Applications for Techstars in London are open for the 2014 program. Early application deadline is December 6, 2013 and final deadline is December 31, 2013 at 11:59 PST. Apply soon!
Applications for the Spring 2014 sessions of Techstars in London and New York City open today, October 28th. You have until December 31st, 11:59 PST to apply but we encourage you to submit your application by our early deadline of December 6, 2013 so we have more time to get to know you and your team.
For details on why applying early is important and how to stand out from the vast pool of applicants, see Managing Director Nicole Glaros’ post from last year. If you’re wondering if you’re too far along and whether Techstars would be a good fit for you, we leave it to our founders to weigh in on their experiences with us.
Techstars companies average $1.5M in funding. In a world where startups are likely to fail, the majority of our 300+ portfolio companies are alive, well or acquired. We back the best startups with the most effective entrepreneurial network in the world.
In our third installment of Startup Stories on Techstars TV, we follow Everlater founders Nate Abbott and Natty Zola on their journey after the 2008 Techstars program in Boulder, during which they were also filmed for the first season of The Founders. See how their ingenuity helped their startup to not only survive but to have one of the happiest endings of all. Huge thanks to The Next Web for premiering these!
Occipital makes the Structure Sensor, a beautiful and developer-friendly 3D sensor accessory for iPad. Venture-funded and backed by Techstars in 2008, Occipital is also known for developing Skanect and 360 Panorama, groundbreaking applications that made it easy to capture 3D models and panoramas, respectively.
Videographer Megan Sweeney checks in with the founders, Vikas Reddy and Jeff Powers, and illustrates how the power of belonging to the Techstars network, even five years post-program, has greatly benefitted both the team and its products. Check out their Kickstarter campaign here.
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This is the trailer for the third episode of Startup Stories. We think startup stories are fascinating and contain tons of learning lessons that can hopefully help other entrepreneurs. This video is about the story of Everlater.
Coincidentally the founders, Nate Abbott and Natty Zola, were documented during Techstars back in 2009. You can watch what their experience was like in this web series The Founders. Check back next week for the full documentary!
One of the challenges we face as Techstars continues to grow is maintaining an intimate network of relationships and fostering connections between our alums, mentors, sponsors, and investors. To be sure that we’re making the most of all opportunities, the Techstars alumni and staff come together at #FounderCon every year. Two weeks ago we had 300+ alumni founders in Chicago for our gathering, our biggest and best yet. We’re already heads down working on the agenda for next year.
#FounderCon 2013′s theme? Scaling Up. It was an incredible three days packed with networking, two tracks of lectures to attend in different rooms (business and technical), business development introductions to major brands like Bing, LG Electronics, Barclays, Motorola, Target, and more. Special guests included Jason Calacanis, Jason Fried, Tim Sanders, David Grove, Jamie Cooper, and many others . We announced a partnership with CareerBuilder for a new talent network to help our portfolio companies hire faster.
Here’s a sneak peek at what went down in the Windy City. A huge thanks to Megan Sweeney, our talented videographer, for making sure we gathered all the evidence.
Today we announce the Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator, powered by Techstars, based in Kansas City. Technology companies focused on mobile health can apply today through December 6th for the opportunity to participate in a three-month intensive mentorship program starting in March 2014 and receive up to $120,000 in funding.
I couldn’t be more excited about launching this program in Kansas City. It’s an obvious “next” place that has an up and coming tech community to rival other top geographies. The presence of leaders in the mobile health space makes this the perfect home for the accelerator. We have been watching Kansas City from afar, seeing it come together, and now we’re excited to join the community and help it grow. It’s great to see Sprint giving first through their tremendous network of resources and executive knowledge. It makes all the difference for the companies we fund through the program. As we’ve spent time with the various leaders and feeders of the Kansas City ecosystem they’ve all been incredibly welcoming.
Sprint, with a rich history as a leading-edge technology company, is supporting this startup accelerator initiative as a way of driving innovation at a transformational time in mobile health. From remote patient monitoring to e-prescriptions to making sense of ever-growing volumes of data, technology is poised to reduce costs, improve productivity and increase quality in mobile health.
