Today is always an exciting day for me. It’s the day I get to tell you all about the companies in this next Techstars Boulder 2014 class – and it’s day 1 of the Techstars program! But before you read about them, I’d like to take a moment to tip my hat to the teams who weren’t selected.
I read every single application. I watched every single video. I read about their backgrounds and played with their applications. I got to know many of the companies and their founders very well which always makes the decision gut wrenching and often heartbreaking. This year was particularly hard and it seems to get harder every year.
But the thing I always wholeheartedly believe is that not getting into Techstars isn’t a rejection – it’s why we call it internally non-selection. There are fantastic companies that we don’t accept for reasons that aren’t reflective of the company itself. For instance, I think a different Techstars program is a better fit for that particular company, or I don’t have the mentors necessary to move the needle for that particular market, or the company has some things it needs to figure out before really being able to optimize around the program.
We have a couple of mantras around Techstars, and one of my favorites is #FoundersFirst. All of my decisions map to that. And I have a team of people that help me make sure I’m staying true to that mantra. If you read between the lines, you’ll see that theme in all of the reasons I cite above.
So, I just wanted to throw a little love to all the teams that applied but didn’t get in, for all the people that sent recommendations for them – for all the hard work everyone puts into the Techstars application process. I can only hope you got as much out of the process as I did. And I’m looking forward to seeing your application again next year.
No more looking backwards. Let’s look forwards. Without further ado, I present to you the Techstars Boulder Class of 2014!