5 Months ago I received the acceptance email to the Founder Institute. I had applied just to see if I could get in, once I did I was determined to go even though the class was in Houston. I told my employer who supported me and helped me to get to classes each week.
Founder Institute is run by the great Adeo Ressi. I can't say enough good things about Adeo, he's very tough and has been described as "harsh" and that's because he's interested in helping those who are serious build enduring companies. If you are serious he's your biggest fan and supporter, but if you just thought you might kind of like to start something then it's probably not for you and through the program you'll find that out quickly. If you just needed a little (or a lot) pressure, accountability, and kick in the pants to start building your dream company then FI is for you, roll up your sleeves and apply.
There's no doubt this program will prevent you and your company from making very rookie mistakes. Through a combination of great mentors from companies like Mint, Evernote, TechCrunch, Eyefi, BitTorrent, Like, and many more they teach you each week how to build your company and share lessons learned. You have work to complete each week that's not designed to be just "homework" but make you take steps to build your company. At the end you have a clear vision, and the basics of getting your company off the ground, and the hard work starts.
Founder Institute is a life changing experience if you've been waiting to start a company, run to enroll in a semester now and get busy, there's no better time than now to start. Again, I can't say enough good things about Adeo for some reason I think there's 30 hours in his day for all the things he gets done.
My fellow graduates from Houston.
I'm building a startup called ServiceVines. I live far out from civilization and like it. I get really too excited over tech, economics, and food.