Today is Techstars for a Day in Boulder as we lead up to our 2013 program this summer. In that spirit, Cyrille Vincey, CEO and co-founder of qunb (now in session with the newest class at Techstars in Boston), describes his experience attending Techstars for a Day in New York City as an applicant in January.
I really felt that Techstars for a Day gave a preview of the Techstars’ atmosphere. Techstars look like a true fellowship, composed by entrepreneurs and Techstars staff who have gone together through tough experiences. All of the entrepreneurs I met with were focused, brilliant, friendly people who were passionate about their product. These are the kind of people with whom you want to share your problems and typically the kind you want to share a beer with after a hard problem-solving session.
Within a few hours, I went through the most valuable mentorship sessions ever. The mentors were incredible. Ari Newman pointed out our most painful problems via his precise questions. Ben Siscovick‘s mind-blowing knowledge about qunb’s field (its competition landscape and the problems of every startup that tried to become a data marketplace) was incredible.
I’m pretty amazed by the energy the Techstars’ team manages to spread around. Nicole, while preparing Techstars for a Day, took the time to invite me to the Techstars office, to set me up with Ari Newman, and to spend time with me and Ari before rushing to the TS4AD location itself. Techstars does whatever is required to engage with startups and I wonder when they find the time to sleep.