ForceFortheFuture

Founders First Pilot Program

In spring of 2010 we ran a post-seed accelerator program with startups from YCombinator, TechStars, Seedcamp, Facebook Fund, The Founder Institute, and Launchbox and the mentors listed below.

The focus of the program was to educate founders about challenges and opportunities that come with trying to partner with large companies. We brought founders together who were all interested in the same problem, so that they could collaboratively share solutions and challenges and brought in mentors who had experience with these kinds of partnerships from both the startup and corporate side.

The program allowed us to test many of our assumptions and learn a lot about how we can best interface with founders and positively affect the trajectory of their company. We recently executed a pivot and have been working with a few companies in our pilot program and a handful of new ones with our new model. You can read more about our new model here.


Companies That Participated:

Facebook Fund

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YCombinator

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Techstars

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Launch Box

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Seedcamp

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Founder Institute

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Mentors With Experience Partnering With Startups While at Large Corporations

Dave Drach - Managing Director, Emerging Business Team at Microsoft
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Josh Elman - Product Manager at Twitter, Former Program Manager of Facebook Platform Josh Elman
Roman Bukary - Principal at RBA Consulting, Former VP at SAP, Ecosystem Business Development, Strategic Accounts
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Peter Trudelle - Former Senior Software Development Manager at Yahoo
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Mentors Who Have Successfully Partnered With Large Companies While at a Startup

Neil Patel - Founder of Crazy Egg, and KISSmetrics
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Bob Christopher - Former CEO of Ugobe
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Jude Gomilla and Immad Akhund - Founders of HeyZap

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Dan GreenbergFounder of Sharethrough. Viral Video Marketing, Social Marketing.

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Amir Nathoo - Founder of WebMynd

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Tyler Willis - Director of Marketing & Business Development at Involver

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Jessica Alter - Former head of Business Development at Bebo

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Tristan Harris - Founder of Apture
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Sean K. Murphy - Strategy and Customer Development for Software Startups
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Michael Cerda - Founder of Threadbox
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David Weekly - Founder of PBWorks
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