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 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).

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.

25. 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 agree to be committed to eliminating all forms of pay inequality.

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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Chris Chance wrote on October 18, 2018 at 4:04 pm:
Pawel Majak wrote on October 18, 2018 at 12:23 pm:
Agreed!
Agreed!
Jesus Garcia wrote on October 18, 2018 at 11:08 am:
Read and agreed.
Read and agreed.
Red Russak wrote on October 18, 2018 at 10:02 am:
Agreed!
Agreed!
Roman Peskin wrote on October 18, 2018 at 9:52 am:
Agreed
Agreed
Tara Backhaus wrote on October 18, 2018 at 9:49 am:
My first time attending FounderCon, looking forward to it! Techstars' Code of Conduct is something all organizations should aspire to!
My first time attending FounderCon, looking forward to it! Techstars' Code of Conduct is something all organizations should aspire to!
Eva Tang wrote on October 16, 2018 at 7:17 pm:
Jarett Diamond wrote on October 15, 2018 at 1:26 pm:
Read, agreed, adopted
Read, agreed, adopted
Jennifer Wong wrote on October 12, 2018 at 1:33 pm:
kathryn penn wrote on October 10, 2018 at 6:14 pm:
Yash Mehta wrote on October 4, 2018 at 10:14 am:
Mike Bois wrote on October 2, 2018 at 1:15 pm:
Done.
Done.
Kendra Dixon wrote on September 24, 2018 at 12:13 pm:
Signed!
Signed!
Mark Doble wrote on September 19, 2018 at 8:01 am:
Alex Crookes wrote on September 18, 2018 at 11:43 am:
Read and agreed
Read and agreed
Denis Laprise wrote on September 17, 2018 at 10:59 am:
Ryan Turner wrote on September 15, 2018 at 10:34 pm:
Agreed. Signed. Adopted.
Agreed. Signed. Adopted.
Raja Seetharaman wrote on September 15, 2018 at 8:27 pm:
Mo Chehab wrote on September 14, 2018 at 3:48 pm:
Read, agreed, adopted
Read, agreed, adopted
Mo Chehab wrote on September 14, 2018 at 3:48 pm:
Read, agreed, adopted
Read, agreed, adopted
Andrea Ruemmelein wrote on September 14, 2018 at 4:21 am:
In an ever rapidly changing world the right values and integrity are foundational in keeping and making this world a better place.
In an ever rapidly changing world the right values and integrity are foundational in keeping and making this world a better place.
Daniel Cohen wrote on September 13, 2018 at 8:27 am:
Leon Ifayemi wrote on September 12, 2018 at 4:09 pm:
🙂
🙂
Ken Huang wrote on September 12, 2018 at 3:56 pm:
signed
signed
Mat Trudel wrote on September 12, 2018 at 1:44 pm:
Doug Myers wrote on September 12, 2018 at 9:57 am:
Megan Smith wrote on September 11, 2018 at 4:27 pm:
Signed!
Signed!
Johnathan Williams wrote on September 11, 2018 at 1:57 pm:
This process has been very fun and highly engaging!
This process has been very fun and highly engaging!
Jan Ryderstam wrote on September 11, 2018 at 1:02 pm:
Fully agree!
Fully agree!
elizabeth wasserman wrote on September 11, 2018 at 10:42 am:
Honoured to participate and looking forward to meeting everyone
Honoured to participate and looking forward to meeting everyone
Rhea Claus wrote on September 11, 2018 at 10:39 am:
Jillian Roeding wrote on September 11, 2018 at 7:27 am:
Ben Wright wrote on September 11, 2018 at 5:25 am:
Love this - thank you for preparing. Signed
Love this - thank you for preparing. Signed
Nicholas Flanders wrote on September 11, 2018 at 3:33 am:
Ritz Anna wrote on September 11, 2018 at 2:02 am:
Lennart Olving wrote on September 10, 2018 at 7:22 pm:
Signed
Signed
Kofi Gyekye wrote on September 10, 2018 at 7:01 pm:
Signed!! Happy to commit.
Signed!! Happy to commit.
Kofi Gyekye wrote on September 10, 2018 at 7:01 pm:
Signed!! Happy to commit.
Signed!! Happy to commit.
Olmo Mezger wrote on September 10, 2018 at 4:52 pm:
gladly signed this code!
gladly signed this code!
Aidan Nulman wrote on September 10, 2018 at 3:08 pm:
Proud to commit to this 🙂
Proud to commit to this 🙂
Sage Franch wrote on September 10, 2018 at 12:47 pm:
Read & agreed! Thanks for making our community positive and safe for all.
Read & agreed! Thanks for making our community positive and safe for all.
