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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LAUREN WHITEHURST wrote on June 20, 2018 at 12:57 pm:
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Jayant Khadilkar wrote on June 18, 2018 at 7:06 pm:
agreed
agreed
Avi wrote on June 18, 2018 at 1:39 pm:
Agreed
Agreed
Don Bunnell wrote on June 18, 2018 at 1:08 pm:
agreed
agreed
Bec Chapin wrote on June 18, 2018 at 10:23 am:
Tyler Mantel wrote on June 15, 2018 at 1:02 pm:
Look forward to meeting you all
Look forward to meeting you all
You Wu wrote on June 15, 2018 at 12:16 pm:
I read and agreed to the code.
I read and agreed to the code.
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Ian Price wrote on May 25, 2018 at 10:29 am:
This code of conduct encompasses ideals I believe in. Whether I end up joining a Techstars program or not, I am glad to see a startup community striving for these ideals.
This code of conduct encompasses ideals I believe in. Whether I end up joining a Techstars program or not, I am glad to see a startup community striving for these ideals.
Nikhil Kaushik wrote on May 25, 2018 at 6:33 am:
Rameez Hoque wrote on May 23, 2018 at 5:30 pm:
Honored to be part of this great community.
Honored to be part of this great community.
Margiris Šopaga wrote on May 23, 2018 at 4:41 am:
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Karen Mendes wrote on May 22, 2018 at 7:22 pm:
Fully support
Fully support
Rolandas Statulevicius wrote on May 22, 2018 at 7:36 am:
Agree
Agree
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Dipthi wrote on May 10, 2018 at 6:14 am:
good one
good one
Renata Rapalavičiūtė wrote on May 9, 2018 at 9:46 am:
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Viktorija Jasevičiūtė wrote on May 9, 2018 at 1:45 am:
very nice
very nice
Dainius Blauzdziunas wrote on May 9, 2018 at 1:43 am:
Roger Chapman wrote on May 9, 2018 at 1:30 am:
I confirm that I have read the above Code Of Conduct.
I confirm that I have read the above Code Of Conduct.
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👌
👌
Greta Skernauskytė wrote on May 7, 2018 at 2:42 pm:
Great!
Great!
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Dave Roberts wrote on April 24, 2018 at 6:48 am:
Fully in sync with this code! It's spot-on for building human-friendly and inspiring workplaces.
Fully in sync with this code! It's spot-on for building human-friendly and inspiring workplaces.
Lior Moyal wrote on April 22, 2018 at 4:24 pm:
I agree with every word!
I agree with every word!
Jens Kippels wrote on April 17, 2018 at 7:18 am:
Gordan Volaric wrote on April 17, 2018 at 5:49 am:
Great principles for building a great community!
Great principles for building a great community!
Cameron Roe wrote on April 14, 2018 at 6:26 pm:
I accept this Code of Conduct. It's not just faith in technology. It's faith in people.
I accept this Code of Conduct. It's not just faith in technology. It's faith in people.
Collin Isenhart wrote on March 21, 2018 at 12:51 pm:
What a great way to encourage ethical and proactive actions in the world. Thank you Collin
What a great way to encourage ethical and proactive actions in the world. Thank you Collin
William Robinson wrote on March 13, 2018 at 11:46 am:
Lucie Renaudin wrote on March 8, 2018 at 2:10 am:
I agree and sign this code of Conduct
I agree and sign this code of Conduct
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Silvena Linkova wrote on March 1, 2018 at 8:07 am:
Looking forward to start this adventure
Looking forward to start this adventure
Mickaël Gandon wrote on February 28, 2018 at 11:54 am:
Proud to join this new adventure 🙂
Proud to join this new adventure 🙂
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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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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:
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Valery Komissarova wrote on January 31, 2018 at 10:44 am:
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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:
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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
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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
Vishu Singhal wrote on January 21, 2018 at 10:12 am:
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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!
Noah dolgoy wrote on January 12, 2018 at 2:37 pm: