Where Are They Now? Sphero

The latest company in our Where are They Now? series features Boulder-based Sphero, who first graduated from Techstars in 2010. Their passionate mentor, Paul Berberian, joined as their CEO later on that year. Sphero has grown quickly and even with their popularity and success, decided to go through the Disney Accelerator program in 2014. This experience led to an exciting opportunity to be involved with a new robot named BB-8—a new character in the upcoming installment of the Star Wars series!

Sphero is also making a positive impact on the world with their SPRK (Schools, Parents, Robots, Kids) program. By combining technology and robots, they’re teaching and inspiring children of all ages.  Whether you’re an educator or a parent, SPRK lessons give kids a fun crash course in programming while sharpening their skills in math and science.

Check out the video below and congratulations to everyone at Sphero!

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Where Are They Now? – Ovuline

As we head into Easter weekend,  check out our new video about Ovuline as a part of our Where Are They Now? series.

Ovuline (Techstars Boston 2009) uses big data and mobile apps to help women conceive faster and have healthier pregnancies.

Ovuline’s mobile apps, Ovia Fertility and Ovia Pregnancy, are the leading women’s health apps in the Apple Store and Google Play, having helped over 2M women track their cycles and start healthy families.

In this season of new life and fertility, watch the story of how Ovuline is tracking “a new pregnancy reported every 70 seconds!”

Where Are They Now? – Ovuline “Focus on the product”

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Localytics raises an additional $35m in funding

We’re excited to release this new short video, Where Are They Now? on Localytics, who just yesterday announced $35 million in venture capital, bringing total funding to around $60 million.  Localytics, a predictive app marketing and analytics company, went through Techstars in 2009. They stayed in Boston after the program ended and now have additional offices in London and San Francisco.  Watch this short video to learn more about Localytics and some of the key factors that they attribute to their success.

Learn more about Localytics here.

Want to apply to Techstars? Check out the schedule here.

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Where Are They Now? – Simple Energy “Hiring the right people”

Check out our new video highlighting Simple Energy, a company making a positive impact on the world. Simple Energy is changing how millions of people think about energy and how utilities engage with their customers.  It has saved enough energy to take a city the size of Boulder or even Salt Lake City completely off the grid!

If you’re in Boulder next week, come see Simple Energy Founders, Yoav Lurie and Justin Segall, speak at Entrepreneurs Unplugged Tuesday, March 31st at 5:30 p.m.

Simple Energy is a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) company that uses behavioral science, big data analytics, and digital marketing techniques to change how people think about energy. Essentially, they incentivize consumers to save energy with targeted messages, personalized insight into energy consumption, and rewards.

The Simple Energy story is part of our video series on the growth and learning lessons from Techstars companies, Where Are They Now?

Congratulations to the Simple Energy team!

Where Are They Now? – Simple Energy “Hiring the right people”

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Startup Stories – Contently

Contently, who went through Techstars New York in 2011, is a marketplace that connects quality journalists with amazing publishers. They have been growing at an extraordinary rate.  Today with 50,000 journalists, nearing 70 employees, and 100 enterprise customers, mainly Fortune 500s like Coca-Cola, GE, Google, and American Express.  It’s impressive to watch them grow and make a positive impact in the world of marketing.

People have always said history is told by the victors but now in the digital age everyone has the opportunity to record their own history.  So in a sense those who tell the stories do rule the world today.
– David Goldberg, Contently

Watch this video below to hear about how they tackled the struggles of growing fast in a booming industry.  You can watch more videos about Techstars companies here.

Startup Stories – Contently “Growing in a booming industry”

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How Techstars Works

Do you want to know what it’s really like to be in a Techstars program? Techstars provides a massive interconnected network that founders can access for life, but it begins with an intense three-month program and you may be wondering how it all works.

With 15 programs across the world, including corporate accelerators with partners like Disney, Qualcomm, Barclays, Sprint, R/GA and more, there is an accelerator program for every kind of entrepreneur. Check out the schedule here and apply today!

We hope this video shows the true essence of what it’s like to be part of Techstars.  You can also check out these FAQs for additional information.

How Techstars Works

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Where Are They Now – New Videos

Towards the end of last year we started a new series of short videos on Techstars companies, Where Are They Now?  We profile some interesting companies, highlighting where they began, what they’re doing today, and some tips on how they got there.  Some Techstars companies we’ve already featured include SendGrid, DigitalOcean, ContentlyRapt MediaNestioSketchfabPlatedOccipital, Romotive, and more. As of today, 61 companies have been acquired across the Techstars portfolio and 78% are still active.  There are a ton of stories to be told and a lot to learn.

