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Congratulations to the Founder Showcase Winner: Mighty Meeting

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Posted by The Founding Member on 2010-01-16

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MightyMeeting, a cross platform presentation company, won top pitch at the Founder Showcase in Silicon Valley last night by open ballot. Dmitri Tcherevik, CEO of Mighty Meeting, brought the 200 person audience to surprise applause in the middle of the three minute pitch. Dmitri showed the ability of MightMeeting to quickly upload, share and control both a projected and online presentation with a few gestures from an iPhone. See below:

MightyMeeting is a cloud-based service that can be used to manage a private library of presentations in multiple formats. This library can be accessed from a range of mobile devices, such as the iPhone, iPod Touch or Android phones. The presentations are shared through email, blogs, Twitter or Facebook. Users can start, join or control web conferences directly from their own mobile device. The solution is optimized to work over 3G wireless networks and does not require Flash in the browser.

As the Founding Member of TheFunded, I have been using and showing the Mighty Meeting software all day. It converts graphically rich PowerPoint presentations perfectly, which is my gripe with other services. There's no uploading required either, just email presentations to your own address at the domain. It's surprisingly good, and I strongly recommend that you try it. Here's another favorable review from TechCrunch:

MightyMeeting Lets You Conduct PowerPoint Presentations From Your Smartphone

The Founder Showcase is a quarterly event that helps to democratize access to Silicon Valley for seed stage companies. Thank you to everyone who attended the event and to the sponsors who helped support the evening: Sun Startup Essentials and Cooley Godward Kronish.

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Mark Suster at the Founder Showcase: Raise Money Now... While You Can

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Posted by Jonathan Greechan on 2011-06-24

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At our 7th Founder Showcase on Wednesday in San Francisco, Mark Suster, Partner of GRP Partners and Writer of Both Sides of the Table, gave a great Keynote Speech titled "Getting Funded in a Frothy Market."

In the talk he goes on record saying that, "Duh, we're in a bubble," and that entrepreneurs need to get funding now so they can survive the cycle. In normal funding cycles, it can take 3-5 months to raise capital - but in this cycle "it seems like that's the number of days it takes." And, "When the hor dourve tray is passed, take two, and put a third in your pocket... You don't know when it will be back around." He goes on to describe the best methods to raise capital in this "frothy" market, because, "When the party ends, everybody goes home. But that's the most awarding time to be an entrepreneur - provided that you have money."

Some other notable quotes;
- "Nobody at the party likes the sober guy telling everybody how stupid they're being... I don't want to tell you that the party is going to end, but it is."
- "We're in a bubble, and you can quote me on that."
- "The best thing that's happened in our industry is the emergence of micro-VC's, or seed-stage funds. This the best source for most early stage companies."
- "There is no such thing as a "Super Angel." That is marketing BS. You're an angel is if you're investing your own money. You're a VC if you're investing other people's money. VC's have a fiduciary responsibility to maximize value for their investors. As an angel you have a right to have passion projects."
- "It is a myth that you are going to raise $500k and build a billion dollar company. I'm not saying it can't happen, but you can also win the lottery."
- "In the era of social networks, if you can't figure out how to get access to a VC, hang up your cleats now. You don't pass the IQ test."
- "VC's want the 4 Ms: Management, Market, Money (we want to own enough of your company to make a difference), and Momentum."
- "The decreasing number of VC's is a ticking time bomb... or a better analogy: a brick wall."
- "Go get yourself funded... In the last 3 cycles the companies that didn't raise money were not the ones still around to tell the story."

You can watch the full video at the links below:

http://t.co/6bjQVOi on the Founder Institute
http://tcrn.ch/jgLEXc on TechCrunch

The Founder Showcase is hosted by the Founder Institute, which is accepting applications to the Silicon Valley program until next Wednesday, June 22nd. Click here to apply.

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Complete Set of Founder Friendly Legal Docs

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Posted by The Founding Member on 2009-09-29

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TheFunded has produced founder-friendly versions of every legal document necessary to launch a new startup. These documents were carefully written from scratch to keep founders in control of the companies that they create.

-- Bylaws
-- Certificate of Incorporation
-- Initial Stockholder Consent
-- Invention Assignment Agreement
-- Restricted Stock Purchase Agreement
-- Indemnification Agreement
-- Initial Board Consent
-- Action by Incorporator
-- Plain Preferred Term Sheet

Please help by sharing these documents with anyone that you know who is launching a startup, and borrow some of the founder protections for your own company from the Certificate of Incorporation.

Enjoy!

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The Blacklist

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Posted by The Founding Member on 2009-03-20

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In response to overwhelming Member demand, TheFunded.com has introduced a list of banned investors and added functionality for Members to ban funds. Any banned investor will have their organization and team members removed from all leaderboards on TheFunded.com, though information on the investor will still be available by search with a warning message posted to any readers. Offending investors have already been deleted from this week's top rated VC list.

Investors are added to this 'blacklist' for one of three reasons (1) suspicious review activity, (2) not making new investments, or (3) threatening Members or TheFunded.com with litigation. Funds with suspicious reviews, normally resulting from CEOs being pressured to write positive remarks, will be automatically cleared from the blacklist after 90 to 120 days. Funds marked as not making new investments can be cleared from the list by sending proof of a completed investment in a new portfolio company within the last four weeks. Lastly, any fund threatening legal action will be cleared from the list within 90 to 120 days of the last threat or the lawsuit being dropped.

