TechStars TV Presents The Founders: S3E8 “Why Not?”

November 15, 2012

12:41 pm

Curious what life is like inside of a startup accelerator?  Look no further than The Founders, a documentary web series that follows BirdboxROXIMITY and Ubooly from TechStars Boulder (ranked the #2 startup accelerator in the US).

This week’s episode focuses on dreaming big.  As Jim Franklin, CEO at SendGrid puts it,

“There should be failure all over the place.  If you don’t see a lot of mistakes, failure, and blood on the floor, people are playing it too safe.” (Tweet this)

According to Seth Levine, managing director at Foundry Group, risk aversion is only part of the equation and secondary to refining product.

“Figure out what it is you can do really well first, and then figure out what the business model is behind that…Priority one is to have an awesome product that blows people’s socks off.” (Tweet this)

You can catch up on all of the episodes for season three here.

The Founders Episode 8 “Why not?” from TechStars on Vimeo.

Related reading: Check out Tech Cocktail’s report on selecting the right accelerator for your startup.

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When Zach Davis isn't getting lost in the mountains, he is hustling from Boulder, CO as Tech Cocktail's Director of Marketing. He is the author of Appalachian Trials, a book chronicling the mindset necessary for thru-hiking all 2,181 miles of the Appalachian Trail, a feat he accomplished in 2011. Zach is a green tea enthusiast, die-hard Chicago sports fan, and avid concert-goer. Follow Zach on Twitter: @zrdavis.

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