Interested in applying, check out the schedule and apply!

Where Are They Now? Trailer #2

GoSpotCheck “Starting over with a new idea”
Streamline your field teams, surveys, audits and reports with GoSpotCheck‘s Mobile Data Collection Software.

ROXIMITY “Growing a team”
ROXIMITY is a location based advertising platform that enables retailers and brands to send targeted, contextual messaging to nearby customers.
Begin your next iBeacon project with Roximity.

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The Holiday Video!

We wanted to wish you all a wonderful holiday with this video on The Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions for Entrepreneurs.  Thank you to all of the Techstars companies who helped make this video!

1. Shed some pounds, release stress Sportsy
2. Take risk, grow some balls Sphero
3. Motivate people to save energy Simple Energy
4. Move out of your parent’s basement Everlater, acquired by MapQuest
5. Let your dreams soar, without them crash SkySpecs
6. Learn something new everyday Occipital
7. Know how to pitch your company to anyone Rapt Media
8. Build something from scratch and watch it grow Maker’s Kit
9. Don’t take yourself too seriously
10. Give First!

Happy Holidays from all of us at Techstars!

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Techstars 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Are you looking for some fun gift ideas for the holidays?  Well, we have some for you!  Below are a list of creative gift ideas for people (and dogs!) of all ages and interests, plus they’re all from Techstars companies!!!  Don’t miss the promo codes offered.

Maker’s Kit -DIY Project Kits & Video Guides.  Use promo code: techstars25 for 25% off.

Litographs – Art from the books you’ve read and loved, more product videos here.  Use this discount code: SAVE10 to save 10%.

CodeStarter – For every $250 donated, they’ll ship a laptop to a kid who is waiting to enroll in a programming class. 100% of your gift covers the laptop and shipping. Donate here!

Sphero and Ollie – the app controlled robot driven by adrenaline.  Check out their website to see deals.

Romo – Your robot friend.

Occipital’s Structure Sensor – Turn your iPad into a color 3D scanner! Use this promo code for $10 off before Christmas.

Hammerhead – Hammerhead is a tool that helps cyclists find their way and discover new ones. Pre-order now!

Plated – Fresh, premium ingredients and chef-designed recipes, delivered to your door weekly.  Click here to get 4 free plates with a 6 plate min. purchase.  By redeeming this offer, you will be enrolled into a weekly subscription; you can skip weeks as needed or cancel at any time.

WeeSpring – Find the best toys and gifts for parents, babies, and kids on weeSpring.  Check out their baby gift guide.

Notion – small, extremely smart, multi-function sensor that can be placed anywhere and can help you know more about what’s happening in your home.

Brewbot – a robot that brews beer controlled and monitored using a smartphone app.  The app allows users to create, tweak or download recipes while the appliance offers the perfect brewing environment for anyone to brew their own beer.

Atlas Wristband – a fitness monitor that identifies your exercises, counts your reps and sets, calculates the calories you have burned and evaluates your form. Atlas measures your success; all you have to do is work out. Atlas is smart enough to tell the difference between push-ups and triangle pushups. Our machine learning algorithms can intelligently detect exercises in 3D effortlessly.  Discount Code: TS2015


Freedom Audio – Freedom Audio designs portable speakers for the outdoor enthusiast! Discount code for 30% off – Techstars33726

audio Pictarine – Order photo prints from your phone and pick them up from Walgreens in 1 hour. Use discount code: PHOTOPRINT50 to get 50% off!

FitBark – Redefine  the way you understand your pup, her health and behavior.  30% off all pre-orders.


Ecovent – Ecovent lets you get the right temperature in each room in your home through a system of easy to install smart vents and sensors. Use discount code: techstars for 10% off.

Invited Home Vacations – beautiful vacation rental homes with the consistency and service as fine hotels.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

You may hear us talk a lot about #givefirst at Techstars. It’s the philosophy that you give without expecting anything in return. It’s really a powerful mindset and was one of the guiding principles Techstars was founded on. Brad Feld talks about it here.  We have thousands of amazing mentors who have deep engagement with our founders, and we’re endlessly thankful for their ​dedication to helping them succeed​. These relationships don’t end after the program does,​ but often continue for life.

With that, have a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving!

Interested in learning more about Techstars mentors? Watch here.

Bill Flag

Tom Higley

Jim Franklin

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