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GetLinks Acquires JFDI 2015 Alumnus LetsCatchup

Jul 18, 2016 Uncategorized 0 comments

Gurgaon based social hiring platform LetsCatchup, which graduated JFDI Accelerate in 2015, has announced its acquisition by US based tech-hiring marketplace GetLinks at an undisclosed price. The merger is in line with LetsCatchup’s strategy to take its platform to South East Asia and GetLinks to launch its services for tech talent in India. Launched in 2014, LetsCatchup was…

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Stories We Love: Alum Blog Featuring Pawan of Shareboard

May 23, 2015 Uncategorized 1 comment

Shareboard co-founder Pawan Kumar wrote a blog about his experience at the JFDI 2014B Accelerate Program. He talked about Shareboard’s early days in India and what he learned from going through the JFDI Discover Program, then JFDI Accelerate and finally, Demo Day.    Pawan Kumar (co-founder, Shareboard) pitching at the JFDI Accelerate 2014B Demo Day Life At Accelerator Last summer 2014,…

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Flocations becomes the first JFDI startup to exit

May 2, 2015 Uncategorized 0 comments

Hot on the heels of JFDI’s first startup to raise Series A last week, this week sees another milestone: our first alumnus to exit. It seems like only yesterday that we snapped this picture, the day that JFDI gave Flocations its first round of funding, back in January 2012. Time flies … like a travel…

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The Asian Angle on How to Start a Startup: Episode 3, Paul Graham

Oct 1, 2014 Uncategorized 0 comments

Like many others, we’ve been watching How to Start a Startup in a small study group, following the videos every week as they come out. But we aren’t in Silicon Valley. We’re in Singapore, halfway across the world. Does Y Combinator’s weekly dose of concentrated startup advice, originally designed for a Stanford audience, make sense in…

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Is My Startup Idea Original, Viable?

Oct 31, 2013 Uncategorized 0 comments

An old friend asked recently: “I have an idea. Can we chat? I want to know: is it original? is it viable?” After reviewing almost a thousand applications, the JFDI admissions committee has become hypersensitive to signs of domain expertise. Every batch there are certain popular ideas that multiple teams apply with. Each of those…

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The Bootcamp Blog Begins

Jan 12, 2012 Uncategorized 0 comments

Originally posted on http://bootcamp.jfdi.asia on 3 December 2011 Dear JFDI.2012 Founders, You must be curious – who are you going to be working with? People like yourselves. Geeks, hackers, nerds, autodidacts, polymaths. The kind of people who can whip up something like Markdress in a morning. I’m a fan of Markdown, btw. If you don’t…

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Confidence and Ambition

Dec 23, 2011 Uncategorized 0 comments

Maybe it’s cultural. Americans, particularly the children of the Self-Esteem Generation, are brought up to believe in themselves. Every red-blooded American child grows up believing that he (and she) can one day be President. Other cultures consider that attitude shamefully egotistical. Where’s the humility? Don’t you know your place? Who do you think you are?…

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Congratulations to all at SWBKK!

Dec 20, 2011 Uncategorized 0 comments

Congratulations to all of the teams who pitched at the AIS Startup Weekend in Bangkok! We heard fantastic pitches and saw awesome demos on Sunday night from 16 budding startups. The teams were: Traxi Hyperactive Games Tickob Carpool Chatterbox Got.It. The Cloud Postman Moodie Like.Me Parallel Street Production Flowz Shop Spot 54 hours Today SSS:…

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AIS Startup Weekend Bangkok Begins with a bang – 96 pitches on Friday night!

Dec 17, 2011 Uncategorized 0 comments

What a crazy crowd @ #SWBKK! We had 96 pitches last night, which we believe to be a record for for Startup Weekends in Southeast Asia. This is out of 120 participants – an 80% pitch rate. Fantastic! Out of those 96 pitches, we chose the 17 teams with the most votes. As of Saturday…

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What’s your Exit Strategy?

Dec 7, 2011 Uncategorized 0 comments

One team asked, very sensibly: what happens if one of the co-founders leaves the startup somewhere along the way? Let’s pretend there are three co-founders in your startup. Plan A. The naïve equity structure looks like this: the company issues three shares of stock. Each founder gets one share. Two weeks after incorporation, one of…

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