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Announcing a new partnership with Seedstars.

SV In.Fusion is proud to announce a new partnership with Seedstars.

SV In.Fusion, with the support of BootstrapLabs, will offer one lucky startup competing in the upcoming Seedstars World Final in Geneva a scholarship to attend the SV In.Fusion Startup Bootcamp in Silicon Valley.

Seedstars Finalist Prize Partner SV In.Fusion

Seedstars World Finalist Prize Partner SV In.Fusion

SV In.Fusion will also extend the invitation to participate in a future bootcamp to all Seedstars startups and give them the opportunity to attend the program with a special discounted price.

At SV In.Fusion we believe that “Silicon Valley can not be replicated… but its culture & best practices can be taught”, and this new partnership with Seedstars will help us to reach out to some of the best startups from emerging countries.

Each entrepreneur that attends the SV In.Fusion program becomes a driving force for change around him/her and their community – bringing what they learn in Silicon Valley back to their local ecosystems, to inspire action and affect change.

About BootstrapLabs

BootstrapLabs is a Global Technology Venture Investment Company for Global Entrepreneurs. Since 2009, BootstrapLabs has invested in foreign born startups such as Prezi, Witsbits, AudioDraft and Zerply, facilitated their relocation in Silicon Valley to build global companies, while maintaining their roots in their countries of origin to access local talent. Today these startups are valued at $500M+, employ 300+ people and have raised over $20M of follow-on funding from Angels and VCs in Silicon Valley.

More at www.bootstraplabs.com

About SV In.Fusion

SV In.Fusion offers a hands-on two week Startup Bootcamp for foreign founders in Silicon Valley taught by experienced local experts. Learn and apply the best tools, techniques & trends Silicon Valley entrepreneurs use everyday to building lean and mean startups!

More at www.svinfusion.com

About Seedstars World

Seedstars World is the most exclusive startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes. It aims to be the number one network for entrepreneurship in the world. Based in Geneva, Switzerland and founded by Alisee de Tonnac and Pierre-Alain Masson, it is supported by the venture builder Seedstars.

More at www.seedstarsworld.com

Welcome 2015

SV In.Fusion wants to wish everyone a

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We hope that 2015 will be full of success and accomplishments in each of your ventures. There are many interesting ideas brewing in our new San Francisco offices and we will be announcing many exciting things throughout the year.

Our next Startup Bootcamp begins on the 23rd of February. We are currently interviewing candidates. If you are a startup entrepreneur interested in a program where you can Immerse, Learn, and Apply the lessons of Silicon Valley, we invite you to apply at the SV In.Fusion website. If you know any entrepreneurs that would benefit from our program, please pass along this information and refer them to us at team@svinfusion.com

For now…any questions?

FAQ:

Why a startup should attend the bootcamp?

Who are the mentors?

Feedback from past bootcamps?

Stay tuned, #DREAMBIG, and don’t hesitate to contact us at info@svinfusion.com

 

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Overheard at the December 2014 Bootcamp

We are well into our 2nd week at the December 2014 Startup Bootcamp. Our teams have heard from investors, developer relations experts, growth hackers and other entrepreneurs who have been in their shoes. Some of the teams have focused their pitches, upgraded their products, implemented new ideas or even pivoted to more specific problems to solve. Everyone has been having a great time and learning plenty (can you say “Drinking from a fire hose”?).

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As we talk to the teams and collect their feedback, here are some of the best things that we have overheard about the program, our mentors and the experience here in San Francisco:

“Overall, I enjoyed the honest, straightforward nature of the talk. It gave a really good impression of both how to interact with VCs, and the level of expertise and preparedness that is expected in this field.”

                                                    “The book recommendations were great – I plan on reading all of them.”

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“I appreciate the honest 1 on 1 advice that he gave.”                                                                                                                                                                             “Everything she said in that short ten minutes of 1-on-1 time was the best thing I have learned so far.”

“The in-depth guide of how PayPal can be integrated into offline transactions was very eye opening.”

“The tour through the Autodesk Gallery was fun, and and inspiring!”

ievaspin                                                            amazonPaul

 

“I didn’t know it rained so much in San Francisco”   – hey! it usually doesn’t :-)

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3 reasons why a startup should attend SV In.Fusion Bootcamp

We talk to many entrepreneurs at startup companies. Some of them are here, in the San Francisco Bay Area, taking advantage of co-working spaces, meetups, pitch competitions, hackathons, networking events, mentors, advisors, investors, and the entire ecosystem that Silicon Valley and San Francisco offers. But other entrepreneurs are spread across the globe, working from their universities, in their communities, or in cramped office spaces. They see some fellow entrepreneurs occasionally, they try to spend a weekend at a startup event, or maybe attend a conference in a nearby city.

