Try our new website

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is the premier legal advisor to technology, life sciences, and other growth enterprises worldwide. We represent companies at every stage of development, from entrepreneurial start-ups to multibillion-dollar global corporations, as well as the venture firms, private equity firms, and investment banks that finance and advise them. The firm's broad range of services and practice areas are focused on addressing the principal challenges faced by the management, boards of directors, shareholders, and in-house counsel of our clients.

.CO is the web address where the world’s innovators, entrepreneurs, businesses and brands come together to build and grow their ideas and organizations online.

CodigoDelSur is a designer and developer of digital products. Having worked with Founder Institute startups in the past, they come as a highly recommended Founder Institute referral. They are composed of highly skilled software, web, and mobile app developers, who are excited to incorporate the latest technologies into the applications they develop.

Xero is everything you need to run your business financials. Work with a beautiful small business accounting software complete with accounting, invoicing, payroll, inventory and more. Xero seamlessly integrates with over 500+ business apps, including CRM, point-of-sale, time tracking, ecommerce, just to name a few. Join the 700,000+ businesses using Xero in more than 180 countries.

Vet-Tech is America's Veteran-led Startup Accelerator headquartered in Silicon Valley. With over 100 military veteran startups in our community, Vet-Tech's top 20 portfolio companies have raised over $10 Million in funding and have been accepted into world class programs like Tech Stars and Founder Institute.

Startup Weekend


Through the Startup Weekend Fellowship, members of the Startup Weekend Community who want to start a technology company can apply to the Silicon Valley Founder Institute chapter for free, and the best overall applicant will be invited to participate in the Founder Institute's step-by-step startup launch program for free as well.

Eligibility: In order to be eligible for the Startup Weekend Fellowship for the upcoming semester, you must complete your application and admissions test by Sunday, December 11th, 2016, using this link.

Grant: The recipient of the Startup Weekend Fellowship will be awarded within 5 days after the deadline.

Click here to apply for the Startup Weekend Fellowship.

How to Build a Marketplace Business, According to the Co-Founder of Udemy

Posted by Joe Garza on 2017-07-17

One reason why conceiving a marketplace business is so seductive to entrepreneurs is the possibility of sitting back and watching the money roll once you’ve acquired enough businesses and customers. However, marketplace businesses are notoriously difficult to launch, a point emphasized by Erin Bali, co-founder and chairman of Udemy, at an Echelon 2014 talk:

Why would you even start a marketplace business? It’s f---ing hard to start one and you will hate the life for a long time. But there is still a good reason: because you have to.”

Eren Bali is also the Co-Founder and CEO of Carbon Health, a primary care network. He is a Graduate of the Silicon Valley Founder Institute, and an inductee in Forbes Magazine’s third annual "30 Under 30".

According to Bali, marketplace businesses function as veritable ecosystems, solving problems that technology alone cannot, and elaborates on the fundamentals entrepreneurs must keep in mind when launching a potentially prosperous marketplace business. 

The Founder Institute has the resources and expertise to help your marketplace business succeed. Click here to find a program near you!

How to Build a Marketplace Business, According to the Co-Founder of Udemy

* indicates required

Feedback Form

We welcome your feedback to improve the Institute. Please contact us using the form below, and we will get back to you promptly.
Your Email Address:
Message to the Institute:
What is ? (enter the answer below):
Close Window