founders

  • Clueless Founder “Hacks” Jason Calacanis’ Voicemail After Spoofing Phone Calls

    Clueless Founder “Hacks” Jason Calacanis’ Voicemail After Spoofing Phone Calls

    I don’t like to bring up these little lapses of judgement (or, in this case, horrendous lapses of reason) but it’s an interesting story and deserves at least a brief mention. An entrepreneur, who shall remain nameless, wanted Jason Calacanis and Tim Ferris to invest in his startup. Instead of emailing the two, the founder spoofed a phone call from Ferris to Calacanis, assuming… Read More

  • CoFoundersLab Looks To Become An OKCupid For Founders Following Acquisition Of Stealth Mode Competitor, Wonpy

    CoFoundersLab Looks To Become An OKCupid For Founders Following Acquisition Of Stealth Mode Competitor, Wonpy

    CoFoundersLab, a matchmaking service for startup founders similar to FounderDating, Founder2be and a host of others has acquired the IP, product and a few relationships from New York-based Wonpy, which was still effectively operating stealth mode. Wonpy’s founder, Erick Brimen, will now join CoFoundersLab as COO and VP of Finance, following the deal. Financial terms were not… Read More

  • How The Huang Brothers Bootstrapped Guitar Hero To A Billion Dollar Business

    How The Huang Brothers Bootstrapped Guitar Hero To A Billion Dollar Business

    Editor’s note: Derek Andersen is the founder of Startup Grind, a 35-city event series hosted in 15-countries that educates, inspires, and connects entrepreneurs. He also founded Commonred (acquired by Income.com) and is ex-Electronic Arts. There are virtually no companies in Silicon Valley that exit north of $100MM or create a billion dollar business, that don’t raise… Read More

  • Founders, ICE And The Rise Of The Entrepreneur Influencers

    Founders, ICE And The Rise Of The Entrepreneur Influencers

    Watching the dawn come up with a bunch of European entrepreneurs on tour in Tel Aviv this week, and hanging out with many of them at the recent F.ounders conference in Dublin, made me realise one thing: these guys just don’t care. They will do anything it takes to make it happen. Their attitude is in stark contrast some of the issues they face. Sometimes, when you look at the dire… Read More

  • Should You Trust Your Gut? The Answer Is Yes.

    Editor’s note: Derek Andersen is the founder of Startup Grind, a 30-city event series hosted in 15-countries that educates, inspires, and connects entrepreneurs. He’s ex-Electronic Arts as well as the founder of Commonred. A few years ago I asked a successful entrepreneur for advice on what I should do with my latest product idea. His reply was simple. “Trust your gut. Read More

  • Which Founders Use FoundersCard? Craig Newmark, Kevin Rose, Leah Busque & 8K Others

    Which Founders Use FoundersCard? Craig Newmark, Kevin Rose, Leah Busque & 8K Others

    In 2009, Eric Kuhn created FoundersCard as a way to give entrepreneurs the same kind of elite programs, perks and networking opportunities traditionally reserved for execs of Fortune 500 companies. By offering discounts on hotels, airfare and business services entrepreneurs and founders use every day — and by throwing good parties — its community of entrepreneurs and founders has… Read More

  • Founder Matchup Service CoFoundersLab Expands Via Acquisition Of Two Competitors

    Founder Matchup Service CoFoundersLab Expands Via Acquisition Of Two Competitors

    CoFoundersLab, a matchmaking service for startup founders along the same lines as FounderDating, but which previously served different markets, is expanding through the acquisition of two competitors. The company is announcing today that it has acquired the West Coast-based TechCofounder.com as well as the East Coast-based FounderMatchup.com. Read More

  • Steve Blank Teaches Entrepreneurs How To Fail Less

    Steve Blank Teaches Entrepreneurs How To Fail Less

    While secretly wanting to be an entrepreneur but working at Electronic Arts, I would sometimes sneak out early and jet to Stanford campus to crash Steve Blank’s entrepreneurial lecture series. Steve literally wrote the book on customer development with “Four Steps To The Epiphany” and now he’s back again co-authoring a 500-page reference guide with Bob Dorf called… Read More

  • Stop Looking For A Technical Co-founder

    Stop Looking For A Technical Co-founder

    “How many of you want to start a company?” David Tisch asked. All hundred hands went up. That’s why we were there, crowded into a Wharton classroom to seek startup advice from an industry luminary. “Keep your hand up if you are technical.” Five hands remained. Maybe six. “Keep your hand up if you are looking for co-founders.” The only remaining… Read More

  • Want To Rent A Founder? Justin Kan’s Exec Is Making That Happen (For Charity)

    Want To Rent A Founder? Justin Kan’s Exec Is Making That Happen (For Charity)

    Justin Kan is a busy guy. The serial entrepreneur is best known as the founder of Justin.tv, the online community that lets users broadcast, watch, and interact around video. Last year, he and team spun-off Twitch.tv, a gaming-focused version of the video streaming site, and the fast-growing Socialcam, which is on a mission to bring mobile video creation to the mainstream. Not one to sit… Read More

  • In The Future, The Business Founder Will Not Be Ignored

    In The Future, The Business Founder Will Not Be Ignored

    The entrepreneurial world loves nothing like a good meme. One of the more recent ones making the rounds from Palo Alto to Paris is that a startup simply can’t get off the ground without a technical founder. Investors, entrepreneurs and tech journalists alike will tell you that if you’re not a whiz kid fresh out of Stanford’s CS program, you are essentially not fundable… Read More

  • Turning Two: FoundersCard Pulls Back The Curtain On Its Membership Community For Entrepreneurs

    Turning Two: FoundersCard Pulls Back The Curtain On Its Membership Community For Entrepreneurs

    The top executives in today’s largest corporations not only travel in style, but they have access to an absurd array of perks while they travel, from awards and complimentary products to discounts on just about everything. On the IPO “road show” for his company VarsityBooks (now part of eFollet.com), serial entrepreneur Eric Kuhn remembers being “amazed” by… Read More

  • Free Startup Tools: An Easy Way For Founders To Set The Terms Of Their Collaboration

    Free Startup Tools: An Easy Way For Founders To Set The Terms Of Their Collaboration

    In this, our third installment of “Free Startup Tools”, we wanted to highlight an agreement launched by Seedcamp, the European startup accelerator, to help startup founders negotiate the early stages of building a company. (You can check out our first post on The Founder Institute’s effort to standardize the founder-advisor relationship and compensation here and the second… Read More

  • DataHug Aims To Map Digital Business Relationships

    When I visited Dublin recently for the F.ounders event, I didn’t even get around to attending the bigger event that was happening alongside it, the Dublin Web Summit. I did, however, get a chance to meet one of the co-founders of DataHug, which won the event’s Spark of Genius startup competition (and a prize package worth €30,000). Founded in late 2009 by former consultants… Read More

  • When It Comes To Founding Successful Startups, Old Guys Rule

    Editor’s note: This guest post is written by Vivek Wadhwa, an entrepreneur turned academic. He is a Visiting Scholar at UC-Berkeley, Senior Research Associate at Harvard Law School and Executive in Residence at Duke University. Last week, he wrote about the need to lift restrictions on H1-B visas. Follow him on Twitter at @vwadhwa. I’ve got a message for all the Silicon Valley… Read More