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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Hobi RAKOTOSON wrote on February 16, 2018 at 5:41 am:
Spencer Gordon wrote on February 15, 2018 at 1:47 pm:
I love how intentional you all are about building your culture. I emailed about a job posting that I could not find on your website to your general email mailbox and received a response from Pete Nelson (Operations Coordinator) within a day's time to help me with my query. It is refreshing to see company culture/values in action. Thanks.
I love how intentional you all are about building your culture. I emailed about a job posting that I could not find on your website to your general email mailbox and received a response from Pete Nelson (Operations Coordinator) within a day's time to help me with my query. It is refreshing to see company culture/values in action. Thanks.
Daniel Goldstein wrote on February 14, 2018 at 4:40 pm:
honored to be in Techstars!
honored to be in Techstars!
Daniel Goldstein wrote on February 14, 2018 at 4:40 pm:
honored to be in Techstars!
honored to be in Techstars!
Zack Mance wrote on February 14, 2018 at 10:30 am:
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Jessy Huang wrote on February 7, 2018 at 10:10 pm:
Eddy Sánchez Salas wrote on February 7, 2018 at 5:13 pm:
I practice values, always.
I practice values, always.
Esmeralda Castellanos wrote on February 7, 2018 at 4:34 pm:
Ampition wrote on February 3, 2018 at 10:28 pm:
Peter Aceto wrote on February 3, 2018 at 11:13 am:
It is an honour to be a part of the Techstars legacy and I look forward to unselfishly helping in every way the great companies and founders I will meet.
It is an honour to be a part of the Techstars legacy and I look forward to unselfishly helping in every way the great companies and founders I will meet.
David Rosenberg wrote on February 2, 2018 at 9:47 am:
Gonzalo Mena wrote on February 2, 2018 at 9:45 am:
Marine Sully wrote on February 2, 2018 at 2:45 am:
"Be the change you want to see in the world."
"Be the change you want to see in the world."
Sam Levan wrote on February 1, 2018 at 7:14 pm:
Jon Maples wrote on February 1, 2018 at 5:29 pm:
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Manuel Vidaurre wrote on January 30, 2018 at 11:19 pm:
As Global Facilitator and Mentor I pledge this Code of Conduct and I'm honored to be part of the Techstarts Communities
As Global Facilitator and Mentor I pledge this Code of Conduct and I'm honored to be part of the Techstarts Communities
Richard Penner wrote on January 30, 2018 at 8:14 am:
Mike Jacobs wrote on January 29, 2018 at 6:25 pm:
🙂
🙂
Allyson Downey wrote on January 29, 2018 at 2:31 pm:
Sid Khattri wrote on January 29, 2018 at 12:18 pm:
Wassim Haroun wrote on January 29, 2018 at 9:11 am:
Giving is receiving.
Giving is receiving.
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Oleg Stavitsky wrote on January 23, 2018 at 4:10 am:
Signed in Berlin
Signed in Berlin
Tanya Stanfield wrote on January 22, 2018 at 3:47 pm:
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Vivek Rathore wrote on January 21, 2018 at 3:01 pm:
Happy to sign this and excited to join Techstars. Will surely make the community proud. Thanks
Happy to sign this and excited to join Techstars. Will surely make the community proud. Thanks
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Katherine Hong wrote on January 15, 2018 at 12:47 pm:
Looking forward to meeting everyone!
Looking forward to meeting everyone!
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Benjamin Balazs wrote on January 15, 2018 at 2:31 am:
Ready to fly with Techstars.
Ready to fly with Techstars.
Wardah Inam wrote on January 14, 2018 at 8:54 pm:
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Anoop wrote on January 13, 2018 at 10:01 am:
In sync!
In sync!
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Dina Carey wrote on January 12, 2018 at 7:12 am:
Love this code of conduct
Love this code of conduct
AJ Glassberg wrote on January 11, 2018 at 5:01 pm:
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Mike Prorock wrote on January 7, 2018 at 9:52 am:
Aye, aye!
Aye, aye!
Sri Artham wrote on January 5, 2018 at 9:52 pm:
Onwards and upwards - together we go!
Onwards and upwards - together we go!
Tom Jackson wrote on January 5, 2018 at 2:34 pm:
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Jørn Seglem wrote on January 4, 2018 at 2:35 am:
Giving first. Respect. Integrity. We are committed to these principles and values.
Giving first. Respect. Integrity. We are committed to these principles and values.
Shota Giorgobiani wrote on January 3, 2018 at 1:00 pm:
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Tyrre Burks wrote on January 1, 2018 at 6:49 pm:
Super excited about Techstars Boulder 2018
Super excited about Techstars Boulder 2018
Richard Unger wrote on December 30, 2017 at 7:18 am:
Looking forward to techstars Berlin!
Looking forward to techstars Berlin!
