March 27, 2018

How I Raised It with Josh Fraser of DataNerds

"How I Raised It" goes behind the scenes with startup founders who have raised capital. This episode is with Joshua Fraser of, makers of an online database for real estate and property record information.

DataNerds went through the Techstars program and raised $3 million of Series A venture funding from Foundry Group, Next Big Ventures and Techstars Ventures. also participated in the round.

Read on for the full interview and pick up a few new fundraising hacks. 

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December 29, 2017

Foundersuite Year In Review

Despite a tumultuous start to the year on the political front, the venture and startup ecosystems remained healthy in 2017. It was a positive year for Foundersuite as well, but not without a few startup twists and turns to the adventure.

Here's what happened -- and what we can look forward to in 2018.

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December 6, 2017

How To Create A Lightweight "Data Room" for Raising Capital

I love it when our users come up with new and innovative ways of using our platform. This happened awhile back when a customer figured out how to use our Investor Update tool to host her Pitch Deck, and more recently a couple users have "invented" a way to use Foundersuite to create a data room / investor document repository. 

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November 6, 2017

How To Raise Capital: Building A Funnel + Running A Process

Raising money for your startup is hard. It’s time-consuming and filled with rejection, and it can quickly beat down even the strongest founders.

However, we can make it go a lot faster and remove a lot of the "pain" by breaking fundraising into its constituent parts, and by treating it as a sales process. 

Here is our step-by-step playbook on how to i) build a funnel and ii) run a process. Enjoy!

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October 11, 2017

How To Create An Investor Update "Virtuous Cycle"

I’m on the phone 15 - 20 hours a week talking to our startup customers. Most of this time is spent running Foundersuite demos and sharing fundraising tips, but I also listen and learn a ton from these interactions.

One of the patterns I’ve noticed among top startup founders is that they get a "virtuous cycle" going by sending regular investor updates.

In short, this means the value of each update increases the more updates they send.

Here’s how they do it and why it works.

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August 23, 2017

Investor Database FAQ

Building and qualifying a list of target investors is a critical first step when raising capital for your startup. Here's how to use Foundersuite's Investor Database to speed up the process. 

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July 5, 2017

Building Trust With Investors: Clara Brenner, VC @ Urban Innovation Fund on Investor Updates

We had the extraordinary pleasure of hosting Clara Brenner, Managing Partner at Urban Innovation Fund twice in June. Clara gave a great talk at our Startup Funding 2.0 conference on "Building Trust With Investors." Prior to that, she led our users through a fantastic webinar on how to create exceptional investor updates. 

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June 30, 2017

Founder Interviews: Jyoti Bansal of AppDynamics ($3.7B Exit)

Nathan Beckord, CEO of Foundersuite interviews Jyoti Bansal, Founder of AppDynamics a company that was recently acquired by Cisco for $3.7 Billion. Held at WeWork, this is from the Startup Funding 2.0 conference series.  

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June 30, 2017

Startup Funding 2.0 - Full Video - Flash Pitches, Keynote, Panel and More

About 2x per year, produces an event called "Startup Funding 2.0" whcih draws around 200 top startup founders and investors together to discuss the future of fundraising.

Here is the video from that event. 

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June 16, 2017

Hacking Your Round: Fundraising As A Process (Video)

The best way to raise capital is to treat fundraising as a sales process. Here is how to "run a process" with tips on building your investor funnel, driving momentum, managing your investor pipeline, and closing your round. 

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May 15, 2017

Founder Magic: Sending Regular Investor Updates

One of my "missions" in life is to get founders to send regular investor updates. I've seen first-hand the HUGE impact this habit can bring -- just as regualr exercise improves your sleep, focus, and overall attractiveness, sending regular updates brings multi-faceted benefits.

Think of me as your personal Richard Simmons / Crossfit Coach / Drill Sergeant whipping you into shape by enforcing good habits.

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May 4, 2017

Foundersuite For Service Providers - How To Work With Clients Raising Capital

Are you a consulant, an advisor, a fractional CFO, an i-banker or an attorney who works with startups raising capital?

You can use Foundersuite Investor CRM to take your clients' fundraising efforts to the next level. 

