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Today is always an exciting day for me.  It’s the day I get to tell you all about the companies in this next Techstars Boulder 2014 class – and it’s day 1 of the Techstars program!  But before you read about them,  I’d like to take a moment to tip my hat to the teams who weren’t selected.

I read every single application. I watched every single video. I read about their backgrounds and played with their applications.  I got to know many of the companies and their founders very well which always makes the decision gut wrenching and often heartbreaking.  This year was particularly hard and it seems to get harder every year.

But the thing I always wholeheartedly believe is that not getting into Techstars isn’t a rejection – it’s why we call it internally non-selection.  There are fantastic companies that we don’t accept for reasons that aren’t reflective of the company itself.  For instance, I think a different Techstars program is a better fit for that particular company, or I don’t have the mentors necessary to move the needle for that particular market, or the company has some things it needs to figure out before really being able to optimize around the program.

We have a couple of mantras around Techstars, and one of my favorites is #FoundersFirst.  All of my decisions map to that. And I have a team of people that help me make sure I’m staying true to that mantra.   If you read between the lines, you’ll see that theme in all of the reasons I cite above.

So, I just wanted to throw a little love to all the teams that applied but didn’t get in, for all the people that sent recommendations for them – for all the hard work everyone puts into the Techstars application process.  I can only hope you got as much out of the process as I did.  And I’m looking forward to seeing your application again next year.

No more looking backwards.  Let’s look forwards.  Without further ado, I present to you the Techstars Boulder Class of 2014!


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Mobile HR Paperwork and more


Mobile app that manages your products and their warranties, instruction manuals, and customer support


Expense reports that do themselves

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A credit card for the 21st century


Management and tracking of executive team objectives and KPIs

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Notify an entire local community about a missing child within seconds


An all-in-one sensor for simplified home security

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Platform for B2B freelance salespeople generating qualified leads for businesses

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Social media posts for SMBs

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Mobile training & coaching for sports


Virtual travel agent and mobile travel assistant

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Hiring decisions made easy

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Crowdfunded commercial solar

Nicole Glaros
Chief Innovation Officer at Techstars. She’s been with Techstars since its early days in 2009, has run 8 programs and has close to 90 companies in her portfolio. Follow Nicole at www.nearlynicole.com

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    Excited for Scholar Alum Devon Tivona and his company Varsity. So proud of you my friend!!!!!

  • 100000284329616

    i like the techstars program and i cant wait to see the episodes…please broadcast it on bloomberg pleaaaaaaaaaaaaaaz…hh