“I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.”

– Steve Jobs, Co-Founder and CEO, Apple

We want to reach out to those other entrepreneurs. Everyone knows that running a startup company takes dedication, passion and commitment and that time is one of the most valuable resources. Entrepreneurs have to invest that time wisely, in activities that have the biggest and most immediate paybacks.

And that’s why we think there are 3 reasons why a startup should attend our SV In.Fusion Startup Bootcamp.

LEARN, APPLY, IMMERSE

#1 To Learn. Our Bootcamp will expose you to the tools, techniques, and tips that Silicon Valley entrepreneurs use everyday to build lean and mean companies. SV In.Fusion mentors are fellow Silicon Valley startup founders, senior corporate executives, venture capitalists, angels and all experts in their fields.

#2 To Apply. You will take the new knowledge that you’ve learned and immediately start to apply it to your specific venture. Whether it’s improving your pitch, sharpening your business plan, or getting new opinions on your UI/UX, our team will work with you to put together actionable plans for what you and your team need to do next.

#3 To Immerse. We will introduce you to Silicon Valley founders who will share their experiences with you over a sandwich or cup of coffee. Angel investors, venture capitalists and other investors will listen to your pitch and provide you with their professional opinions. Development workshops at companies like Google, Amazon or Salesforce can give you new ideas. And then there are social events such as meetups, hackathons and informal gatherings are where you might meet an advisor, a partner or just someone with a great idea.

“Silicon Valley can not be replicated… but its culture & best practices can be taught”

We asked some of our SVIF Startup Bootcamp alumni to share their thoughts with us. Here are some of their comments:

“People here are very willing to share, and I learned a lot from those people.”

“The mentor was awesome. His knowledge and the ideas and UX/UI tweaks he shared were very useful for our upcoming SaaS platform.”

“We can’t wait to go back and apply what we learned here.”

Our next Bootcamp starts on December 1st. We encourage you to learn more, reach out and APPLY HERE

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From Silicon Valley with love 10 tips for startup founders

Now that everyone has gone home and the decorations, pizza boxes, and empty bottles from our Stay Foolish Farewell Party have been cleaned up, we wanted to reflect on some of the events that happened and some key lessons shared during our September Startup Bootcamp session.

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Our teams from Malaysia arrived at SV In.Fusion’s working space on Monday September 8th eager and motivated to start learning. Over the course of the next two weeks these entrepreneurs were immersed in a thorough and practical education program in business, technology and design, while getting a view into Silicon Valley, its culture, practices and people.

Eight master classes were conducted by top Silicon Valley mentors on topics ranging from Silicon Valley Culture, Networking, to UX/UI Design,  and Lean Startup methodologies. Other master classes covered Startup Financing, Growth Hacking, Marketing & SEO and more.

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Workshops followed each of the master classes, where we asked the teams to put their new skills into practice and to work on everything from their elevator speeches, pitches, and formal presentations, to their company profiles on social media, their business models and their financial goals. SV In.Fusion and BootstrapLabs worked closely with each team, providing feedback, advice and suggestions.

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SV In.Fusion also brought in top startup founders, industry experts and thought leaders who made presentations and led discussions on finding great partners, customer acquisition, pricing and business models, and hiring & recruiting as your startup grows. The group traveled around San Francisco and Silicon Valley meeting and collaborating with founders, startup advisors, and developer relations resources from companies such as Twitter, Google, Amazon, Facebook, eBay/Paypal, Salesforce and more.

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Our entrepreneurs really had the opportunity to sharpen their pitches and messaging about their companies. Startup Bootcamp included pitch presentations, pitch training and the ability for each team to make presentations during our VC office hours at Andreessen Horowitz, to visiting investors, and finally to the SV In.Fusion / BootstrapLabs community who joined us for our final pitch event at the Stay Foolish Farewell Party on Friday September 19th. 

