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Day 55: Are we back in a Tech bubble?

April 22, 2014 at 7:19 pm

It’s always hard to jump back in after an extended weekend so we won’t overload you today. While you’re on your commute tomorrow morning listen to this recent podcast with Marc Andreessen, Chris Dixon and Benedict Evans on tech valuations. 

Enjoy!

Day 47: FounderFuel Heads to San Francisco

April 9, 2014 at 9:28 am

On Wednesday, 5 of the 45 FounderFuel portfolio companies will head down to San Francisco to pitch at International Demo Day. For the second year in a row FounderFuel, Seedcamp (London) and Startmate (Australia) are joining forces to show the Valley that there are top notch startups located all around the world. In total there will be 17 companies from all corners of the world pitching their companies. This exclusive event is put on in conjunction with AngelList, meaning that you have to be a registered investor in order to attend. Let’s just say the pressure is on! 

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The 5 FounderFuel companies that are attending are:

1. Kiwi Wearables
2. Now In Store
3. Provender
4. Tattoo Hero
5. Transit App

To see a list of the other 12 companies check out the International Demo Day site.

Are you an AngelList registered Investor who will be in the Valley on Thursday? Come see what our companies have to offer! Register here.

Day 16: How to avoid the “Bad Hire”

February 24, 2014 at 5:05 pm

We’re approaching the end of the first month of the Spring 2014 cohort and it’s becoming clear that the teams are really beginning to settle in and get down to business. The first few weeks were all about Mentor Day and “Mentor whiplash”, now they need to crank on their business as hard as they can. To accomplish their goals most of them are growing their teams with full time employees and interns.

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For some this is the first time they’ve ever actively recruited, interviewed and hired employees. This can be quite a difficult and complex process. It gets even more difficult when you’re hiring for a startup since you often have limited funds and perks to offer. 

Today, Techvibes published an article written by Randy Frisch, the COO at Uberflip, about just how much a “Bad Hire” can cost a startup. As the company has grown, Randy made sure to look back and analyze just how much every bad hire has cost them.

He broke it down this way:
- average days a bad hire stayed (52)
- how much salary was lost on those people ($70,000)
- how much man power was wasted (way too much)

Some of his suggestions to avoid a bad hire include:
- to focus on things beyond accomplishments or resumes;
- to look for someone who has demonstrated the ability to commit to past projects or jobs;
- to shorten the length of time you give a new employee to adjust (4 weeks).

But, overall, the best piece of advice that he gives is to trust your gut. 

Here are some other posts that can you help you out in the hiring process:

5 key Attributes to Look for in the Perfect Startup Hire

How to Hire Your First Employees

How to Hire Your First Outsider and Turn Them Into an Insider

AWS is Awesome.

October 10, 2013 at 2:48 pm

We’re very happy to announce that we are officially part of the Amazon Activate program and can offer the Portfolio Package to startups in our accelerator program. This means that startups that go through FounderFuel are eligible for discounts and special offers from Amazon to help them accelerate even faster!

To learn more about Amazon Activate and how it can help your startup (in an accelerator or not), visit their website here

We’re really honoured to be counted among the following accelerators and seed funds:

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New Startup Visa Program Gives Us Even More Fuel

January 29, 2013 at 8:17 pm

Welcome to Canada!

Last week the Canadian government announced a new Startup Visa Pilot Program to encourage startups and their founders to create new jobs and drive economic growth, right here at home! The program will draw innovative immigrant entrepreneurs to Canada and link international entrepreneurs with private sector organizations in Canada that have experience working with startups.

The pilot program will begin accepting applications April 1, 2013 and run for 5 years. To start, the Canadian government has alloted 2750 Visas per year for startup entrepreneurs and their families. If there is demand and early success, the program will become permanent. This means that Canada will become the destination for startups, both at home and abroad, and bring that many more resources to our own back yard, including entrepreneurs, startups and lasting partnerships to foster economic growth and job opportunities.

According to the Canadian Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney, “Our new Startup Visa will help make Canada the desination of choice for the world’s best and brightest to launch their companies.” He added that “Recruiting dynamic entrepreneurs from around the world will help Canada remain competitive in the global economy. Jobs, growth and long-term prosperity remain priorities for the Government of Canada, and this new Start-Up Visa Program underscores our commitment to supporting innovation and entrepreneurship in the Canadian labour market.”

What does this mean for FounderFuel? It means we get to extend our scope even further and welcome companies into our program from anywhere in the world…and then invite them to stay. Althought we have never let international boundaries hinder our application process, this news means that companies from around the world who will become part of our program will be able to apply for the Startup Visa and bring their businesses, families and futures to Canada. All of this is nothing but fuel to make the Canadian startup ecosystem even stronger. We can’t wait to see what’s in store in the coming months!

Learn more and keep up to date with Startup Visa news here

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