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21st March 2014

DigitalOcean Video Trailer

Have you seen our video series, Startup Stories? These are short videos about Techstars companies focusing on specific topics. There are so many things we all can learn from these companies and we feel it’s important to share them. Above, is a trailer for three videos TechCrunch is releasing this Sunday about DigitalOcean focusing on “Massive Growth”, “A Saturated Market”, and “Tipping Point”.

CEO Ben Uretsky describes their experience with Techstars: “The world’s best startup accelerator helped to direct company focus, gather user feedback, and refine how metrics are analyzed — but the best takeaway from the program has been the people.  Being at Techstars gave us the opportunity to build and strengthen relationships within our company, with potential employees, and with role model companies who can provide valuable advice on what works and what doesn’t.”

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19th March 2014

Announcing PowerMoves.NOLA Risingstars Boot Camp, presented by Techstars

Risingstars Boot Camp - PowerMoves.NOLA     Techstars

We’re excited to announce PowerMoves.NOLA Risingstars Boot Camp presented by Techstars, an intensive boot camp event for minority entrepreneurs July 3rd-5th in New Orleans.

PowerMoves.NOLA is an initiative of the New Orleans Startup Fund, sponsored by Chevron, and in promotional partnership with 2014 ESSENCE Festival Presented by Coca-Cola. PowerMoves.NOLA supports two key needs: the economic empowerment of minority entrepreneurs and the growth of New Orleans as a hub of minority entrepreneurship.

The Risingstars Boot Camp is an intense 2-day program whose goal is to help early stage entrepreneurs build viable, sustainable, revenue generating technology startup companies. Participants will receive intensive hands-on guidance and coaching on their business models directly from Techstars mentors and other successful entrepreneurs. Mentors will focus on all aspects of an individual participant’s business model, including developing a strong business value proposition, selecting effective customer development strategies, achieving product/market fit, identifying early adopters and establishing sustainable revenue streams while controlling costs.

With the help of proven Techstars mentors and other successful entrepreneurs, early stage entrepreneur participants will leave the PowerMoves.NOLA Risingstars Boot Camp equipped with a strong foundation for building successful technology startups.

One entrepreneur will receive a $25,000 cash prize from PowerMoves.NOLA. In addition, PowerMoves.NOLA will select one entrepreneur to become a PowerMoves.NOLA fellow and receive a $50,000 investment. We will also be selecting up to 5 entrepreneurs to join the Techstars Risingstars mentorship program.

Risingstars Boot Camp is a program under the Techstars Risingstars Program, which extends opportunities to demographic groups that are currently underrepresented in the technology startup community. Graduates of the program include Pigeonly, a company that makes it easy and efficient for prison inmates to share photos and conversation with loved ones, as well as Nexercise, a health and wellness platform that makes exercise rewarding.

The event is provided to the entrepreneur at no charge. Selected entrepreneurs are responsible for their own travel and lodging. To help with lodging costs, PowerMoves.NOLA has secured a block of discounted rooms.

Apply today and let us help you build your startup.

Risingstars Boot Camp details:

  • Learn more & apply here.
  • Applications close Apr 15th. Participants notified by May 15th.
  • 25 early stage minority entrepreneurs will be selected to participate
  • The event will begin Thursday evening, July 3rd and end on Saturday, July 5th
  • The event will take place in New Orleans

Click to tweet: Apply to @PowerMovesNOLA Risingstars Boot Camp, presented by @Techstars

Questions about the event? Contact Tom Chikoore, Director, Risingstars.

19th March 2014

Corporate-run Startup Accelerators

Accelerators have revolutionized the way early stage investors support startups. They combine investment capital with intensive mentorship within a 13 week program. Can accelerators be equally as valuable for corporates?

In late 2011, Techstars launched the world’s first corporate accelerator with Microsoft, highlighting the benefits of such programs to both startups and corporations. Today, we run corporate accelerators on behalf of Disney, Barclays, Kaplan, Sprint, and R/GA.

In the intervening period, a wide variety of corporations have launched accelerators in multiple formats. We are huge supporters of major companies engaging with startups but there is a fine line that needs to be walked to ensure that both corporates and startups benefit, to neither’s detriment. Jon Bradford, our Managing Director in London, has summarized some of the key dynamics that a startup should consider when selecting a corporate accelerator.