Rob Frizzell wrote on December 29, 2017 at 1:26 pm:
Rob Frizzell
Rob Frizzell
omjee mishra wrote on December 29, 2017 at 1:46 am:
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Francisco Rodrigues Gomes wrote on December 26, 2017 at 10:16 am:
We´are waiting to participate at the Sustainability Program in Denver.
We´are waiting to participate at the Sustainability Program in Denver.
Fletcher Richman wrote on December 25, 2017 at 9:35 pm:
Gaurav Bhattacharya wrote on December 23, 2017 at 11:52 pm:
Meggie Williams wrote on December 23, 2017 at 9:40 am:
Excited to be a part of the Techstars family!
Excited to be a part of the Techstars family!
Philipp wrote on December 22, 2017 at 2:16 pm:
Jeremy Freeman wrote on December 21, 2017 at 9:32 am:
Were making business for the next few years, but connections for life
Were making business for the next few years, but connections for life
Dave Blake wrote on December 21, 2017 at 8:56 am:
We're proud to be a Techstars Ventures company.
We're proud to be a Techstars Ventures company.
Jahns wrote on December 20, 2017 at 1:42 pm:
Fernanda Santos wrote on December 20, 2017 at 9:18 am:
Igidali Ashurbegov wrote on December 19, 2017 at 12:35 am:
signed today on 10/20/2017 at 10:30 in the morning.
signed today on 10/20/2017 at 10:30 in the morning.
Phil wrote on December 15, 2017 at 9:56 am:
Gautam Sadarangani wrote on December 14, 2017 at 7:21 pm:
Christian Eggert wrote on December 14, 2017 at 2:43 pm:
Jasmine Crowe wrote on December 14, 2017 at 10:39 am:
I'm excited to join the Techstars family!
I'm excited to join the Techstars family!
Jose Fernandez Villasenor wrote on December 14, 2017 at 10:32 am:
Christos Daoulas wrote on December 14, 2017 at 9:54 am:
Fail to practice success
Fail to practice success
Marko Munda wrote on December 14, 2017 at 6:46 am:
Never trust a computer you can't throw out a window.
Never trust a computer you can't throw out a window.
Jernej Mirt wrote on December 14, 2017 at 6:39 am:
Sönke Bullerdiek wrote on December 14, 2017 at 1:38 am:
Stella Ashaolu wrote on December 13, 2017 at 10:35 pm:
Changing the game...
Changing the game...
Andrew Redden wrote on December 13, 2017 at 7:57 pm:
One block at a time.
One block at a time.
Matthew Misbin wrote on December 13, 2017 at 2:51 pm:
Grateful for this opportunity with Techstars Anywhere 2018!
Grateful for this opportunity with Techstars Anywhere 2018!
Stephanie Joy Benedetto wrote on December 13, 2017 at 2:22 pm:
Together we can change the world!!!
Together we can change the world!!!
Brittany Canty wrote on December 13, 2017 at 11:05 am:
Glad to be apart of the team!
Glad to be apart of the team!
Krissa wrote on December 13, 2017 at 7:22 am:
Karina Costa wrote on December 12, 2017 at 4:38 pm:
Karina Costa
Karina Costa
Daragh Brangan wrote on December 11, 2017 at 12:46 pm:
Jeremy Thiesen wrote on December 7, 2017 at 9:26 am:
Duston Farrell wrote on December 6, 2017 at 1:55 pm:
Elliott James Perry wrote on December 5, 2017 at 3:54 pm:
Joining the family 🙌
Joining the family 🙌
Tom Goedde wrote on December 5, 2017 at 2:28 pm:
Leonel A Jauregui wrote on December 5, 2017 at 9:36 am:
Cheers! Leon.
Cheers! Leon.
Matt Quinn wrote on December 5, 2017 at 5:12 am:
Nick de Partee wrote on December 4, 2017 at 11:24 pm:
Jon Howard wrote on December 4, 2017 at 6:43 pm:
Stephen Hays wrote on November 29, 2017 at 3:42 pm:
Stephen Hays - Deep Space Ventures
Stephen Hays - Deep Space Ventures
Sebastian Wrobel wrote on November 16, 2017 at 2:18 am:
Dears! It's a pure pleasure to share the same values. Wishing Techstars and the whole community all the best! Cheers 🙂
Dears! It's a pure pleasure to share the same values. Wishing Techstars and the whole community all the best! Cheers 🙂
Mehdi Ghane wrote on November 13, 2017 at 4:25 pm:
Mehdi Ghane DataCentre Technology Architect, Mission Critical Infrastructure Project Manager.
Mehdi Ghane DataCentre Technology Architect, Mission Critical Infrastructure Project Manager.
Jens Festervoll wrote on November 13, 2017 at 12:33 am:
Aya Douba wrote on November 11, 2017 at 3:58 pm:
I will try to follow Techstars ethos and CoC because it inspires me to do better things, and do things better
I will try to follow Techstars ethos and CoC because it inspires me to do better things, and do things better
Ajet wrote on November 4, 2017 at 9:19 pm:
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Jeremy Phillips wrote on November 2, 2017 at 10:17 am: