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What Does Traction Mean to Accelerators?

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When accelerators are looking to select a startup for their program, a company’s traction is going to be part of the conversation. In an interview Jenny Fielding, managing director of Techstars IoT in New York City, and Ted Serbinski, managing director for Techstars Mobility in…

3 Reasons Why Veterans Make Great Entrepreneurs

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Presented and backed by Techstars. Patriot Boot Camp is a non-profit designed to equip service members, veterans and spouses with the entrepreneurial education, access to resources, mentorship and community support that they need to build technology companies of scale and impact. My wife and I have…

6 Ways Startup Founders Can Deal With Extra Stress

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Recently, I came home from work at 10pm, opened the door and immediately heard my wife say how stressed she was. Her pharmaceutical company recently bought a biotech startup for a lot of money, and my wife is leading a very tough integration project. She works very hard,…

These 15 Techstars Startups Raised Over $1 Million in 2017

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Raising capital is no easy feat for any founder. Sometimes, it takes longer than you think to raise the amount of capital you need to keep your business moving forward. Fortunately, there’s a wide range of people out there willing to take a chance on…

30 Questions Investors Ask During Fundraising

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Fundraising is a complicated, and at times, confusing process. To fundraise effectively, you need to have a strategy, understand different types of investors, know how much to raise, and create an investor pipeline. And while all of this is integral to an effective funding round, asking the right questions…

How to Make Good Use of VC Introductions

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Many entrepreneurs will recognize this scenario: You finally get a meeting with a big-name VC partner. In preparation, you spend a week polishing your deck, financial model and pitch. Then, you get to your meeting and the partner is 20 minutes late. Plus, they run…

5 Ways to Raise Capital in a Small Market

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In the competitive world of fundraising, there’s a myth that it’s harder to raise money in smaller markets. Most founders think you have to be on the coasts to start your business. After several years of investing and fundraising in a small market, I don’t…

7 Tips for Raising Capital in a Slower Market

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Even when capital is readily available, fundraising is still not easy. The markets are cold, and according to Crain’s and Alley Watch, early stage investment activity in 2016 in NYC is down compared to 2015. The lack of IPOs and liquidity in the later stage has…

How to Deal With the Highs and Lows of Startup Life [Video]

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It’s no secret that startup founders go through highs and lows. And unfortunately for entrepreneurs with thin skin, they experience a lot more lows than highs. Keeping up one’s mental health and happiness is critical when you are launching a startup and, more often than…

3 Data-Driven Tips for Getting Demos of Your Product

You could have the best product in the world and still never land a single customer. Why? Because you need to get out and make companies care about you before they’ll even know you exist. Here’s where to start. Step 1: Generate a List…

20 Ways to Blow Up Your Company with Jason Mendelson [Video]

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As a new founder, it’s hard to imagine all the ways it’s possible to completely mess up your company. However, mistakes, screw-ups and failures happen every day – they key is to learn from them. At least, that’s what Jason Mendelson has learned in his extensive tenure in…

Patriot Boot Camp Helps Military Members Start Tech Businesses

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Techstars recently sat down with Charlotte Creech and Josh Anderson of Patriot Boot Camp, one of the five Techstars Foundation Grantees, to learn more about the organization and how it’s helping diversity in entrepreneurship. Patriot Boot Camp is an intensive, 3-day educational event designed to…

Defy Ventures Is Providing an Avenue to Success for Prison Inmates

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Techstars recently sat down with Catherine Hoke of Defy Ventures, one of the five Techstars Foundation grantees, to learn more about the organization and how it’s helping diversity in entrepreneurship. Defy Ventures provides entrepreneurship training and intense character development for people with criminal histories.  When I was…

Techstars Announces New Music Startup Accelerator

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Techstars is excited to announce the launch of Techstars Music, a new startup accelerator program created with top music companies to invest in the ecosystem of music. The Techstars Music program will kick off in Los Angeles in February 2017 and applications are open today….

Ask Techstars: Applying to an Accelerator

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Recently, Techstars held an AMA with Cody Simms, Greg Rogers (Executive Directors) and Nicole Glaros (Chief Product Officer) of Techstars. They answered questions from founders about applying to an accelerator. This is the first post in a series which includes a transcript of their answers…

The Why and How of Joining Techstars as COO

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I talk with a lot of people, and often I’m asked how I ended up where I am today. It’s not a straight line story, it’s a long and winding road. Now that I’ve joined Techstars, I’m being asked “why” and “how did you…