November 21, 2016

Super Angel Elad Gil @ Startup Funding 2.0

"End of Cycle" talk with Elad Gil at Startup Funding 2.0

We were honored to have Elad Gil speak at our second Startup Funding 2.0 event held at WeWork. 

Elad is co-founder of Color Genomics and a prolific angel investor in such startups as Airbnb, Gusto, Stripe, Square, Pinterest, Instacart, Zenefits, Optimizely and many others.

Previously, he was the VP of Corporate Strategy at Twitter. Elad joined Twitter via the acquisition of MixerLabs, a company where he was co-founder and CEO. MixerLabs ran GeoAPI, one of the early developer-centric platform infrastructure products.

Elad also spent many years at Google, where he started the mobile team and was ithe original product manager for Google Mobile Maps and other key mobile products.

Watch as Elad discusses his theories on the current startup investing cycle, and what changes may be coming next. 

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November 21, 2016

Startup of the Week: Repairly

Ed. Note: we had a chance to chat with Rich Edwards of Repairly, a very cool Techstars startup based in the UK. Read on! :) 

How did you come up with the idea for Repairly? What was the inspiration?

Both myself and CEO Fraser Williams have had experience in similar business models before. We saw that there was a huge problem in this industry.

When you break your technology, there’s a confusing amount of options. From slow manufacturers to untrustworthy high street shops, there’s no one company that you can turn to if you need to get something fixed. Technology has progressed at such a fast rate that the repair and support side of it has been left in the 90’s. Repairly is here to support people.

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November 18, 2016

Super Angel Gil Penchina @Startup Funding 2.0

"Ask Me Anything" with Gil Penchina at Startup Funding 2.0

We were privileged to have Gil Penchina at our second Startup Funding 2.0 event held at WeWork. 

Gil runs the largest Syndicate on AngelList and is an angel investor in 70 companies including firms such as Linkedin, Paypal, Datanyze, Contactually, Indiegogo, Evite, ZipRealty, Plusmo, Couchsurfing, Songpop, Wealthfront and many others.

Previously he was CEO of Wikia, now a top 50 website and a member of the pre-IPO team at eBay. Before eBay, Gil worked at General Electric, Bain & Co. and started two tech companies.

Watch as Gil discusses: his various Syndicates, the emergence of deal scouts, how to access a Syndicate, average check size, meeting with Associates at VC funds, founders as "fundamentally un-employable anywhere else", what he looks for in a deal, when to take the leap of faith as an entrepreneur, how "running a startup is like a Ponzi scheme" and more.  

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October 12, 2016

Startup of the Week- Future Electric

I'm a motorcycle guy, and have been all my life. I started riding when I was 10 on a Honda CT90 Trail bike, then upgraded over time to a YZ80 and XR400. When I was 16, my parents -- believe it or not -- let me get a Kawasaki Ninja.

Somehow I survived. Since then I've "downgraded" to slower bikes like my current BMW r/80 and 1150 GS.  But I'm particularly excited about this week's Startup of the Week-- a company in Denmark that is pioneering the art of making wicked-fast electric motos.

My colleage Pip spoke with founder Jesper Vind about his experience developing his company. Enjoy! 

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October 12, 2016

How to Use Foundersuite To Host Your Investor Pitch Deck

Like any good startup, we "eat our own dogfood" - meaning we use Foundersuite products for fundraising, investor updates, and so on. As we prepare for our next fundraising adventure, we came up with a cool new use case for our Investor Update tool: hosting our pitch deck. It's easy to do, it looks great, and best of all we can track which investors are looking at it. Here's how to set it up. 

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October 11, 2016

Raising Capital In Silicon Valley Episodes 3 and 4 *(humor :)


Continuing on from Episodes 1 and 2, Alexander and Tale are still hunting for money for their startup, "What Happens". Follow along as they learn it's not quite as easy as it appears... 

