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May 16 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am PDT


Startup Founder Firsts: How to Secure a Co-Founder, Customers, and Cash


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Are you struggling to tick off those essential first boxes – securing a co-founder, landing your first customer, building a prototype, and attracting investment? You’re not alone. But the good news is, success can be achieved even with limited resources.

Join Founders Network for an insightful webinar with Tooraj Helmi, where he’ll share his insights on navigating the early stages of your startup journey.

Learn how to:

  • Find the perfect co-founder to complement your skillset and share your vision.
  • Secure your first customer and establish credibility for future sales.
  • Craft a compelling prototype that showcases your product’s potential without breaking the bank.
  • Develop strategies to attract investors and secure the funding you need to grow.


About the Speaker:

Tooraj Helmi is the Founder and CEO of Apsy, a groundbreaking technology company that has revolutionized the App development industry. With a passion for pushing the boundaries of what’s possible, he has spearheaded the creation of the first AI-powered platform that allows for the seamless and cost-effective development of custom Apps.

His academic background includes multiple engineering degrees, an MBA from the University of Southern California, and a Ph.D. in economics from the Suffolk University of Massachusetts. He is currently finishing his second Ph.D. in computer science at USC where he researches machine programming and computational creativity.

His interests lie in the practical applications of complex deep tech, particularly in AI, Blockchain, and mixed reality. His leadership has been honed through years of experience as a senior tech executive in both enterprises and startups, where I have driven the innovation, architecture, and execution of large and complex software projects.


Complimentary Ticket:

Are you a full-time tech founder? Be our guest! We’re making our events available to tech founders everywhere. Enjoy a complimentary ticket to come learn from fellow tech founders, partners and investors. Already used your complimentary guest pass? Request an invite to see if you qualify for membership.


About Founders Network:

Founded in 2011, Founders Network offers lifelong peer mentorship to over 600 tech startup founders globally. Our platform, programs and high-touch service facilitate authentic experience sharing, warm introductions and long-term professional relationships. Additional benefits include over $500k in startup discounts and promotion to 2,000 newsletter readers. Members are located in San Francisco, New York City, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Toronto, London and other tech hubs. Each month our Membership Committee admits a new cohort of full-time tech founders who are nominated by an existing member. Learn more about us here

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All information shared within Founders Network is strictly confidential. We are built on a foundation of trust, and the community takes confidentiality seriously. Investors, members, and staff all share experiences and opinions off the record. In this roundtable forum, we continue to model our fnValues of Reciprocity, Humility, Authenticity and Inclusivity. Read more about our Privacy Policy here.


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