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.

10. We don’t operate under the influence. Distributing, using or being under the influence of illegal drugs (defined by U.S. federal law) is not permitted while participating or engaging in any Techstars program or event. While alcohol may be provided at various Techstars social events, underage drinking is prohibited and we expect everyone to drink responsibly and in moderation.

We treat others with respect.

11. 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.

12. 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.

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

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

15. 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.

16. 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.

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

18. 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.

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

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

21. 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.

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

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

24. 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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Fredrik Ellekjær wrote on August 19, 2018 at 4:21 pm:
I have read and understood the Techstars Code of Conduct
I have read and understood the Techstars Code of Conduct
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Kristian Aas wrote on August 17, 2018 at 4:19 am:
I have read and understood the Techstars Code of Conduct
I have read and understood the Techstars Code of Conduct
Jakob von Egidy wrote on August 16, 2018 at 4:57 am:
I have read and understood the Techstars Code of Conduct
I have read and understood the Techstars Code of Conduct
Alex Luce wrote on August 15, 2018 at 5:05 pm:
I have read and understood the Techstars Code of Conduct.
I have read and understood the Techstars Code of Conduct.
Tim Yu wrote on August 15, 2018 at 12:29 pm:
I understand and agree with everything listed in the Techstars Code of Conduct!
I understand and agree with everything listed in the Techstars Code of Conduct!
David Anderson wrote on August 15, 2018 at 11:51 am:
Hilde Hofland wrote on August 14, 2018 at 11:20 pm:
Brandon Christopher wrote on August 14, 2018 at 10:52 pm:
I believe in this wholeheartedly!
I believe in this wholeheartedly!
David Wong wrote on August 14, 2018 at 7:38 pm:
I have read and understood the Techstars Code of Conduct.
I have read and understood the Techstars Code of Conduct.
Marek Niewiarowski wrote on August 14, 2018 at 11:29 am:
Janne Cecilie Rui wrote on August 14, 2018 at 7:18 am:
I have read and understood the Techstars Code of Conduct.
I have read and understood the Techstars Code of Conduct.
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I have read and understood the Techstars Code of Conduct.
I have read and understood the Techstars Code of Conduct.
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Rasmus M Hviid wrote on August 14, 2018 at 2:32 am:
I have read and understood the Techstars Code of Conduct
I have read and understood the Techstars Code of Conduct
Tanya Marvin-Horowitz wrote on August 14, 2018 at 1:06 am:
I have read and understood the Techstars Code of Conduct
I have read and understood the Techstars Code of Conduct
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Rasmus Finnerup Wille wrote on August 13, 2018 at 3:00 am:
I have read, understood and signed the Techstars Code of Conduct
I have read, understood and signed the Techstars Code of Conduct
Amrita Sarkar wrote on August 13, 2018 at 1:00 am:
I have read, understood and signed the Techstars Code of Conduct.
I have read, understood and signed the Techstars Code of Conduct.
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Yaseer Sheriff wrote on August 12, 2018 at 1:53 am:
I have read, understood and signed the Techstars Code of Conduct.
I have read, understood and signed the Techstars Code of Conduct.
