Apply to Techstars in NYC: Early Deadline TODAY

The early application deadline for Techstars in New York City is today, January 4th, one second before midnight Pacific Standard Time. Maybe you’re wondering what the benefits of applying by the early deadline are or even if your company is too far along or early stage.

Tips from Interim Managing Director Nicole Glaros

The team
I’m looking for telltale signs that you’re passionate about what you’re doing, you and your co-founders are capable of weathering storms together, and you have a demonstrable ability to execute  (either on this idea, or on past projects). …read more 

The video
I love watching your videos because they give us more insight on who you are and the vision of your product.  Videos often are my favorite part of the application. …read more

The 140 character description
This is basically your elevator pitch.  Anyone will tell you that your elevator pitch is pretty critical to nail – you have only a few seconds to capture someone’s attention. …read more 


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Techstars TV: The Founders, Season 3 Finale – To the Moon (and BLOOPERS)


The Founders

 

The Founders is a documentary web series that follows the adventures of tech startups pursuing their dreams in Techstars in Boulder during the summer of 2012. Season three features Birdbox, ROXIMITY and UboolyEpisodes post on Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. MST. Catch up on all of the episodes for season three here.

Music in this episode is by Harper Blynn and Monika Leigh Spence. Music by Shadows on Stars, Leopold and his Fiction, R is for Rocket, and Sleep Station is provided by Audiosocket.

Interact:

Tweet a sound a bite:

“Your companies SUCK. It’s OKAY! …Convince me that you have a thing that can BE a monster.” – @bfeld (click to tweet)

“I’m so excited and proud of them because so many people don’t follow their dreams.” – @carlygloge’s mother at #tsdemoday (click to tweet)

“Entrepreneurs try to do things themselves. What @Techstars teaches you? The world of mentors.” – @bininunez @birdbox (click to tweet)

[VIDEO] “There is SO much magic in @Techstars.” – @AustinDenver of @ROXIMITY (click to tweet)








Techstars TV: The Founders, Season 3 Episode 10 – No Surprises


The Founders

The Founders is a documentary web series that follows the adventures of tech startups pursuing their dreams in Techstars in Boulder during the summer of 2012. Season three features Birdbox, ROXIMITY and UboolyEpisodes post on Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. MST. Catch up on all of the episodes for season three here.

Music in this episode is by Sleep Station, Jetty Rae and Saturn Missiles and is provided by Audiosocket.

Interact:

Tweet a sound a bite:

[VIDEO on @Techstars TV] Advice for your company’s board: “Build trusting relationships.” – @marksolon (click to tweet)

[VIDEO] “Once you’re in @techstars, you’re in @techstars for life.” – @nglaros (click to tweet)

“Your branding is the gut feeling people have when they hear your company’s name.” – @jamie_cooper @DrakeCooper (click to tweet)








FounderCon 2012: Dharmesh Shah and 10 Startup Marketing Insights


Dharmesh Shah is the co-founder and CTO of HubSpot and has been a Techstars mentor for years. Dharmesh also runs OnStartups.com, an online community for entrepreneurs. It’s one of the top 10 most read startup blogs and receives thousands of visitors a day. We’re so grateful that he made time in his busy schedule to speak to us in Boston during FounderCon this month. Below are ten of his valuable insights and suggestions that struck a chord with our founders:

  1. Inbound marketing is the best move for startups. Unless you’ve already hit escape velocity, you need marketing.
  2. With ads, you’re not buying attention, you’re renting it. With PPC, rent can increase and you might be evicted.
  3. Marketing isn’t something you sprinkle on. It should be baked in.
  4. Creating your own search category takes ton of cash.
  5. Google “your company name vs” and stop typing. Your competitors will come up.
  6. Don’t just think different. Do different.
  7. Create useful content, responsive designs and fast websites.
  8. You can A/B your way to better. You can’t A/B test your way to awesome.
  9. Author ranking: Google cares about the author and the content. Create a Google+ profile.
  10. Look at your top ten pages every week with a critical eye and improve accordingly.

Don’t miss the opportunity to attend FounderCon as a founder in 2013. Applications for Techstars are open! Apply today.








Techstars TV: The Founders, Season 3 Episode 9 – To Raise or Not to Raise?


The Founders

The Founders is a documentary web series that follows the adventures of tech startups pursuing their dreams in Techstars in Boulder during the summer of 2012. Season three features Birdbox, ROXIMITY and UboolyEpisodes post on Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. MST. Catch up on all of the episodes for season three here.

Music in this episode is by Monte Mar. Music by Sucker for Lights and Leopold and His Fiction is provided by Audiosocket.