In these difficult economic times, the stakes are higher for everyone. It is critical to have accurate information available to all parties, from limited partners to entrepreneurs. TheFunded.com asks all 10,786 Members to eliminate investors that do not warrant a place on the leaderboards. Share the information that you have today, and let us really know who is good, who has money, and who has the right intentions. Enjoy!

Members, read the Private section for some simple banning instructions.

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The Un Funded

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Posted by The Founding Member on 2008-04-07

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A few people have contacted TheFunded.com about a new site, TheUnFunded.com. TheFunded.com has no affiliation with the property nor any knowledge of its operations. TheFunded.com does not condone any tool that makes it harder for qualified entrepreneurs to raise growth capital. Venture capitalists rate entrepreneurs each and every day in pitch meetings around the world, and, through this process, the majority of entrepreneurs still find it difficult or impossible to secure necessary growth capital. A number of well-known venture capitalists have proposed the idea of rating entrepreneurs, and they have clearly taken the initiative into their own hands while infringing on TheFunded.com branding and trademarks. This post will be updated as we learn more about the site origin...

Update at 5:00 PM PST: A VC just wrote in to us that his fund was able to apply, get approved, and make a post on TheUnFunded. Supposedly, the system works differently in that a moderator must approve each post before it goes live. VentureBeat is reporting that TheUnFunded is a joke, but it would then be an expensive joke to have a fully functioning ASP back-end (our system is written in Ruby on Rails, BTW). More to come...

Update on April 7: It turns out that TheUnFunded.com is an elaborate April Fool's joke. See the link below:

http://redeye.firstround.com/2008/04/...

The good news is that the VC behind the humor of TheUnFunded.com, Josh Kopelman of First Round Capital, has nicely agreed to give the domain name and the technology to TheFunded.com. Ideas are welcome for what to do with the domain. It might make sense, for example, to launch a beginner's guide to getting funding at the domain...

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Dow Jones

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Posted by The Founding Member on 2008-02-03

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A number of Members and media organizations have written in about a recent mass mailing by Dow Jones:

TITLE: "Join the funded to see what's really going into term sheets right now"

BODY: "For just $295, you can ensure you end every round of venture financing with the best (and safest) term sheet possible with the new fifth edition of the Venture Capital Deal Terms Report from Dow Jones."

To be clear, this is not a product affiliated with TheFunded.com. It appears to be a marketing initiative by Dow Jones to capitalize on media attention that the new Terms section has received. TheFunded.com does not charge qualified CEOs or Founders any money to join the site. A summary of terms is available for free to all Members, and Members can view detailed term sheets for free if you post terms that you have received since 2006. Apologies if there was any confusion, and enjoy!

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Superstar Leaderboard

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Posted by The Founding Member on 2007-11-10

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TheFunded.com has culled through the numerical data to produce a quick leaderboard for the upcoming Superstars of Venture Capital selection on November 15th. This does not include analysis of written feedback. Drumroll, please:

-- Score: 29 - Fred Wilson - Union Square Ventures, Partner
-- Score: 24 - Michael Kim - Rustic Canyon Ventures, Partner
-- Score: 20 - Jim Armstrong - Clearstone Venture Partners, Managing Director
-- Score: 15 - Jed Katz - Draper Fisher Jurvetson Gotham Ventures, Managing Director
-- Score: 15 - Mike Brown - Foundation Capital, Principal
-- Score: 15 - David Aronoff - IDG Ventures Boston, General Partner
-- Score: 15 - Mark S. Menell - Rustic Canyon Ventures, Partner
-- Score: 14 - Rob Theis - DCM-Doll Capital Management, General Partner
-- Score: 14 - Peter Bell - Highland Capital Partners, Venture Partner
-- Score: 14 - Jonathan A. Flint - Polaris Venture Partners, L.P., Managing General Partner
-- Score: 14 - Nate Redmond - Rustic Canyon Ventures - Partner
-- Score: 13 - Peter Flint - Polaris Venture Partners, L.P., General Partner
-- Score: 10 - Kevin Lalande - Austin Ventures - Principal
-- Score: 10 - Tracy S. Warren - Battelle Ventures, L.P., General Partner
-- Score: 10 - George Zachary - Charles River Ventures, Partner
-- Score: 10 - Brook H. Byers - Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers, Partner
-- Score: 10 - Gordie Nye - Prism Venture Partners, General Partner
-- Score: 10 - William D. Porteous - RRE Ventures, General Partner
-- Score: 10 - David Carlick - VantagePoint Venture Partners, Managing Director
-- Score: 9 - Ajay Agarwal - Bain Capital Ventures, Managing Director
-- Score: 9 - Benjamin Nye - Bain Capital Ventures, Managing Director
-- Score: 9 - Bill Tai - Charles River Ventures, Partner
-- Score: 9 - Bill Elkus - Clearstone Venture Partners, Founder and Managing Director
-- Score: 9 - Howard Hartenbaum - Draper Richards, LP, Geneal Partner
-- Score: 9 - Alain Hanover - Navigator Technology Ventures, LLC, CEO/Managing Director
-- Score: 9 - Todd Dagres - Spark Capital, General Partner
-- Score: 9 - Enrique Godreau III - Voyager Capital, Managing Director

Members, read on...