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April 3, 2017

Startup Of The Week: Kannatopia

The cannabis industry -- in case you haven't noticed -- is positively blooming (sorry, the puns are just too easy). This week's "Startup Of The Week" is Kannatopia and comes to us from the great city of Chicago and the well-regarded startup hub 1871.

Read on as we chat with Kurt Akers and his vision of building the “Facebook for the Cannabis Ecosystem.”

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March 27, 2017

Startup Ecosystem: Kansas City

Startup Ecosystem: Kansas City, KS

Today we chat with Matthew Marcus, Executive Director of the Kansas City Startup Foundation.

We met Matt about a year ago at the SUP-X conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida... just one of many data points demonstrating that entrepreneurial activity is thriving everywhere. 

Read on as Matt gives us a snapshot of the scene in the Sunflower State.

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January 31, 2017

Foundersuite Pro Tips, Hacks and Workarounds

TL;DR: for the full collection of how-to blog posts, click here. Chock full of tips to make your life easier :) 

We are fundraising, and naturally, using our product hard. As I bang on it, and as I talk to our (beloved) users day in and day out, I've been collecting tips and a few workarounds to help you on your journey. Here they are.

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January 26, 2017

Super Angel Series - Dan Tyre, Director @HubSpot

Today we are joined by Dan Tyre, a Director and early employee at HubSpot and a prolific angel investor and startup coach. 

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January 11, 2017

How to Use the Investor Updater Tool

The Investor Updater tool will help you create an awesome Company Update template in under 15 minutes. You can use it to stay top-of-mind with prospective investors, or to keep your existing investors in the loop.

Here's how to use it. If you want a few pointers on WHY sending regular updates will make you look like a superstar, check out this post with excerpts from Mark Suster and Jason Calacanis. 

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January 9, 2017

How to Run An Efficient Fundraise

In our last blog post we showed you how to setup your account, invite team members and add investors. Today's lesson will help you take control of your fundraise and drive it forward using a structured, efficient process. 

Without further adieu...we pick up where we left off last week: 

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January 9, 2017

How To Setup Your Account

Welcome to Foundersuite!

In this blog post we will guide you through 4 quick steps to get you started using Foundersuite. You will learn how to setup your account, invite team members and add investors. This should take less than 5 minutes. 

1. Customize your account

On the left hand side of your screen, click SETTINGS. Here, you can add your name, title, and personal photo. Under the ACCOUNTS tab, you can add the company name, logo, and tagline. 

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January 7, 2017

How to Connect Your Gmail With Your CRM (or use BCC)

We are super excited to announce a major product release today: Automatic Gmail Sync and BCC.

What is it?

This will automagically import your Gmail conversations into your Investor CRM (or you can use BCC with any other email program :) 

What does this mean?

It means that when you email super-VC Marc Andreessen and he writes back saying “I'm in for $6 million” this glorious email thread will get automatically logged on his Investor Card in your CRM.

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December 14, 2016

Flash Pitches @ Startup Funding 2.0

Check out the brave startup founders who gave their best elevator pitches to TOUGH judges...the day after Election 2016.

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December 7, 2016

BrightRoll Founder and Angel Investor Tod Sacerdoti @ Startup Funding 2.0

"0 to $640M - Non-Obvious Lessons Learned" with Tod Sacerdoti at Startup Funding 2.0

We were privileged to have Tod Sacerdoti present at our second Startup Funding 2.0 event held at WeWork. 

Tod founded BrightRoll Inc. in 2006 and sold it to Yahoo in 2014 for $640 Million. Previously, he served as a Director of Revenue and Business Development at Plaxo. and as a Director of Business Development at Spoke Software, an enterprise software firm providing tools to sales forces to better leverage relationships. Tod is also an active angel investor.  

Watch as Tod discusses seven unconventional and often contrarian lessons learned from his startup journey, including lessons on spending, innovation, hiring, edge cases, valuation, being an a**hole, and more.

A must-watch for startup founders. Enjoy! 

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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 have advisors or mentors, or already have some investors from a previous round?

If so, are you fully leveraging the "collective rolodex" of your network?  If not, you should be. 

Here's a simple 3-step fundraising hack that can help you broaden your network and secure more warm leads.  

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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


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July 6, 2016

How To Create Awesome Investor Updates In 15 Minutes Or Less


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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June 2, 2016

Startup of the Week: Foldimate

For most people, the days of coming home and finding a pile of warm, neatly-folded, Bounty-scented laundry on your bed, lovingly placed there by Mom, are long gone.