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September 28, 2016

Startup of the week-Uniti

In the near future, it looks as if we will all be driving electric cars and even potentially moving to Mars! Team Uniti are ahead of the curve with their version of the electric car. I spoke with their founder about their experience and inspiration.

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September 27, 2016

Fundraising As A Team Sport

Are you fundraising? Do you already have some investors? If so, are you fully leveraging the "collective rolodex"? 

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September 12, 2016

Raising Capital In Silicon Valley *(humor :)


Alexander and Tale are fresh off the boat from Norway and determined to raise money for their startup, "What Happens". Follow along as they learn it's not quite as easy as it appears... 

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August 29, 2016

Accelerator of the Week- Blue Startups

This week we are heading to the blue waters of Hawaii, or 'Startup Paradise' as the ecossytem here has been described. Blue Startups are located in downtown Honolulu. After a recent visit to San Francisco, we spoke with the team about their accelerator programme. 

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August 26, 2016

Product Videos

Thanks for stopping by. Are you interested in learning how Foundersuite's products work? You've come to the right place.

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August 22, 2016

Startup Funding 2.0 Videos

On August 9, we held a very special event at WeWork Transbay SF for ~200 of our favorite startup founders. Here are the videos. 

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August 22, 2016

Complete Guide to Raising Capital Using Investor CRM

Fundraising is hard. But you know this already, don't you? 

Here at Foundersuite, we're trying to make it a little easier for you by creating what we like to call the "Ultimate Funding Stack." This includes our Investor Search + Investor CRM + our new Investor Updater tools, with more to come. 

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August 19, 2016

Startup Ecosytem: Berlin

All eyes are on the Berlin startup scene, and it’s easy to see why. With a new startup being founded every twenty minutes, the hype has been heating up for some time. Berlin is the perfect playground for startups to thrive. A melting pot of creativity, people flock to the city for its diversity, thriving social scene, and cheaper living costs. 

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August 18, 2016

Startup of the Week- Bluboard

This week we are heading out to the Midwest to Cleveland. Mark Lorkowski is CEO of ePaper display startup, Bluboard. I spoke with Mark about his experience as a founder and how Foundersuite has helped him stay focused. 

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July 17, 2016

Raising Capital With Your Startup Accelerator Cohort

A VERY COOL FUNDRAISING USE CASE (INVENTED BY BATCH 16 OF #500STARTUPS)

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July 6, 2016

How To Create Awesome Investor Updates In 15 Minutes Or Less


INTRODUCTION

This post will show you how to create an awesome Company Update template in under 15 minutes. Once created, you can use (and re-use) the template for Investor Updates, Advisory Board Updates, and other cohorts that you want to keep updated about your startup's progress.

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June 30, 2016

Accelerator of the Week: IndieBIO


This week we are travelling to Cork, in the Emerald Isle. Being Irish, I am excited to see the wealth of talent coming from my home country. Our accelerator of the week is IndieBio, short for Independent Biology. I spoke with Steven O'Connell, assistant director about the accelerators unique offering. 

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June 20, 2016

Accelerator of the Week: The Accelerator Centre

Situated in Waterloo, Canada, the Accelerator Centre provides a network of facilities dedicated to developing and commercializing startups. They have a wide variety or programs and mentorship available to help entrepreneurs move from startup to scale up. I spoke with Michael Pereira, the Director of Marketing and Community Development about the centre.

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June 14, 2016

Startup of the Week: Space Cadet

Finding short term office space can be a challenge. You need a cool, affordable place to hold a client meeting or throw an event or host a photo shoot, but perhaps you aren't quite ready for the expense of a full time office.

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June 7, 2016

Rock Your Fundraise: 101 Fundraising Tips

We know fundraising sucks. It’s a soul-crusher, especially for first time founders. That’s why we are putting together an epic guide called ‘101 Fundraising Tips'. The guide will have insider advice from CEOs who have "been there, done that, and lived to talk about it."

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