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Anyone Can Pitch Onstage at the Founder Showcase (20% Off)

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Posted by jonnystartup on 2014-05-07

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The 15th Founder Showcase is just a few days away, taking place on Thursday, May 15th in Mountain View. This is TheFunded.com's startup pitch and networking event, where we gather great speakers and investors to help early-stage entrepreneurs.

At this event, anyone who purchases a ticket has an opportunity to pitch on stage in front of hundreds of investors, founders, and press.

That’s right. In addition to the six companies who will be competing on stage in the Pitch Competition, all attendees get to participate in the CrowdPitch Competition. All you have to do is purchase a ticket and submit your one-sentence company pitch for a chance to present on stage. No other event offers so much!

Get your tickets before they sell out at http://foundershowcase.com/tickets. Use the code 'friends_of_thefunded' to get a 20% discount.

Confirmed to speak at the event are Mitch Kapor (Founder of Lotus Development, Kapor Capital & Kapor Center for Social Impact, and PC Industry Pioneer), Mike Maples Jr. (Managing Partner at FLOODGATE, and the #14 Top Tech Investor in the world by Forbes), and Thomas Korte (Founder of AngelPad, one of the world's leading startup accelerators).

In addition, investor panelists include Manu Kumar (K9 Ventures), James Cham (Bloomberg Beta), Alex Gurevich (Javelin Venture Partners), Boris Wertz (Version One Ventures), Aydin Senkut (Felicis Ventures), Frank Chen (Andreessen Horowitz), Jeff Richards (GGV Capital), and more.

Guests will mingle over appetizers and drinks in a networking hall, and all attendees get free access to the exclusive Founder Showcase Casino Afterparty at NASA Ames!

We hope you will join us!

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Join Mitch Kapor, Mike Maples Jr, and Thomas Korte at the Founder Showcase on May 15th

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Posted by jonnystartup on 2014-05-07

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The Founder Showcase is TheFunded.com's pitch and networking event for seed-stage startups and investors.

On May 15th, we will host the 15th Founder Showcase in Silicon Valley, and welcome an impressive lineup of speakers to our stage;



Mitch Kapor, Founder of Lotus Development & PC Pioneer


Mitch Kapor has been a pioneer in personal computing for more than 30 years. He is widely known as the Founder of Lotus Development. In addition, Mitch was the Founding Investor in UUNET, Co-Founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and a Founding Chair of the Mozilla Foundation, and a Founding Investor and Chair in Linden Research. At the Founder Showcase, Mitch will talk about building technology companies that generate both economic value AND positive social impact.


Mike Maples, Jr., Managing Partner at FLOODGATE


Mike Maples, Jr. is the managing partner of FLOODGATE, and was recently named the #14 Top Tech Investor in the world by Forbes. His early investments include Twitter, Chegg, ng:moco, IMVU, Gowalla, Kno, YuMe Networks, TaskRabbit, Kongregate, BranchOut, and many more. Before his investment career, Mike co-founded Motive, Inc., the world’s leading broadband software company in 1997, and oversaw its growth through the “dot-bomb” to a successful IPOs in 2004.



Thomas Korte, Founder of AngelPad


Thomas Korte is the founder of AngelPad, a startup accelerator based in San Francisco and New York. AngelPad was named by MIT’s 2014 Accelerator Research as the #3 U.S. Accelerator, and Forbes Magazine called AngelPad a “TOP 5 Global Accelerator” in 2012. AngelPads exits include Mopub ($350m to Twitter), Adku (Groupon), and Astrid (Yahoo), among others. Prior, Thomas worked at Google for 7 years staring in 2002..


We hope you will join us.

TheFunded readers get 20% off here.

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Raising a Seed Round? Apply to TheFunded.com's Free Pitch Competition (Deadline is Sunday)

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Posted by jonnystartup on 2014-04-24

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The Founder Showcase is a 100% free pitch competition hosted by TheFunded.com. While most other similar events feature companies raising their Series-A, we go one step earlier, as our presenters are all less than two years old and have raised less than $250,000 in funding. As a result, we pride ourselves in showcasing early-stage companies before anybody else (pun intended).

Now in its 15th edition, we are proud to announce that previous Founder Showcase Contestants have now raised over $130 million. Past contestants include companies like Udemy, Relay Rides, Thumbtack, Kaggle, and many more. See our Founder Showcase Hall of Fame here.

Are you the founder of an early-stage startup looking to get exposure and funding? Applications to the 15th Founder Showcase are due on Sunday, April 13th. Apply today for free

The 15th Founder Showcase will take place on Thursday, May 15th in Silicon Valley, and gather over 400 startup investors, founders, and press. In addition to the always entertaining pitch competition, the event will feature talks from leading startup entrepreneurs and investors, as well as a series of educational workshops for early-stage founders (TBA). Early-Bird tickets available until April 25th: Click here to purchase yours today.

The Founder Showcase is an event hosted by TheFunded.com and the Founder Institute.

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Founder Showcase Scheduled for May 15th. Pre Sale Tickets Available Now

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Posted by jonnystartup on 2014-02-12

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Hosted by TheFunded.com, the Founder Showcase is Silicon Valley's leading seed-stage startup event, gathering top technology founders and investors to hear and learn from leading experts, and help launch promising new companies to greatness.