Viviane wrote on September 10, 2018 at 8:47 am:
Devaux wrote on September 10, 2018 at 7:33 am:
Kevin Noertker wrote on September 10, 2018 at 7:33 am:
I have read and understood the Techstars Code of Conduct. Happy to be part of the community!
I have read and understood the Techstars Code of Conduct. Happy to be part of the community!
Duonan Yi wrote on September 10, 2018 at 6:11 am:
Sai Praneeth Muchukota wrote on September 10, 2018 at 6:08 am:
Walter Oscar wrote on September 10, 2018 at 5:56 am:
Hong Anh VU wrote on September 9, 2018 at 10:12 am:
Narjes Boufaden wrote on September 9, 2018 at 7:05 am:
I do !
I do !
Vicki Knott wrote on September 8, 2018 at 8:23 am:
Signed!
Signed!
Julien Crowe wrote on September 7, 2018 at 9:30 am:
Richard Paul Robin Hoffmann wrote on September 7, 2018 at 2:19 am:
10x
10x
Joe Stanish wrote on September 5, 2018 at 7:28 am:
Excited to be a part of the community!
Excited to be a part of the community!
Terje Nilsen wrote on September 5, 2018 at 5:37 am:
Robert Roth wrote on September 4, 2018 at 12:13 pm:
Read, agreed and looking forward to being part of the team
Read, agreed and looking forward to being part of the team
Shayan Sanyal wrote on September 4, 2018 at 11:54 am:
Give first always!!!
Give first always!!!
Billy Lai wrote on September 4, 2018 at 9:18 am:
Philippe Beaudoin wrote on September 4, 2018 at 4:39 am:
Jesse TREHARNE wrote on September 4, 2018 at 4:00 am:
Simon Webb wrote on September 4, 2018 at 3:46 am:
Romain PALMIERI wrote on September 3, 2018 at 11:39 am:
Allan Benchetrit wrote on September 3, 2018 at 10:15 am:
Looking forward to participating and contributing.
Looking forward to participating and contributing.
Benoit Courtes wrote on September 2, 2018 at 12:37 pm:
Thomas Lusson wrote on September 2, 2018 at 6:20 am:
Alexander Tange wrote on August 31, 2018 at 8:01 pm:
Happy to be part of it and share these values!
Happy to be part of it and share these values!
Caroline Pernelle wrote on August 31, 2018 at 3:29 pm:
Jamie Rosenblatt wrote on August 31, 2018 at 3:26 pm:
Naomi Goldapple wrote on August 31, 2018 at 3:22 pm:
What a great bunch!
What a great bunch!
Amanda Levin wrote on August 31, 2018 at 1:36 pm:
Anne Johnson wrote on August 31, 2018 at 1:29 pm:
Back for another round!
Back for another round!
Kevin Falk wrote on August 31, 2018 at 1:20 pm:
Emilie Gaudet wrote on August 31, 2018 at 1:17 pm:
Can't wait to start!
Can't wait to start!
Karen Holst wrote on August 31, 2018 at 1:14 pm:
Sebastien Provencher wrote on August 31, 2018 at 1:12 pm:
Michel Besner wrote on August 31, 2018 at 1:09 pm:
Done
Done
Nada Ahmed wrote on August 31, 2018 at 1:41 am:
Yukai Huang wrote on August 31, 2018 at 1:12 am:
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Halvor Engebretsen wrote on August 22, 2018 at 8:18 am:
Michael Link wrote on August 22, 2018 at 8:18 am:
Read, understood & aigned
Read, understood & aigned
Nisarg Mehta wrote on August 22, 2018 at 6:20 am:
Khalid Abbas wrote on August 22, 2018 at 5:57 am:
Pål Andre Eriksen wrote on August 22, 2018 at 2:53 am:
I have read and understood the Techstars Code of Conduct.
I have read and understood the Techstars Code of Conduct.
Pernille HAmmernes wrote on August 22, 2018 at 2:04 am:
Kurt Swakhoven wrote on August 21, 2018 at 2:19 pm:
Read & understood
Read & understood
Karamjit Bhaur wrote on August 21, 2018 at 7:47 am:
I have read and understood the code of conduct.
I have read and understood the code of conduct.
Karamjit Bhaur wrote on August 21, 2018 at 7:09 am:
I have read and understood the code of conduct.
I have read and understood the code of conduct.
Jeroen van der Hoek wrote on August 21, 2018 at 5:45 am:
Caroline Svae wrote on August 21, 2018 at 4:44 am:
Charles Oh wrote on August 20, 2018 at 6:18 pm:
Åshild Hanne Larsen wrote on August 20, 2018 at 1:16 pm:
I have read and signed the code of conduct
I have read and signed the code of conduct
Clinton Robinson wrote on August 20, 2018 at 12:27 pm:
I have read and understood the Techstars Code of Conduct
I have read and understood the Techstars Code of Conduct
Jonnnatan bustos wrote on August 20, 2018 at 8:31 am:
YJ Min wrote on August 20, 2018 at 6:45 am:
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
Charlie Pope wrote on August 17, 2018 at 1:43 pm:
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.