One of the foremost experts on accelerators on this planet, Jon Bradford has worked with both tiny private and huge corporation-backed startup accelerators. This op-ed is about the latter ones.

Click on over.

18th March 2014

7 Weeks of Awesome: Gearing Up for Techstars in Boulder

Applications for Techstars in Boulder opened up yesterday, and to celebrate, we’re hosting a handful of events that are valuable to startups as well as free and open to the public. I hope I see you at one or more of these! Please register below.

Here is the 7 Weeks of Awesome Schedule:

Monday 3/24 @ 4:30 – 10 things that will screw up your startup with Jason Mendelson.

Monday 3/31 @ 4:30 – You have a startup, but do you have a business? with Nate & Natty, founders of Everlater

Monday 4/7 @ 4:30 – Growth Hacking with Mitch Wainer, co-founder of Digital Ocean

Monday 4/14 @ 4:30 – Techstars Open House

Monday 4/21 @ 4:30 – Fundraising awesomeness with David Cohen, founder and CEO of Techstars

Monday 4/28 @ 4:30 – Enterprise Sales with Howard Diamond

The Week of 5/13 – The notorious Boulder Startup Week– stay tuned to our Events page for updates.

Thursday 5/15 @ 1:00 – 4:00 – Techstars for a Half Day

The early deadline for Boulder is April 13th and final deadline is May 4th. Why should you apply early? Our final deadline is June 1st. If you haven’t done so already, apply today for Techstars!

18th March 2014

Techstars in Seattle 2014 applications are now open!

Hi, I’m Andy Sack. I’ve had the pleasure of being the Managing Director of Techstars in Seattle for the past four years and I’m excited to announce that we have opened applications for our fifth program.

Top four reasons you should apply to the Seattle program:

1. You’ll be mentored by the best and your network will explode. Seattle’s startup community is a big one with a strong, northwest frontier spirit. You’ll be instantly connected with Seattle’s high quality mentors, investors and resources. Get ready to be surrounded by like-minded, helpful Seattleites everywhere you go!

2. Your company will accelerate. A wasted year in the technology space can make you outdated and worse, miss your market window. Why would you delay?

3. You’ll be in the center of the Seattle tech scene. There’s no question that the tech community in Seattle is expanding at a rapid rate. Be in the middle of it all surrounded by Amazon, Microsoft and tons of amazing startups.

4. Seattle is beautiful. Yeah, you might hear people complain about the rain, but not to worry since Techstars takes place during our best months. Seattle is surrounded by amazing day hikes, camping trips, kayaking, and basically any outdoor activity you could ever imagine is here!  And yes– you will see the sun too.

If Seattle sounds like a place you want to spend three months working on your startup then I’d like to invite you and your co-founders to apply to the Seattle program and give your company an unfair advantage. Applications for Seattle are open. Early application deadline is April 13th and final deadline is May 4th.

 

14th March 2014

The Women of Techstars in NYC

We’re always on the lookout for strong female founders. Historically it’s been tough because they simply don’t apply to Techstars and they lack in numbers as entrepreneurs in general. Well, if this year is any indication of a future trend – watch out world, the ladies are coming up strong!

Our 2014 Techstars in NYC program is the strongest one yet for female entrepreneurs. Out of 13 companies, 5 of them have women co-founders. While Alex and I don’t have exact numbers, the number of women applicants this year felt a lot stronger than in the past and I was continuously impressed with the quality of their projects. Many of them got to the final stages of the interview process.

So join us in giving a warm welcome to Suzanne Xie of HullabaluConnie Wong and Susan Zheng of LynxsyTheresa Preston-Warner of OmakaseAmanda Solosky of RivalTheory, and Tiffany Bogich of Standard Analytics.

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13th March 2014

13 New Techstars Companies for Spring Session in NYC

We are very pleased to announce the new Techstars class here in NYC. This will be our fifth session in the city and my first one as the Managing Director. The spring session started this week and will end with the demo day on June 5th.

