04 May 2012

We're #27...That's Great!

You've probably never heard of The Founder Institute. Some of you may have, but I bet most of you haven't. Don't feel bad: I only learned about them last year. But since that day, I've been a fan.

In a nutshell, The Founder Institute helps create "meaningful and enduring technology companies." It does so using a four-month "idea to execution" process that even allows entrepreneurs the capacity to launch their new venture while working a job. Their process is not for the wishy-washy toe-dipper: it requires a  healthy dose of commitment and sweat. But the results are often fantastic.

Given the paucity of entrepreneurial resources on My Island--a situation akin to finding monkeys in the Arctic--it is a true pleasure to learn that The Founder Institute is now launching its 27th chapter in Puerto Rico. For what can be considered the first time, We will have a world-class entrepreneurial resource helping Our high-energy start-up folks truly reach their potential. It's like the arrival of Major League Baseball to a sandlot park that looks more like a cattle yard.

Okay, maybe Our entrepreneurial environment is not that bad, but it certainly ain't anywhere near being average. Say a 2 on a scale of 1 to 10. But as Jenius Friend Ramphis Castro--he of TedX San Juan fame--said, this is a game-changer.

Now for those of you who want to participate in The Founder Institute development process, you have until May 13th to complete your submission. Yes, Mothers Day; deal. If you really believe you can create a new company that will change the world, or help others change it substantially, then I urge you to believe in yourself 100% and make your way to the Founder website and toss your name into the ring.

The Founder Institute's goal is to create 1,000 new tech companies a year in 30 cities worldwide. Only those of us who have slogged and slugged and struggled with what passes for an entrepreneurial "process" here can appreciate what this means: a chance to finally stand on the global stage as equal partners. We always had the talent to do so: now We have the toolkit to make it happen.

Let's make it happen, over and over and over again.

The Jenius Has Spoken.

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