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May 27, 2016

Accelerator of the Week: OPO Startups

Startup offices spaces are often pretty cool, but Missouri startup accelerator OPO Startups has a particularly sweet set up: they built their accelerator in a 10,000 square foot renovated post office.

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May 18, 2016

Hustle like a Boss: Top 10 Hustler Traits

I recently attended Hustle Con, a conference for non-technical startup founders. It was by far my favorite conference I have been to this year. The speakers were from some of the fastest growing startups, including Mattermark, Headspace and Bonobos, to name but a few. These founders know how to "hustle like a boss," and have built multi-million dollar companies in the process. Who wouldn't want insider tips on how to do that?

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May 10, 2016

Startup of the Week: Opti

Startup founders often have a tough time staying positive, as realistically, the odds are stacked against them. To counteract this, Renat Gabitov summons boundless enthusiasm by constantly pushing himself to learn and grow.

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April 29, 2016

Accelerator of the Week: Catapult Chicago

This week we take a visit to the Windy City. Even though the winters are brutally cold, the startup community is heating up and gaining some serious momentum. Catapult is a major player in the burgeoning Chicago startup accelerator scene.

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April 14, 2016

Accelerator of the Week: Metavallon, Greece

Greece continues to face a challenging economic climate. Startup accelerator Metavallon is poised to help through the healing power of entrepreneurship.

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April 10, 2016

Foundersuite How-To 7/7: FoundersMarket

The conclusion to our How-To series, with a brief overview of FoundersMarket.

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April 10, 2016

Foundersuite How-To 6/7: The Ultimate Collection of Startup Docs

Addendum to the series: here is a quick overview of the fantastic collection of Startup Docs.

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April 1, 2016

Accelerator of the Week: Beta-i, Lisbon

Hailed as the "sunniest capital in Europe," Lisbon is rich with culture and a vibrant nightlife. It's also rich with hundreds of new startups that are sprouting around the city. Testament to this, it will host the massive startup love fest called Web Summit, which is relocating after several years in Dublin. Beta-i is at the center of this growth. Beta-i an acceleration program with the mission to improve entrepreneurship.

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March 25, 2016

Startup Ecosystem: Austin, Texas

Team Foundersuite just returned from a fun-packed week in Austin at South by SouthWest (SXSW), livers barely intact. There were  ample amounts of networking, hustling, and admittedly a fair bit of partying. Our 'Hustle SXSW Like a Boss' guide certainly came in handy.

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March 14, 2016

Startup Of The Week -- LeadCrunch

A week ago we were at Jason Calacanis' startup conference LAUNCH listening to Shervin Pishevar and Brogan BamBrogan discuss their new HyperLoop (great names x2, BTW). A gentleman sat down next to us, noticed Hilde's t-shirt, and said, "Hi, I'm Olin Hyde-- are you with Foundersuite? We LOVE Foundersuite. I'm a fan and an active, paid user."

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March 9, 2016

Introducing Investor Search + CRM 2.0

We are THRILLED to announce our biggest product release ever…introducing: Investor CRM 2.0

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March 4, 2016

Hustle SXSW Like a Boss

Here at Foundersuite, we have been gearing up for the bustling madness known as SXSW. Our team will be landing in Austin next week for 5 fun packed days of  events, networking and inevitable partying! The schedule is vast, and for first timers it can be daunting to even know where the action takes place. We are here to help. We've put together the ultimate guide for how to hustle SXSW.

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March 4, 2016

Fundraising Pro Tip: How To Get Investor Intros

One of the most difficult challenges for entrepreneurs who decide to raise capital is how to connect with investors. Many will start off by asking their startup friends, "who should I talk to?" which is a logical approach.

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February 9, 2016

Accelerator of the Week- Elevate Blue

As a view from your desk goes, looking out across the picturesque shores of Lake Tahoe is pretty sweet. Accelerator Elevate Blue recently installed their office space in Incline Village on the north shore. Several weeks ago in our tech ecosystem series, they joined the conversation about the growing scene emerging in Silicon Mountain. Following on from that discussion, I spoke with the CEO of Elevate Blue, Jameson Stafford, about their evolution, and experience with startups.