We considered over 1,000 companies and selected 13 for this session. The incoming class is very diverse and includes companies working in the music space, DIY kits, Wi-Fi for venues, and also several companies focusing on technical areas like virtualization, verifiable science and artificial intelligence. We are also delighted to announce that one of the companies in this class is the first ever non-profit to get into any Techstars program.

We’ve gotten truly incredible support from the 50 Techstars alumni and 300+ mentors here in NYC. We are grateful to the community for all they’ve done and we look forward to an amazing session this Spring. Here are the companies:

Concert Window
Concert Window enables musicians to play live shows from their homes.

DYO.co
DYO create uniquely personal things using a combination of personal data and 3D printing.

Hollerback
Hollerback is a mobile app that lets you talk to friends and family through short, fun video messages.

Hullabalu
Hullaballu makes original interactive books & games for children.

Infinit
Infinit develops applications for simple, fast, and secure file transfer.

Lynxsy
Lynxsy helps startups find talent for junior level non-technical roles.

Makers Kit
Makers Kit offers fun DIY kits and entertaining how-to videos.

Omakase (non-profit)
Omakase is a non-profit connecting tech world with the best small charities.

Pathgather
Pathgather develops social learning software for the enterprise.

Rival Theory
Rival Theory makes an artificial intelligence platform for the video game industry.

Social Sign.in
Social Sign.in helps venues build relationship with customers via a free WiFI.

Standard Analytics
Standard analytics builds tools and API for publishers and scientists to enable verifiable science.

Tutum
Tutum develops container virtualization technology and platform based on Docker containers.

12th March 2014

The 10 Mobile Health Teams in the Sprint Accelerator, Powered by Techstars

The first session of our three-month intensive mentor-driven program officially started yesterday. The Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator, powered by Techstars will provide entrepreneurs in this field an amazing advantage to hone their business strategies and structure and be mentored by leading technology experts from Sprint, regional healthcare leaders and successful entrepreneurs from around the country.

Teams participating in the Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator, powered by Techstars are developing solutions that encompass hardware, software platforms, transformative services, big data and mobile applications. Without further ado, the teams participating are:

Akibah
FitBark
Lifeline Response
Medicast
Ollo Mobile
Prime
Sickweather
Symptom.ly
Tenacity Health
Yosko

The ten teams come from all different regions of the U.S plus Australia, but they all have excellence in common. With the quality of these ten startups, we have no doubt they’ll achieve amazing things during the program. Follow along with our program on Twitter at @sprintaccel and on the hashtag #givefirst.

 

12th March 2014

[VIDEO] Quotes for Entrepreneurs: Eat Delicious Food

This quote was chosen by Emily LaFave. Emily founded and sold one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Food Companies, Foodzie (Techstars in Boulder, 2008) where she discovered the best products from small food crafters. Where is Foodzie now?

Check out our collection of videos over at Techstars TV. We’re also on Instagram and you can subscribe to us on YouTube.

7th March 2014

Disney Accelerator Recruiting Event Schedule

As we announced recently,  we are thrilled to be working with The Walt Disney Company on Disney Accelerator, Powered by Techstars.  We’re now hitting the road to tell the world about it! In the coming weeks, a team from Disney Accelerator will be visiting Austin, Boston, New York, Palo Alto, London, and San Francisco to share more about the program and meet some awesome founders and entrepreneurs in the media and entertainment space.

Representatives from both Disney and Techstars will be hosting events in several cities for interested entrepreneurs. Please join us to hear about this exciting new program and ask any questions you have.

Click one of the links below to request an invite. We’ll send an email to confirm your RSVP. Due to limited space, we unfortunately won’t be able to accommodate everyone, but we’ll certainly do our best!

March 9th - Austin, TX (morning session)
March 9th - Austin, TX (afternoon session)
March 12th – Boston, MA
March 13th – New York City, NY
March 18th – Palo Alto, CA
March 19th – London, UK
March 20th – San Francisco, CA
April 7th – Los Angeles, CA

Additionally, while in Austin during SXSW, we’re hosting open office hours, giving founders a chance to meet with us one-on-one. If you’ll be in Austin during SXSW, click on the link below to schedule some time with us!

Office Hours on March 10
Office Hours on March 11

Learn more and apply to Disney Accelerator, powered by Techstars by the deadline of April 16: http://disneyaccelerator.com

We look forward to reading your application!