warehouse systems for another 10 years. He's recently been immersed in Cloud Computing, having built and scaled his own digital media SaaS company, serving over 10,000 SMB businesses. Currently, Jim is the GM and Chief of Cloud at SIOS Technology Corporation.nbsp;Joe Betts-Lacroix ndash; ldquo;Ideas are Dangerousrdquo;nbsp;Joe Betts-LaCroix founded OQO, creator of the worldrsquo;s smallest PC, in 2000, and established the resulting market category of smaller-than-laptop PCs, now called UMPCs, netbooks, etc. Joe has patents pending and granted for over 80 inventions in a diversity of fields, ranging from electronic methods to user interfaces to cleantech.Lecture 3: Startup Hiring, Firing, amp; Co-FoundersYour dream company requires a dream team. But how can you find and convince great talent to take a chance on your idea? Who should you hire at the garage, seed, and funded stages? What types of management structure work best for tech startups? If you raise money, how will investors be involved?Course Lectures:Jonathan Abrams ndash; ldquo;Hire Based on Passion and Future Performancerdquo;nbsp;Jonathan Abrams is the founder and CEO of Nuzzel, and Co-Founder and Managing Partner of the Founders Den. Previously Jonathan was the Founder and CEO of Socializr, Friendster, and HotLinks. Jonathan was hailed as The Social Pioneer by Vanity Fair in June 2008 for creating the pioneering social networking service Friendster, and was also honored as one of the worldrsquo;s top young innovators by the MIT Technology Review.Aaron Patzer ndash; ldquo;Hiring ndash; Your Biggest Differentiatorrdquo;nbsp;Aaron Patzer is both the visionary and technical mind behind Mint.com, now the leading free, online money management tool in the U.S., and purchased by Intuit for $187mm in 2009. In 2008 he was named one of CNN Money's Money Heroes, and a World Economic Forum Tech Pioneer. In 2009, he was named to Inc Magazine's Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 30, and Fortune's Top 40 Business Leaders Under 40.So what are you waiting for? nbsp;Startup and Go!---About the InstructorsThe Founder Institute and StartupDigest University have teamed up with one shared goal ndash; to help foster and develop startup communities across the globe.nbsp;The Founder Institutenbsp;is a technology pre-seed incubator currently on pace to launch over 600 companies per year in 17 cities worldwide. The program identifies high-potential entrepreneurs using predictive social science testing, and then guides them through a series of collaborative company-building sessions featuring a network of over 400 CEO Mentors. All program stakeholders, including the participating Founders and CEO Mentors, share in the equity upside generated by companies formed in the program. In addition, participants get access to free and discounted services, and are not required to quit their day job. For more information, visitnbsp;www.FounderInstitute.com.nbsp;Startup Digest University is dedicated to providing you with the best information and curated content on business and technology as it pertains to startups. Startup Digest is the insiderrsquo;s guide to the startup world ndash; providing you with the best startup events across over 50 cities and 100,000 subscribers. Sign up today atnbsp;www.StartupDigest.com.Udemy is a website that enables anyone to teach and learn online. Udemy tries to democratize online education by making it fast, easy and free to create online courses. Udemy is an open platform, so anyone can build an online course by posting videos, presentations, writing articles, or hosting live virtual classroom sessions.