Andrea Scarabello wrote on August 10, 2018 at 2:40 pm:
I have read, understood and signed the Techstars Code of Conduct.
I have read, understood and signed the Techstars Code of Conduct.
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T.G. Jayanth wrote on August 9, 2018 at 7:27 pm:
I have read the Techstars Code of Conduct, agree with it, and will abide by it
I have read the Techstars Code of Conduct, agree with it, and will abide by it
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Rakotomalala Francia wrote on August 7, 2018 at 7:05 am:
Agreed! #Kerker
Agreed! #Kerker
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Trung Nguyen wrote on August 6, 2018 at 3:17 pm:
Agreed!
Agreed!
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Robert Bjærum wrote on August 1, 2018 at 3:25 am:
Excited to be part of this.
Excited to be part of this.
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Rod Robinson
Rod Robinson
Wai Lee wrote on July 24, 2018 at 6:43 am:
WL
WL
Jared Poland wrote on July 23, 2018 at 9:38 pm:
Jared Poland
Jared Poland
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Jada Mclean wrote on July 22, 2018 at 12:58 pm:
Fully Support
Fully Support
Vegard Hansen wrote on July 22, 2018 at 3:04 am:
Matt Merrifield wrote on July 21, 2018 at 11:28 am:
Great code of conduct! happy to oblige
Great code of conduct! happy to oblige
Yad Konrad wrote on July 20, 2018 at 11:08 am:
Exploring the world with gusto and enthusiasm :)!
Exploring the world with gusto and enthusiasm :)!
Nadya Nguyen wrote on July 19, 2018 at 10:59 pm:
hugo contreras wrote on July 19, 2018 at 11:05 am:
Hereby I recognize the code of conduct and promise to abide
Hereby I recognize the code of conduct and promise to abide
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Lili Deligianni wrote on July 17, 2018 at 11:51 am:
We need more women to be part of this great network!
We need more women to be part of this great network!
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Michael Pagels
Michael Pagels
Anna Haney wrote on July 16, 2018 at 1:35 pm:
#GiveFirst #KickAss #TakeNames
#GiveFirst #KickAss #TakeNames
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Bryanne Leeming wrote on July 15, 2018 at 4:37 pm:
Excited to get started!
Excited to get started!
Jeff Abeles wrote on July 15, 2018 at 4:11 pm:
Mark Lee wrote on July 15, 2018 at 1:10 pm:
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Andrew Hyde wrote on July 15, 2018 at 9:32 am:
It all comes back to the golden rule in treating as you would like to be treated. Honor, respect and hard work.
It all comes back to the golden rule in treating as you would like to be treated. Honor, respect and hard work.
Elisha Patterson wrote on July 15, 2018 at 8:58 am:
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Paul wrote on July 15, 2018 at 7:33 am:
Fouad Tabsh wrote on July 14, 2018 at 3:38 am:
I'm stoked to be part of this prestigious network!
I'm stoked to be part of this prestigious network!
Andrew Loucks wrote on July 13, 2018 at 7:37 am:
Sami Saadaoui wrote on July 13, 2018 at 7:15 am:
Sandra Smith wrote on July 13, 2018 at 12:35 am:
Angie Vick wrote on July 12, 2018 at 3:22 pm:
Thank you for the opportunity!
Thank you for the opportunity!
Nolan Hobart wrote on July 12, 2018 at 11:35 am:
Looking forward to working with everyone and making this an excellent experience for all!
Looking forward to working with everyone and making this an excellent experience for all!
Michael Doernberg wrote on July 12, 2018 at 11:20 am:
Jon Bates wrote on July 11, 2018 at 1:27 pm:
Jon Bates
Jon Bates
Andrew Finkle wrote on July 11, 2018 at 11:38 am:
Excited to join the team! 👍
Excited to join the team! 👍
Kyler Tebbutt wrote on July 11, 2018 at 8:37 am:
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Ákos Deliága wrote on July 10, 2018 at 5:54 pm:
Sometimes we have to state what seems to be obvious.
Sometimes we have to state what seems to be obvious.
Josh Chang wrote on July 10, 2018 at 3:41 pm:
Can't wait for the program to start and be able to work with like-minded people in an energetic space!
