Crowsnest Joins Techstars Seattle Class of 2014

August 20, 2014

1:30 pm

Crowsnest recently moved from Syracuse, New York, to Seattle as one of the ten teams to join the Techstars Seattle class of 2014.

According to a press release, more than 600 teams applied for the program, and 31% of the applications came from outside the United States.

“It was a very competitive selection process with many excellent candidates, however, I am very confident in our choices for this year’s class,” says Andy Sack, managing director of Techstars Seattle.

Crowsnest is an ecosystem, a hub, and an API that helps manage your devices in a creative way. We interviewed two of the cofounders – Ian Wilson and Mike Kruk – earlier this summer when they were working out of the Tech Garden. While Wilson, Kruk, and team member Josh Sorenson haven’t been at Techstars for long, they have already made noticeable progress.

“Andy pushes all of the teams to rigorously prove product-market fit,” says Wilson. “We’re out talking to potential customers, testing and honing our hypotheses every day – and doing it really systematically. This process has been incredibly valuable to us as a team and for the product, even in the short eight days since Techstars started.”

In a blog post where Crowsnest reflects on its journey so far, the team thanks their “Upstate Family.”

“We started this adventure over a year ago in Upstate New York, first moonlighting in Rochester and then joining the Startup Labs program in Syracuse, an accelerator that gave us the ability to quit our day jobs and pursue Crowsnest full-time,” reads part of the post.

Crowsnest will pitch to investors at Techstars demo day on November 6th.

“We are surrounded by new mentors and fellow entrepreneurs, and we are excited to take this journey together over the next three months,” says another part of the blog post.

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Amanda Quick is a tech/startup reporter covering young entrepreneurs for Tech Cocktail. She’s also interested in covering apps, emerging technology, IoT and beauty & wellness.

Amanda is currently in grad school at Syracuse University studying Information Management. In the past she has interned at NBC Sports, NBC Olympics, Brand-Yourself, and the Times Leader Newspaper as well as worked at WWNY-TV and the StartFast Venture Accelerator in Upstate New York. Amanda is originally from Kansas City, MO but has also lived in Canton, MA and Scranton, PA.

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