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

At Techstars, we believe that entrepreneurs create a better future. One of the ways we do this is by behaving well and helping each other, as companies and as people.

This Code of Conduct provides guidelines for all members of the Techstars Network, including companies and people. These guidelines address both the things we do and the things we don’t do—as good actors in the world and as productive members of our #GiveFirst network.

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.

Members of the Techstars Network are expected to help each other whenever possible by quickly responding to requests (ideally within two business days), leveraging their unique skills and personal relationships to support other members, and by sharing opportunities (such as relevant RFPs and talent that they themselves cannot utilize) directly with other members.

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 respond quickly in-network. We make every attempt to prioritize and respond to requests from fellow Techstars network members, ideally within two business days.

3. 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.

4. 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 makes our success possible.

5. We respect “no” as an answer. If another member says no to a request, we respect their decision.

6. We share talent and business opportunity. Whenever we have finalist candidates that we choose not to hire directly, we share them with others in the network. When we become aware of good business opportunities that we choose not to pursue directly, we share them with others in the network.

We act with integrity.

7. 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.

8. 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.

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

10. 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.

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

12. We do not steal assets or content. We encourage and respect independent, innovating thinking. We do not plagiarize content from anyone.

13. We are responsible with controlled substances. If consuming alcohol, we do so responsibly and in moderation. Alcohol is never provided to minors. We do not drive under the influence of any legal or illegal drug. We do not distribute, use, or operate under the influence of illegal drugs (defined by local or federal law) while participating or engaging in any Techstars program or event.

14. We abide by all local and federal laws. We do not do business with bad actors. We honor international sanctions. We are careful to do business only with lawful parties.

15. We do not pay or accept bribes or kickbacks. We do not engage in any form of corruption. We act with integrity in our dealings with others and strictly prohibit corrupt activities.

We treat others with respect.

16. We commit to non-hostile, open, and welcoming workplaces. We intentionally create workplace environments where 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.

17. 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 against or harass others.

18. We are committed to diversity and inclusion. We are committed to building inclusive work environments that reflect and value the diversity of people and cultures found in the world, which we believe leads to better companies. To ensure that our commitment to diversity and inclusion are tangible, we adopt the Kapor Capital Founders’ Commitments, a set of four actions known as “G.I.V.E.” (Goals, Invest, Volunteer and Educate).

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

20. We are reachable and responsive. We 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.

21. 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.

22. We respect our legal agreements. We follow the spirit and intent of our legal agreements.

23. 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.

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

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

26. 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.

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

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

29. 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.

30. We ensure fair pay for equal work. We are committed to ensuring everyone receives fair compensation (to include all forms of equity and benefits). We appreciate the commitment our employees make to the success of our companies and agree to compensate them without regard to ability status, age, ancestry, civil union, class, color, ethnicity, familial status, gender, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, military service (current or past), national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or other status. As a member of the Techstars network, we are committed to eliminating all forms of pay inequality.