Alex Barlow wrote on August 14, 2018 at 6:14 am:
I have read and understood the Techstars Code of Conduct.
I have read and understood the Techstars Code of Conduct.
Kaare Finbak wrote on August 14, 2018 at 5:30 am:
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
Kristian Ebbesen Fjelde wrote on August 13, 2018 at 6:29 am:
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.
Simon Williams wrote on August 12, 2018 at 3:19 am:
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.
Namrata Baral wrote on August 10, 2018 at 2:16 pm:
Susie Kim wrote on August 10, 2018 at 12:02 pm:
Jabes wrote on August 10, 2018 at 10:55 am:
Jabes wrote on August 10, 2018 at 10:55 am:
James Coombes wrote on August 10, 2018 at 9:12 am:
Terje Heierstad wrote on August 10, 2018 at 6:00 am:
Heidi Gjersø Thaulow wrote on August 10, 2018 at 2:34 am:
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
Jonathan Garbe wrote on August 8, 2018 at 11:15 am:
Serhat Uzun wrote on August 8, 2018 at 5:55 am:
Recai Serdar Gemici wrote on August 8, 2018 at 5:54 am:
Ensar Güneşdoğdu wrote on August 8, 2018 at 5:52 am:
Rustem wrote on August 7, 2018 at 9:30 pm:
Rebecca Razulis wrote on August 7, 2018 at 9:04 am:
Rakotomalala Francia wrote on August 7, 2018 at 7:05 am:
Agreed! #Kerker
Agreed! #Kerker
Philip Hansteen wrote on August 7, 2018 at 1:38 am:
Eric A Bradley wrote on August 6, 2018 at 4:39 pm:
Bjørn-Erik Dale wrote on August 6, 2018 at 4:34 pm:
Linh Dang wrote on August 6, 2018 at 3:20 pm:
Trung Nguyen wrote on August 6, 2018 at 3:17 pm:
Agreed!
Agreed!
Aud Trondvold wrote on August 6, 2018 at 7:59 am:
Anca Jalba wrote on August 6, 2018 at 7:20 am:
Pierluigi Salvo Rossi wrote on August 6, 2018 at 7:20 am:
Arnaud Weiss wrote on August 6, 2018 at 2:25 am:
Vital SOUNOUVOU wrote on August 5, 2018 at 8:03 am:
Andy Thain wrote on August 4, 2018 at 8:17 am:
Paul Gely wrote on August 3, 2018 at 8:35 am:
Thomas Devineaux wrote on August 3, 2018 at 8:33 am:
Olga Plets wrote on August 3, 2018 at 6:00 am:
Robert Bjærum wrote on August 1, 2018 at 3:25 am:
Excited to be part of this.
Excited to be part of this.
Steve Evener wrote on July 31, 2018 at 6:34 am:
Matt Miller wrote on July 30, 2018 at 9:27 pm:
Greg Munster wrote on July 30, 2018 at 8:26 am:
Adam Dancewicz wrote on July 30, 2018 at 5:38 am:
Joel Kosloski wrote on July 29, 2018 at 7:18 pm:
Guillaume Chatain wrote on July 29, 2018 at 11:19 am:
Brittany Adams wrote on July 29, 2018 at 9:37 am:
Jay Paul wrote on July 29, 2018 at 7:10 am:
Hariton Korizis wrote on July 27, 2018 at 8:08 am:
Øyvind Nord wrote on July 27, 2018 at 7:37 am:
juan wrote on July 26, 2018 at 6:18 am:
Jordan McGee wrote on July 25, 2018 at 4:34 pm:
Jaime Esteban Salazar wrote on July 25, 2018 at 2:07 pm:
Michelle wrote on July 25, 2018 at 2:03 pm:
Jeff Beck wrote on July 25, 2018 at 1:01 pm:
David Palan wrote on July 24, 2018 at 10:02 am:
Rod Robinson wrote on July 24, 2018 at 9:13 am:
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
Sanj Sanampudi wrote on July 23, 2018 at 4:39 pm:
Bryan Wilson wrote on July 23, 2018 at 4:31 pm:
Marc-Lloyd Ramniceanu wrote on July 23, 2018 at 4:02 pm:
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
Martha wrote on July 19, 2018 at 9:11 am:
George Sadler wrote on July 19, 2018 at 6:55 am:
Sumit Kadakia wrote on July 18, 2018 at 11:27 pm:
Sam Eder wrote on July 18, 2018 at 4:58 pm:
Lisa Hom wrote on July 18, 2018 at 11:33 am:
Tom Collopy wrote on July 18, 2018 at 7:51 am:
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!