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February 5, 2016

Ultimate Startup Software Stack

Introducing FoundersMarket, a curated set of awesome products and services for startups. 

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February 1, 2016

Accelerator of the Week- Manos

Quick-- name three startups with Latino founders. Who did you come up with? Latinos have an incredibly strong entrepreneurial spirit, but they are under-represented on the global startup stage.The Manos Accelerator in San Jose is poised to change that. It's both a great challenge, and a great opportunity. Manos is championing a new generation of Latino entrepreneurs by providing access to early-stage capital, mentorship support and resources that will enable them to build and grow their startup companies. I caught up with Jim Weldon, the COO of the accelerator to find out more about their programme.

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January 22, 2016

Get Out Of The Office: 5 Amazing Startup Retreats

If only life could be one long vacation. Unless you are an entrepreneur like Sir Richard Branson, working whilst soaking up the winter sun on your own private Island, January has probably felt like a long slog at your desk.

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January 19, 2016

Improving Startup Work/Life Balance: 5 New Apps For Entrepreneurs

Let's face it-- it's hard to get back into the swing of things in January. Almost two weeks in and some of the best of intentions seem to have fallen by the wayside. You're tired, stressed, running on coffee and grabbing whatever is handy to eat. As for those planned daily Crossfit workouts? It hasn't happened once.

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January 13, 2016

Startup Ecosystem: Tahoe Silicon Mountain

In the second of our Startup Ecosystem Series, we go from the sunny shores of Los Angeles to the snowy peaks of Lake Tahoe. We visit Truckee, a quaint town in a region with a lot more startup activity going on than meets the eye.

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January 4, 2016

New Year's Anti-Resolutions For Startup Founders

After the holiday season it can be hard to get back into the swing of things. The New Year often starts with a burst of activity and the best of intentions, but it quickly devolves into an overwhelming list of things to do and get done.

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December 17, 2015

Accelerator of the Week- EvoNexus

EvoNexus is a technology incubator and ground zero for Southern California's startup community with locations in San Diego and Irvine offering 40,000 square feet of class, office, and dry lab space.

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December 14, 2015

Startup Ecosystem: Los Angeles

Note: this post kicks off a NEW series we are running here at Foundersuite called “Startup Ecosystem" which will profile up-and-coming and/or interesting startup scenes outside the typical locations like Silicon Valley. Is there a place you’d like to see profiled? Or, are you a member of an emerging startup ecosystem? If so we’d love to hear from you:

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December 9, 2015

Startup of the Week- Shoprocket

I was in Dublin a few weeks ago for Web Summit and randomly bumped into these guys at a “speakeasy” event held by Powers Whiskey. After chatting for awhile, it dawned on me they were avid Foundersuite users which was very cool to discover. Awesome guys, and awesome product!

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November 24, 2015

We're funded!

We're funded!

I’m excited to announce we closed our seed round with an excellent group of investors. led the round, and they are complemented by an awesome group of angels including Will Bunker, Steve Bennett, Sam Kingsland, Catherine Chang, Brad Bao, Santosh Jayaram, Philip Lo, Darren Wilson, Small Ventures, Foley Ventures and others.

This new funding will allow us to pursue our vision of bringing awesome tools to the world’s 400M+ entrepreneurs. Our investors are seasoned operators (ex- Facebook, Twitter, Tencent, and many others) and share our passion for helping startups.

Raising capital is always “harder than it looks” and we could not have done it without some serious help from our friends. I’d like to personally thank the following for their intros, inspiration, and advice:

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September 10, 2015

Accelerator of the Week - Startup Reykjavík

Startup life is hard. It's stressful. It causes premature wrinkles. It chews people up and spits them out.

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September 2, 2015

Accelerator of the Week -- Vertical Engine

I've never been to Israel, but I know that for a tiny country, it produces a huge number of successful startups. According to a Quora post, Israel spawns one new company for every 1800 people—by far the highest rate in the world.

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August 5, 2015

Startup of the Week - Faraday Bicycles

Like everyone else, I rode a bike as a kid. I had a Huffy BMX Pro with a chro-moly frame, yellow mag wheels and red tires with matching grips. It was bizarre and beautiful.

But I stopped riding bikes around the time helmet laws came into effect and tight, bright spandex shorts became the norm. It just wasn't cool anymore.