The 15th edition of the Founder Showcase is scheduled for Thursday, May 15th at the Microsoft Campus in Mountain View.

Pre-Sale Tickets (up to 50% off) are available until February 28th, so get your tickets or table today.

If you've never been to a Founder Showcase, here is how it works; 

First, we get the top figures in Silicon Valley to discuss pressing topics in startups and venture capital. In our 14-event history, we've been truly honored by some of the names who have graced our stage - including Elon Musk, David Sacks, Phil Libin, Keith Rabois, Chris Dixon, Mark Suster, Kevin Rose, and Naval Ravikant, just to name a few. You can check out some videos from past events here.

Second, we have a 100% free pitch competition completely geared towards seed-stage companies. How is this different from other pitch competitions? Well, most other events feature companies raising their Series-A, but we go one step earlier, as our presenters are all less than 2 years old and have raised less than $250,000 in funding. In other words, we give you the chance to see some of the most interesting companies of tomorrow before anyone else. Our alumni have gone on to raise over $75 million in funding, and include companies like Udemy, Relay Rides, Thumbtack, Kaggle, and many more.

Finally, we have networking with over 400 startup founders, investors and press from all over the world, and an energy brought by our emcee Adeo Ressi (Funding Member of TheFunded.com) that no other event can match.

This all gets mixed into one action packed afternoon and evening, so you can go get back to work building great companies. 

We hope you will join us on May 15th!

Get your Pre-Sale Tickets Now, or learn more at www.FounderShowcase.com

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How to Wire the Silicon Valley Mindset Into Your Community

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Posted by jonnystartup on 2013-11-13

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The Founder Institute, which spun out of TheFunded.com, was built with an underlying core belief;

Silicon Valley is not a place. It’s a mindset.

In order to help local community leaders wire the Silicon Valley mindset into their communities and plant sustainable seeds for innovation, we recently released an infographic that outlined four steps;

1. Accept Failure
Entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley fail more than entrepreneurs anywhere else in the world, but it is their “ability to fail” that helps them ultimately take risks and succeed. When a culture can accept and mitigate the risks of failure — both financially and socially, and through both public policy and social constructs — then entrepreneurship can prosper and true creativity can be unleashed.

2. Embrace Your Geeks
Every community has super-smart people, but in most places, they are dispersed across separate industry circles and rarely interact. Silicon Valley “geek culture” is inclusive, open minded, diverse, and quirky. Why? Because smart people generally share one common trait — they are creative. Implement and encourage creative projects in your community to attract, gather, and support your geek culture.

3. Create Networks of Capital
Yes, Silicon Valley has the brand name VCs, but more importantly it has vast, informal networks of angel investors that pool their money to seed promising projects. AngelList’s “Syndicates” is a step toward formalizing these networks, but the more you can tap into, educate, and gather existing networks of wealth around startups, the better your ecosystem will be. In the end, if great companies are built somewhere, the capital will follow.

4. Foster Collaboration
Above all else, Silicon Valley is an amazingly tight-knit and collaborative culture. People of all skill sets, backgrounds, and experiences get together almost nightly here to share ideas, best practices, and metrics, and to provide each other feedback. Why? Because we understand that helping each other and sharing expertise leads to faster iteration, more efficient innovation, faster market growth, and ultimately a larger pie for all.

Entrepreneurs have so much to gain by working together, because ideas don’t matter — execution does. Forget the NDAs, and stop creating “competitions.” Instead, start creating ways for people to collaborate and share knowledge with the next generation of founders. It will make your community infinitely more successful.

Want to Bring this Mindset to Your Community?
The Founder Institute helps local leaders create sustainable startup ecosystems using these Silicon Valley best practices.

Learn more here.

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The Founder Institute: 1000 Companies, 10,000 Jobs, $5bn Estimated Portfolio Value. and Growing...

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Posted by donAdeo on 2013-11-07

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As you may or may not know, the Founder Institute, an entrepreneur training and startup launch program that I founded 4.5 years ago, was born through TheFunded.com. In fact, the inspiration to start the Institute came from observing the struggles of early-stage entrepreneurs on this site, and the original curriculum for the program was actually crowdsourced from TheFunded.com's members.

Today I have some exciting news to share on the state of the Founder Institute. With the recent graduations of the Summer 2013 Semesters, we have just eclipsed 1000 companies launched.

Anthony Ha covered the story on TechCrunch here.

In total, through chapters across 55 cities, 30 countries, and 6 continents, we have now launched 1,003 Graduate Companies with;


  1. 1,114 Graduate Founders and Co-Founders
  2. An estimated portfolio value in excess of $5 billion
  3. Six exits or liquidity events (public exits include Shopalize and Gridblaze)
  4. Over 10,000 jobs created
  5. 89.5% Graduate companies still operating (versus 115 companies dissolved)
  6. 73.5% Graduate companies operating at or ahead of schedule (versus 146 companies with Founders still employed or companies struggling)

But we are not stopping there. In just the last two weeks we launched chapters in Munich and Portland, we are currently accepting applications in over 20 cities, our pipeline is filled with potential new city launches (specifically Dublin, Tokyo, Nairobi, Bangkok, Baltimore, Seoul, Manila, and Tomsk), and we have several semesters currently in session as well.