The Techstars 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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Tae Yang Kim wrote on February 23, 2020 at 5:12 am:
Hello from Seoul, Korea!
Hello from Seoul, Korea!
Armen Nazarian wrote on February 19, 2020 at 3:29 pm:
Atze Zwirs wrote on February 19, 2020 at 1:02 pm:
I hereby abide by the techstars code of conduct. Not a bad thing to abide to!
I hereby abide by the techstars code of conduct. Not a bad thing to abide to!
Rachelle Villalon wrote on February 7, 2020 at 4:20 pm:
Glad to be a part of this!
Glad to be a part of this!
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Tom Impallomeni wrote on February 3, 2020 at 10:38 am:
excited to join Techstars Music accelerator.
excited to join Techstars Music accelerator.
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Min Young Lee wrote on February 2, 2020 at 10:47 am:
Proud and honored to be part of techstars!
Proud and honored to be part of techstars!
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Mihai Hogea wrote on January 27, 2020 at 7:42 am:
Proud to be part of the Tech Stars network!
Proud to be part of the Tech Stars network!
Andrei Hogea wrote on January 27, 2020 at 7:27 am:
Proud to join the Techstars network!
Proud to join the Techstars network!
Marcus Blackwell wrote on January 26, 2020 at 11:48 pm:
Happy to sign this code of conduct
Happy to sign this code of conduct
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Petru Capatina wrote on January 26, 2020 at 3:23 am:
Good principles and solid mindset, love this conduct !! ALL IN !!
Good principles and solid mindset, love this conduct !! ALL IN !!
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Sean Mercado wrote on January 23, 2020 at 8:38 pm:
Looking forward to it!
Looking forward to it!
Abby Mercado wrote on January 23, 2020 at 8:11 pm:
So proud to be in this network.
So proud to be in this network.
Mackenzie Timbel wrote on January 23, 2020 at 7:46 pm:
David Kelbaugh wrote on January 23, 2020 at 8:12 am:
👍
👍
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Patrice Darby wrote on January 22, 2020 at 10:44 am:
Absolutely, I'm ALL in!
Absolutely, I'm ALL in!
Bobby Lincoln wrote on January 21, 2020 at 4:35 pm:
Excited to join such a great group!
Excited to join such a great group!
Jean-Loïck Michaux wrote on January 21, 2020 at 3:43 pm:
Nice to meet everyone. Excited and grateful to be part of this soulful network and respect the Code of Conduct.
Nice to meet everyone. Excited and grateful to be part of this soulful network and respect the Code of Conduct.
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Dan Cordingley wrote on January 16, 2020 at 5:27 pm:
Grateful and excited to be a part of this!
Grateful and excited to be a part of this!
Nick Loui wrote on January 15, 2020 at 6:48 pm:
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Frank van Liempt wrote on January 15, 2020 at 9:04 am:
Excited to be part of this.
Excited to be part of this.
Inga Kolba wrote on January 15, 2020 at 8:32 am:
#GiveFirst
#GiveFirst
Inga Kolba wrote on January 15, 2020 at 8:10 am:
#GiveFirst
#GiveFirst
Nate Schmidt wrote on January 14, 2020 at 4:28 pm:
Parisa Razaz wrote on January 14, 2020 at 2:29 pm:
Beautiful. I wholeheartedly agree with all statements. Thank you.
Beautiful. I wholeheartedly agree with all statements. Thank you.
Rob McIntosh wrote on January 13, 2020 at 2:03 pm:
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Lais Fonseca Alves wrote on January 12, 2020 at 3:39 pm:
Happy to be part of Techstars!!!
Happy to be part of Techstars!!!
Ana Carolina Vilela wrote on January 12, 2020 at 3:34 pm:
Proud to be a part of this!
Proud to be a part of this!
Ben Pleat wrote on January 12, 2020 at 11:19 am:
#GiveFirst
#GiveFirst
Yeshoda Karuturi wrote on January 10, 2020 at 12:01 am:
Thank you!
Thank you!
Robina Verbeek wrote on January 9, 2020 at 6:40 pm:
Michael Wright wrote on January 9, 2020 at 1:23 pm:
Thank You. Wow!
Thank You. Wow!
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Jason Tamara Widjaja wrote on January 8, 2020 at 11:21 pm:
Looking forward to meet everyone soon!
Looking forward to meet everyone soon!
Galvin Widjaja wrote on January 8, 2020 at 10:09 pm:
See you all in 2020 everyone!
See you all in 2020 everyone!
Max Greenwald wrote on January 8, 2020 at 4:54 pm:
Evan DiLeo wrote on January 8, 2020 at 2:44 pm:
Love it.
Love it.
Brian Streem wrote on January 8, 2020 at 12:00 pm:
happy to be a part of the family!
happy to be a part of the family!
Susanna Twarog wrote on January 8, 2020 at 8:05 am:
Kwame Boler wrote on January 7, 2020 at 7:13 pm:
Happy to join the Techstars family!
Happy to join the Techstars family!
Legrand Richard Groves wrote on January 7, 2020 at 5:34 pm:
Looking forward to a great 2020 class!!
Looking forward to a great 2020 class!!
Jag wrote on January 7, 2020 at 3:41 pm:
Laurent Lathieyre wrote on January 7, 2020 at 12:19 pm:
