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Why Techstars Added New Initiatives to Their Code of Conduct

Over the last month, several prominent VCs were revealed for inappropriate behavior relative to gender discrimination and general sexual harassment. It was not a proud moment in the VC and overall tech industry. We at Techstars care deeply about people. Not just the people…

How to Build an Organizational Culture in Your Startup

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How do founders go from a couple of people toying with an idea, to managing a great team with values, a good rapport, and effective communication? They do it  by having what every startup founder in the world hopes for: strong culture. Recently, I set…

Techstars Startup Weekend Turns 10

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Techstars Startup Weekend has reached a milestone and has a 10th birthday! On July 7th, 2007, the first Startup Weekend was held in Boulder, Colorado with 80 entrepreneurs. In 10 years, we’ve grown to: 13,837 organizers in 153 countries 4,531 Startup Weekend events 363,000+…

16 Resources for Entrepreneurs to Improve Their Mental Health

Do Bad Jobs Lead to Bad Mental Health?

At Techstars, we talk about the mantra ‘founder first’, but being advocates of founders means we can’t only focus on the health of their companies – we must also focus on providing mental health resources for the founders. Techstars is making an effort to…

Meet the 114 New Techstars Startups Across the Globe

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With more than 1,000 companies already in our accelerator portfolio, we are excited to announce an additional 114 cohorts joining the Techstars Worldwide Network. Out of 30 global accelerator programs, 11 are kicking off this week, with four programs welcoming their inaugural classes, including…

Techstars Partners With XPRIZE to Take on the World’s Challenges

Whether it’s tackling space travel or saving the oceans, the XPRIZE brings together some of the best talent from around the globe together to solve the world’s challenges. XPRIZE, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is the global leader in designing and implementing innovative competition models to…

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

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…