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July 27, 2015

Startup of the Week -

Finding the perfect roommate while studying abroad is hard. To find a good roommate, people try to connect offline on meetups, write hundreds of emails, drive to open houses, or sit through casting-like interviews.

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June 30, 2015

Startup of the Week - Study Abroad Apartments

If you have ever studied abroad, you have most certainly been faced with this problem: Finding an apartment. Study abroad by American students has more than doubled in the past 15 years. And what happens? Affordable apartments abroad are getting harder and harder to get.

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June 19, 2015

Accelerator of the Week - Little Tokyo Two

For many entrepreneurs in the tech space, being part of something larger has helped them get their businesses off the ground more quickly and smoothly. Personally I love how accelerators helps fostering rapid growth through mentoring, connections and access to technology, making it easier for startups to achieve their goals.

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June 16, 2015

Startup of the Week -- Skyworks Aerial Systems

Drones are clearly the future, and I look forward to the day when I can sit in my backyard on a warm summer afternoon with a cool gin and tonic and a pellet gun and shoot them down.

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June 3, 2015

Startup Exits Series #2: Salesforce, Intuit, Microsoft, LinkedIn

Ed. note: we produced a series of events called "Startup Exits: Early Stage M&A" featuring founders, corporate development officers, and investors from some of the hottest companies in Silicon Valley.

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May 27, 2015

Accelerator of the Week -- SpinLab

One of my favorite things about entrepreneurship is the constant reinvention and repurposing of assets.

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May 13, 2015

Accelerator of the Week -- Founders Space

I first met Steve Hoffman (aka "Captain Hoff") a few years ago when we were both on a panel talking about startup exits. To say the guy is energetic-- nay, manic-- is an understatement; you only need to look at his bio to see how many things he's involved in.

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May 4, 2015

Accelerator of the Week -- Seed Sumo

So, technically I should hate these guys. I got my grad degree from UT Austin (Go 'Horns!) and these guys are based in College Station, home of bitter rivals the Texas A&M Aggies.

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April 22, 2015

Accelerator of the Week -- Highway 1

In startup land, hardware is the new black. As evidence, just look at the innovation happening in watches, cars, drones, home automation-- you name it.

But while building tangible products is a beautiful thing, it takes a lot more time and money than stringing together a few lines of code-- which is why it's so cool that a new batch of accelerators focused on hardware startups is emerging.

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April 2, 2015

Startup Exits #2: Keynote by Rick Marini

Ed. note: we produced a series of events called "Startup Exits: Early Stage M&A" featuring founders, corporate development officers, and investors from some of the hottest companies in Silicon Valley.

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March 6, 2015

Startup of the Week -- Talino EV

Before starting grad school, I took a year-long "sabbatical" and backpacked extensively through Southeast Asia (remember the book The Beach? yeah, kinda like that...)

I absolutely loved the people, food, landscape and culture. But the traffic and pollution was horrible. I spent waaay too much time riding in Tuk-Tuks breathing exhaust from a sea of 2-stroke motors.

This week's Startup of the Week is solving this massive problem with a really cool electronic solution- think of it as the "Tesla-meets-Uber of Tuk Tuks."

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February 19, 2015

Startup of the Week - Filament

"Internet of Things," or "IoT" for short, both fascinates and frightens me.

On the one hand, I'm excited for the day when my refrigerator alerts me that milk is running low; but on the other hand, I envision this quickly devolving into a dark dystopia where the machines revolt, a la Skynet Takes Over or BSG.  

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February 4, 2015

Seven Ways To Pre-Screen Your Investors

Startup fundraising is a sales process, and as with any sales process, you want to be pitching to people with both the intent and the ability to buy— in this case, shares of your company.

Thus, a key best practice is to cull your prospective investor list until it's comprised only of qualified targets. Here are several filters to apply:

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January 23, 2015

Startup Exits Series #1: Twitter, Facebook, Yahoo, Google

Ed. note: we produced a series of events called "Startup Exits: Early Stage M&A" featuring founders, corporate development officers, and investors from some of the hottest companies in Silicon Valley.

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January 15, 2015

Accelerator of the Week - Healthbox

My father is a physician and my brother is just starting his residency, but I admit it: hospitals make me nervous and I almost never go to the doctor. Whenever bumps, bruises, or minor ailments afflict my own young family, I assume I can either McGyver a remedy from items around the house, or that things will eventually fix themselves.

