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Robots

Boulder

The Chowbotics Robot Will Make You a Salad

By | Apr 18, 2017 at 8:30 pm

When you walk into a restaurant, you expect to see chefs, line cooks, and maybe a waiter or two contributing to the creation your meal. But what would you think if a robot made your lunch? Chowbotics, previously Casabots, builds robots that prepare food. The company’s…

Communication

Communication Comes Down to Thoughts, Learnings, and Actions

By | Apr 17, 2017 at 10:30 am

Having a mentor while building a business can help founders get through the tough challenges of startup life and give them a heads up on what’s around the corner. Jacqueline Ros, CEO and founder of Revolar, talks about what she learned at Techstars and having Brian Cornell, Target’s CEO as…

Accelerator

What Does Traction Mean to Accelerators?

By | Apr 10, 2017 at 12:50 pm

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…

Entrepreneur

3 Reasons Why Veterans Make Great Entrepreneurs

By | Apr 2, 2017 at 10:30 am

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…

Tips & How To’s

How to Make Your Team Stand Out on an Accelerator Application

By | Mar 26, 2017 at 2:30 pm

When it’s time to consider entering an accelerator program, filling out the application is one thing, but standing out to grab their attention to get accepted is another. Techstars recently asked Lesa Mitchell, the managing director for Techstars Kansas City, and Ted Serbinski, managing director…

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Funding

These 15 Techstars Startups Raised Over $1 Million in 2017

By | Mar 7, 2017 at 11:20 am

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…

Startups & Apps

Announcing Techstars Music 2017: This One Goes To 11

By | Feb 27, 2017 at 10:30 am

Last October, I announced the creation of Techstars Music, a new startup accelerator program created to invest in the broad ecosystem of music. We brought together major record labels (Warner Music Group and Sony Music), global artist management and live event companies (Q Prime…

Venture Capital

How to Make Good Use of VC Introductions

By | Feb 22, 2017 at 7:00 pm

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…

Entrepreneur

Chicago

Secrets to Building A Startup with Logan LaHive of Techstars Chicago

By | Feb 17, 2017 at 11:20 am

Being obsessed with startups is something Logan LaHive, the new managing director at Techstars Chicago, is willing to admit. “I’ve always been involved in a startup and sort of obsessed with startups and technology. My heroes, and the people I’ve looked up to, have…

Inspiration

Patriot Boot Camp Helps Veterans Transition to Tech Entrepreneurs

By | Feb 8, 2017 at 9:15 am

Etched into the mindset of the American military, the warrior ethos of the U.S. Armed Forces is to leave no one behind. Inspired by that credo, a tightly knit band of veterans and their family members has created a unique “boot camp” to help…

Product Launch

How to Find Your Path to Market for Consumer Products

By | Feb 7, 2017 at 11:20 am

Once your product is made and you’re ready to put it on the market, understanding the manufacturing and distribution process can be a huge learning curve for founders. Unfortunately, it’s also an incredibly important thing to learn if you’re interested in success. Recently, Techstars hosted…

Entrepreneur

Chicago

Troy Henikoff of Techstars Chicago on Great Pitches and Transforming Startups

By | Jan 29, 2017 at 12:45 pm

Troy Henikoff is the managing director at Techstars Chicago, a managing director at MATH Venture Partners, and a professor of Entrepreneurship at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Business. If you haven’t heard of Troy yet, he is one of the biggest figures in the…

Diversity

4 Ways To Enhance Diversity At Your Startup

By | Jan 20, 2017 at 12:50 pm

Diversity has been an important topic in the tech community for years. It has gotten national news coverage and has become perhaps the most debated problem across the typically innovative sector. But how can people move from just talking about the topic to taking action? In a…

Funding

3 Startup Accelerators Net Almost 10 Percent of All U.S. Series A Rounds

By | Jan 18, 2017 at 4:30 pm

As Mattermark has found, the top three accelerators in the startup business — Y Combinator, Techstars, and 500 Startups — have been responsible for about ten percent of all series A deals in the U.S. for a couple years straight. The real news here? Most…

Accelerator

Techstars and Target: Driving Innovation for Retail

By | Jan 15, 2017 at 10:30 am

Techstars has announced that they’re opening applications for the 2017 class of Techstars Retail in partnership with Target. You can apply online, and applications are open through April 9th and the program starts in July. Recapping Last Year In case you missed it, the first year…

Accelerator

Building a Startup Accelerator at a Large Company: Lessons from Target

By | Dec 29, 2016 at 8:30 pm

An accelerator is a great way to give innovative startups the chance to really grow in a supporting environment. And while they’re typically used by smaller companies, big corporations are starting to see the value in investing in new ideas. Recently, Target and Techstars…

CES

Las Vegas

Techstars to Host the Startup Stage at CES 2017

By | Dec 15, 2016 at 5:50 pm

CES is one of the largest tech trading shows in the world. Held in Las Vegas, Nevada, the event is entering its 50th year. And in between all the giant technology companies showcasing the thinnest TVs, the fastest chips, and the coolest concept cars,…