 Lessons Learned

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A large amount of information was shared with our Startup Bootcamp participants We know that they will be reviewing, contemplating and executing on many of the key lessons they learned. Here are some interesting facts, thoughts and tips that our master class mentors and others shared during the Bootcamp:

  1. Tech startups fail because they lack customers, not funding
  2. Competition: it is ok to be in a competitive space if you have a better solution
  3. A rule of thumb: it is easier to keep a current customer than to acquire a new one
  4. About 50% of your web visitors will not make it past half the article or web page they have landed on
  5. Major steps in the sales/marketing process: Attract -> Convert -> Close -> Delight
  6. Customer lifetime value (CLTV) helps you make important business decisions (sales, marketing, product development, customer support)
  7. NoSQL is hot right now, but unless you have a very specialized application it is recommended that you start with an SQL DB (It’s well worn technology, easy to find trained staff, and you aren’t going to break SQL DBs in your 1st 10M users)
  8. Don’t reinvent the wheel – use SOAs (Service-oriented architectures) to save time and keep you focused on your application
  9. Hire “A” Players, hire people smarter than you
  10. Presentations: the title of each slide is important, many people just read the title
  11. Bonus tip: Remember the “Rules of the Garage”

Coming soon

Our next Startup Bootcamp starts the 3rd of November, 2014. We are currently interviewing candidates. If you are a startup entrepreneur interested in a program where you can Immerse, Learn, and Apply the lessons of Silicon Valley, we invite you to apply at the SV In.Fusion website. If you know any entrepreneurs that would benefit from our program, please pass along this information and refer them to us at team@svinfusion.com.

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Final week for our September Bootcampers

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CK Yap, CTO Shoppertise

CK, what do you think about the bootcamp program so far?
We’ve learned a lot, especially through the collaboration with the mentors. They’ve not only given us high-level concepts but also helped us relate to our experiences back in Malaysia and how we can improve the startup ecosystem back home!

What are your takeaways from your first week?
We’ve met quite a few mentors, among others Stephen Forte from Telerik, with the Masterclass “Lean startup” that I thought was very interesting. We learned that it’s really important to start measuring the growth early on. At Shoppertise, we’re doing e-commerce and so we’ve learned different ways of measuring. A perfect class and learning for our company!

What’s next on the agenda?
We’re participating in a hackathon this weekend and I hope to meet a lot of geeks (just like me!), I feel very excited!

 

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Chern Shue,  Agito Tech

Chern, how has your experience been with our startup program so far?
I’m very grateful to be able to participate in this program and the invitation from BootstrapLabs. The experience has been great, everyone has been very generous and giving, so we’ve been learning a lot – especially from the mentors, who shared with us a little bit about what the Silicon Valley experience is about.

What are your takeaways from the first week?
Not to think too much about doing something but to go ahead and do it. And be very truthful and honest about your expectations.

What are you looking forward to during the last few days?
Do more networking on the entrepreneur level, meet entrepreneurs and hear their stories.

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Vilashiny, Co-Founder Targetzen

Vilashiny, what have you learned attending the bootcamp, so far?
This experience has been very beneficial for our company, to see the difference between how things are done in Malaysia and in Silicon Valley. For example the pith deck, the quality of content, how to communicate. The startup community in Malaysia is growing and there are many things that we are picking up over here.

What kind of feedback have you received?
We’ve gotten a lot of feedback, for instance in our pitch deck today for the investors, we learned that we needed more details in the presentation.

What are you looking forward to during the last few days?
I look forward to learn more, to get more feedback, to network with more people and exchange ideas with developer and partner networks over here.

Checking in with our Malaysian Bootcamp participants

 

We’re checking in to see how the bootcampers are doing this week!

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Benson Chang, Tableapp

How was your first pitch here in the US?

– I was the first to pitch, and so I felt quite nervous. I learned a lot from Ben (Levy) and Luigi (Congedo) as they helped me see what I need to improve.


What are your expectations about the SV In.Fusion Bootcamp?

– I hope I will be able to learn from and connect with other startups in Silicon Valley. I hope that can help us open our mindset to become a global company.

 

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Yi Jun, Splory.my

How was your first pitch here in the US?
– It went well, I was kind of nervous but I’m glad I got it done just in time.

What are your expectations about this bootcamp?
– I hope to learn how startups actually work, this is knowledge that is easily not accessible in my country Malaysia, so I hope to learn as much as possible and to get to know friends.

What is most exciting on the schedule this week?
– Most of the program is really exciting but I’m most excited about going to Google, since is one of the largest companies nowadays and I’m sure I can learn a lot from the visit.

 

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Mugilan Chitambran, Targetzen

What are your expectations about this bootcamp and the week to come?

– I have been looking forward to this for a long time and so I’m very excited, and most of all I’m looking forward to the trip to Google. I want to understand how they motivate their employees to work better, and also their journey; how they started out in a basement and then grew to the gigantic technology company they are today.