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“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” – Arthur C. Clarke

Back in 2009, I was part of a team that won a coding competition called the Rails Rumble. Our prize was a No Expenses Paid trip to Boulder, Colorado to meet David Cohen and the Techstars mentors and spend a week working on our project at the Techstars Bunker, which at that time was in a basement under a shoe store. The mentors and companies working in that space were among the most creative and driven I’d ever met. They did more faster than any startups I’d ever seen.

Throughout my career, I’ve been a founder of a handful of tech startups, been through a couple of exits and more than a couple of failures. I’ve seen just about every phase of the startup stack from two guys working in my living room to multi hundred million dollar exits. Along the way, I’ve learned a lot about starting up, and I’ve spent a lot of time working with founders helping them see the things I’ve already seen.

So a few months ago, when Techstars approached me with the opportunity to build an accelerator to help founders (whoo!) in my home town of San Diego (rad!) partnered with San Diego’s biggest company and industry innovator Qualcomm (wow!) to help robotics startups (ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!) it didn’t take much to convince me.

I’m humbled to join the Techstars team and work with Qualcomm to build the Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator powered by Techstars. The revolution in robotics is just getting started and by bringing together Techstars’ great history of helping founders build great companies and Qualcomm’s tradition of innovation and invention, we’re excited to be building the future of robotics right here in San Diego.

If you’re a founder working on a robotics startup, we’d love to talk to you. Hit us up on Twitter at @TS_Robotics or visit us at http://qualcommaccelerator.com.

Let’s build some robots!

Ryan Kuder
Ryan is the Managing Director of Techstars Anywhere and was previously the Managing Director of the Virgin Media Accelerator powered by Techstars. As a 17-year tech veteran. Prior to joining Techstars, Ryan was VP of Marketing for San Diego based ecoATM. Ryan was also a founder at Neighborsville, and Give2Schools, which both crashed and burned spectacularly. He previously held marketing and product roles at Yahoo and eBay. He graduated from Georgetown University and is a Fellow in the Aspen Institute Business and Society program. @ryankuder