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When I hold an information session or speak at an event about Techstars, I try to have a handful of Techstars alums on hand with me. Why? I tell my audiences that it’s rational to be skeptical of the glowing things I have to say about Techstars – heck, I’m basically contractually obligated to be a cheerleader!

But Techstars alums are another thing entirely. These folks have lived the program:  three months of insanely-intense company building, learning, and mentoring.

LAYS_ClassicIf you want to know whether Techstars is really all that and a bag of chips, the ~100 founders from our last four programs over the last three years are your best bet for the straight story.

Towards this end, we have assembled a slew of great blog posts written by Techstars alumni about the program. Never mind what the coaches have to say – listen to the players on the field!

Techstars is 100% driven by the mentorships it helps cultivate … The whole program is built around the idea that if you surround yourself with people who have been there, done that — they can help you avoid making the same mistakes they did. And believe me, it works.

Krista Paul / TravelFli / Techstars Boulder 2008

As soon as you arrive at the office, you’ll start connecting with 60+ mentors, most of whom have been in the trenches at least once, and understand how the sausage gets made. They’re eager to help, excited to teach, and even more excited to learn.

Alex Moore / Baydin / Techstars Boston 2009

Techstars is like a linear accelerator for your startup – you get to success … quickly and have access to incredible resources. Even if you know what you are doing, check it out. Even if you think giving up ANY equity is ridiculous, check it out… (’cause you are wrong).

Ari Newman / FiltrBox / Techstars Boulder 2007

I robbed [Techstars] blind. 6 points is a steal. Any start up with promise will earn these back ten-fold. You will get tremendous mentors, new customers, new partners, new investors, and a network of friends that will change your life.

George Aspland / Retel Technologies / Techstars Boulder 2009

[AccelGolf was] a pain in the ass during the acceptance process. First, we poked at the term sheet … and then continued to delay the decision as we did our diligence—we were confident that nothing could be as good as Techstars sounded.

We couldn’t have been more wrong.

William Sulinski / AccelGolf / Techstars Boston 2009

Imagine having the answer to everything. Better yet, imagine being able to get an answer for everything. And not just an answer, but the correct answer.

Mark O’Sullivan / Vanilla / Techstars Boulder 2009

It’s hard not to sound like we’re gushing when we talk about Techstars — honestly, it has been the greatest experience our team has had together. It totally transformed our business and gave us a stable platform of mentors, advice, and resources to launch from.

David Hoffman / NextBigSound / Techstars Boulder 2009

To simply say that [Techstars] was everything we could have asked for and more would be an understatement.

Isaac Keyet / Intense Debate / Techstars Boulder 2007

We encourage you to talk with the founders that have been through the Techstars program. You’ll find that they’re happy to be responsive to your questions. Just visit http://www.techstars.org/companies/ to find contact information for our alumni.

Clare Tischer
Social Media and Content Manager, Techstars