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January 7, 2015

Accelerator of the Week - Tumml

I have a soft spot for organizations with a double bottom line-- i.e., those that aim to make money while doing good. Even though we are dyed-in-the-wool capitalists, it's something we aspire to here at Foundersuite.

I'm also a firm believer that entrepreneurship can solve many or even all of the world's most challenging problems.

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December 30, 2014

Startup of the Week - Control

I admit it-- I am a bit of a control freak. But aren't most startup founders? I love the ability to choose my own adventure, and to control (or at least greatly influence) the outcome of my business.

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December 17, 2014

Accelerator of the Week - Yodlee Interactive Incubator

A wise man once said: "go where the money is."

Our Accelerator of the Week takes that mantra to the next level-- it's a program focused on financial technology startups, especially ones that can leverage the infrastructure and data-rich API of financial services giant Yodlee.

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December 15, 2014

A Tale Of Two Product Hunts

Last January, I was watching my Google Analytics when I saw a big spike in traffic coming from something called “Product Hunt.” I had never heard of Product Hunt and thought it was probably some sort of bot or spider hitting our site. But when I took a closer look, I found that someone— presumably a Foundersuite user— had submitted us to the daily leaderboard, and people were voting on and discussing Foundersuite, along with about a dozen other products.

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December 5, 2014

Introducing: Investor Search + Filter tool

Foundersuite’s Investor CRM has always been a great tool for managing a fundraise. We’ve now made it even better by solving one of the most painful parts of raising capital:  finding the right investors.We are pleased to introduce  Investor Search + Filter, a new product in Foundersuite.
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December 1, 2014

How to build multiple products at a startup (without getting killed)

Ed. Note: this article was originally published on LinkedIn. Thought it would be relevant to our readers here, too. Would love to get your comments or feedback by email.   

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November 19, 2014

Startup Exits Series #1: Keynote by Naval Ravikant of AngelList

Ed. note: we produced a series of events called "Startup Exits: Early Stage M&A" featuring founders, corporate development officers, and investors from some of the hottest companies in Silicon Valley.

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November 12, 2014

Accelerator of the Week - 9Mile Labs

Do you have a killer idea for a B2B-focused startup?

Do you enjoy fresh seafood, stunning cityscapes and a vibrant cultural scene?

Can you tolerate a little rain and noisy, neon-clad Seahawks fans?  :)

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November 6, 2014

Biggest mistakes startups make -- Google for Entrepreneurs show

We did a fun interview down at the GooglePlex for their "Root Access" show (part of the Google for Entrepreneurs program).

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November 5, 2014

Startup of the Week - Closed Loop

What does it mean to be a "startup"? Is a startup defined solely by when it was born?

Or is it defined by the level of uncertainty-- as Neil Blumenthal, founder of Warby Parker puts it, “a startup is a company working to solve a problem where the solution is not obvious and success is not guaranteed.”

Or is the true definition of a startup simply a "company designed to grow fast" as Paul Graham would argue?

Could it be all three?

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October 29, 2014

Accelerator of the Week - Draper University

Do you want to learn how to be an entrepreneur?

Forget about traditional business schools, which are made to crank out middle-managers and where the theories used are 20 years old. Forget about taking on mountains of debt and ending up as an overeducated, semi-employed Master Barista Apprentice (no offense).

If you're an aspiring entrepreneur, let Tim Draper be your dean. He has created a "university" made for today's entrepreneurial society; a place where you will learn what it takes to succeed; and a place where you will graduate a superhero.

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October 21, 2014

Accelerator of the Week - Telluride Venture Accelerator

Life in a startup is hard, stressful, and exhausting. There's no escaping this fact. There is really no "easy" way to build a meaningful company.

But what if you could shoulder this burden in a stunning alpine environment with breathtaking scenery? Not only that, what if you could ameliorate the startup load with help from amazing mentors and $25,000 in seed funding?

Sounds like someone might be a little "Rocky Mountain High", no?

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October 14, 2014

Startup of the Week - reQwip

Buying sports gear is normally quite expensive, and maybe even out of the question if you're a student (broke) or working in a startup (face the facts, also broke).

