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11th September 2014

Apply to Techstars Cloud Class of 2015!

I am very excited to announce that this week we opened up applications for our third Techstars Cloud program which will be kicking off in San Antonio, TX this coming January. Our mission for this thematic accelerator is to help build companies that focus on cloud. What does that mean? If you are developing a cloud based technology or platform, a product that is complementary to the cloud, or really any technical product you are probably a fit. If you have an early-stage startup that meets this description, we would love for you to apply to the Techstars Cloud 2015 program. Our first two cloud programs have been a huge success, with graduates including DataRobot, Keen IO, Distil Networks, Cloudability, Conspire and many more. Alumni companies from the first two programs have gone on to raise more than $80M in combined funding from investors such as Foundry Group, NEA and Sequoia.

Why would you want to join the Techstars network and participate in our cloud accelerator? Techstars is building the world’s most powerful network of entrepreneurs, mentors, and investors, who are all there to help you achieve your goals. We want to help your company refine its strategy and accelerate your progress towards becoming the kind of company that can change the world. We are here to help you and your startup grow to realize the vision that inspired you to create a company in the first place.

Mentorship is at the core of all Techstars programs, and we have a huge mentor base ready to spend tons of time with you during three months of intense focus on moving your business forward. The program culminates with Demo Day in April, where the founders will pitch their companies to a room full of investors, mentors, and members of the San Antonio and Techstars community. And your Techstars experience does not end on Demo Day – you get to be part of this amazing network for life.

We accept applications from companies at all stages – some are further along and already have funding, while others are just forming their ideas and do not yet have customers or even a final product. Wherever you are in your startup journey, if you focus on cloud tech and are ready to explore the idea of accelerating your company, please apply for our next program. If you have questions about the program you can always email me at blake dot yeager at techstars dot com or find me on Twitter (@blake_yeager).

Apply for the Techstars Cloud 2015 program and let’s do more, faster.

8th September 2014

Apply to the Techstars New York City 2015 Class!

We are delighted to open the applications for our next Techstars class in New York City.

The application deadline is October 19th, and the class will kick-off mid January, finishing off with Demo Day in April. To date, we’ve done five programs in NYC, and graduated over 60 companies including Contently, Timehop, Crowdtwist, Moveline, Lua, ClassPass, Plated, Placemeter, TriggerMail, Tutum, and MakersKit.

Below is the calendar of our recruiting events. We’d love to meet with you, tell you more about the program and discuss how Techstars NYC can help you accelerate your business.

In addition to these events we will be holding office hours on Skype. Please tweet at @alexiskold to get link to the Skype calendar.

We have written about Top 10 Reasons to Join (or not Join) an Accelerator. In addition, here are the things that are particularly great about the Techstars NYC program:

1. You get AMAZING mentors

You will have access to NYC founders and CEOs, top angel investors, venture capitalists, as well as amazing mentors with background in product, engineering, marketing and finance.

2. You really grow & accelerate your business

The program is rigorous and metrics driven. We help the companies make tangible progress and help grow & accelerate their business. Our approach is based on numbers, because numbers and facts are a lot more fundable than just stories (we love stories too, but we love stories with numbers more).

3. You get a network for life

Techstars is not just a 13 week intense program. It is one of the largest and fastest growing networks of entrepreneurs around the world.  Once you are a Techstar, you are a Techstar for life, and you get to be part of the network that helps you go faster and accelerate your current and future businesses.

4.  You are at the center of NYC tech scene

New York has become a great place to build a startup. We have a ton of smart business people, engineers, entrepreneurs, executives, and investors who are working together to create valuable and lasting companies in NYC. By joining our next program you put yourself at the center of it all – literally, our brand new 13,000 SQ FT space is overlooking Times Square and the Empire State Building.

We are calling on all passionate entrepreneurs with big vision and focus on execution. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to apply. We particularly look forward to seeing companies building unique, interesting technologies and companies with revenue and real traction.