Our goal?

To “Globalize Silicon Valley” and help promising entrepreneurs launch companies that will create over 20,000 new jobs per year by 2020.

If you want to help foster entrepreneurship on a global scale, then Launch a Founder Institute Chapter in your local city.

Or, if you want to join a growing network of global entrepreneurs and launch an enduring company through structured training courses, practical business-building assignments, and expert feedback from a large network of business mentors, then Apply to the Founder Institute today.

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BeforeWeDo Wins 14th Founder Showcase with a Mission to Reduce the $16bn STD Burden in the U.S.

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Posted by jonnystartup on 2013-08-02

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On Wednesday July 17th, BeforeWeDo won the Founder Showcase Pitch Competition in front of 400 investors, founders, and press in Mountain View, CA. Represented onstage by Founder & CEO, Stefan Broda, BeforeWeDo empowers sexually active people to manage your sexual health at home.

Did you know that there are more than 20 million new sexually transmitted infections per year in the U.S. alone, creating a whopping $16 billion annual burden on our health care system?

BeforeWeDo aims to reduce these numbers and curb STDs by making testing less scary. The company offers an online STD resource, personal health web app, and STD testing-kit delivery serivce for you to manage your sexual health at home, removing the embarrasment and hassle of current solutions. Prior to the Showcase, BeforeWeDo also won Bay Area Startup Weekend, Graduated from the Silicon Valley Founder Institute, and was an official partner with San Francisco Pride

Watch Stefan's flawless pitch, and expert Judging Panel feedback from Manu Kumar (K9 Ventures), Noah Doyle (Javelin Venture Partners), Jon Soberg (Blumberg Capital), James Cham (Bloomberg Beta), and Ho Nam (Altos Ventures), below: 

In particular, Stefan received glowing feedback from Noah; 

"I admire the capital efficiency. This is the way healthcare businesses need to be built. Through a market-testing, capital-efficient, iterative fashion, rather than the traditional method of multiple rounds of funding before there is any revenue. You are a new model for the modern healthcare plight." - Noah Doyle, Partner at Javelin Venture Partners

Coming in second place as the official runner-up was Friend Trusted, a web and mobile app that helps people shop and compare home improvment estimates. You can see the video of Co-Founder Brenton Marrelli's pitch here. 

Other companies who presented on stage at the event included:


  • InstaNext: InstaNext Inc provides an enterprise apps platform using a modern approach that makes it possible for large enterprises to stay current with technology.
  • Slidefish: Slidefish simplifies the process of getting feedback on presentations and documents, delivering those documents to any browser on device with any OS while letting you measure document engagement.
  • Pouch: Pouch is a mobile loyalty & marketing application.
  • PriceHub: Don’t overpay for your next used car - use PriceHub to research the real price based on what others really paid.
  • Knightscope: Knightscope is developing self-driving robots to help organizations reduce costs and fight crime more effectively with automated alerts of suspicious behavior.
  • Camperoo: Camperoo makes planning children's activities easier for parents, while giving providers more exposure to parents and campers who have interest in their camps.

    For more information on the Founder Showcase, visit http://foundershowcase.com.

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Anyone Can Pitch Onstage at Wednesday's Founder Showcase (20% Off)

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Posted by donAdeo on 2013-07-15

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The 14th Founder Showcase is just hours away, taking place on Wednesday July 17th in Mountain View. This is TheFunded.com's startup pitch and networking event, where we gather great speakers and investors to help early-stage entrepreneurs.

At this event, anyone who purchases a ticket has an opportunity to pitch on stage in front of hundreds of investors, founders, and press.

That’s right. In addition to the six companies who will be competing on stage in the Pitch Competition, all attendees get to participate in the CrowdPitch Competition. All you have to do is purchase a ticket and submit your one-sentence company pitch, and then on Tuesday, July 16th we will select one winner, who will get to pitch for 3 minutes onstage to a panel of experts. No other event offers so much!

Get your tickets before they sell out at http://foundershowcase.com/tickets. Use the code 'friends_of_thefunded' to get a 20% discount.

This event will feature a series of practical, “How-To” workshop talks from leading experts designed to help seed-stage entrepreneurs, including;


  1. "The Six Basic Questions for your Startup", by Phil Libin, Co-Founder & CEO of Evernote
  2. "How to Create Addictive Products, and the Psychology Behind How Products Form User Habits", by Nir Eyal, Acclaimed Business Writer & Advisor
  3. "The Founder Matching Workshop: How to Find the Ideal Co-Founder Match", by Joe Abraham, Author and Founder of BOSI Global

In addition, we will have six inspiring companies pitching on stage to a panel of top investors, a demo hall full of other hot startups, and a special casino-themed "Showcase Showdown" Afterparty at NASA! (free for attendees).

We hope you will join us!

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Just Two Weeks Until the Founder Showcase (20% Off Here)

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Posted by jonnystartup on 2013-07-03

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The 14th Founder Showcase is just two weeks away, taking place on Wednesday July 17th in Mountain View. This is TheFunded.com's startup pitch and networking event, where we gather great speakers and investors to help early-stage entrepreneurs.