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October 9, 2014

Startup of the Week - Turfly

Obesity is a huge problem (no pun intended), and one that is spreading throughout the developed world. Let's face it-- eating is easy and fun, going to the gym is a pain, and losing weight is hard. But what if it didn't have to be?

What if exercise felt more like playing a game? What if it was addictive, and where you "win" by simply walking around the block?

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October 1, 2014

Accelerator of the Week - EPIC (Christchurch, New Zealand)

Horrible things happen every day, some worse than others. It is how we cope with these disasters that define us as humans -- how we take care of each other and the community. EPIC is not only a different and interesting accelerator, but its existence is based on an amazing and inspiring story.

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September 24, 2014

Accelerator of the Week - Flat6Labs

Editors note: Taking a cue from our popular "Startup of the Week" column, we are are now launching  "Accelerator of the Week" to profile the most interesting startup programs around the globe. Accelerators are a vital and increasingly important part of the startup ecosystem, and we want to share their stories with you.

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September 15, 2014

Startup of the Week - MF Fire

(Almost) everyone wants to make the world a cleaner, greener place, and it's easy to do -- even simple things like biking, recycling and composting makes a difference. But you also have people who want to contribute on a much greater scale. Cue Taylor Myers.

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September 8, 2014

Startup of the Week - Collete Racing

You know those individuals that make you shake your head and say “wow” every time they speak? They are a rare commodity, but we've actually found one, right here in the Foundersuite community.

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September 1, 2014

Videos from Startup BD #4 featuring New Relic, Uber, GitHub, Cloudflare, Okta, Clover

On August 28 we produced an event for the Foundersuite network and for the startup community at large. The title was “Startup BD #4” and it was focused on growing your company by doing deals...product integrations, JVs, alliances, APIs, platform development, and much more.

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August 25, 2014

Startup of the Week - SkillGravity

If you're like me, you probably meet and work with a lot of new and interesting people. But how often do you really have a sense of what people can do, or even what your co-workers are working on? Probably not that often = opportunity lost.

SkillGravity, a startup founded by Alina Kharina (say it 5x fast) is more than just another professional network -- it's a tool you can use to communicate with your co-workers on a global basis, and to fully leverage utilize the skillsets of your employees.

Read on for a remarkably positive and upbeat SOTW!

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August 18, 2014

Startup of the Week - Zerply

LinkedIn has become an incredibly powerful platform for hiring and meeting other professionals, but it is “one size fits all,” and some professions and skills don't lend themselves to being a bullet point on a resume. For example, if you’re a creative talent in the TV, film or game industries, you have a portfolio to show, and your work needs to be seen-- "more show, less tell."

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August 11, 2014

Startup of the Week - AHHHA

Have you ever had a great idea? A quick guess tells me you have. Most people come up with good ideas all the time, but few of us have the ability or knowledge to execute them.

But what if it wasn't such a struggle? What if you could enter your idea in a database; let someone else bring it to life, and receive a profit from their execution? Or what if you could quickly and easily find someone to help you and work on it with you?

What if I told you that this service actually exists?

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August 4, 2014

Startup of the Week - Switch Video

Did you know that people only remember about 10% of what they read? Whereas if you combine that text with images and tell that story visually, people are able to retain 68% of it. No wonder Switch Video is so successful! Andrew Angus is the co-founder and CEO of both Switch Video, and a new company that has sprung out of this success -- Switch Merge.

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July 28, 2014

Startup of the Week - Preo

Have you ever gone out for a drink where you end up waiting inhumane hours just to put in and receive your order, only to discover that your seat has been taken while waiting in line? Well your prayers have been heard. Richard Liang is the CEO of Preo -- an app where you simply add your order on your smartphone, and it notifies you when your order is ready to pick up at the bar. This is allowing you to just sit down and relax with your friends, not having to spend any time waiting in line.

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July 21, 2014

Startup of the Week - Rallyteam

In large organizations you will find a lot of competent people with different skillsets, but in some organizations you will find that these skills are not being fully utilized. This is where Rallyteam comes in. Huan Ho and Dan Ellis are creating a platform that helps organizations connect employees with the right skills to teams that need help.

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July 14, 2014

Startup of the Week - University Beyond

Editors note: We’re launching a new concept called Startup of the Week, where we feature awesome startups. Why are we doing this? Easy -- we love startups and want to see them shine! Know of a killer startup that deserves a place in the spotlight? Email us!