Awesome!
Awesome!
Olivier Colle wrote on January 7, 2020 at 11:53 am:
Love the code of conduct and feel excited about the program!
Love the code of conduct and feel excited about the program!
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Olivier Vincent wrote on January 6, 2020 at 2:36 pm:
Efficient and inspiring Code of Conduct. Thank you!
Efficient and inspiring Code of Conduct. Thank you!
Bryan Maleszyk wrote on January 6, 2020 at 12:10 pm:
Bryan Maleszyk
Bryan Maleszyk
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Andrea Siegel wrote on January 2, 2020 at 9:57 pm:
Excited and honored to be a part of this and looking forward to the months ahead!
Excited and honored to be a part of this and looking forward to the months ahead!
Andrea Siegel wrote on January 2, 2020 at 9:57 pm:
Excited and honored to be a part of this and looking forward to the months ahead!
Excited and honored to be a part of this and looking forward to the months ahead!
Alexander Mayor wrote on January 2, 2020 at 3:30 pm:
100% commited
100% commited
Thomas Gentle wrote on January 2, 2020 at 12:53 pm:
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Hongbo Sun wrote on January 2, 2020 at 8:14 am:
Very nice!
Very nice!
Chady Karlitch wrote on January 2, 2020 at 7:42 am:
Agree, https://web.archive.org/web/20200102144039/https://www.techstars.com/code-of-conduct/
Agree, https://web.archive.org/web/20200102144039/https://www.techstars.com/code-of-conduct/
Ahmad Chakaroun wrote on January 2, 2020 at 4:46 am:
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Shanel Fields wrote on January 1, 2020 at 5:14 pm:
Awesome!
Awesome!
Maria Tedjamulia wrote on January 1, 2020 at 4:02 pm:
Love this. I'm in.
Love this. I'm in.
Carina Boo wrote on January 1, 2020 at 3:43 pm:
Riccardo Pagano wrote on January 1, 2020 at 2:48 pm:
Committed
Committed
Mucahit Gayiran wrote on January 1, 2020 at 3:03 am:
100% agree
100% agree
Amy Molk wrote on December 31, 2019 at 3:19 pm:
Jonathan wrote on December 30, 2019 at 2:42 pm:
Hasan Basri Tosun wrote on December 29, 2019 at 1:24 am:
Yes!
Yes!
Chris Heard wrote on December 28, 2019 at 7:22 am:
Committed
Committed
Paris Mielke wrote on December 27, 2019 at 6:47 pm:
💯
💯
Hilary Klassen wrote on December 27, 2019 at 9:17 am:
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Otto Hanson wrote on December 23, 2019 at 2:12 pm:
Agreed.
Agreed.
Sante Kotturi wrote on December 23, 2019 at 1:56 pm:
All in!
All in!
yahya aqel wrote on December 23, 2019 at 2:47 am:
Alessandro Capellini wrote on December 20, 2019 at 1:43 am:
Honored to be a part of this!
Honored to be a part of this!
Manisha Gupta wrote on December 19, 2019 at 5:48 pm:
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Mag Boron wrote on December 18, 2019 at 6:56 pm:
Agree.
Agree.
Achal Patel wrote on December 18, 2019 at 7:31 am:
Pietro Marini wrote on December 18, 2019 at 3:37 am:
Jeb Hurley wrote on December 17, 2019 at 3:22 pm:
Nikita Gupta wrote on December 17, 2019 at 1:58 pm:
Proud and honored to be a part of this!
Proud and honored to be a part of this!
Jen Saxton wrote on December 17, 2019 at 1:27 pm:
Love the give first spirit!
Love the give first spirit!
Shanna Johnson wrote on December 17, 2019 at 1:13 pm:
Darren Buckner wrote on December 17, 2019 at 6:07 am:
I support the code 👍🏽
I support the code 👍🏽
David Blanchard wrote on December 16, 2019 at 11:07 pm:
👌
👌
Brooke Hurford wrote on December 16, 2019 at 7:36 pm:
Signed 🙂
Signed 🙂
Krister Kroll wrote on December 16, 2019 at 12:30 pm:
Code for integrity.
Code for integrity.
Ryan Negri wrote on December 16, 2019 at 10:42 am:
Happy to re-sign and re-pledge my allegiance to the TS code of conduct.
Happy to re-sign and re-pledge my allegiance to the TS code of conduct.
Laila Partridge wrote on December 15, 2019 at 12:49 pm:
Good to see my personal values articulated in corporate values. Delighted to sign the Code of Conduct
Good to see my personal values articulated in corporate values. Delighted to sign the Code of Conduct
raghda tarig wrote on December 15, 2019 at 6:45 am:
Kassi Strong wrote on December 13, 2019 at 8:44 am:
Grateful for the opportunity to participate!
Grateful for the opportunity to participate!
Michelle Reeves wrote on December 12, 2019 at 6:10 pm:
Proud to sign this code of conduct and build our business by the highest standards possible.
Proud to sign this code of conduct and build our business by the highest standards possible.
Grant Carlile wrote on December 12, 2019 at 12:11 pm:
#givefirst Proud of this organization and what we're doing together.
#givefirst Proud of this organization and what we're doing together.
Larson Stair wrote on December 12, 2019 at 10:38 am:
A code of conduct that I can get behind. Great stuff!
A code of conduct that I can get behind. Great stuff!
Jack Collins wrote on December 12, 2019 at 7:38 am:
Proud to be a part of this!
Proud to be a part of this!