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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Tanya Stanfield signed on January 22, 2018 at 3:47 pm
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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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Looking forward to meeting everyone!
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Ready to fly with Techstars.
Ready to fly with Techstars.
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In sync!
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Love this code of conduct
Love this code of conduct
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Aye, aye!
Aye, aye!
Sri Artham signed on January 5, 2018 at 9:52 pm
Onwards and upwards - together we go!
Onwards and upwards - together we go!
Tom Jackson signed on January 5, 2018 at 2:34 pm
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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 signed on January 3, 2018 at 1:00 pm
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Tyrre Burks signed on January 1, 2018 at 6:49 pm
Super excited about Techstars Boulder 2018
Super excited about Techstars Boulder 2018
Richard Unger signed on December 30, 2017 at 7:18 am
Looking forward to techstars Berlin!
Looking forward to techstars Berlin!
Rob Frizzell signed on December 29, 2017 at 1:26 pm
Rob Frizzell
Rob Frizzell
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We´are waiting to participate at the Sustainability Program in Denver.
We´are waiting to participate at the Sustainability Program in Denver.
Fletcher Richman signed on December 25, 2017 at 9:35 pm
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Meggie Williams signed 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 signed on December 22, 2017 at 2:16 pm
Jeremy Freeman signed 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 signed 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 signed on December 20, 2017 at 1:42 pm
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signed today on 10/20/2017 at 10:30 in the morning.
signed today on 10/20/2017 at 10:30 in the morning.
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I'm excited to join the Techstars family!
I'm excited to join the Techstars family!
Jose Fernandez Villasenor signed on December 14, 2017 at 10:32 am
Christos Daoulas signed on December 14, 2017 at 9:54 am
Fail to practice success
Fail to practice success
Marko Munda signed 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 signed on December 14, 2017 at 6:39 am
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Stella Ashaolu signed on December 13, 2017 at 10:35 pm
Changing the game...
Changing the game...
Andrew Redden signed on December 13, 2017 at 7:57 pm
One block at a time.
One block at a time.
Matthew Misbin signed 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 signed on December 13, 2017 at 2:22 pm
Together we can change the world!!!
Together we can change the world!!!
Brittany Canty signed on December 13, 2017 at 11:05 am
Glad to be apart of the team!
Glad to be apart of the team!
Krissa signed on December 13, 2017 at 7:22 am
Karina Costa signed on December 12, 2017 at 4:38 pm
Karina Costa
Karina Costa
Daragh Brangan signed on December 11, 2017 at 12:46 pm
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Joining the family 🙌
Joining the family 🙌
Tom Goedde signed on December 5, 2017 at 2:28 pm
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Cheers! Leon.
Cheers! Leon.
Matt Quinn signed on December 5, 2017 at 5:12 am
Nick de Partee signed on December 4, 2017 at 11:24 pm
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Stephen Hays signed on November 29, 2017 at 3:42 pm
Stephen Hays - Deep Space Ventures
Stephen Hays - Deep Space Ventures
Sebastian Wrobel signed 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 signed 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 signed on November 13, 2017 at 12:33 am
Aya Douba signed 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
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Associate of Techstars.
Associate of Techstars.
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Irfaan signed on October 26, 2017 at 7:24 pm
Indeed.
Indeed.
Bijan signed on October 26, 2017 at 1:09 pm
Keith Teare signed on October 26, 2017 at 10:13 am
Happy to sign because we believe...
Happy to sign because we believe...
Marc de GIBON signed on October 26, 2017 at 9:37 am
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Navid Nathoo signed on October 22, 2017 at 9:33 pm
I wish all organizations did this, the world would be a better place.
I wish all organizations did this, the world would be a better place.
John Bliss signed on October 22, 2017 at 5:21 pm
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Richard Hepburn signed on October 15, 2017 at 11:26 pm
Honest values the world should follow!
Honest values the world should follow!
Kraze Tha Texas Boy signed on October 11, 2017 at 6:07 pm
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Laurel signed on October 2, 2017 at 6:43 pm
Very much admire that this expectation is established and shared, well before the program. Kuddos. Love this and look forward to contributing to the TS culture.
Very much admire that this expectation is established and shared, well before the program. Kuddos. Love this and look forward to contributing to the TS culture.
Hollyann Wood signed on October 2, 2017 at 12:17 pm
Office Manager, Austin Techstars Program
Office Manager, Austin Techstars Program
kip steele signed on September 29, 2017 at 4:26 am
2X PBC Alum, 3X founder, Semper Fidelis
2X PBC Alum, 3X founder, Semper Fidelis
Saucier signed on September 28, 2017 at 10:09 am
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Always improving.
Always improving.
Gorce Momboisse signed on September 22, 2017 at 9:22 am
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Brian Daly signed on September 21, 2017 at 4:54 am
Brian Daly signed on September 21, 2017 at 4:54 am
Brian Daly signed on September 21, 2017 at 4:54 am
Brian Daly signed on September 21, 2017 at 4:54 am
Brian Daly signed on September 21, 2017 at 4:54 am
Brian Daly signed on September 21, 2017 at 4:54 am
Brian Daly signed on September 21, 2017 at 4:54 am
Brian Daly signed on September 21, 2017 at 4:54 am