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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

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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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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.

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Announcing winners from the beGLOBAL Conference

Korean Startup Swizzle wins a Startup Bootcamp, sponsored by BootstrapLabs

“Bringing Seoul to the Valley”, the beGLOBAL 2014 conference, was held on Sep 12, 2014 at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins hotel in San Francisco. As an Executive Sponsor, BootstrapLabs offered one lucky Korean team a complimentary 2 week Startup Bootcamp for 2 people provided by SV In.Fusion. The winning team was selected based on its ability, desire to learn, and potential benefit for their business to be immersed in Silicon Valley for the duration of the Bootcamp.

SV In.Fusion prize at beGLOBAL 2014

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Congratulations to Swizzle! We are looking forward to working with you in Silicon Valley very soon. Swizzle (swizzle.fm) is a Social Jukebox for parties that makes music sharing much easier by creating collaborative playlists among friends with YouTube music videos.

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Photo credit: beSUCCESS 

“I’m so excited to participate in this great program operated in the core of Silicon Valley. I expect to learn more about Silicon Valley entrepreneurship and improve our product quality dramatically with the 2 weeks intensive course.” says Ian Inyoung Lee, the CEO of Swizzle.

BootstrapLabs was proud to support this year’s beGLOBAL and looks forward to supporting beGLOBAL 2015. The founders of BootstrapLabs remain committed to investing in Korean startups and helping them go global.

beGLOBAL is the annual Global Tech Conference with a Korean touch, organized by beSUCCESS  (the Korean version of TechCrunch) and sponsored by the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning and KISA (Korea Internet Security Agency).  beSUCCESS also organizes beLAUNCH, the top startup conference in Korea, bringing together the best of Tech from the East and West.

beGLOBAL was launched last year to connect Korean startups to Silicon Valley and help them enter the global market by attracting foreign investments. K-Startups had a chance to pitch their products and services in front of high profile, local institutional and strategic investors such as Kevin Hale (Partner at Y Combinator),  Christine Tsai (Managing Partner at 500 Startups), Matt Kaufman (CEO of CrunchBase), Kevin Scott (Managing Director of Silicon Valley Bank) and many others.

Outstanding VIP speakers at beGLOBAL 2014:

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William H. Draper, III General Partner, Draper Richards LP shared his insights on the future of global investing during the Fireside Chat. He is one of America’s first venture capitalists, the founder of several leading firms (including Sutter Hill, Draper Richards and Draper International) and the first Silicon Valley VC to invest globally.  Mr. Draper, a veteran of the Korean War,  has strong ties to Korea.

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Kevin Lin, Co-Founder and COO of Twitch (acquired by Amazon for $970M), shared his story about founding and growing the world’s leading video platform and community for gamers. Since graduating from Yale in 2004, Kevin has worn a variety of hats. In 2008 he joined Justin.tv as COO, where he was instrumental in the launch of its Twitch platform, attracting the site’s larger partners and other activities that helped grow the Twitch brand.

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Ben Huh, CEO of Cheezburger Network & Co-Founder of Circa, has been called one of the 100 most creative people in the business by Fast Company and one of the top 10 virologists by the Daily Beast. The Cheezburger Network, founded in 2007, has been credited with bringing Internet memes to the mainstream and popularizing Internet culture.  Ben credits the success of his company to the users and fans who create the content. His goal is to make the world happy for 5-minutes a day.

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Jorn Lyssegen, CEO & Founder of Meltwater Group, founded his startup in Oslo in 2001, moved the HQ to Silicon Valley and bootstrapped it all the way to over $100 million in revenues without taking any venture capital.   In 2008, he started the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) and the MEST Incubator in Ghana.  The School and Incubator provide training, investment and mentoring for aspiring entrepreneurs with the goal of creating globally successful companies that create wealth and jobs locally in Africa.   Graduates of the program have pitched at TechCrunch Disrupt and been part of the 500 Startups accelerator.

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 250+ people and have raised over $25M of follow-on funding from Angels and VCs in Silicon Valley.

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!

The bootcamp format includes Master Classes taught by experts, immediately followed by Workshops to implement new learnings, and includes a series of immersive activities in Silicon Valley culture – visiting top tech company campuses and meeting with product people, socializing with local entrepreneurs, angels and VCs, stopping by well known coffee shops and diners, as well as visiting city (and geeky) landmarks and museums, local university campuses, etc.

 

SV In.Fusion, in partnership with BootstrapLabs, works directly with foreign startups, their investors, incubators, accelerator, co-working space partners, NGOs and Government agencies around the world to facilitate and accelerate the sharing of Silicon Valley best practices.

 

 

SV In.Fusion September Class

Introducing SV In.Fusion Startup Bootcamp!

SV In.Fusion is a San Francisco-based organization offering the most recent and practical Silicon Valley startup education program in Business, Technology and Design for foreign founders visiting Silicon Valley for a few weeks. SV In.Fusion, in partnership with BootstrapLabs, works directly with foreign startups, their investors, incubators, accelerators, co-working space partners, NGOs and Government agencies around the world to facilitate and accelerate the sharing of Silicon Valley best practices. SV In.Fusion’s Startup Bootcamp is built on the following core pillars: LEARN – During the bootcamp, startups will attend different Master Classes on specific topics. A Master Class is typically a 3 hour lecture given by an expert on specific program topics. SV In.Fusion mentors are fellow Silicon Valley startup founders, senior corporate executives, venture capitalists, angels and/or experts in their field. APPLY – After each Master Class startups will participate in associated workshops where they will put into practice their new skills and work on specific assignments provided by their mentors. IMMERSE – Networking events, dinners with founders, inspirational talks, fireside chats with top venture capitalists, tech company campus visits, conferences, hackathons and more…