We are expecting over 400 global startup founders, investors, and press in attendance, so get your tickets today before they sell out at http://foundershowcase.com/tickets. Use the code 'friends_of_thefunded' to get a 20% discount.

This event will feature a series of practical, “How-To” workshop talks from leading experts designed to help seed-stage entrepreneurs. Speakers at the event include;


  1. Phil Libin, Co-Founder & CEO of Evernote
  2. Nir Eyal, Acclaimed Business Writer & Advisor
  3. Joe Abraham, Author and Founder of BOSI Global

In addition, we will have six inspiring companies pitching on stage to a panel of top investors, and a couple dozen more interesting companies showcasing their products in the demo hall. There will be plenty of networking time to meet and socialize with like minded peers and investors. In all, we expect over 400 people in attendance, including over 150 investors.

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Apply to Pitch at the Founder Showcase (Deadline is Friday)

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Are you a seed-stage startup looking for funding or exposure?

Then apply to the Founder Showcase, TheFunded.com's free Pitch Competition, where previous presenters have raised over $75 million.

http://foundershowcase.com/apply

Any company less than two years old with less than $250,000 USD in funding is eligible, but the deadline to apply is Friday, June 14th.

The six finalists will get to pitch at the Founder Showcase on July 17th, in front of hundreds of Silicon Valley investors and press.

Don't miss this opportunity to apply.

For more information, visit http://foundershowcase.com.

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The Startup Liquidity Crunch - Big Companies are to Blame

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Posted by donAdeo on 2013-06-03

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While access to capital, cheap technology, and more have led to the proliferation of many new technology startups, the number of acquisitions has not kept up with the blistering pace. There are many debates as to why, but whatever the cause, the growing popularity of acqui-hires and relative reduction in corporate M&A could lead the startup ecosystem down an ominous path.

Last week I was interviewed by peHUB about this "liquidity crunch", who is to blame, and how it can be fixed. I personally believe that the current startup climate is a house of cards that will collapse if there isn't more corporate M&A.

What do you think? I would love to hear your comments below.

Read the full interview by Connie Loizos here.

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Funding: What's Changed, and What Needs to (By @AdeoRessi)

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Posted by donAdeo on 2013-05-07

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Last month, leading up to our Founder Showcase event, I sent out some of my thoughts on the funding landscape to TheFunded.com's mailing list. I received a lot of great feedback, which I incorporated into the editorial below that was published on Women 2.0 last Friday. I would love to hear your thoughts.

Since 2008, I believe there has been more innovation in the field of funding entrepreneurs than in any other short period in history. Recently, I have been asked by many entrepreneurs, investors, and journalists to provide my thoughts on the last five years, and on where we are headed in the future. Here’s my opinion.

In 2008, as we watched banks fail and governments hand billions to organizations that ultimately stole value, I believe thousands of people around the world came to the same realization: bankers and politicians had led the world into a dark place, while the passionate entrepreneurs who were building value struggled in the shadows. The time had come to focus and support those that build value.

As a result of this thinking, we have seen a massive amount of innovation.

In the five years since the “Great Recession,” the broad field of funding entrepreneurs has changed more than in any other point in human history. There are literally hundreds of changes worthy of discussion, but lets discuss what I believe are the five most important.

Increased Viability of Bootstrapping
Everything a tech entrepreneur needs to build an amazing product or service is now nearly free, eliminating cost as a key barrier to entry for innovation. The free part was born out of the crisis of 2008, when most service providers and technology companies were struggling to stay in business. Everyone from lawyers to hosting companies said to entrepreneurs, “you can sign up and use my service now for free, as long as you agree to pay me later, when you can.” Vendors realized that this was not only good for business, but it was also the right thing to do to help fix the economy.

Now, anyone with a dream that is willing to work hard can build a world-class company at a reasonable cost. And, market forces will continue to reduce the costs, both tangible and intangible, that stand in the way.

Shifting Business of Venture Capital
The venture capital market as we once knew it is dead. The vast majority of the people, the language, and even some of the deal terms, are gone. The amount of money and the volume of deals has declined, opening opportunities for new players to enter the market. The venture capitalists who did survive probably don’t even recognize themselves in the mirror anymore.

With increased competition, the venture capital industry is becoming increasingly founder-friendly as well. Now, the newest partners being hired into firms typically have recent entrepreneurial experience, and we are seeing increasingly favorable deal terms. New firms are being launched that look at differentiating through analytical investment, like Right Side Capital Management, or through services, like Andreessen Horowitz. Many firms are even starting to look like full-fledged consultancies.

Angels to the Rescue
Angel investing has become significantly easier on both sides of the fence, with standardized terms like convertible equity, and tools like AngelList or Gust. For the first time in the last 20 years, the amount of angel investment dollars has surpassed venture capital. And it’s not just a little larger – it’s TWICE as large, and maybe more.

I actually believe angels are pouring over $75 billion per year into startups. I also believe angels are funding the “gap” of the “Series-A crunch”, significantly reducing the impact that I, and many others, predicted. There are hundreds of promising companies being created now that will only ever raise money from angels, which ultimately means lower fundraising and management overhead, and more incentivized team members. This is undeniably a good thing.

Emergence of Crowdfunding
Governments around the world are loosening rules that govern the funding of private companies, supporting a boom for inexperienced investors to finance companies with small amounts of money. Startups will soon be able to advertise that they are seeking an investment and raise money from anyone.

