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FounderLY Introduces Platform for Founders to Share their Start-up Stories

Open source new media project to build the largest online library of founder interviews

 
PRLog - Apr. 5, 2011 - SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, Calif. -- FounderLY is excited to officially launch its open source new media project, which aims to be the largest online library of founder stories. FounderLY gives startup founders a platform to share the stories behind their startups through short form interviews (15 min length) conducted by fellow founders.  

The project was conceived by FounderLY cofounder Matthew Wise, who wondered what it would have been like to watch raw video footage of Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and other tech founders during their formative years. When Larry and Sergey were building Google, Matthew was in the jungles of Southeast Asia working as a Naval Corpsman (combat medic) with the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force.

“Back then video wasn’t as ubiquitous as it is today, and hardware costs were very expensive,” said Matthew Wise, cofounder of FounderLY. “Fast-forward to the present and you have HD video cameras for less than $200, and the world is an aspiring filmmaker’s oyster. Combine this with the vibrant start-up scene that’s exploding today, and it’s really the perfect time to build a service like FounderLY.”

Matthew stumbled upon the startup scene during grad school at Berkeley where he developed a small amount of social capital, enough to develop relationships with figures like Steve Blank, Mike Maples, Eric Ries, Naval Ravikant and others.  Along with cofounder Andy Saebjoernsen (aka “The Viking”), originally from Norway and currently completing his PhD in computer science at UC Davis, Matthew devised a way to film more than 30 tech founders in four weeks.

Matthew says that he and “The Viking” were able to invest a small amount of their social capital to get interviews of notable founders and then everything kind of snowballed from there.  Before they knew it they had a backlog of new and notable founders requesting to be interviewed.  They built an open platform to enable other founders around the world to participate in FounderLY.  Any founder may film a fellow founder, so long as you follow the FounderLY roadmap, and submit the video to FounderLY.  FounderLY will then package it with an intro, bumper, and a closing, and publish it to their website http://www.FounderLY.com.  

“Launching FounderLY has been a labor of love,” said Wise. “Our mission is to help fellow entrepreneurs get the word out so that audiences can hear their stories, be inspired, and learn more about entrepreneurship. We’re friends of founders, rooting for their success, and sharing their stories with audiences who are interested in learning more about entrepreneurship. Founders get to share their vision and generate more awareness in the marketplace for their startups.  Everyone wins.”

Inspired by author Jessica Livingston at Y Combinator and legendary filmmaker Errol Morris, FounderLY films its founder stories documentary style where the interviewer is behind the camera asking questions and the founder is in front of the camera sharing the story. FounderLY wants its audiences to feel invigorated and inspired after watching its films.

About FounderLY
FounderLY is an open source new media project launched in April 2011 that enables startup founders to promote themselves and their businesses through short form interviews (15 min length) conducted by its community of founders. FounderLY creates short documentary style films of founder interviews and publishes them in an open source format where anyone can freely download and distribute the content under a creative commons license. Its website is entirely press friendly. Bloggers and journalists are free to download and distribute its content so long as attribution is given to FounderLY.  FounderLY’s vision is to be the largest online library of founder stories.

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About FounderLY
FounderLY is an open source new media project launched in April 2011 that enables startup founders to promote themselves and their businesses through short form interviews (15 min length) conducted by its community of founders. FounderLY creates short documentary style films of founder interviews and publishes them in an open source format where anyone can freely download and distribute the content under a creative commons license. Its website is entirely press friendly. Bloggers and journalists are free to download and distribute its content so long as attribution is given to FounderLY. FounderLY’s vision is to be the largest online library of founder stories.

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