4th September 2014

Techstars announces Equity Back Guarantee

Today Techstars is announcing an equity back guarantee that goes into into effect for all companies participating in a Techstars program starting in 2015 and beyond. The reason for this is quite simple. We firmly believe in the value of the Techstars accelerator program and in the long term value of our network. This makes it easy to take this step to “put our equity where our mouth is.”

Over the years, but especially now that we’ve scaled up to 13 different locations, we’ve seen more companies coming to Techstars not only for our accelerator program but also to leverage the ongoing value of the Techstars network. Techstars is now a massive interconnected network of over 3,000 successful entrepreneurs, mentors, investors, and corporate partners. That network value lasts a lifetime, whether you’re starting your first company or your fifth.

Some of the founders we’ve funded over the years have been skeptical of the value of Techstars on the front end. Most of those ended up talking with the alumni of Techstars and ultimately got comfortable and made the leap of faith. But we’ve noticed a very clear and consistent pattern: they’re never skeptical of the value after the Techstars program ends. In fact, they tell us consistently that it was completely worth it. The equity back guarantee completely removes this up front concern that some may have.

Now, if you’re a founder who wants to get efficient and focused feedback, challenge yourself to be better, build your network, and leverage the massive Techstars network, you can do it in a completely risk free way. You can participate in Techstars under our standard terms, which now includes this equity back guarantee for every single company. At the end of the Techstars program, your company will have 3 business days to lower or eliminate our equity position if they’re not satisfied with the value of Techstars.

In the Techstars tradition of #givefirst, we’re proud to offer our equity back guarantee to ensure that every company we work with is completely satisfied with the value that we provide. We hope to see your company applying to Techstars soon. You quite literally have everything to gain, and nothing to lose.

29th August 2014

Techstars Descends Upon Austin, TX!

Techstars is descending upon Austin, TX next week for two back-to-back events – our Austin Demo Day on Wednesday, September 3rd, followed by FounderCon on the 4th and the 5th. Check out the list of companies who will be participating in Demo Day, and to the Techstars Austin 2014 class, best of luck!

FounderCon is our annual event for all Techstars companies past and present – with two full days of keynotes and breakout sessions, and tons of opportunity to network with almost 400 Techstars founders and alumni from across our 36 programs to date.

This year’s FounderCon theme is “Connect” and it’s all about helping companies in the Techstars network create new and deeper connections. What do we mean by Connect?

  • Showcasing the strength of the Techstars network – including over 3,000 founders, alumni, mentors, investors, and corporate partners.
  • Celebrating Techstars companies past and present by bringing together almost 400 people to share stories, high-five big wins, and learn from an impressive peer group of entrepreneurs.
  • Embedding ourselves in the Austin tech community, kicking off with Demo Day and then following on with a community networking event, community coffee meet-ups, and other opportunities to support the local market.

Check out the impressive list of speakers and sponsors helping to make FounderCon happen:

 

We can’t wait to meet those who will be in Austin next week! It’s not too late to join us for FounderCon, so if you’ve been through a Techstars program past or present, just pull the trigger – it promises to be a don’t miss! Reach out to john.hill@techstars.com for details.

28th August 2014

The 10 Newest Techstars Alumni

Each year I look forward to Demo Day more than any other day of the year.

Each year I am more and more amazed by the entrepreneurs and what they accomplish.

Each year the bar is raised higher and higher. It cannot continue forever, but it certainly did yesterday, WOW!

With the pressure on and the House of Blues packed, our ten companies gave the best presentations of their lives. They rose to the occasion, putting an exclamation point on months of intense hours and late nights.

It has been my pleasure to watch our entrepreneurs grow and their products develop over the summer. It’s a testament to the Techstars approach that we were able to pack years worth of acceleration into just a couple of months. We definitely did more, faster.

Join me in wishing them great luck in the future, not that they need it. These ten teams have the never-stop work ethic that creates luck in the first place.

They are going to succeed, and with your help, they can succeed even faster. Whether it’s as an investor, as a customer or just as a cheerleader, find a way to support our ten newest Techstars alumni. They’ve earned it.