Obviously crowdfunding still faces a ton of challenges, such as preventing the cheaters, the thieves, and the charlatans from stealing the show. However, I believe those that cite the current shortcomings of the JOBS Act (of which there are many) are being shortsighted. It will be a very, VERY, bumpy road, but the potential for change is absolutely massive.

Rebirth of Incubators and Accelerators
In most developed cities around the world, incubators, accelerators, and other programs are being launched to help founders beat the odds. They come in all shapes and sizes, from office rentals to early-stage investors, offering a mix of training, mentorship, investment and services.

The promise of a return is uncertain, not all of these initiatives are created equal, and many will crash and burn – even by the end of this year. But, I think most people who criticize these programs are overlooking a simple, underlying fact: their motive is to help.

You can certainly argue that there are too many incubators (there are), and you can scrutinize the management, philosophy, and financial sustainability of most programs as well. However, of the hundreds, if not thousands, of incubator and accelerator programs that I’ve seen, I can probably count on one hand the number of “bad apple” programs that genuinely try to take advantage of entrepreneurs. At the end of the day, these organizations want to help, and I believe it is the right thing for the ecosystem to support any program that wants to help entrepreneurs succeed. Everything else will work itself out naturally.

So Where Do We Go From Here?
The promise for a bright future is now great, but the reality is still harsh. In particular, the lack of sizable liquidity events or exits is very concerning.

To see greatness emerge from all the innovation we have seen these last few years, there needs to be three big changes to our current situation, in my opinion.

First, the terms of acqui-hire deals need to be standardized, and dozens of these deals need to be completed each month, turning bold founders into millionaires.

Second, large companies sitting on billions in cash need to start buying good companies for tens of millions of dollars, and stop trying to copy the innovation spawned by these fledgling startups.

Lastly, there needs to emerge a thriving secondary market for the strongest startups, allowing founders and employees to take money off the table without going public.

The good news is that I know plenty of great, amazingly talented people working on all of these initiatives, so I am confident that the future is bright for funding entrepreneurship.

P.S. To celebrate the launch of the San Francisco Founder Institute (which I am leading), I will be hosting a number of free events in San Francisco to help aspiring founders improve their ideas, perfect their pitch, and find co-founders. The full event schedule is here - I hope to see you there!

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Keith Rabois Joins as Founder Showcase Keynote to Discuss "The Future of Funding" (20% Off Here)

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The Founder Showcase, now in it's 13th edition, is TheFunded.com's pitch and networking event for early-stage startups and investors. To kick off 2013, the first Showcase of the new year will be an exclusive, investor-focused event centered around the theme: “The Future of Funding".

After announcing our first Keynote Speaker last week (Chris Dixon, Investing Partner at Andreessen Horowitz), I am excited today to announce our second Keynote Speaker: Keith Rabois, Investor at Khosla Ventures.

Keith Rabois joined Khosla Ventures in March 2013. He served as the Chief Operating Officer at Square from August 2010 until January 2013 where he lead the company’s business operations including marketing, communications, business development, distribution, human resources and risk management. Keith specializes in transforming early-stage startups into successful businesses and has deep expertise in the financial services industry and government affairs.

An accomplished executive, entrepreneur and angel investor, Keith has held leadership roles at PayPal, LinkedIn, Slide and began his career practicing law at Sullivan & Cromwell. Keith was an early investor in several high-profile Internet companies including YouTube and currently serves on the board of directors of Yelp (NYSE: YELP) and Xoom (NASDAQ: XOOM). He also holds a JD from Harvard Law School and an undergraduate degree in political science from Stanford University. You can follow Keith on Twitter @rabois, or learn more about him at http://krabois.com.

I look forward to hearing Keith's thoughts about the "Future of Funding" at the event, and I hope you will join us.

As a reader of TheFunded, you get an additional 20% off here.

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Join us to Discuss "The Future of Funding" with Chris Dixon: March 27th, in Mountain View

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Posted by donAdeo on 2013-03-07

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The Founder Showcase, now in it's 13th edition, is TheFunded.com's pitch and networking event for early-stage startups and investors. To kick off 2013, the first Showcase of the new year will be an exclusive, investor-focused event centered around the theme: “The Future of Funding".

What are the most radical trends we are seeing in angel investment and venture capital? Was the dreaded "Series-A Crunch" overblown, or just getting started? How will crowdfunding mature in 2013 and beyond? On March 27th, we will gather top investors to discuss these issues, and provide their thoughts on what to expect for tomorrow.

And, we have just confirmed our first keynote speaker: Chris Dixon, Investing Partner at Andreessen Horowitz. Before recently moving to the Bay Area to become their newest Partner, Chris was a leader of the burgeoning New York City startup scene, where he co-founded, and was the former CEO of two startups; SiteAdvisor (acquired by McAfee in 2006), and Hunch (acquired by eBay in 2011). As an investor, Chris also co-founded Founder Collective, a seed venture fund, where he made early stage investments in GroupMe, Buzzfeed, Betaworks, and MakerBot. He also recently won a Crunchie for "2012 Angel of the Year" to recognize his stellar track record as an angel investor, with a personal portfolio that includes Foursquare, Kickstarter, Stripe, Warby Parker, Pinterest, OMGPOP, Behance, Stack Overflow, and more.