Kevin McGinnis, vice president-Development at Sprint, is taking a leadership role in expanding and strengthening the company’s work with entrepreneurial startups. He believes the Sprint Accelerator will make a vital contribution to the region’s success. Kevin told me that “Kansas City increasingly is gaining recognition on the national level as an emerging entrepreneurial technology center” and that “Sprint has been expanding its work with startups and other ventures that are developing intriguing innovations. The Sprint Accelerator will act as a catalyst for growth in this market.” We’re coming to town with that same bet, Kevin.
The Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator will provide entrepreneurs in this field an unparalleled opportunity to strengthen their businesses with the guidance of leading technology experts from Sprint and top technology companies in the area and from around the country. The Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator is accepting applications now through Dec. 6. Finalists will be notified in early January 2014 and the three-month program is slated to begin in March.
To find more information and apply, visit sprintaccelerator.com.
To bolster our lineup of resources for its own startups, Techstars has acquired the entire portfolio of NameLayer, a popular inventory of brandable domain names curated for the tech market.
NameLayer was founded by Julian Shapiro and Edward Zeiden in 2011 as the commercialization of Shapiro’s domain aftermarket algorithms that were designed to find the needles in the domain market haystack. Some notable domains from its inventory include SocialBond.com, NetworkGraph.com, PayMethod.com, ZenSale.com, PayPlatform.com, and CoLend.com.
Startups face ever-increasing challenges when trying to find good names. NameLayer’s Julian Shapiro explains, “Domain names are a scarce resource, the prices for which are determined by the whims of oftentimes hard-to-reach domain owners hoping for big paydays. Consequently, in the digital age, company names are no longer truly chosen; instead, they are the byproduct of a tedious process of elimination in which startups scour domain aftermarkets and send out countless cold emails. It’s a frustrating experience that often results in startups giving up partway through and resorting to all-too-common ‘Web 2.0′ names that are difficult to spell or decipher.” To help startups navigate the tricky process of company naming, Shapiro wrote a popular guide based on his experience in the domain industry and the questions he’s often asked by entrepreneurs.
Shapiro and Zeiden will not join Techstars as employees but will provide ongoing mentorship and branding support to startups in the Techstars portfolio.
GoodApril, who went through the Techstars Boulder 2013 program (and were acquired before demo day), just gave $20,000 to EFCO to help with the victims of the massive Boulder-area floods. Brad Feld asked Mitch Fox and Benny Joseph from GoodApril to write up their thoughts on why they did this. It follows.
A month ago, the sun was shining in Boulder, Colorado as my co-founder, Benny Joseph, and I as we announced the biggest news of our lives. Our startup, GoodApril, had been acquired by Intuit (maker of TurboTax) in the final days of the TechStars Boulder accelerator program.
In this last week, rain clouds have overwhelmed Boulder and several other Front Range towns. We’ve been distressed by the devastation, and inspired by the Boulder community’s resilience.
While we were a part of the Techstars program, Benny and I pledged our support to the Boulder community through the Entrepreneurship Foundation of Colorado (EFCO), a program that enables startup founders to give back through the contribution of equity in their companies. In light of the flood and its impact on Boulder, we have agreed to accelerate that gift.
Startups cannot succeed in a vacuum. They are as much the product of the sweat and tears of their founders as they are of the mentors, customers, and investors that shape them.
This summer, we experienced the power and generosity of the Boulder community as we built GoodApril. The Techstars program matched us with phenomenal local business leaders like Vijay Bangaru, JP O’Brien, and Brett Jackson, who helped us find both the strengths and weaknesses in our business plan. We were welcomed into Boulder’s tech scene, and quickly connected with dozens of potential customers who shared their expectations and excitement for our product. As we progressed, the Techstars leaders, especially Luke Beatty, David Cohen, and Brad Feld, guided us through many tough decisions, including finally whether to accept Intuit’s acquisition offer.
We are extremely appreciative for what Boulder has given us, so we hope our donation to EFCO can help the community recover from this flood.
Thank you Boulder. Here’s to seeing that sun shine again,
Mitch Fox and Benny Joseph
Foundry Group announced an additional gift of $100,000 to directly support the flood relief effort in the Boulder, Longmont and Lyons areas.
Startup Stories are short documentaries about the amazing journeys Techstars companies go through. These are stories exploring the key moments, struggles and passions in building a company. We think startup stories are fascinating and contain valuable lessons. We want to help share these stories following the adventures entrepreneurs go through on their mission to build a startup.
Stay tuned because we have some interesting Startup Stories coming soon.