 

Clutch Prep helps college students get better grades with textbook-specific videos.My favorite moment of their pitch: “Voodoo Math”www.ClutchPrep.com
Data Everywhere is the cloud database that unlocks your spreadsheet data and makes it available in Excel, Google Sheets, iOS, APIs and more.My favorite moment of their pitch: “(before DataEverywhere) You are in ‘Excel Hell!’”www.DataEverywhere.com
Gamewisp gives gaming celebrities the tools to interact with their devoted fans and monetize their content.My favorite moment of their pitch: “Be the mushroom to our Mario.”www.Gamewisp.com
InRentive automates marketing and analysis of residential rental listings across multiple listing services and social media platforms.My favorite moment of their pitch: “Four times as many at 7% higher rates…”listings.inRentive.com
MartMobi helps online retailers dramatically increase mobile conversions by offering beautiful sites and apps using our turnkey mobile e-commerce platform.My favorite moment of their pitch: “BOOM!”www.MartMobi.com
NexLP’s next-generation analytics and visualization technology dramatically reduces enterprise costs related to eDiscovery, fraud investigations and compliance.My favorite moment of their pitch: The announcement of $2M in funding.www.NexLP.com
Package Zen makes managing deliveries and packages simple, beginning with solutions for front desk staff, doormen and mailrooms.My favorite moment of their pitch: “We just processed 500 more packages, here at the House of Blues…”www.PackageZen.com
Tangiblee enables online retailers to provide a realistic shopping experience for any product, leading to higher conversion, fewer returns and happier customers.My favorite moment of their pitch: “We help you with your marriage”www.Tangiblee.com
Telnyx is enabling universal voice communication via the web, regardless of application or device type.My favorite moment of their pitch: “True VoiP is a fraud”www.Telnyx.com
WeDeliver provides a digital platform for flexible, on-demand delivery of unique and curated products in order to increase local merchant sales.My favorite moment of their pitch: The launch of their new product, Locally. www.WeDeliver.us

26th August 2014

Mentor Spotlights

It’s time to show off some more amazing mentors in the Techstars network.  Below are some super short videos with tips and recommendations from some of the most seasoned entrepreneurs from across the Techstars network.

Jason Mendelson, Managing Partner at Foundry Group

David Mandell, CEO & Founder at PivotDesk

Howard Diamond, CEO at MobileDay

Chris Moody, Data Strategy at Twitter

Kevin Menzie, CEO & Founder and Jeff Rodanski, Partner & Creative Director of Slice of Lime

21st August 2014

Wisconsin Patriot Boot Camp presented by Techstars

We are excited to announce the next Patriot Boot Camp (PBC):

Wisconsin Patriot Boot Camp presented by Techstars. (Apply here!)

The event will be held in Madison, WI from September 26th – 28th, 2014.

For those of you not familiar with PBC, it is a 3-day program focused on our nations’ veterans and their families, intended to be the catalyst to spark a company, find a co-founder, or connect with a business mentor. PBC leverages the Techstars network to provide entrepreneurial education and mentoring that helps participants solidify a business idea, improve their fundraising pitch, and demonstrate progress along their entrepreneurial and employment path. The program was launched in 2012, and it has supported more than 225 Veterans entrepreneurs to date.

The Wisconsin Event is part of the evolution of PBC.  We are expanding from our previous, annual events in Washington, DC (2012 & 2013) and New York City (2014) to regional events led by our alumni, military veteran entrepreneurs, and local business leaders. This move is our first step toward making Patriot Boot Camp available and accessible to more Veteran entrepreneurs.

The Wisconsin Patriot Boot Camp will be the first program organized and led by PBC alumni, partnering with local military veteran entrepreneurs, and other Wisconsin business leaders and sponsors.

Applications for PBC are now open to veterans, active service members and/or their spouses or direct family members. If you qualify, please consider applying. If you know any candidates for the program, please encourage them to apply. Applications are accepted and approved on a rolling admissions basis. The application deadline for an early-decision is Friday, August 29th and the primary deadline for applications is Friday, September 5th, 2014.