Reduced price tickets for the event end tomorrow, March 8th, and as a reader of TheFunded, you get an additional 20% off here. That's barely $100 a ticket for Founders & CEOs.

I hope to see you there.

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Raising Seed Funds? #FounderShowcase Pitch Applications Due Sunday, February 17th

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Posted by jonnystartup on 2013-02-11

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Are you a seed-stage startup looking for funding or exposure? Then apply to the Founder Showcase Pitch Competition, where previous presenters have raised over $70 million without ever being required to pay a dime. Any company less than two years old with less than $250,000 USD in funding is eligible, but time is running out.

To apply for your chance to present on-stage, click here. The Application Deadline is this Sunday, February 17th. 

The Founder Showcase, hosted by TheFunded.com, is Silicon Valley's Leading Seed-Stage Pitch Event. The 13th Founder Showcase event is now scheduled for Wednesday, March 27th in Mountain View. We are expecting over 350 founders, investors, and press in attendance.

Don't miss this opportunity to apply to this 100%, free pitch competition.

For more information, visit http://foundershowcase.com.

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20% Off Tomorrow's 12th Founder Showcase Event

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Posted by donadeo on 2012-11-06

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The 12th Founder Showcase is taking place tomorrow, Wednesday November 7th, in San Francisco. This is TheFunded.com's startup pitch and networking event, where we help early-stage entrepreneurs get exposure to Silicon Valley.

We are expecting over 600 global startup founders, investors, and press in attendance, so get your tickets today before they sell out at http://foundershowcase.com/tickets. Use the code 'friends_of_thefunded' to get a 20% discount.

At the event we plan to cover some important trends in entrepreneurship and venture capital. Speakers at the event include;


  1. David Sacks, Founder & CEO of Yammer, which recently sold to Microsoft for $1.2 billion
  2. Justin Moore, Founder & CEO of Axcient, which recently was named Silicon Valley's 7th Fastest Growing Company by Inc Magazine
  3. An Investor Panel featuring David Hornik (August Capital), Katherine Barr (Mohr Davidow Ventures), Noah Doyle (Javelin Venture Partners), James Cham (Trinity Ventures), and Jon Soberg (Blumberg Capital)

In addition, we will have eight inspiring companies pitching on stage, and a couple dozen more interesting companies showcasing their products in the demo hall. There will be plenty of networking time to meet and socialize with like minded peers and investors. In all, we expect over 600 people in attendance, including over 200 investors.

For more information, visit http://foundershowcase.com.

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Founder Showcase Adds Justin Moore as Keynote Speaker - Join US on November 7th

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Posted by TheFunded on 2012-10-18

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We are very excited to announce the second Keynote Speaker for the 12th Founder ShowcaseJustin Moore, Founder and CEO of AxcientAxcient is a cloud platform that eliminates downtime and data loss and ensures data application uptime for businesses. Justin will be joining David Sacks (Founder and CEO of Yammer) on stage for what promises to be a great event.

Under Justin's leadership, Axcient has been growing at a three-year rate of 2,462% - no you did not read that wrong - enough to earn the company Inc Magazine's recognition as Silicon Valley’s #7 fastest-growing company. The company currently protects nearly 3 billion files and applications, and provides instant access to the information and systems that keep a business up-and-running. In addition to his work at Axcient, Justin is also a Venture Partner at Thomvest Ventures, where he focuses on enterprise and SaaS investments.

 The Founder Showcase is TheFunded.com's pitch and networking event, gathering over 600 startup founders and investors in San Francisco to launch a promising new company to greatness. The 12th Founder Showcase scheduled for Wednesday, November 7th:  Get your tickets today. Reduced tickets end this Sunday, and TheFunded readers can take an additional 20% off using the code 'friends_of_thefunded.'

We have also added a new feature to our Demo Table Competition. Now, in addition to pitching onstage in front of the crowd, the winner of the Demo Table Competition will also win lunch with the Emcee of the Founder Showcase, Adeo Ressi. There are still a few tables left at http://foundershowcase.com/tables, so get yours today before they sell out. Or, if you'd like to try your luck at winning a free Demo Table, we will be giving four away to people who help us spread the word.Click here for more details.

Hope to see you at the event!

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#FounderShowcase Pitch Applications Due Sunday, Oct 7 - Apply Now

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Posted by jonnystartup on 2012-10-05

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Are you a seed-stage startup looking for funding or exposure? Then apply to the Founder Showcase Pitch Competition, where previous presenters have raised over $45 million without ever being required to pay a dime. Any company less than two years old with less than $250,000 USD in funding is eligible, but time is running out.

To apply for your chance to present on-stage, click here. The Application Deadline is this Sunday, October 7th. 

The Founder Showcase, hosted by TheFunded.com, is Silicon Valley's Leading Seed-Stage Pitch Event. The 12th Founder Showcase event is now scheduled for Wednesday, November 7th in San Francisco. We are expecting over 600 founders, investors, and press in attendance. Confirmed as our first of two Keynote Speakers is David Sacks, Co-Founder & CEO of Yammer, which recently sold to Microsoft for $1.2 billion.

Don't miss this opportunity to apply to this 100%, free pitch competition.

For more information, visit http://foundershowcase.com.

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