Full Circle [Startup Weekend, Startup Week + Techstars]

This post originally appeared on andrewhy.de. 

The top two companies that have had a positive impact on my life are Startup Weekend and Techstars. Big news about both today, as told in how I view it:

The company I founded (and moved on, and rejoined after travel) was just acquired by the company I was the first non-founder employee at (and moved on, and now rejoined after joining the first, first).

Full circle.

Startup Weekend became UP Global when it transitioned into a non profit which is when I I exited to start running other movements like Startup Digest and Startup Next. All of these programs are now a proud part of Techstars. This is inspiring and phenomenally good news.. and hysterical. I was the first non founder employee of Techstars. During the period that I kept showing up to the office pretending I had a job (and eventually actually having a job) I started Startup Weekend. The year I left Techstars I started Startup Week which joined with UP Global in 2014.

I’m extremely excited for the future. The two companies that made the most impact on me as a person are joining up.

Techstars coverage.

UP Global coverage. 

TechCrunch coverage. 

I have to thank David Cohen for taking a random meeting with me and letting me hang out in 2007 pushing me to do big things. Huge thank you to Brad Feld who has reached superhuman status in my book as a supporter of community. Thanks to Marc Nager for bringing new life and showing the world Startup Weekend. The biggest thanks would have to go to the thousands of volunteers that make our programs work. These volunteers give back to their communities to make them a better place for entrepreneurship and are just stunningly good people.

I’ve seen both companies as an early founder or employee. I love them both. I’m excited to see them both grow with this partnership.

So what is next for Startup Week? We get to continue to grow and support entrepreneurship around the world!

What is next for Startup Weekend? We get to continue to grow and support entrepreneurship around the world!

What is next for Techstars? Well, I plan to bring back my hand screen printed notebooks (as modeled by Dick Costolo here).

My office will shift from various coffeeshops around the world to various coffeeshops around the world plus the Techstars office.

I’ll keep my ears open on new programs to develop and other ways to help everyone in the world have access to experiencing entrepreneurship.

The future is bright.

The future is bright.


LA Startup Week Celebrates Their First Year

Today marks the first day of LA Startup Week, a five day celebration of the Los Angeles entrepreneurial community.

LA Startup Week


Quite a daunting event thinking of throwing a Startup Week in the second largest city in the US! LA Startup Week is in their first year and are hosting over 30 events to celebrate their community. They have speakers from Techstars, IBM, SendGrid, SoftLayer, GA and Keen.io (among a ton of others).

The biggest number? 876 Startups. That is amazing.


LA as a startup community is in such an interesting space. You can almost feel the chip on their shoulder being so talented and together (but so close to the Valley). In the last three years they seemed to really rally around new accelerators, coworking spaces and a few big startup wins. They have a ton of events and different parts of the entrepreneurship community coming together to celebrate who they are as a community. Interested in attending? Grab your free ticket to LA Startup Week here!


Edmonton Startup Week Starts Today (Whatever You're Thinking, Think Bigger!)


Edmonton Startup Week is kicking off today with 20 events over five days covering all parts of the startups including mentoring, pitches, networking, design and event a scavenger hunt. Big events include

And then also the Startup Crawl on Tuesday, Oct 21:
Launch Party 5 on Thursday, Oct 23:
I love how Edmonton is really looking at the development of the startup community as a long term strategy. From their founder Ken Bautista’s post about this issue:

We could have kept organizing event after event. But we believed that to really move the needle, we needed to think bigger ourselves. Which meant we needed to think longer term about what we were building: How could we support what was happening in between events? How could we provide a place where creative, smart minds could gather on a regular basis to support each other, collaborate, and build companies from the ground up? How could we activate a talent pipeline capable of outputting wave after wave of smart creatives needed to start and grow companies 10–20 years from now?

From an outside view Edmonton’s leadership is doing quite a few things extremely well.  First, they really are focusing on their authentic community and really building for a longterm goal. Very few communities have this vision and leadership. The second thing they are doing phenomenally well is getting out of their community to check in on what is working for other communities. I saw them at Boulder and Austin Startup Week looking for what they could bring back.  The third thing? Posters like this. A robot on roller-skates encouraging me to think bigger: 

Edmonton Startup Week

Check out their full schedule at Edmonton Startup Week!

What to Look for at Seattle Startup Week 2014




Seattle Startup Week is upon us! Monday morning starts a five day, free, entrepreneur led event celebrating what makes Seattle great. The week has over 60 events from keynotes to coffee meetups (a bit of something for everyone). How should you plan out your week? The venues are all over town and the events cover everything from the beginning of starting a business to looking back at what didn’t work. The ‘tracks’ or themes of the events are:

  • Design
  • Marketing
  • Development
  • Basecamp
  • New to Seattle
  • Failure
  • University
  • Startup Legal & Finance
  • Scale Up
  • Keynotes
  • Social Good
  • Women
  • Veteran

Each track has more than a few events to attend.Seattle Startup Week

All week there will be a Basecamp, with a ton of programming, coffee, snacks and more. We are at Impact Hub at 220 2nd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104 almost all day for the full week. Come by to cowork, for an event or just to meet other great members of the Seattle community.

Highlights of the week? There are a ton and if I left any out make sure to call me out with your own post! Let me pick my top 10 (but really, I’m excited about all of them).

What is a High Growth Startup? – I met Aviel Ginzburg at the first Startup Weekend in Seattle and have watched how his high growth startup has flourished in Simply Measured.  

Fireside Chat w/ Scott Porad is happening at Basecamp sponsored by Chase. Scott is an incredible guy and I have nothing but respect for what he has done in Seattle. 

If you are new to town “I moved to Seattle and…” will be a great place for you. Lots of other folks in the same situation can share and learn.

Heart Attack – When Rand Fiskin of Moz called 911 –  I’ve been a longtime user of Moz and have a ton of respect for how open and honest Rand is.

Code & Coffee looks like a great gathering of developers just having a laid back gathering over coffee, and I wish I had a weekly version of this. 

Fireside Chat w/ Susan Preston  – This event intrigues me because I have no idea what the Seattle Angel ecosystem is about and Susan looks like an incredible leader.

Women Founders & CoFounder Roundtable  – Awesome looking roundtable.

New Tech Seattle – A Startup Week Keynote Event looking at new companies and a big look at community.

Seattle Startup Week Keynote – Rich Barton – Zillow has been the story of the year and it will be amazing to hear Rich talk about it.

Fireside Chat with Sir Mix-A-Lot – I’m interested. Go on. 

Seattle Startup Week Keynote – Rob Glaser – I’ve watched Rob from afar and been impressed with what RealNetworks has done.

A bonus 11th event: The Honest Truth: Quitting Your Job & Being a Fulltime Startup CEO – I love that moment where people venture out and take the leap of starting. It will be interesting to hear founders reflect on that moment.

Ok, I could list 20 more. Check out the full schedule at Seattle Startup Week!