Can't wait for the program to start and be able to work with like-minded people in an energetic space!
Andrew Bate wrote on July 10, 2018 at 11:45 am:
Sam Lerdahl wrote on July 10, 2018 at 10:01 am:
Let's make something great
Let's make something great
Niel Patel wrote on July 10, 2018 at 10:01 am:
Appreciate the opportunity, and am excited to work alongside this amazing network.
Appreciate the opportunity, and am excited to work alongside this amazing network.
Charles Mire wrote on July 10, 2018 at 8:28 am:
Happy to be a part of this community!
Happy to be a part of this community!
Susanne Mitschke wrote on July 9, 2018 at 12:25 pm:
Glad to be part of such a fantastic community!
Glad to be part of such a fantastic community!
Ryan Beckland wrote on July 9, 2018 at 12:24 pm:
Danielle Franco wrote on July 9, 2018 at 10:28 am:
Chelley Schaper wrote on July 9, 2018 at 9:32 am:
Excited to support the community
Excited to support the community
Anthony Herman wrote on July 9, 2018 at 5:09 am:
Colin Keogh wrote on July 9, 2018 at 5:04 am:
Great to be part of the Techstars family
Great to be part of the Techstars family
Danish Dhamani wrote on July 9, 2018 at 3:36 am:
It's an honor to be a part of this community.
It's an honor to be a part of this community.
Monica Martinsen Færøy wrote on July 9, 2018 at 12:59 am:
Ross Lawless wrote on July 8, 2018 at 5:56 pm:
Irene Villafane wrote on July 8, 2018 at 5:35 pm:
Eric Sammut wrote on July 6, 2018 at 2:07 pm:
Katherine Monson wrote on July 6, 2018 at 12:24 pm:
Looking forward to joining this community!
Looking forward to joining this community!
Hans Jørgen Løken wrote on July 6, 2018 at 5:48 am:
Hans Jørgen Løken wrote on July 6, 2018 at 5:48 am:
Jason McFarlane wrote on July 6, 2018 at 2:59 am:
David Neal wrote on July 5, 2018 at 9:14 am:
Arik Bracha wrote on July 5, 2018 at 2:40 am:
Looking forward to start.
Looking forward to start.
Jostein Bø Fløystad wrote on July 5, 2018 at 2:04 am:
Kishan Vasani wrote on July 5, 2018 at 12:05 am:
Jannis Töpfer wrote on July 4, 2018 at 3:14 pm:
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Peter Yu wrote on July 4, 2018 at 10:19 am:
Great
Great
Ray Gignac wrote on July 4, 2018 at 9:05 am:
Toby Miller wrote on July 4, 2018 at 8:12 am:
Rene Pons wrote on July 3, 2018 at 7:14 pm:
Let´s do this....
Let´s do this....
Reki Hattori wrote on July 3, 2018 at 4:52 pm:
Rui De SOUSA wrote on July 3, 2018 at 2:06 pm:
Can't wait to get started
Can't wait to get started
Clint Sookermany wrote on July 3, 2018 at 1:11 pm:
Honestly want to contribute and are looking forward to this.
Honestly want to contribute and are looking forward to this.
Cliff Reeves wrote on July 3, 2018 at 12:13 pm:
Aleck Matambo wrote on July 3, 2018 at 9:24 am:
Ole wrote on July 3, 2018 at 7:19 am:
Truly looking forward to this
Truly looking forward to this
Guy El Khoury wrote on July 3, 2018 at 6:54 am:
Anshul Lalit wrote on July 3, 2018 at 4:40 am:
Great values, and awesome platform for mentors, as well as participating startups. Looking forward to get started.
Great values, and awesome platform for mentors, as well as participating startups. Looking forward to get started.
Owen Williams wrote on July 3, 2018 at 4:22 am:
Great fit between the Techstars Code of Conduct and the Equinor Values. Cannot wait to get started.
Great fit between the Techstars Code of Conduct and the Equinor Values. Cannot wait to get started.
Knut Erik Hollund wrote on July 3, 2018 at 4:19 am:
Fully support the conducts!
Fully support the conducts!
Gunnar Sanner wrote on July 3, 2018 at 4:18 am:
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Eran Gal-Or wrote on July 2, 2018 at 4:43 pm:
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Felicia Alfieri wrote on July 1, 2018 at 11:28 pm:
Felicia Alfieri wrote on July 1, 2018 at 11:28 pm:
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Felitas Aguilar wrote on June 28, 2018 at 6:30 am:
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Craig Harvey wrote on June 27, 2018 at 4:01 pm:
Ready
Ready