If you have witnessed a violation of our Code of Conduct please report it here.

Techstars companies must hold themselves to the highest standards as part of the Techstars community. We recognize that each of us is an ambassador for Techstars and for each other. Integrity in each of our companies is central to protecting our reputation for each other and for future companies. As part of the Techstars global community, we realize that we are living in public and need to act appropriately at all times. Therefore, those who do not abide by this Code of Conduct will be removed from the Techstars community and will no longer have access to the associated benefits.

The Techstars Code of Conduct revolves around three key principles.

  1. We give first.
  2. We act with integrity.
  3. We treat others with respect.

We give first.

1. We help others whenever possible.  We are all busy, but when the ask is sincere and realistic, we respond and help. We are respectful of each other’s time and are clear and focused in our requests.

2. We deliberately create a virtuous cycle. We proactively work to give back to the ecosystem by giving first to others in our community with no specific expectations of return.

3. We appreciate the help of others. No one goes it alone – startups are a team activity. We express our appreciation for the help of our customers, mentors, and others that make our success possible.

We act with integrity.

4. We are honest and transparent. If we say something either publicly or privately, then we believe that it is true. We do not intentionally omit important and relevant factual information in an effort to deceive others. We strive to be clear and transparent in our communications.

5. We protect sensitive information. When we are entrusted with sensitive, confidential or personal information we use appropriate measures to secure it. We respect requests for privacy and confidentiality.

6. We communicate with our investors. We will send an update on our business at least every six months and be responsive to their inquiries.

7. If we fail, we fail well. If we are going out of business, we will notify our customers and make their data available to them for at least 60 days. We will advise every one of our investors and provide the chance to discuss what went wrong in a live conversation. If we know the company is going to fail, we attempt to return as much capital to investors as possible.

8. We disclose known conflicts of interest early. We err on the side of too much disclosure.

9. We do not steal assets or content. We encourage and respect independent, innovating thinking.

We treat others with respect.

10. We commit to non-hostile, open, and welcoming workplaces. We commit that employees, partners, customers, and visitors feel accepted and free to express their opinions, concerns, and needs with an expectation that they will be heard and respected. We communicate professionally and appropriately at all times.

11. We don’t tolerate illegal discrimination or harassment in any form. We will quickly fire employees who do this, and train our employees to recognize and address bad behavior. We will ban or fire mentors, investors, employees, contractors and others who discriminate or harass others.

12. We encourage diversity. We commit to seeking diverse perspectives and building inclusive work environments, which we believe leads to better companies.

13. We stand up for others. We appropriately intervene in situations when we witness violations of this Code and report violations.

14. We are reachable and responsive. We will enable standard forms of communication so that anyone doing business with us can have a reasonable expectation of receiving a response in a timely fashion.

15. We participate in both offline and online forums with respect. We don’t cause or participate in flame wars online. We participate in respectful discourse in all forums. We do not comment anonymously or with false identities.

16. We respect our legal agreements. We do not attempt to circumvent their intentions.

17. We keep our promises. If we commit to do something, we do our best to do it. If we can’t keep our promises for some reason then we strive to make it right in any way possible.

18. We do right by our customers. We strive to deliver products that delight our customers and seek to exceed their expectations.

19. We do not attack others electronically. We don’t maliciously attack others using scripts, robots, or similar techniques.

20. We are not spammers. We do not send bulk unsolicited email nor do we scrape contact lists and abuse them. We don’t harass prospective customers who have clearly said no to us and opted out of communications.

21. We work for the benefit of our companies. We always work for the benefit of our company, not for our own personal benefit.

22. We encourage professional development. As founders, we do everything we can to ensure the happiness and professional growth of our employees.

23. We avoid gossip. We don’t share disparaging comments and rumors about others. We are constructive in our feedback and always provide it directly to the individual or company to which it pertains.

The Techstars Founders Code of Conduct is a living document managed by our community. For suggested changes, please contact us.

If you have witnessed a violation of our Code of Conduct please report it here.


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Cathy Gaffigan signed on July 21, 2017 at 9:56 pm
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I love this family Constitution!
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Key: We must stand up for others, *and* we must stand up against injustice in any form. This includes against any form of unfair discrimination, not just "illegal discrimination".
Key: We must stand up for others, *and* we must stand up against injustice in any form. This includes against any form of unfair discrimination, not just "illegal discrimination".
Data Ng signed on July 19, 2017 at 12:32 am
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I fully support this!
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Happy to sign
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#OneForAll
#OneForAll
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integrity is key
integrity is key
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Jungah Lee
Jungah Lee
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Be transparent; delight our customers.
Be transparent; delight our customers.
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Thank you.
Thank you.
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“To be or not to be is not the question, the vital question is how to be and how not to be…” - Abraham Joshua Heschel. Our own decisions make the difference! All of our support to this great vision: #GiveFirst.
“To be or not to be is not the question, the vital question is how to be and how not to be…” - Abraham Joshua Heschel. Our own decisions make the difference! All of our support to this great vision: #GiveFirst.
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We fully support the Techstars Code of Conduct.
We fully support the Techstars Code of Conduct.
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I'm so in — love this.
I'm so in — love this.
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Sensefinity fully supports and encourages their partners to follow Techstars Code of Conduct.
Sensefinity fully supports and encourages their partners to follow Techstars Code of Conduct.
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It's our responsibility to all of us to help all our peers, employees, friends to make the ecosystem as enjoyable as possible for everyone and create a virtuous cycle. Sometimes stating the obvious is not that obvious to everyone. It's great to be part of a community where we are pushing each other to be better! 🙂
It's our responsibility to all of us to help all our peers, employees, friends to make the ecosystem as enjoyable as possible for everyone and create a virtuous cycle. Sometimes stating the obvious is not that obvious to everyone. It's great to be part of a community where we are pushing each other to be better! 🙂
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Of course!
Of course!
Kyle Wild signed on July 10, 2017 at 1:18 pm
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Jda@preesale.com
Sofia Quintero signed on July 10, 2017 at 12:52 pm
Just be kind.
Just be kind.
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Thanks!
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A valid code of conduct, agreed.
A valid code of conduct, agreed.
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Absolutely!
Absolutely!
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I have some very creative ideas to put together I am passionate about . I am hoping to network and bounce these ideas off other like minded souls so we can collaboratey make them a reality . Hopefully I can be a founder in the near future and make my dreams come true .
I have some very creative ideas to put together I am passionate about . I am hoping to network and bounce these ideas off other like minded souls so we can collaboratey make them a reality . Hopefully I can be a founder in the near future and make my dreams come true .
Gustavo Alvarez Moreno signed on July 6, 2017 at 5:24 am
Totally aligned with this values.
Totally aligned with this values.
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Totally on board with these core values.
Totally on board with these core values.
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Stavros Messinis signed on July 5, 2017 at 10:30 pm
This code of conduct is something we will both sign up to as well as employ within our own local organisation. Thank you
This code of conduct is something we will both sign up to as well as employ within our own local organisation. Thank you
Sierra Moller signed on July 5, 2017 at 9:48 pm
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Keep working, keep educating, keep improving!
Keep working, keep educating, keep improving!
John Fein signed on July 5, 2017 at 7:25 pm
100%!
100%!
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Absolutely, signed.
Absolutely, signed.