I am confident great work will be accomplished at Wisconsin Patriot Boot Camp! Please help us spread the word. Click here to tweet: http://ctt.ec/7a4tS

20th August 2014

Techstars Boulder Informal Job Fair on 8/27

Companies in the current Techstars Boulder 2014 class are trying to do more faster, and they need to hire immediately!

On Wed, Aug 27th, from 6-7:30 pm EST, Techstars Boulder will open its doors to highly passionate and motivated people wanting to work for a startup.  You’ll meet the companies in the current class that are hiring over an informal beer. There won’t be an agenda for the evening, just networking with great startups!

Available Positions include:

  • Designer (UI/UX)
  • Graphic Designer
  • Business Development
  • Growth Hacker
  • Account Manager
  • Inside Sales Person
  • Sales & Marketing Generalist
  • Sales Executive
  • Sales Manager
  • Marketing Intern
  • Marketing Director
  • Director or VP of Marketing (DOE)
  • Senior Developer
  • Junior Developer
  • Full-Stack Engineer/Generalist
  • Director or VP of Operations (DOE)
  • Operational/Organized Rockstar

Companies looking to hire:

All4Staff
Bawte
ExpenseBot
Final
Kapta
Lassy Project
Shareable Social
Sportsy
Varsity
Wunder

Requirements: Want to work for a very early stage startup. That’s it.

Please bring a bunch of hard copies of your resume, and don’t wear a suit!

RSVP here

19th August 2014

Startup Stories – Sketchfab “Having International Offices

In 2013 Sketchfab, a platform to publish, share and embed interactive 3D models, joined Techstars. The founders moved from Paris to New York City within a month and since the beginning Sketchfab has grown massively fast.  They started with about 50 visits to their site a day and are now 50,000+ visits a day.

Below is a short video on how Sketchfab operates having international offices and an example of an interactive 3D image.

Volkswagen Beetle
by slavinek
on Sketchfab

14th August 2014

Announcing the Techstars Boston Class of 2014

We are thrilled to announce the next Techstars class in Boston! This will be the eighth Techstars program in Boston, and my first as Managing Director. Our session began this week, and will wrap up with a demo day on November 12th.

We continue to be blown away with the quality of applications and love the diversity of their businesses, some of which have come to Boston from as far away as Australia, Holland, Croatia, France, Russia, and even San Francisco. This session the program includes five hardware and seven software companies that range from bringing cellular connectivity to the next billion people in the developing world, to sparking a new generation of innovation in data science through a machine learning platform.

We are honored to have such strong support from our mentors, investors and sponsors in the Greater Boston community, and we couldn’t thank them enough.

And now, the Techstars Boston Fall 2014 class:

  • Codeanywhere is a cloud based code-editor, development, and collaboration platform.
  • CoolChip designs next-generation kinetic coolers for electronics enabling quieter, smaller and cooler product experiences.
  • EdTrips makes field trips easy and drives more visitors to educational destinations by consolidating the booking and payment of trips among multiple locations and services.
  • Fairwaves develops disruptive open-source mobile network equipment and software to bring cell phone service to the next billion people.
  • Fortified Bicycle is building an urban cycling brand with MIT-engineered hardware.
  • Headtalk‘s platform enables a new kind of nonverbal communication with wearable devices.
  • Helloblock‘s  API simplifies accepting online payments through Bitcoin.
  • indico is building the world’s first IDE for machine learning.
  • ROCKI is creating the standard for listening to the music you love on the speakers you already have.
  • Spitfire Athlete is building a brand that stands for strength and badassery among women, starting with a fitness app.
  • Streamroot cuts bandwidth costs for online broadcasters with native peer-to-peer video streaming technology.
  • Splashscore‘s influencer activation engine helps large consumer brands find and activate their most influential customers on social networks to drive more clicks, likes, leads, and sales.