Interact:

Tweet a sound a bite:

“That’s the 1st rule for all the CEOs that are raising money. JUST BE YOURSELF.” – @bartlorang of @fullcontactapi  (click to tweet)

[VIDEO] “If there’s one thing you take away from this: you’re not alone.” – @davidcohen on difficulty of fundraising (click to tweet)

On @Techstars TV: “There is no business unless your customers are funding the sustainability.” – mentor @BillFlagg (click to tweet)

[VIDEO] @Techstars TV: “Demo day is important…but remember the goal is to build a big company.” – @jeff @softtechvc  (click to tweet)








FounderCon 2012: FAKE GRIMLOCK and Doing Wrong Faster

Fake Grimlock, legendary robot dinosaur, was a surprise guest at this year’s FounderCon in Boston. He busted through a wall of bricks to greet our audience of founders, impart bullshit-free advice and take questions from the crowd. Fake Grimlock prides himself on “MOSTLY INVOLVE PUNCH STARTUPS IN FACE WITH TRUTH UNTIL FAIL BEATEN OUT OF THEM.” Here are some of the gems he had for our founders:

  • YOU WRONG BECAUSE YOU STARTUP. THAT WHOLE POINT.
  • STARTUP IS MOST POWERFUL MACHINE EVER CREATED.
  • BE DANGEROUSLY WRONG.
  • DO WRONG FASTER. FAIL FAST, CORRECT, MOVE FORWARD.

Alex Godin of Dispatch wanted to know, “Why must you have the robot dinosaur persona?” The answer: “BECAUSE AWESOME! ME REGULAR GUY, YOU NO LISTEN. ME ROBOT DINOSAUR, YOU LISTEN!” It’s true. We did.








Episode 9 of the Founders Postponed and Happy Thanksgiving

Your regularly scheduled episode of the Founders is postponed until next Thursday, November 29th. Catch up on the first eight on the Season 3 page. of Techstars TV.

Here at Techstars, we’re so very thankful for our passionate founders, generous mentors, dreamers, doers, and startup communities everywhere. From all of us, happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.








Techstars TV: The Founders, Season 3 Episode 8 – Why Not?


The Founders

The Founders is a documentary web series that follows the adventures of tech startups pursuing their dreams in Techstars in Boulder during the summer of 2012. Season three features Birdbox, ROXIMITY and UboolyEpisodes post on Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. MST. Catch up on all of the episodes for season three here.

Music in this episode is by Griz. Music by Tall, Tall Trees, Shadows on Stars and Jetty Rae is provided by Audiosocket. Hot air balloon ride provided by Fair Winds Hot Air Balloon Flights. Take a ride above Boulder!

Interact:

Or tweet a sound a bite:

“I like uncertainty and chaos…that’s why I like startups.” – @jimfranklin on @Techstars TV (click to tweet)

[VIDEO] “@Ubooly is an adventurous little guy and our team should be adventurous too.” – @carlygloge (click to tweet)

“Your priority one is have a product that blows peoples’ socks off.” – @sether on @techstars TV (click to tweet)

On @Techstars TV: “The risk is that you DON’T get to do what you love to do.” – @kcbigring (click to tweet)








Techstars Demo Day: Boston Fall 2012


Fashion Project
@FashionProjct
Donate differently.

Zeppelin @zepppelin
Connecting cloud applications and team in one place.

Ovuline @Ovuline
Every pregnancy happy, healthy, and easy.

ImpulseSave @ImpulseSave
Saving made instantly gratifying.

Fetchnotes @fetchnotes
Productivity, as simple as a tweet.

Dashbell @Dash_Bell
OpenTable for independent hotels.

Wymsee @wymsee
Simplify TV/Film production, unlock latent value.

CoachUp @CoachUp
Find a great private coach.
Boston Business Journal: Techstars startup CoachUp raises $2.2M led by General Catalyst & Breakaway

Careport Health @careporthealth
Finding post-hospital care for patients. 

NBD Nanotechnologies @NBDnano
Making water from air.

Saverr @SaverrApp
Consumers saving together.

BetterFit Technologies @betterfit_tech
Personalized medicine for everyone. 
The Next Web: BetterFit Text launches a data-driven health service that lets doctors monitor patient symptoms

Urban Hero Sports @UrbanHeroSports
Turn a concrete jungle into a playground with the Hero Board.

Personal Blogs:
CoachUp: Techstars Boston Demo Day Preview
Miro Kazakoff: What to Expect When You’re Expecting Demo Day
Zeppelin: The Problem with Business Software

Press: 
Accelerator Gazette: Demo Day at Techstars Boston
Boston.com: A look at the 13 startups presenting at today’s Techstars Demo Day in Boston
Boston Business Journal: A look at the the 13 Techstars Boston startups
Boston Business Journal: Techstars Boston class raises at least $6M so far
Boston Globe: Incubator grads take work, hopes into real world
BostInno: Demo Day Preview
BostInno: Live Blog of Demo Day
GigaOM: Immigration reform is front and center for tech sector — and Obama
GigaOM: Turning air into water and making babies, new Techstars think big
Tech Cocktail: Techstars Boston Shows Off 13 Companies Today
Xconomy: Techstars Boston: 13 New Startups, from Super-Springs to Baby Makers

Applications for Boston’s 2013 program are open now.








Techstars in Boston, 2013: Applications Open

Boston’s second program for 2012 concludes on Wednesday when our current companies pitch to a sold-out venue full of investors, Boston community supporters, mentors, and the herd of FounderCon attendees. If you’re interested in being a part of Techstars here in Boston in our 2013 program, applications are open now. The early deadline is December 3. Why should you apply at all? For starters, check out our infographic posted earlier today or hear it straight from the horse’s mouth. Why should you apply early? Nicole’s blog post about the early deadline for Boulder is universal for all of our programs and you can read it here. The final deadline is December 17, 2012. Refer to our official schedule here, see your frequently asked questions answered here, application concerns addressed here, and apply now. Other questions? Let us know.

What are you waiting for?