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July 1, 2014

Videos from Startup Funding 2.0: Accelerators, Syndicates, Online Platforms and Emerging Seed VCs

On June 26th we produced an event for the Foundersuite community and for the San Francisco startup community at large. The title was "Startup Funding 2.0-- the Brave New World of Early Stage Finance" and the theme was that the market for startup funding is changing fast, and changing dramatically. We were fortunate to have the main "change makers" join us for the evening and drop some really solid knowledge. Enjoy!

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March 24, 2014

How To Rock Your Fundraising Using Investor CRM - Step One: Making It Social

Are you raising money? Or are you thinking about raising money in the next 6-8 months?

We recently released a new version of our fundraising tool called “Investor CRM” which is a visual dashboard for collecting investors, managing discussions, and keeping track of to-dos and action items.

It also has a “social layer” so your team, advisors, attorneys, and others can work on your fundraising with you.

Here’s how to use it:

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March 20, 2014

Expectations v. Reality: Life As Startup CEO

Note: this article originally appeared on a blog I highly recommend!

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March 5, 2014

Videos from Startup BD #3: Atlassian, Spotify, Pinterest, Facebook, Foundersuite, Automattic, MessageMe, DocuSign, FitStar

We recently produced the final in a series of three conferences titled "Startup BD: Hacking The Strategic Partnership."

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December 16, 2013

Videos from Startup BD #2: Stripe, Quixey, Dropbox, SocialWire, AirPair, ex-Path

We recently produced the second in a series of three conferences titled "Startup BD: Hacking The Strategic Partnership."

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November 14, 2013

This Is What Startup Looks Like // Incubator and co-working edition

We are running a series of posts showing “candid shots” of startup life.  Do you have an interesting office or workspace?  Send us a picture:  info <at> foundersuite <dot com> 

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October 18, 2013

Videos from Startup BD: Hacking The Strategic Partnership 10/10/2013

We recently produced the first in a series of three conferences titled "Startup BD: Hacking The Strategic Partnership."

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September 10, 2013

This Is What Startup Looks Like (episode 3)

This is the third installment in this series.  For more startup office fun, see Episode One and Episode Two.  

Do you have an unique startup workspace?  Send a pic to: info <at> foundersuite <dot com>

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August 23, 2013

This Is What Startup Looks Like (episode 2)

Ed. Note: as mentioned previously, we are running a series of posts showing "candid shots" of startup life.  Do you have an interesting office or workspace?  Send us a picture:  info <at> foundersuite <dot com> 

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August 13, 2013

This Is What Startup Looks Like ep. #1

Editor's note: we are starting a new series called "This Is What Startup Looks Like" that aims to document the wide spectrum of startup office life...from the solopreneur renting a cheap desk in a crowded co-working space, to the overfunded startup with onsite yoga and a gourmet kale chip bar... and everything in between.  

If you have an interesting startup workspace, we'd love to feature you.  Just email a decent-resolution photo to info <at> foundersuite <dotcom> and we will do our best to include you.  We prefer candid shots-- e.g. see the team at Clef below-- vs. empty rooms or staged photos.  Thanks and fire away! 

-- Nathan

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July 17, 2013

Hacking The Launch Conference Circuit

Note: this article was originally published on the blog.

We launched Foundersuite in June of 2013 with nearly 800 startups on our platform, several strategic partnerships, and press coverage by VentureBeat.

Nearly all this traction came from hustling, pitching, and “launching” a


t 5 different startup events, at a total out-of-pocket cost of $883.

Here’s how we did it.  You can do it too.

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June 27, 2013

Foundersuite Origin Story Part Deux

(aka how a missed opportunity and a failed deal with Steve Blank led to the creation of Foundersuite)

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February 10, 2013

Putting Myself Out Of Business (aka Foundersuite origin story)


It was Spring of 2001, and I was in grad school, working hard to launch a software startup.  We had just inked a deal with MD Anderson Cancer Center, a huge hospital network in Texas, to commercialize the software they had developed internally to run clinical trials.  As graduation approached, we started meeting with investors and talking to potential customers.  Interest levels were running high all around.

It was heady times-- we were about to enter a huge, deep-pocketed market, backed with the brand association of one of the most renowned clinical testing institutes in the world.

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